1. What did I accomplish yesterday?
2. What will I do today?
3. What obstacles (interference) are impeding my progress?
My friend Bill McConnell, CIO of IU Health, likes to use the analogy of a volleyball team. Everyone has a position but when the ball comes over, it isn't always clear who should hit it back. There is nothing worse than a volleyball falling to the floor while people look at it. It's a good team when someone jumps in, owns it and yells "MINE" so there is success with no collision. This collaborative adjustment is what makes great families and teams of all kinds. A little bit of preparation eliminates some, if not all, of the multi-tasking, unclear / overlapping roles and rework. Doing things too quickly and fixing them later is the enemy.
None of this works if you don't know where you'd like to go, not in blueprint form, but in dream form. Think of Dorothy who shows up at Oz, which clearly was not her plan. Everything is chaos to her. Still, her goal is clear - she wants to go home. She learns from the locals that if she can get to Oz, she can get home. She has no idea where Oz is, who's there or how long it will take. But, she has laser sharp focus on getting home. Eventually, she convinces others to share her goal including a talking Scarecrow, a rusted robot Tin Man and a really wimpy Lion.
Remember the scene where they all finally see Oz in the distance? It's so beautiful and they've made it. Nope, poison poppies. Again, with the help of the team, they shake off the opium and off they go. Lots of trials await, but the goal is eventually met. Whatever you are working on, there is a dream at the end. If you can't see it just a little, you can't get there.