This week I had a lot of self-reflection about where I am at and what I want to change. It was scary, but it felt good, too. One of our assignments was actually dissecting our fears, and we did this by making lists of how to mitigate those fears and what to do if they come true. It made me feel so confident in my ability to be an entrepreneur. Risk management is amazing! I was also thinking about how I have a partner, my husband, Jacob. Not only do I have to feel confident in these plans, but he does too, because they affect him just as much as they do me. I think he has a harder time feeling confident about ideas I bring up is because he would not have any control over how things go (because this would be my work) and that sort of thing is really hard for him. So I think that by having him do this exercise about how we can mitigate and overcome the worst case scenarios will really help him, too.
My favorite quote from the reading was from Clay Christensen, where he said, “Knowing what tools to wield to elicit the needed cooperation is a critical managerial skill.” Management is the part of business I am the most worried about. I am not a good decision maker, so I appreciated this advice on how to be a better manager. I think I struggle with identifying the real problem, but as a mom I have been getting much, much better at recognizing problems. I know that with more practice I will continue to do better.
Something that changed my perspective is how Elder Wirthlin said that time management is actually learning to manage ourselves. I am not always in control of my circumstances, but I am in control of myself and I think I can be more productive during certain times. The social media fast from last October showed me how even when I have a few minutes of down time, it is nice to sometimes just sit and do nothing and watch what is going on around me. There is the idea of good, better, and best. I do not do bad things, but I could definitely find better things to do.
I loved the video about effective choices. I always feel like there are too many things to do and not enough time to do them. Something my husband and I talked about this week was how we could do things differently so we do not create more work than necessary. Again, it is about finding the best way to do things, rather than just keeping our old ways because they are working just fine.