Every time I have to explain a process to new team member, I search in my Google Drive first. Why?
I’m a documentation and playbook nerd. If I’m repeating the same conversation more than three times, I create documentation—it saves time and energy for all parties involved.
At moments like this when I find my own notes, I say, "Thanks Past Wes! You just saved me an hour."
You might debate whether a certain task is worth your time. If so, the framework of thinking about your Future Self is a useful litmus test.
The Future Self concept is about much more than documentation though. First, let’s take a step back.
Why you can't trust your Present Self
For the sake of this exercise, let’s assume you have three selves:
Your Past Self
Your Present Self (this is you, right now)
Your Future Self
Your Present Self cares about what's going on in this very moment. How you feel, if you're hungry, what Shauna said to you in the elevator, or Brad's attitude at your meeting.
Your Present Self feels elated when your new campaign is getting lots of engagement. Then an hour later, feels panicked because the metrics are plateauing.
Based on how you feel from day to day (or even hour to hour!), you could feel productive or like a waste of space. These ups and downs are unproductive, obviously. So how do you get out of your own way?Read More