How Do You Spend Your Time?

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Michael Deutch

April 28, 2009

What Occupies Your Mind?

Periodically, you may step back from your day-to-day responsibilities to review where you’ve been spending your time. Have you been walking the tightrope and balancing both the tactical and the strategic? 

Reading through Small Business Trends, I came across an interesting article by Anita Campbell about a brain map for how small business owners spend their time. The original article in the New York Times took an in-depth look at how HP CEO Mark Hurd looks at his business and allocates his time.

Both articles highlighted the key areas that occupy the mindshare of a CEO. Anita Campbell posed the question whether or not Fortune 500 thinking applies to small to medium sized businesses. Her post has already generated some interesting comments and insights.

Anita put together a conceptual map which I’ve taken from theory and put into a downloadable MindManager template.

As Anita says, maybe this is wishful thinking. Perhaps you’re too busy putting out fires to spend time focused areas of strategic relevance. So, the question stands, what’s on your mind (map)?


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6 Responses to “How Do You Spend Your Time?”

  1. Duane Pape

    Unfortunately Anita Campbell’s downloadable template didn’t open on my machine. All the others I have downloaded were no problem.

    If there is a fix please let me know.

  2. Michael Deutch

    Reminds me of Jamie Nast’s idea mapping training class where she has the group individually map out an article. Then, the group takes a look at each others maps and they’re amazed at the different perspectives / takeaways from a single article. Could you imagine the different perspectives for each management team member!

  3. Eric

    Great post, Michael. Be good to have the entire management team fill one out and see how much overlap/complement exists.