When faced with a large and/or complicated project (e.g. plan staff training) it's easy to get overwhelmed before even starting. Procrastination often sets in as you try to figure how to get the task done. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, emphasizes the importance of creating initial momentum. If you can just get started by taking a step forward, no matter how small, you begin to develop inertia. Follow that step with another, then another.
Allen suggests beginning any project by asking the question what's the next action? Once you've answered the question, take that action. Then ask the question again, what's the next action? Do it. Keep repeating the process and you'll create momentum that will lead to completing your project.
Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
What's the Next Action
Posted by John Erdman at 7:00 AM