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Forward 15: Take Time to Do Something No One Is Asking You To Do

It’s possible to do everything you’re told to do, asked to do, and need to do…and still fail.

Huh?  How is that possible?

If you think about it, it makes complete sense.  In any job, there are fires to put out, project deadlines, or just day-to-day tasks that fill up a work day, week, month, year…and on and on.

But are those things really the sum total of what you need to do to further your career, improve your life, and grow business?  No.  In fact, there are probably a dozen things you could do that are totally valuable, completely essential to getting ahead, and that NO ONE ASKING YOU TO DO.

What are those things? It could be a course or a college degree, but it could also be something simple, like  checking in on a customer unexpectedly or streamlining your email reply system or improving how departments meet.  It could be a How-To Manual on a company policy or an online portal for customers or updates to the company Facebook page.

The point is, that if you don’t take the initiative either no one will or, worse, someone else will.  And that someone else could be sitting across the hall from you or in another city with the competition.

Look, everyone is busy.  Everyone is booked solid for the 8 to 10 hours they are in the office and, often, more than that.  But waiting until some magical time when all your work is done to start extra projects just isn’t realistic.

One approach is to take 15 minutes a day on these kinds of projects.  It’s an incremental approach and the best part is that you can start right away.    at Lifehack has some great ideas on how to get started today.

So don’t plan for the future…get started with 15 minutes right now.

Read more at Lifehack here.

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Grant Derner

By Grant Derner

Grant Derner is Executive Vice President at Nesco Resource. He oversees the Engineering and IT area for the Eastern half of the U.S.

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