I was chatting with some friends recently about making time to reflect on your life, and making time to really connect with close friends, digging into each other’s lives. It stuck me that the concept of ‘You need to work on your business, not just in your business’ (paraphrased) from The E-Myth is very relevant to both business and your personal life. Gerber is making the point that entrepreneurs often get mired in the distractions of doing day-to-day things (operations) without making time to build a business (strategy, business architecture) — things like enabling the company to scale by defining strategic objectives/plans, processes, expectations, etc.
Just like that, it’s all too easy for me to live my life in a reactive mode, trying to work on the next crisis, both in my job at at home, without taking time to sit down, reflect, think about my priorities and objectives, and what types of mental models/worldviews are informing those goals. In your life, don’t forget to make time to think about your life — whether it’s in a structured way (e.g. creatingyourlifeplan.com, livingforwardbook.com) or just taking time every month or quarter to reflect, journal, and dream about what you want to change in your life. Companies are much better at strategic planning than most people are (though certainly not perfect Holacracy Bicycle Metaphor ).