It is day five of the 12 days of coaching and today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics. Productivity.
Hi, I’m Phil Sherwood, your high performance coach. We’re going to talk about productivity today because when we think about going into the next year, and setting some goals and setting some projects, and some things that we want to get done and accomplished to make this next year, to be an awesome year, we want to crush this next year and raise our level of performance. Productivity is a very important topic, and a very important thing to tackle.
Now, when we think about productivity a lot of time, one of the first things we do is we think about time management. But I want you to think about it. Everybody has the same amount of time, right? We all have 24 hours in a day. Why is it that some people seem like they can just go Go, go, go go, and they get a lot of things done. But yet, they still have time for their family and their faith and other things in their life.
And there’s others of us that seemed like, by the time we get to the end of the day, we felt like we didn’t get anything done. If you ever had those feelings, like why, why can these people get this done? And why can’t I get it done?
Let me let you in on a secret. It’s not about time management. It’s about task management, you can’t manage time, because time is constant, it is always going to be there. But you can manage the tasks that you attempt to get done with the time that you have.
So there it is, you’ve got to be able to manage your tasks, to be able to manage your tasks, you’ve got to know what they are. You can’t just go into your day and reacting to everything that gets thrown on your plate. If you do that, I guarantee you get to the end of the day, you feel overwhelmed, and you feel like you didn’t get anything done. You may have accomplished a lot, but it wasn’t the things that you wanted to accomplish.
So to be more productive, you’ve got to start your day, understanding what it is that you need to get accomplished that day. What are the top three tasks that you need to get done today, and which one of them is non-negotiable?
If you do nothing else, but do that every day, just get up every day or the night before you pick out the top three things on your projects and your goals, the things that you need to accomplish, to move the ball down the road on those projects.
If you do nothing else, but pick out your three tasks for the day that you need to get done to move the ball down the road on those projects on those goals on those dreams that you have. I guarantee you’re going to increase your productivity about 30%.
Now, how easy is that? It’s an easy thing to do. And again, it’s common sense, but it’s not common practice.
A lot of times we get started in doing those things and then we get away from them. You need to get disciplined and manage your tasks. Figure out what it is that you need to get done each day. Write them down and then start the day on your own agenda and you will be more productive.
So that’s day five of the 12 days of coaching. I will see you tomorrow.