Yesterday I wrote about meal planning for my upcoming Foothills Trail hike. I pointed out that the difference between quadrant 1 and 2 is often times the deadline. I also said that I was likely to spend the same amount of time on the task whether I did it in advance (quadrant 2) or at the last minute (quadrant 1). However, that isn’t entirely true.
The problem with investing on the front end is that, without the stress of a deadline, we tend to make things more complicated.
If I am out of time, my product or solution is likely to be simpler than if I had begun weeks early. Some of my shortest daily messages are composed when I am pressed by the deadline, and the impact of the message is not always reflective of how long it took me to write it.
Strategic leadership is as much a way of thinking as it is doing. As strategic leaders, we should consistently be thinking about how to achieve our goals with a minimally viable plan or product (MVP).
The challenge for me is that I like to geek out, so I need to guard against clicking on 100 different websites, looking at gourmet backpacking meals with exotic ingredients, and dreaming about being a chef.
If I can stay strategic with my meal planning, I will focus on getting the most calories with the least weight, easy preparation, and acceptable taste.
Do good and be well,