You’ve heard of Scrum, right?
I used it to run a software company that helped the Department of Defense build satellite constellations around the globe.
I used it in my consulting work with Johnson & Johnson.
And I still use it in my work, today.
Without getting into all the principles, terms and details, I want you to focus on 3 specific questions that are the core of Scrum.
- What did I do yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- What are my impediments?
These questions are powerful because they require you to focus on what you actually FINISHED–not what you worked on. The difference is that finishing something moves you closer to your goal. If the task is too big, it requires that you break it down into a do-able piece. This means you’re finishing more tasks, building confidence, momentum, and a trackable trajectory. The most important question of all, of course, is the last one.
What are your impediments?
Too many meetings ramble on about status, what-ifs, or about how some new feature will be put into place. For most people in the room, the status won’t matter as much as where you’re feeling friction.
If you want to live a productive life, start asking yourself these three questions every day.
They’ll force you to stay focused on what matters, they’ll give you constant feedback, and will help you break down impossibly large goals into manageable pieces.