The words "Be Proactive" in black lettering, written on a yellow background.

Be Proactive

Have you ever had a day where you got a ton of things done?  Right from the moment you got up you started accomplishing things that mattered.  You were able to accomplish all of that because you were proactive.

Be proactive is the first habit in Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Proactive people are empowered.  They believe they have control over their lives based on the choices they make.  According to Covey being proactive “means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives.  Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”

Try a little experiment.  Create a list of 3 things you want to accomplish tomorrow, maybe things that you’ve been putting off.  Write them on a Post It note with the words “BE PROACTIVE at the top.  Commit to accomplishing them tomorrow by 7:00 p.m.  Notice how great it feels when you strike the third thing off the list.  Think how much you could get done if you did that every day!

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Structured Systems 

If you repeat the Post It note experiment above every day you will have a system for getting things done.  It is a simple system, but it can be very effective.  If you read last week’s Tuesday TE Tips you remember I mentioned Scott Belsky author of Making Ideas Happen.  Belsky says “the most important, and most often neglected, organizational element is structure.”  One way to create structure is by developing systems.


  • Create efficiency
  • Allow for consistency of execution
  • Can be run by others
  • Provide a framework for completing a task

Systems don’t have to be complicated.  I challenge you to consider what systems you could create to become more Proactive.  As you become more Proactive you will feel more in control of your destiny, you will accomplish more and you will be more effective.

Use the comments section to share what system you developed to help you be more Proactive!

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