When you look over there, you'll see something you left, to remind you of something.
There is a box in a cabinet in my office that is full of medication.
To the side of my desk, a stack of thank you cards and various denominations of stamps.
In my backpack, 500 calories/25 grams of fat AND everything is need to present a workshop for up to 5 hours.
In my wallet, money for a cab in 10 different countries (in case I can't use Lyft, of course!).
And... I have both PAPER and DIGITAL file folders for every time I get a card or an e-mail from someone that has been positively impacted by my work. I file it away so that I have concrete proof that I'm making a difference in the lives of the people around me on the days when I'm just not sure notes like this one really matter.
As I consider the importance of managing “time,” I reflect often on what gets in the way of getting thing done.
An experiment for you:
- Write down 10-30 things that NEED to be done this week.
- Next to each one, ESTIMATE how much time you’ll need for each one.
- In the THIRD column, multiply that number by 2. [If you think planning that meeting will take 45 minutes, write 90. If you think talking with your partner about summer vacation will take 30 minutes, write down 60.)
- Review your calendar, and schedule ONE of those sessions for 2 or 3 days from now. [NOT tomorrow, and NOT more than 4 days out.]
- Email ONE person you can ask to hold you accountable to doing that ONE session.
If you REALLY want to take *this* to another level ( and by *this* I mean your OUTPUT), then do ONE thing at a time…next. Make an effort to do your task - or as much of your task as you can - in one sitting.
Stay with it until completion. Notice it immediately WHEN your attention begins to wane (after after 15 minutes, see chapter three of YourBestJustGotBetter.com). Notice, I say when, not if! When you notice it, calmly relax, and recommit to the task you’re doing.
Keep a piece of paper nearby, and when you think of something else to do (to delegate, think about, to plan), take a moment to write something down. Consider it like a “bookmark” that you can use to save your place. Do that, return to the task you were working on, and stay there for another block of time.
Managing time…It’s really about managing focus. Go, control yours!
First, make an effort to do tasks one at a time. Stick with one item until completion if you can. If attention starts to wane (typically after about 18 minutes), you can switch to a new task, but take a moment to leave yourself a note about where you were with the first one. Then give the new task your full attention, again for as long as you can.
The start line...
I watched a video recently, and caught this quote:
"He's discovered that different approaches to coaching and mentoring have different outcomes."
Ok, this is perhaps one of the worst quotes I've ever heard in my 44 years of listening to "news."
He DISCOVERED this? C'mon…
If you positively imagine your future, what COULD happen? Let yourself focus on your future as if it's possible…
Are you a Healthy and Well #leader?
The clocks have fallen; sure, you could think “I have one hour less per day.” Or, you could think, “This is Leap Year, I’m a day ahead!” Either way, I’m writing to ask:
How are you curating your “Health and Wellness” team?
Last Monday through Thursday, we traveled southward along the coast of California. (Jodi rode in a car, Jason and his buddy Joe rode their bicycles!)
We started after lunch at Nepenthe (south of Big Sur) and four days later arrived to Santa Barbara. In all, we covered 208 miles and along the way, we reflected a lot on this month's theme...
- We ate well.
- We rested.
- We moved.
On Monday, March 14th, Get Momentum members* worldwide are invited to call in and discuss this month's leadership theme:
Health and Wellness
Hear what other leaders are working on, and listen as your coaches (Jason and Jodi Womack) talk about how they manage to fit it all in!
If you’d like to watch a 2-minute VIDEO on the Virtual #CoffeeChat, just visit:
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Since today’s the 29th day of February, it’s easy to think of it as a throw-away day.
It’s also to think of it as an extra day. Either way, how are you taking care of you? So that you can take care of others?
There are AT LEAST FOUR reasons to include a “health and wellness” plan in with your personal (and professional) development plan. When you press “PAUSE” and reflect on WHY you’re studying your health habits, mindset, and results, you’ll find immediate benefit.
Here are four reasons to make the most of this month’s Get Momentum Leadership Academy Theme “The Wellness Advantage.”
It’s not just about joining a gym. Or changing your diet. Or buying new clothes. Or spending time with new people. Or…
It’s not about only one thing. Your overall health and fitness should be a priority. And, if it is going to be the priority (at least for the month of March) then you’ve got to develop full-body balance.
Balance does NOT mean everything is equal. Balance means everything is accounted for. Measure. It. All.
Start with the choices you make. Then go to the voices you hear. Then go to the results you achieve. Write things down, make checklists, and promise you’ll check in with the people who care most about you.
The easy one to point fingers at, and the hard one to control. Weight loss is about a good many factors, this month we’ll address all three: Nutrition, Movement, and Rest. After you’ve met with a doctor/wellness professional, and have the clearance to start working on this stuff, work on your weight loss methods.
In January, here’s what I did:took alcohol out of my diet completely for a month;ate a minimum of 5 servings of fruit/vegetables a day;worked out a minimum of 75 minutes, more than 4 days each week;went to sleep when I was tired, and got up without an alarm clock.
It was a month-long reset…Oh, and I lost 7 pounds between December 23rd and January 31st.
