Good Monday morning,
It’s officially winter in our fair land. How do I know this? I’ve brought the Instant Pot out, again.
What’s an Instant Pot you may be asking? It’s basically the best thing since sliced bread.
In 2008, Robert Wang & Yi Quin, former employees of Nortel in Ottawa, spent 18 months working on designs for the Instant Pot. Wang is credited as the inventor of the Instant Pot.
How it works is that you basically throw the ingredients in the pot, push a button and are pretty much guaranteed a great meal. It creates an ideal comfort meal after a cold, dark winter’s day.
Think of it as a slow cooker that but that isn’t slow. It’s essentially a new approach to an ancient idea and is ideal for our current time-crunched culture.
The key to the Instant Pot is that it uses pressure to cook things more effectively and efficiently. As a leader, the way to get better results is also to increase pressure, through focus.
Yi shared, “My educational background is in computer science. One thing we learned is when you multitask, you spend a lot of time doing the overhead of “context switching”–you need to get yourself into the groove of thinking a certain way. That’s mental overhead. I realized that I could lump similar things, similar thinkings, into a similar period, in the morning and afternoon. And through the years, it became a habit.”
Focus is about all effectiveness and efficiency. Focus leads you to understand what what you need to say “yes” to and what you need to say “no” to and when is the best time to take action on your “yes.” In Yi’s case, he thinks about his day and what time is best to work on which projects in order to get the most done.
Focus is a habit.
Good habits can displace poor habits.
Along the road with you,
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