Michael Bungay Stanier on Do More Great Work, Part 7

In the book, Do More Great Work.: Stop the Busywork, and Start the Work that Matters, Michael Bungay Stanier shares his inspiration and techniques to help us do more work that matters.

These are some of my favorite takeaways from reading the book.

Map 6 What’s Broken

In this chapter, Michael talks about how we can use some pain points in our lives to inspire Great Work.

He recommends we take the following steps:

Take a look at the map with the concentric circles in the book. Start in the inner circle and think about what we would like to change the various elements within our lives.

Work through the circles and write down at least two things we would like to change within each domain.

Go back to the list and circle the five possible candidates for Great Work that we are most drawn to.

Somewhere in the list will likely be some possibilities for Great Work – a challenge with the appropriate scale for us.

Also, pay attention to the little things that get in our way but we have chosen to put up with. Either we choose to handle them as they come, or we feel that we cannot be bothered to change those things right now.

Over time, we stop noticing some of those little annoyances. Reducing such accepted irritants one by one is a beautiful way to chip away at the things obscuring our Great Work.