This month’s focus is on wellness, and that includes our minds and our hearts as well. Stress doesn’t just go away on it’s own. And, it doesn’t show up on it’s own, either. The BEST thing I (Jason) can do to identify my stress is to make a list of things that are “stressing me out.” Big, little. Personal, professional. Long term, short term. I’ve got to see it, so I can feel it. Make sense?
Again, check with your doc to make sure it’s ok to work out BEFORE reading the rest of this…studies have shown that intense workouts produce cortisol, “the stress hormones.” So, if you’re not in a place of wellness – mind, body and spirit – then suddenly starting a workout routine will just continue to weigh you down…and stress you out!
Call someone and invite them out to for a walk. Sign up for a local 5K walk, and post it on Facebook. Do a google search for “hiking group” in the city you’re traveling to next. Stop by a running/outdoor store while you’re on a work trip. Bottom line: If you want to go far, and get better, go together.
Joining a group, signing up for an event, or even hosting an outing (think a group walk at lunch at work!) is a great way to meet and expand your circle of friends.
Heather Kampf is a professional runner from Minneapolis, MN. At not even 30 years old, she’s won gold medals and even won three races in three days back in January, 2015: the Bermuda Invitational Mile, 10k, and Half Marathon.
This year, 2016, she won the mile race for the FOURTH time, finishing in less than 4 minutes and 43 seconds! She gives some advice here:
I found this comment she made, “Even while training for the mile, I do weekly long runs of 12 to 15 miles.”
For those of us who won’t ever run a competitive mile, here’s my thinking: “There are things you do in sprints (lead challenging meetings, have difficult conversations with your partner/spouse, handle incredible stress and overwhelm) and the long, hard work you do prepares you to be able to do all of that…better.
Heather has talked about doing “plyometric drills” in an article I found in Runner’s World. I love this quote, “Besides giving me a stronger, more powerful stride, they reinforce good running form…”
Here’s our question, “What are the ‘drills’ you need to do, so that you’re ready to perform when it’s time?”
Heather has been quoted many times on staying out there a “little more” than what’s comfortable. If she’s consistently running 4:35, 4:45, 4:55 miles, why should she spend hours a week running? She says that she has a workout that “grinds on you like a race; you have to focus on trying harder just to keep the same pace.”
I happen to know MANY of you need to do this kind of mental AND physical training to be ready when the time comes.
Well, we’re about to call it a night here in #Ojai, California. I’ve built my workout schedule for the month, and my writing schedule for the week. How about you? Can you believe this is the 6th Monday of the new year?
Hey, quick announcement: in a couple of weeks - March 1st - I'll be in Wichita, Kansas speaking at a great event. In anticipation of that day, one of the coordinators and I spent some time on video discussing some of the points of the book that Jodi and I wrote together, "Get Momentum: How to Start, When You're Stuck”...
I really want to share some of those ideas with you here --> The 7 People of Highly Effective Habits
There, you will hear my story of rewriting the title of one of my favorite books of all time, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."
Then, that day on March 1st, I'll share just a few of the secrets I know… If you can make it let me know! (I’ll be signing books for people who don’t have copies yet!)
Before you go, I've got something for you:
Print this document, and write 101 goals you have FOR YOUR LIFE.
Put them in an envelope and send it to me. I'm going to hold the envelope - AND NOT OPEN IT - and send you your goals in one year.
Willing to play? Print this, and let's do it!
Starting in 1996, I’ve been studying “The Productivity Problem.” Starting as a high school teacher, I realized early on that it wasn’t “time” that my students needed (or, that I needed, for that matter) as much as it was FOCUS. Now, some 20 years hence I’m only MORE sure that HOW we work is intricately tied to WHAT we get done.
Look, you can have the most noble “Why?” on the planet; if you work ineffectively inefficiently, you’re just not going to be able to get it all done.
I joined the David Allen Company in 2000, and started presenting Getting Things Done seminars while becoming the “Other Productivity Guy". Now, what you might NOT know - or only heard about - is that I'm just as likely to be "UNproductive" as I am likely to get a BUNCH done. But, that’s a story for another blog post...
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You were excited when you started the new year, but if you haven’t implemented any new changes, 2016 will be the same as last year
Think about it: 31 days… Gone.
We launched the newest Get Momentum theme today. The purpose of THIS month's skill-building and leadership development coaching at Get Momentum is to give you the information and practice you need to save up to an hour a day by...
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I’m announcing this month's theme to more than 50,000 people around the world.
Some of you are going to take me up on an offer. For those who do, you're in for a real treat.
Alas, most of you won’t. And you'll continue wasting time and effort every day. (Do join us!)
Let me share with you why I have so much energy this Monday afternoon:
Because we want to give blog readers the FIRST chance to create a #Better future by studying the secrets of leadership, productivity and workplace performance.
By now you’re still wondering if Get Momentum will be valuable for you. So, just ask yourself which of the following best fits your situation:
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Allow me to share what I know having studied thinkers AND doers like
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Click the link below, read the article, and your week will be better. I promise
Yours in momentum,
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