Some of you may have heard of the magical Round Tuit. I must have been very young, 9-10 years old, and I don't remember why I was in the headmasters' office, but I don't think I was being told off (probably).
But there I was, sitting waiting for him, and as an inquisitive (and bored) child I started looking around the room. There it was, the Round Tuit - in all its glory. I had never seen one before, and once I had, I understood its power.
Tuit's are surprisingly common now, you can even find round ones on Amazon, for not much money, but, for the power it bestows on the owner, it could be a great investment (affiliate link incoming):
This is a round tuit. Guard it with your life!
Tuits are hard to come by, especially the round ones.
It will help you become a much more efficient worker.
For years you've heard people say "I'll do that when I get a round tuit." So now that you have one, you can accomplish all those things you put aside until you got a Round Tuit.
Of course, this is all a bit of fun, and you don't need the physical object, but the idea, that you have permission to get things done, is a powerful one. Even though I don't have a physical Tuit, it's an idea I've kept with me all these years, and it's surprisingly effective.
The Tuit is a powerful and repeated idea
“If an action will take less than two minutes, it should be done at the moment it’s defined.”
Amazon have it as one of their leadership principles "Bias for Action":
Speed matters in business. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk taking.
We have a similar principle at BENlabs:
WHEN a decision gets made is just as important as WHAT decision gets made. Most decisions can be reversed, but time lost is gone forever. The default should always be to move forward, and to do so proactively, decisively and optimistically.
Even clothing gets it:
Just do it. - Nike
How many times do you hear...
In 1 to 1s, in conversations with your friends or family, even in conversations you have with yourself:
- Once things calm down, I will...
- When we do/have X, I will...
- I'm just going to do this thing, when that's done, I will...
- That can wait till tomorrow, I will...
Mythical future you, will almost probably also have a good list of reasons not to do the thing as well. Things will be just as complicated then, as they are today.
So, I give YOU this virtual Round Tuit. So that you too can, if you want to, embrace the Tuit, hold it tight and say - NOW is the time, Carpe Diem !
Go get stuff done.
(just like I did, and finally published another blog post)