One of the lost arts of the computer age is writing. Today, we have a tendency to key in our thoughts digitally rather than handwriting them down. After all, aren’t we saving time skipping one step?
Along with that lost art of handwriting is the lost time spent thinking, contemplating our future. That’s right, thinking. We fill our days with tasks and activities because that is how we get things done. We can check things off our to-do lists, things we’ve accomplished and feel good about getting done today. Think about that feeling you get when you can say “it’s complete”. Gratifying! But what is missing?
Time is what is missing. For many years we’ve been coached into effective and efficient time management skills. Computers have heightened our sensitivity to quantity of tasks getting done. Whether it was Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard or even Ben Franklin, we got an earful about how we can increase our productivity, get more done and reap the rewards. The term “multitasking” became a staple of resumes. If multitasking means doing multiple things simultaneously, then it isn’t real. If it means being able to switch from one task to another but doing them one at a time, then it is possible. Computers multitask; people don’t do it effectively or accurately.
What is all this busyness accomplishing? Sure, things get done today, but what is happening with the big picture? What is happening to the plans for the future of your business? Who is looking at that? Time spent looking at the future of your business lacks in many businesses and organizations. Time spent thinking, discussing, mapping out the future results in a clear, focused direction for companies. Often times, the shortage of long term goals leads to a dead end for companies that have lost their leader to illness, death or retirement. The companies struggle for leadership and support and eventually flounder to a slow death.
Secession planning for small businesses is grossly overlooked. Whether it is family, employees or outside interests, a plan to keep the value of the company growing becomes a plan for a better future for the business. A plan to pass on the company benefits the turnover but also strengthens the profitability of the company today and reinforces a future for the employees resulting in better attitudes. After all, the employees are the ones making the profitability of the company possible.
So why write? Writing takes longer than keying but it brings more thought into the process allowing the brain to process the concepts and ideas. Thinking and writing complement each other. Each allows for a procedural line of concept to paper. Then it can be shared with your leadership and staff.
Find a quiet place, most of the time it is not at work. Dream big and dream often about what your business can become. The put pen to paper and let it flow. You’ll be amazed at the outcome.