The power of Now is incredibly strong and incredibly simple: stop postponing what you can do right now. If it can be done in the next 5 to 10min, you should do it now and be done with it, forever.
I know there is book out there with a similar title, but I haven't read it and don't know if it talks about this idea as well. But either way, I'm going to keep refering to it as the power of Now.
I've learned about the Power of Now while working with 2 startup CEO's over the last 5 years. Both of them had an incredible amount of work, hundreds of emails to deal with, dozens of calls to do every day.
Yet, whenever me or another employee would interrupt them, and ask them about a problem or a question, they would stop what they were doing and take the time to solve it.
Even if it was an accounting or tax issue!
If you feel like it will take more than 15-20 min, then maybe address the problem differently and try to break it into smaller tasks.
I don't know if they did this on purpose, but I find this management method and state of mind incredibly powerful:
- it empowers the other person buy saying "your problem is important enough for me to address it now"
- it creates and reinforces the right mindset for both the CEO/manager and the employee: get sh*t done! That is, after all, the golden rule of startups.
I try to apply the Power of Now in my every day life, with errands, admin tasks, cleaning and I noticed it keeps me in a proactive state instead. It makes me want to jump onto the next task and solve it ! (coffee helps too!)
On the contrary, one of my roommates told me yesterday how her new company (300+ people) was taking forever to take even the smallest decisions, making sure everyone was rightfully invovled and aware of the same level of facts before conferring, planing a meeting and taking the decision.
It seems to me that this approach lacks accountability and leadership and is not necesseraly good.
I encourage you to apply the Power of Now in your everyday life and to stop postponing.
I found that it made me feel more confident as an entrepreneur, as a human, and it even spread a motivational energy with the people around me.
Entrepreneur and co-founder of FAQtr. From Paris, lives in Vancouver. Sharing my (humble) thoughts about being human. Love all types of creativity