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Six Simple Ways to Do More in Less Time

You have great expectations this year and every year before this one.

But, time has always been problematic.

You want to accomplish more but daily pressures and activities seem to suck up all the energy.

What do you do now?

You must remain focus on the prize–the results – the why. You must remain focus on what matters most.

So here are six simple ways to do more in less time.

  1. Write it down – it is important that you write your priorities–things that you must absolutely get done down and review them on a daily basis. This helps prepare your brain to constantly be on the look out for solutions.
  2. Develop a morning routine and make the most of it. Get up early. Get up at the same time every morning and schedule to work on the most important thing on your agenda. Make no exception.
  3. Focus on one thing and finish it before you move to the next thing. It is better for you to finish one thing then for you to have 10 unfinished tasks. Adding incomplete tasks to our agenda just zap your energy and can be overwhelming.
  4. Promise less, deliver more – there’s no need to put more pressure and stress on your day by promising things and services you know you cannot deliver on time or to your satisfaction; so, let’s not do it. It’s better to be pleasantly surprised then to be disappointed.
  5. Do or do not – Trying is tiresome. What’s the since of writing your priorities down if you just going to try to do them. At this stage you know whether or not you can do them. So, make a decision and do it.
  6. Overcome the urge to reach for your electronics. Oh, what distractions await you – all those notifications. They seem so urgent. But, you can do this because you value your priorities and intend to move forward to success.

Three Skills for Peak Performance

My husband is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan.

After many years of being a supportive wife and a team player, conditioning sets in and now I am a completely engaging participant.

Over the years, I have spent countless hours screaming, yelling, coaching players from the couch, and/or catching a heart attack to tell you the truth. In that moment, I seem to know exactly what he or she needs to do to get the win.

I can tell when a fighter comes to give his heart out. I can tell when a fighter comes to win. There are a number of different aspects of the fighter that speak volume. For example, a fighter’s body language demonstrates confidence or lack there of–need I mention Aldo vs McGregor.

What I learned from that fight and many years of watching similar fights are essential to a champion’s performance. To become a champion, you must:

  1. Remain Hungry -So many people become lazy and complacent after a certain level of success. Aiming for the best is no longer a priority. When success and winning are no longer the goal, that is when the stake is higher. That is when the goals, strategies, and purpose must be reevaluated. That is when you should up your game. Remaining hungry has always been a prerequisite for peak performance.
  2. Focus on your Brilliance – As much as you would like to do everything yourself, that is a luxury you cannot afford. You stand to lose a lot more than you think you’re putting in. So, focus your time, energy, and resources on the things that will increase performance, productivity, and definitely your bottom line – the areas where you will gain the most reward.
  3. Discipline Yourself – Practice, Practice, Practice – no one becomes great without it. McGregor is constantly at the gym working on his brilliance – what he does best. LeBron James makes it his business to make hundreds of jump shots daily. Lionel Messi did not become the best soccer player in the world because he likes to take it easy on himself – dribbling practice is a daily activity. Therefore, peak performance is something that is earned with blood and sweat.

Selectively Procrastinate

We all have way too much on our to do list.

We are continuously pulled from one thing to another with distractions surrounding us.

Year after year the result of this type of chaos is the same. We end up frustrated and tired with hardly anything to show for it.

This will continue to happen if we do not change how we approach things on our to do list.

Concentrate on what matters the most. The things that will give you the most bang for your time and money. The things that only you can do and nobody else.

Yes, there are so many things competing for our attention. What do we do?

Learning to selectively procrastinate is immensely important here. It is okay to allow the less important things to wait while you focus on the things that will accelerate your success.

Practice delegation whenever possible and free up time to work on what matters most.

How will you selectively procrastinate in 2016?

 

It’s All About Focus

“Learn how to separate the majors and

the minors. A lot of people don’t

do well simply because they

major in minor things.”

Jim Rohn

Learning to master the skill of FOCUS is as essential as reading and writing. It took me a long time to learn that.

Every single year I would create a long list of goals and resolutions that I felt compelled to accomplish. The list would usually be staggering with items that could literally take years to achieve.

I would give it my best effort for a good week or two before I was too exhausted to continue. It is clear that I was major in the minors.

It was just too much.

I have learned to break this bad habit.

I have learned to distinguish between the majors and minors.

Now, my list contains no more than three items.

In this way, I am more focused and prepared to give everything on my list my very best.

The likelihood of me accomplish three goals with consistent daily action is astronomically high as compared to spreading my time to work on thirty different goals.

