Too many <entrepreneurial> people I know are constantly multi-tasking in their careers.
Sure, when Benjamin Franklin endorsed pursuing “a network of enterprises,” he was promoting career and interest diversity. It was good for our creative thinking. But he emphasized they be “networked” with each other.
Lately, I’ve wondered if our constant spreading out of business ventures is good for our level of quality. Some have a career consulting, supplanted by writing, overlaid with blogging, and then they develop myriad products on top of that. The result? A thinner voice and less you can sink your teeth into.
I’ve taken a new approach lately: My projects must feed each other to remain on my calendar. Since I’ve started writing my next book (more on that later), you might have noticed that I’ve stopped blogging. In fact, this is just a short break from my singular focus on the book to tell you I’m alive and well…and that I’m trying a new tact in life by focusing on the book above all.
Sure, I still do my speaking engagements (which have either been about Love Is the Killer App principles or my new book subject). But other ventures, not so much.
You should give this a try also. Look at your calendar or your To-Do list or your project list and ask yourself: Are they all connected to the point that work on one improves the quality of the other?
This is beyond time management. It’s about the quality of our work in a try-everything society.