Small, well-focused actions can sometimes produce significant, enduring improvements, if they’re in the right place. What is your “trim tab” that you need to adjust to bring on your significant change?
Wiki cites this example of the “Trim Tab” Metaphor:
“The engineer Buckminster Fuller is often cited for his use of trim tabs as a metaphor for leadership and personal empowerment. In the February 1972 issue of Playboy, Fuller said: Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary—the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, call me Trim Tab.”
ACTION STEP:Evaluate your activities and your thoughts. We often waste an enormous amount of time of items that are not important, yet are quite urgent in our minds. A trim tab movement could be focusing your actions on important activities, not necessarily urgent. Make your adjustments, and watch your productivity change course- Just like the Queen Mary!