So, check out your list and see whether it is set up to accelerate or impede your success?

 

 

Today’s Habits = Future Results

We have heard that “your habits determine your future.”

We have heard it so much that we have neglected the power of these simple words.

We have neglected the power to change our future for the better.

We can unrecognizably change our lives from failure to success by focusing on the few habits that matter the most.

What habits will you change this year to maximize your success?

Sharpen Your Focus

We all want to be successful at what we do. We want to get the maximum results in the less amount of time. On top of that, we desire quality that is next to none and a system that can be duplicated in our sleep. Why is it that most people do not cultivate that kind of concentration?

The answer to this question seems very easy these days. We have more to do than ever before. We experience more distractions than we care to acknowledge. In the meantime, we are scratching our heads wondering, “Where did the hours, days, weeks, months, and years ago?” Because year after year, we remain in the same spot with little to show for it.

To accomplish anything of significance and to be effective at what we do, we need to cultivate a focus that is second to none. As John C. Maxwell states, “the keys are priorities and concentration. A leader who knows his priorities but lacks concentration knows what to do but never gets it done. If he has concentration but no priorities, he has excellence without progress. But when he harnesses both, he has the potential to achieve great things.”

The question is how can we sharpen our focus? How should we use our time and energy to maximize the desired results? Here are a few tips.

  1. Focus 70% on what you do well. We can get stuck on the things we do wrong. We are essentially negative people, because our brain prioritizes our experiences through a survival lens. We remember the negative experiences more than the positive experiences. And if we don’t deliberately take notice at what we do well, we may neglect to see the value of what we can accomplish. To be successful, we must focus on our strengths and dedicate our time, energy, and resources to become the best at it.
  2. Focus 25% on upgrading your strategy. To keep improving on our strength, we have to grow along with change. Change is the one thing that is constant in this world that we live in. So, if we decide not to keep growing, we will be left behind. As a result, it is imperative that we keep improving on the areas of our strength and remain competitive in the marketplace.
  3. Focus 5% on weaknesses. This is the area we usually allow to swallow most of our time. No more. Although we cannot avoid our weaknesses altogether, we can delegate it. Consider delegating work that you do not do so well or do not have time to do. Write the numbers down and see if delegating will allow you to be more productive in areas of strengths.

What we focus on expand. When we focus on our weaknesses, we get more of the same. When we focus on our strengths, we can only get better. So why not concentrate our efforts on getting better. That is why we must upgrade continuously. We must sharpen our focus by working on becoming better, prioritizing our goals, focusing on things that we do well, and seeking out the people who can significantly shorten your learning curve.

How Did You Do Last Quarter?

Successful professionals and businesses know that to maintain and accelerate success you must periodically evaluate your performance to find out what is working at what is not. This is a great thing to do because you do not want to waste your valuable time working on something that is not worth your resources and does not play a role in taking you to the next level. Therefore, I recommend that you evaluate your performance every three months or every quarter. That does not mean that you wait until the quarter ends to change something that is not working. You should have a system in place that will help you determine what is not working in order to maximize your resources. Here are a few strategies to help you get it done this year.

  1. Get a laser focus on where you are going and how you intend to get there. If you are like me, you tend to burden yourself with pages upon pages of goals to accomplish each year. I learned to change this strategy when I became stressed and depressed over my goal list. I felt as if I could never catch up. Thereafter, I learned to break down my goals and focus on what is most important. I wrote down what I needed to do to achieve my goals and attached a deadline to each of them. Finally, I determined the final product of my goal. I make it a practice to review these steps monthly to make sure that I am on track and to make adjustments if needed.
  2. Get back more of your time. Successful people do not complain about not having enough time to achieve their goals. They make more time to do what is necessary every day to bring them to the fruition of their intentions. They shut off the television and put the phone away. They keep a calendar to tell them exactly how they are spending their time. We all have the same 24 hours. Successful people make sure they accomplish their goals and dreams by determining exactly how and where their time will be most effective.
  3. Accelerate your success by multiplying yourself. Can you really do this? Yes, you can. You might recognize this strategy as networking, niche marketing, and strategic alliances. For example, creating strategic alliances require a tremendous amount of work. However, your time and energy will be well-spent because the relationships you build will allow you to accomplish things that you have never been able to do on your own.

My challenge to you is to get focus on exactly what you want to get done this year and determine what exactly you intend to do on a daily basis to accomplish your goals. Go over your calendar with a magnifying glass if need be and carve out some time, take the necessary action steps and place this goal in the done pile. Finally, surround yourself with the right people to accelerate your success.