What you work on, how efficient you are and what gets done tomorrow all depend on how aware you are of each of these aspects.
It's important to take a step back and assess each of these factors that contribute to your productivity -- or lack thereof.
1. What are your routines and are they working?
Homeostasis is a scientific term that describes a “systems-normal” situation -- a set-point or state of stable equilibrium. Your homeostasis is the things you do and the order in which you do them every day that has now become your normal way of working.
What tools and gear do you always have with you? What applications are always running on your computer? What time of the day do you send the most email? Where do you go when it’s time to do big-deal thinking about your product, your service, your customers and your goals for next year?
You know you’ve “normalized” your workflow if, when you do something a different way, or chose not to do it altogether, it feels as if something was missing or wrong.
Obviously, your productivity is impacted if you can’t get on the Internet, if your favorite coffee shop is closed, if your battery is dead and you can’t work in your normal way.
Action: Over the next week, be much more aware of the habits and routines you’ve put in to place. As you work, ask yourself if there may be a better way of getting something done. The fastest way I know of doing this is to watch someone else work, which can help you see your own process anew.
2. Where do you work?
The place where you work changes what you do, how effectively you do it and how well it gets done. The things around you and the atmosphere you’re in affect how you use your time. Want to be more productive? Improve the context in which you work.
Consider the following questions: Do you often spend time looking for things you need to do your job? Do you like or feel comfortable using the tools and devices you use? Do the devices available work the way they are supposed to? Are people using other tools that you should try in order to work more efficiently? Are you inspired by your surroundings when you try to get something done?
The purpose of asking yourself these questions is to help you think about how context influences you in a positive or negative way. When you want to get something important done, change your context.
Action: Over the next week, identify the context you do most of your work in. Experiment by doing different kinds of work -- thinking, planning, responding, creating, etc --) in contexts you believe will support the work you need to do.
3. Who do you spend the most time with?
The people you spend the most time with influence your productivity. Take risks, try to meet new people and build your social network. I'm not talking about your social media network here. I mean the actual, one-to-one, mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart conversations you have with those people you call friends.
The people around us influence our mindset and behavior. If you spend time with people who want you to achieve more and are extremely supportive of your goals and your potential, this will reflect on your own life and achievements.
Action: Make a list of the five people you have spent the most time with over the past week. Next, rank in order from one to five (one = most, five = least) in terms of how supportive each person has been toward your productivity. If possible, spend a little less time with the people at the bottom of your list.
Take 15 minutes right now to schedule these actions.
Experiment with one or two of the actions for five days and see how they influence you in a different -- hopefully, positive -- way.
Do you have a VISION for the future you’re stepping in to?
Are you gaining #momentum as you achieve on your goals, your objectives and your dreams?
I’m not asking if you’re looking to be motivated; I’m wondering if you ARE motivated. Sure the difference is subtle; but, it’s important to distinguish between “needing to be” and “being” motivated. My question is “WHO” motivates you?
No, not in a Tony-Robbins kind of way. I mean a friend, a family member, a partner, a mentor, a boss…Who is out there who is pulling you toward your next level, your next version, your next vision of what could be?
It’s funny to watch people react when we share with them “what we do for a life.” I don’t call it a “living,” because it’s more than that.
More than two decades ago, I sat next to a girl in a college history class. We chatted about the professor, we shared some notes back and forth, we both passed the class. Now, we’re writing books, running companies, and changing the world. She IS the YIN to my yang.
You’ve been assigned a new project at work, or perhaps you volunteer for a local not-for-profit organization. Either way, you have some important phone calls to make, or you have a meeting coming up, or - maybe - they’ve asked you to lead a workshop next month. As you sit down to think through the “presentation” you’ll make (on the phone, face to face, or from the stage) you find yourself thinking, “Am I ready for this?"
This month at Get Momentum we’ve published the information and activities you need to be a better, more effective presenter.
Be Seen as a Leader
Do you talk to clients on the phone?
Do you manage meetings with small groups of people?
Do you ever “take the stage” and present in front of large groups?
If you have something to share, and an audience to share it with, you need to improve your presentation skills.
In fact, research from Harvard Business School shows that leaders who develop certain mindset-based techniques as they prepare for discussions, meetings or presentations are more likely to be viewed as having “expertise, competence, and commitment” and “someone others want to follow."
It may be vital to your personal and professional success to be able to present your ideas proactively.
People make snap decisions about your quality based on how confident you present yourself.
I have a short quiz that will help you focus on improving your presentations.
I mean, do ever take a few moments to look at what’s been created out there and wonder? Do you ever think, “There’s something more for me to be making…”?
The reason I ask is threefold:
First, I found out last week that a dear friend of mine in Italy lost his father in a terrible work accident. I just can’t imagine. One day his dad is there, the next day…Gone. My thoughts, and prayers go out to him and his family.
Second, I read a quote attributed to Michelangelo recently, “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.” Is it time for you to reset what you’re aiming for, and hit a few of those goals?
Third, I’m listening to a book by Stephen King, and there’s a line in there that I’ve had to re-play about a dozen times:
“Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it…"
I’m in NYC this week, racing a triathlon next week, and traveling to Europe and the south of the United States in May. All along, I’m continuing to share this message of #Momentum.
Good morning, and happy spring to my New York City friends and colleagues. On Sunday, 26 April 2015 we will gather together for a #CoffeeChat, conversation and general good-will.
Over the past few years of meeting new friends and old, we've always found these #CoffeeChat events to be informal time to share stories - and sometimes even ideas, experience, or advice - as each one of us manages our way through the day. I've seen people show up and share what they are working on. I've heard of people gaining freelance work. I've watched as two people who didn't know each other the hour before leave as new friends.
Of course, it is me wanting to be very transparent with you and say that I've more than one #CoffeeChat all by myself. And, I think there's value in that as well. So, whether you join us Sunday, meet with a group on your own, or take yourself (and a notebook) to a coffee shop around the corner, we hope you'll join us.
A lot of people ask, "Jason, why coffee? You don't even really drink the stuff." And, it's true. I max out my caffeine limit at about half-a-latte. Here's what I've found: It's easier to find people to gather and chat over a coffee in the morning than during the other times I meet people. (If you ever want to talk, we'll go for a walk, go out to lunch, meet for dinner, or fly somewhere we both need to be.) It seems like the people like the people you and I spend time with are always so busy that finding an extra 45-minutes in the morning is "usually" easier.
Tuesday's or Friday's or Sunday's, we like to meet on different days so that we can cater to everyone's challenging schedules. Sometimes that just makes it easier.
Of course there is a "Meet Up" page you can find at Http://www.CoffeeWithWomack.com