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Strategic Plan for 2006 — 12 Places to Say No

Strategic Plan for 2006 — 12 Places to Say No

Sam Decker, at Decker Marketing, gives a good tutorial at the beginning of 2006. Actually 12 of them for us to work on them every month to arhieve one goal – what to say ‘No’. Actually, I found saying ‘No’ is hard, especially when I have just started working. Throughout my career, I found out there are some places I need to learn saying ‘No’ to stay productive and focus.

Sam describes 12 areas in business that we should be choosing which are not in our priority and focus and we should reject them:

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  1. What strategies, initiatives and activities will you say “no” to?
  2. What measurements will you ignore?
  3. What customers will you not target?
  4. What relationships will you not keep?
  5. What competitors will you not follow?
  6. What will you remove from your web site?
  7. What money will you not spend?
  8. What meetings will you decline?
  9. What trips will you not make?
  10. What slides will you not create?
  11. What will you not say?
  12. What thoughts will you not entertain?

With some examples and descriptions, those points area valuable as a guideline to check. I enjoy this quote from the article: “We need to say “no”, but we’re not very good at it. In business we give it another name… “prioritization” or “strategic planning”.

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“prioritization” or “strategic planning” means “no”. How true.

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Strategic Plan for 2006 — 12 Places to Say No – [Decker Marketing]

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Finding Your Inside Time

Finding Your Inside Time

An old article that is worth mentioning is called Finding Your Inside Time by David Allen.

David talks about his style on capturing your life details within a journal. By writing every action required items into your journal, you will have more freedom from detaching yourself from all those pressures. He says keeping a journal is like a core dump which can act as your stress release and spiritual in-basket:

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Just making a free-form list of all the things you have attention on is a form of journaling and is at least momentarily liberating. On the most mundane level, it is capturing all of the “oh, yeah, I need to …” stuff—phone calls to make, things to get at the store, things to talk to your boss or your assistant about, etc. At this level, it doesn’t usually make for a very exciting or interesting experience—just a necessary one to clear the most obvious cargo on the deck.

I often use my journal for “core-dumping” the subtler and more ambiguous things rattling around in my psyche. It’s like doing a current-reality inventory of the things that really have my attention—the big blips on my internal radar. These can be either negative or positive, like relationship issues, career decisions or unexpected events that have created disturbances or new opportunities. Sometimes core-dumping is the best way to get started when nothing else is flowing—just an objectification of what is on my internal landscape.

This is a key point that David has emphasized in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – and it is one of the effective tools that I use daily.

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