I am deathly afraid of snakes. I hate them. Can you relate?
I was mowing the lawn at my house last summer and nearly mowed over a snake. I didn’t see it at first, so I got closer to it than I was comfortable with. Once I saw it, I shrieked like a child and literally ran away screaming.
I knew I had to end the life of this wriggling, cold-blooded, meat pipe, so I did what any red-blooded American male would do: called my brother-in-law to come kill it.
The thought of shoving a shovel blade through the snake’s body was too much for me to bear. When Ben arrived, I gave him my garden spade and the battle cry of “make sure you cut his head off.”
I had only heard that in movies, but I wanted to pretend like I was being helpful.
Ben struck. I heard the same kind of crunch as when you crack a glow stick open. The snake perished. I picked up its disgusting, lifeless body with a snow shovel and threw it in a plastic grocery bag. What a way to go.
When you cut the head off a snake, it starts wriggling around, thrashing all about. It might even be comical if it wasn’t so damn disgusting.
To quote Morpheus, “the body cannot live without the mind.”
This is true for you and me as well. While our brains account for approximately 1 percent of our total body weight, we could not live without this vitally small percentage.
So much power packed into such a tiny space.
I find this to be true in other contexts as well:
A tiny rudder is responsible for steering a big ship.
A match can set blaze to a forest fire.
An axe can chop down a giant tree.
The tongue speaks words that start wars.
I was sitting in church yesterday and found myself thinking about the Think Digital productivity sheets I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a system I’m developing to help me get the most out of each day.
A few months ago I started realizing regular to-do lists just weren’t cutting it anymore.
I had tried every app you could think of—nothing seemed to work.
So I started experimenting with good ol’ fashioned pen and paper and noticed an instant improvement in what I was able to accomplish.
I’m on version five of the system and so far it’s helped me to obliterate my to-do list on a daily and weekly basis.
The basic system consists of three elements:
- Weekly goals
- Daily goals
- Daily progress reports
It takes me about 30 minutes each morning to go through the system. While that might seem long for a to-do list, it makes the rest of the day AT LEAST twice as effective.
Here, again, I am seeing the “snake head” phenomenon come into play: Filling out two sheets of paper at the beginning of each day is all it takes to double or triple my productivity.
One tiny change with BIG results.
That’s what strategic thinking does for you. Strategy is above-the-neck thinking to inform below-the-neck tactics. It’s a foundational concept for us here at Think Digital (it even plays into our name…that’s what we’re ‘thinking’ about!).
Taking just a little bit of time to think through what you’re doing, whether it’s social media or productivity or what you’re eating for dinner this week, is the only way to see results.
Strategy is key. Strategy is simple. Strategy is painful. Strategy is necessary. Get your wits about you. Don’t lose your head.