Disclaimer: This post is really just way for me to share some dope new and old school hip-hop videos, but you might find something of value. Actually, you’ll definitely find some value. Enjoy.
“In my city, they have a ball, but no, not me, ’cause after all, I work.” – Phonte/Foreign Exchange, Asking for a Friend
Why do you go to work (check out the Kool Moe Dee video below)? No, seriously, why do you go to work? Hopefully, you have a deep connection to work you do, but what do you actually do when you’re there? I was adding some meetings to our shared calendar today, and then I began to notice the days fill up with colorful dots representing client meetings, conference calls, milestones, benchmarks, and lots of other project management words that mean we’re doing a lot of stuff.
So, we get busy (check out the Mr. Lee video below). But are we getting more productive? Sure, there are literally thousands of posts with productivity hacks to help you do more faster, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot if your work is not focused on achieving the right goals. For a quick primer in setting your personal and organizational destination, check out the latest post from Elaina Jackson, our managing director of strategic engagement.
Our goal should always be to get the job done (check out the Big Daddy Kane video below), but we have to make sure the job (which is essentially a series of tasks and deliverables) is connected to fulfilling the reason our organization exists. We must resist the urge of getting busy and looking busy by doing a bunch of stuff (particularly when those things aren’t the best use of our time and talent) and focus on becoming more productive, which in this case means making incremental progress toward realizing your organizational mission.
This is usually the point where the author gives you three to five shortcuts to do whatever s/he says you should be doing. I’m not going to do that because I want you spend that time watching these videos. No, they won’t make you more productive, but they’ll make you appreciate good hip-hop music. And I promise I’ll write a part two with three to five tips on how to become more productive. And with more dope hip-hop videos.