Stop – and increase productivity

One

What are your priorities for the next week? Where will you be focusing your attention and how will you be spending your time?

Hold those thoughts.

Two

Now fast-forward to your life in ten years' time. What will your life look like?

  • where are you living?
  • what car are you driving?
  • what work are you doing – promoted, CEO of your own business or have you retired?
  • how do you spend your leisure time?

Make sure that you have a clear vision in your mind of your future life.

Three

Now return to the present and think again about what you will be doing next week. 

Are you prioritising the actions that will move you towards where you want to be in ten years?

Are you investing in:

  • your personal brand
  • your network
  • the skills that you need to move to the next level – commercial, communication, leadership
  • becoming your best self – emotional intelligence, effective thinking, resilience …

If you're like most people, there's a good chance that these 'Important, But Not Urgent' activities have become neglected. There's deadlines to hit and plenty to occupy your mind in the present. And, as I stress in other articles, performing at your best in any activity requires intensity and focusing solely on the task at hand.

So, it's understandable that we lose sight of the 'Big Picture'.

Four

scheduleThat's why I believe it is important to schedule regular 'review and plan' sessions. And by schedule, I mean literally block out a chunk of time (I recommend a couple of hours) in your diary so that you can reconnect with your vision. 

In the session, track back from your vision, highlighting the key milestones along the way – for instance, gaining experience in a particular area. Then identify the actions you will take in the coming days and weeks that help you to achieve your vision – and again, schedule specific blocks of time for these actions in your diary. 

Don't let short-term productivity cost you your future!

Or, the 3rd Habit of Highly Effective People:

"Start with the end in mind"
Stephen Covey


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A typical face-to-face training session consists of a presentation by a facilitator, followed immediately by an activity to apply the learning. There is little time for reflection or deeper analysis and, as a result, activities intended to deepen learning, like role plays, tend to be superficial. There’s a quick debrief and then on to the next topic. No chance to go away and experiment in the real world in situations where there is something at stake. At the end of the training day, you’re exhausted and any learning from earlier in the day is rapidly fading.

There is a limit to how much knowledge can be crammed into the human brain in a single day.

And then, when you return to work, you have to catch-up on all the stuff that accumulated while you were away. Often, you don’t even try to apply your learning – you’re too busy getting stuff done and within days the training is a fuzzy blur.

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