Lots of activity doesn’t equal accomplishment. Agree?
Today is day 8 of the 30 Day Business Breakthrough Challenge I’m running inside our private Facebook group, and we’re talking productivity and high performance. I thought I’d share today’s tip publicly because the top comment I hear from colleagues and coaching clients is, “I need to be more productive.”
If that’s you, give the 50/10 Productivity Strategy a go. It works because it removes distractions, forces you to single task, and then recharges your brain capacity.
Here’s how it works:
- 50 Minutes of Intense Focus: Set your timer for 50 minutes and give your full focus to your #1 task. Turn off ALL distractions: phone, Facebook, email… Tape a “Do Not Disturb” sign outside your door. Give that task your undivided attention.
- 10 Minutes to Recharge: When the timer goes off, set timer for 10 minutes. Get out of your chair and give your mind and body a boost. Stretch and move. Breathe. Drink some water.
Both focus and recharging are key.
I’ve been known to sit in front of the computer for 8 hours, no food… no water… no bio breaks. Productivity suffers. Health suffers. Our best work suffers. Give 50/10 a try and see what you think.
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By the way, you can still join the challenge if you want to take your business to the next level in the next 30 days.
I can still remember the day I totalled my car. Apparently I went through a red light (don’t remember) and slammed into the side of a minivan that was making a left turn in front of me. It’s a miracle I came through it alive.
I couldn’t tell the police officer how it all happened. I was behind the wheel but my mind was somewhere else, distracted by what wouldn’t have mattered a bit had that day been my last one on this earth.
Mindfulness, simply put, is being fully present in any given moment.
Mindfulness can be as simple as learning to breathe, removing distractions, focusing on a single task, putting away the phone at meetings or during conversations, taking time to get centered and focused, etc.
I hope to do more and more of all the aevery day, when I work, when I’m by myself, when I’m around others—and when I’m driving. That’s what I hope those I have the privilege to influence will want to do as well.
That’s the motivation behind this new segment. My hope is that it will help you as well.
My Goal Setting Masterclass can help you become more mindful. It’s online and it’s free here. It’s my gift to you to take mindfulness to the next level.
Mindfulness at Work
If you want to learn more about mindfulness training at work, both the pros and cons (according to the experts), here are three articles you may find helpful.
By the way: if you want to take February 29 off and join me in San Diego, I’d love to spend the day with you as we mindfully plan your biggest LEAP ever. You can register here now.
I haven’t met the person who doesn’t enjoy inspiring quotes. Well, except for the occasional curmudgeon who will miss the point but will eagerly point out the grammatical errors and alleged cliches. Let’s ignore the latter for now.
I have a theory: we love inspiring quotes because our brains are starving for positive nourishment, the type of mental fuel that propels us towards greater faith, focus, courage, perseverance, and the will to live with passion and purpose.
Truth be told, inspiring quotes can be nothing more than brain candy… if we just read them and quickly forget their inherent wisdom.
May the following fifty quotes be like mental vitamins that inspire you to learn how to build the life and business of your dreams.
Every year I choose a theme that becomes the focus of everything I do personally and professionally. That theme is my compass, my focus, my inspiration, and my motivation. It is also the standard I aim for, especially when I face a foe that conspires against my resolve and my progress.
Breakthrough is my theme for the year. My foe this week—the first one of my breakthrough year—is my MacBook Air, the loyal friend I acquired when I made the big entrepreneurial leap over four years ago. It’s never failed me since—until this week.
I wrote this post partly because I just woke up with nothing to show for long hours of work. Today I need to hear the advice I give to my clients when this happens to them.
I also wrote it because if the nuggets of wisdom inspire at least one person today, the frustration won’t be a total waste.
So here it goes.
Does any of this sound familiar?
You are inspired to move to the next level. Your goals and systems are in place to take your life, the people you influence, and your business to the next level. You’re up at the crack of dawn ready to take massive action because it’s a beautiful day to change the world.
Then your computer crashes.
Millions of people set S.M.A.R.T. Goals every year (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound). Yet, studies show that over 65% of people abandon them in the first 60 days of the year.
Here’s a another sobering statistic from Dr. Travis Berry, founder of Talent Smart:
The sad truth is that nearly 80% of us will fall off the resolution bandwagon by Super Bowl Sunday; and by this time next year, a mere 5% of us will have succeeded in reaching our goals.
For years, this was my story and the story of hundreds of people I work with every year.
If you are among those who are setting S.M.A.R.T goals for the year, chances are they WON’T help you take off in 2016… unless they are properly fueled with D.U.M.B. Goal Fuel.
Join me for a FREE 90 minute teleworkshop. I’ll share what I’ve learned in 20 years of failed attempts to achieve my most ambitious goals. And why learning to start out with D.U.M.B. goal fuel was the breakthrough I needed.
Come ready to work and walk away with the proper fuel to make it to the 2016 finish line. if you’ve failed in the past, things are about to change!
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If you are like me, you know that this week—the last one of the year—is the most important, because it sets the tone for the next 12 months.
Usually, I use it to assess and reflect on the past, to be more intentionally grateful for the present, and to prioritize what I want to achieve in the future.
How about you?
Another thing I do is to make sure I close the year generously. I give away something of great value to those who have supported me and worked closely with me—and that includes my faithful blog readers.
“The cost is irrelevant.” Have you ever justified a purchase or investment with similar words? Have you ever wished those you’ve been trying to influence felt the same way?
Most recently, I purchased a package of consulting services, for which I’ll have to travel across the country twice, for several times the cost of similar services here in San Diego. By the time I add time, airfare, and lodging… Well, you get the picture. “The cost was irrelevant,” I told my business partner as I justified the investment.
I’m not alone. Many of my clients confessed that they chose me over other coaches or consultants who offered cheaper services.
Why do we yield and pay more, much more—whether it’s in money, time, or commitment? Is it a flawless sales pitch? That’s only part of the story.
Influence that leads to relationship—someone’s capacity to compel others to take action on something that is good for them—is the rest of the story.
This is what I know for sure: authentic influence that leads to relationship trumps tactics, flare, and sales pitches. Why and how world-class influencers improve their authentic influence is the topic of this conversation.
Secretly, we all want to win the day—even if we don’t realize it at first. The light goes on when we realize that being busy all the time is only leaving us exhausted, frustrated, or discouraged.
That light went on for me at the end of 2012. It had been a year since I left my full time job to launch my new consulting and coaching practice. It was an exciting time of possibilities and decisions. I was busy every single day. I met with people, went to networking events, returned emails, made calls, revised my goals, and slowly worked on the book I wanted to write.
I worked six and half days a week, late into the night. I didn’t care. I was working for myself, doing the work I loved. But it wasn’t a pretty sight.