Yesterday, (if you live in Canada) we celebrated 152 years of being Canadian and enjoyed the addition of having one more day off (Monday) to enjoy with friends and family!
Every long weekend comes and goes with either great joy, fun stories to share with friends and co-workers of what you did over the weekend and for some, brings added stress, anxiety and fear that you are now 1 day shorter for the week and have a lot to catch up on!
And since that was on my mind today, I thought I’d share the simple, 5 step formula I follow for enhanced productivity that Ive learned from a mentor that have helped me have clarity, and focus, vs being stressed or reactive all week…so here you go.
See, success starts with a framework – not a brain dump. So first we must decide…
Step 1. What’s important.
This is the filter that all of your decisions go through.
If something does fit who you are or what you’re ‘about’…then it doesn’t get your time or attention. So decide what’s important to you. Maybe it’s your:
Determine what’s important to you before you go to step 2 and write down exactly what you need to focus on for this week or month.
Step 2. What’s success look like to you.
What does your ideal business look like? What would a successful work / life look like? What would a perfect week of fitness and nutrition look like to you? You need to know where you’re going if you want to get there. So jot down a list of the Big Domino Goals you want to achieve even if you’re not sure of how to do so and then from there you can create micro goals to accompany them.
Step 3. Map the first leg of the journey.
This is your next 7-30 days. The map from where you are today to where you want to go.
Here you can determine what can be done in that time frame realistically. Set goals for foods , people, emotions, assignments or even clients you want to be with, be around or associate with and which you want to avoid. Be clear on what you want to accomplish vs just have a lot of goals all scattered in a month.
Step 4. Plan your week.
Now you just decide what you’ll be doing this week to move toward your goals a few steps by week’s end.
But this is where people start to get hung up…
If you’re like most business owners, you over-schedule or you just react to what comes up. If your like most people trying to stay fit or stick to a fitness program your often trying to book your workouts into your week vs. the other way around.
If You don’t allocate enough time to get things done they won’t just happen!
So commit to this:
If something matters…schedule more than enough time to get it done.
Step 5. Win the day.
Every day is an opportunity to feel successful…or feel stressed.
A chance to win…or lose ground. You decide.
So every day you should be taking some small steps to move toward what you define as success.
And if something isn’t one of those steps and it’s not fundamental to the day to day responsibilities that you have…then it should fall WAY down the list of what deserves your time and attention.
Work through these five steps and you’ve got the 20% that creates the 80% of productivity success.
It helps you get past being busy and actually getting the meaningful things done.
Now, it’s beyond the scope of what I can cover in an email to work through all the details and provide examples of how to navigate real life scenarios, but hopefully you get the picture.
Dedicated to Your Success,
Pure Motivation Fitness
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