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.
You may think me silly, but the most important discovery I've made over the past two decades is that I am the most difficult person I will ever have to manage. If keeping a box of kudos helps me keep going on the days I consider quitting, then that seems like effective self-management to me.
I could offer dozens of other ways that I mitigate my weaknesses by planning for them to make an incredibly inconvenient appearance, but I think you get the point.
I got 17 emails from people asking what the bonuses are when they order Get Momentum, How To Start When You're Stuck.
So I thought I'd send you a note, to give you the whole story, right here:
1. Get Momentum Starter Kit ($60 value) A 20+ page workbook pdf that will help you finally start the project that's stuck.
2.Get Momentum Video ($100 value) In this 27-minute presentation, I share 3 ways you can get started in the next 24 hours. Not only can you watch the video, you can download and listen to the mp3 file.
3. The Productive Leader Video ($100 value)
In this 50-minute keynote presentation, I introduce the key productivity lessons to inspire you and guide you toward momentum. Again, you can download the mp3 audio file.
4. Meeting Agenda PDF ($100 value) I have a list of questions you can use to more completely prepare for time-saving and more productive meetings. Use this template as you move through your project.
We work on the honor system.
So if you've bought the book, all you need to do is enter your name and email on the Bonus page, and we'll send you right to the bonuses.
No need to show a receipt or confirmation number... I trust you.
Thank you for your support and encouragement on this ride!
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.
You have to decide long before you get there if you're going to get there. I actually don't believe that starting is "easy," like some people say. In the start you have to commit. And (just ask several of my own family members) we all know that commitment is hard!
In meeting the manager of a restaurant here in Los Angeles earlier today, I was reminded of this fact. He said that in three years of working there he'd clocked in 6-day weeks "most of the time."
Now, even if it's only one out of 4 weeks a month (I actually believe it was more!), getting back up to walk to the Starting Line has to be just as much work. He said that his wife and young child were depending on him... Talk about a why.
A motivating factor, to be sure.
I left him a card with a picture of the new book...who knows!