Chaos Compartmentalization

Day 334 Week 48 Q4 Friday, December 1, 2023

I’m sure that by now, you know that creative outliers have more chaos in their life than people who are not creative outliers. If you have more ideas per unit of time, whether that be per 2nd, per minute, per month, or per year, in all cases, this still results in more chaos than is convenient.

Today is the first day of a new month, and this month is the last of the year, which means historically, it has been a hard month to get things done. This is because if you were at all involved in selling anything retail, you know that December is the time of the year that most sales are made. Even if you are not involved in selling, there is generally a lot of family activity revolving around this time of year.  This may require travel and dealing with people that you do not always want to deal with. It is an inconvenient time, which is why it’s hard to get things done in December.

Let’s further assume that on this first day of the month, it is before nine in the morning, and you have a meeting at 11 and another one at two at a dinner engagement at six, and all of these things require varying amounts of preparation.  In other words, it’s a pretty standard day, with an average amount of chaos and expectation to get things done.

So what do you do about this? It’s not a new revolutionary realization. You have consistently been producing chaos. I’m sure that everybody else in your life knows this and probably has reminded you of it from time to time. Well, let’s pretend for a moment that you have just received an assignment to come in and consult with a senior leader and either business or government, and they have already sent you the $5000 you requested upfront before agreeing to meet with him for two hours to address a critical situation with the understanding that the remaining $5000 would be paid after you completed your two-hour meeting.

How would you spend those two hours so that they felt and you felt that it was worth everyone’s while to pay $10,000 for two hours of someone‚Äôs time?  For starters, you would have to be certain that you could make those two hours count, and therefore, you would have to compartmentalize all of the chaos into what can I do right now immediately that will have the most value and also be clear and evident that it has a lot of value.

You would have to take into account what happened before and what is expected to happen in two hours and ask yourself what is the most important thing that could possibly happen in order to start the day with a fantastic two hours. You would have to compartmentalize, everyone would, and everyone who accomplishes a lot does.

You know what to do, so do it!