Friday, May 10, 2013

Daily Planning and A Players

Oh my goodness I have a problem. I'm not one of those people who claims to have OCD with every little quirk, but I'm seriously concerned I do have it in this realm of my life.

Daily planning.

Oh gosh I'm addicted to daily planning.

But beyond that, I'm obsessed over planning organizers, like daily task lists and editorial calendars. You should see my Google calendar -- it looks like I never have a free moment because I put every little thing on there. And I get goosebumps when I walk into a Franklin Covey store.

Granted, with multiple jobs, I need some pretty strict organization to stay on top of deadlines. But I was up until 2am last night creating a new printable daily task template. I could not go to sleep until it was done.

The only other thing I miss my bedtime for is when I have technical problems. I can't sleep until my PC is up and running again, my network is fixed, or whatever went wonky is straightened out.

I'm planning on putting my printable templates on my freelance website soon, so stay tuned for that. There are a million templates on the web you can download for free, but I designed these specifically for people like me -- freelancers or people working multiple projects at once.

I have to buckle down and put together an editorial calendar for Horizon Peak. I run an editorial calendar for GlobalWrites, so I don't know why I've dragged my feet on creating one for Horizon Peak. I may create a downloadable template for that too.

Yes, I have an addiction to templates too.

Marie Forleo continues to over-deliver with B-School. I'm not even done with the regular classes yet, and she's sent out all this bonus training. One of the bonus trainings talked about how she put her team together, and the things she suggests we look for in employees/teammates. I was soooo happy to hear that she has had the same problem that I have had working with creative types.

I am a creative type. But I am also what Marie calls an "A Player." I bring it. I don't just want to do a good job, I want to do a great job. So working with B or C players is not acceptable to me. I have no time for them.

The problem comes from the fact that most creative types are not like me. I represent a very small percentage of creative types of people. Most creative people are... well, flaky.

If I work with someone who misses a deadline or flakes out one time, I will give them a second chance because I know sh*t happens. But if it happens a second time, I will straight up refuse to work with them again.

Now, I don't always have control over these things. In certain situations, I'm not the boss. And in certain situations, even the boss has no power to give me someone else to work with. But if I have the power -- you'd better believe I only keep A players around.

I'm happy where I'm at right now. I'm using my strengths and passions in every paycheck-producing role. But someday, I have grand visions of putting together an A-player team and making a big impact on this world.

Maybe I should create a template for that...

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