Right now vs big picture

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By Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind

I spent last week at a boot camp for the Pet Care Innovation Prize winners, held at the Purina campus in St. Louis. (It was fantastic, and there were dogs everywhere! but more on that later.)

But because I knew I was going to be away from my “normal” life for the week, I took a few minutes over the weekend to write down my immediate challenges and what I could do about them. Mind you, this isn’t a to-do list (which I have mostly sworn off creating anyway because nothing makes me more nutso than three pages of things I haven’t done yet). Rather, this was a “right now vs big picture” list, which is a good mindfulness technique and a chance to take stock of what was really going on with me and around me.

This was how the “right now” list looked:

  • I am getting ready to go to a 4-day intensive pitch boot camp.
  • I am digesting the election results.
  • I am getting my daughter ready for her first hockey practice.
  • I am in the midst of due diligence with several investors.
  • I lost my credit card and favorite ear buds. (grrrrrrr!)

And this is how the “big picture” list looked:

  • I get to have a business and career-changing experience next week at Purina, the results of which will have ripples for years to come.
  • The election is over and I will work to be a good and decent person no matter what anyone says or does.
  • My daughter will be introduced to and eventually learn the finer points of teamwork, while being a total badass in hockey gear.
  • I have a business worthy of investment.
  • I will find or replace the lost items and hopefully be more mindful in the future.

This exercise never fails to clear my mind and help me regain my focus, because it lets me quickly zoom in to what’s causing roadblocks or agitation, and then zoom right back out again to put things into a better perspective.

I urge you to take three minutes to write down your “right now vs big picture” matrix. If you do it, I’d love to read your results, if you’re up for sharing. Email me! 

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