You can bet on this: today there will be challenges you’ll face as a leader.

So what if there was a way to invest 5-10 minutes each day that would save you hours of time on the back end?

Ruckus Makers know this to be my why: “Everyone wins when a leader gets better. Everyone wins when you get better.”

At BLBS we support and stretch effective school principals. I’m obsessed with helping leaders level up.

We do this through the blog, podcasts (BLBS and SLS), and mastermind.

Recently I started writing on mental models — tools that will help you make better decisions. They also will help you be more of a proactive leader versus reactive.

effective school leaders are proactive

You can read about the second-order thinking Justin comments on above or another idea, Hanlon’s Razor, here.

The other day, I challenged a friend of mine to journal daily for 2-weeks. I gave him a variety of questions to choose from. He accepted.

It was slow going at first, but since I asked, he didn’t want to let me down. After the initial friction of getting started, the momentum began to build and now he has built a journaling habit.

Of all the questions I shared with my friend, he found one to be the most powerful.


Because thinking and then writing about the questions for 5-10 minutes in the morning saved him loads of time at the back-end of “cleaning up messes.”

In the 3-minute video below, I reveal the exact question he answered daily and tell the story of why he found it so useful.

So how about you? Will you start journaling about a challenge you face like my friend Gene?

This small investment in the front-end of each day saved him an incredible amount of time later in the day.

Be proactive versus reactive.

If you enjoyed this post, I recommend reading this one next. It’s on self-awareness and also offers a free resource on the 3 questions I ask myself every morning.

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