Productivity Rule #6 – Ritual Rhythm – 10 Keys

ProductivitySolutionsA positive daily rhythmic flow has the power to catapult productivity!  It’s like waking up everyday, jumping on your surf board and riding the wave!  Sounds fun doesn’t it?  Well it really can be that easy!  With a small up front investment in yourself you can create a powerful wave that carries you forward seemingly effortlessly.

I say “a small up front investment” because the wave you get to ride everyday, is YOUR WAVE!  You will have to create it.  The more automatic you make each day the less energy you expend in attaining the desired results.  It’s all about daily rituals!

None of this is difficult, the simplicity of it is amazing.  The success will be realized in your ability to follow the plan consistently over time.  The secret is to totally control and properly manage YOUR time.

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10 Keys To Creating A Monster Wave…

 

 

1.  Know the source of your personal power and connect to that source everyday:  Let’s face it, mood matters!  Have you ever tried to perform with excellence when you needed an attitude adjustment?

2.  Get to bed on time, get up on time and take a 20 minute power nap if you need to!  Proper amounts of sleep have been credited for many things: bolstering our memory, increasing our alertness, enhancing our moods and the list goes on.  Strong evidence is found on this subject in the medical community.  It is proven that those who get less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night have an increased risk for developing diseases.  Don’t brush over this one.  Set yourself on a schedule.

3.  Get your body moving early in the day.  Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain says:  “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.”   I can personally attest to this.   I think with so much more clarity on the days I honor my workout schedule.

4.  Clean your office!  Nothing kills productivity like a lack of organization.  “Now where was that?….”  Clutter reduces your chances of being able to stay on task and have clarity in your projects.  Who can create laser focus with crap everywhere?  A clean, organized work environment will increase efficiency and lower stress levels.

5.  Make and keep a checklist.  All top performers have checklists.  This is where they record their priorities and hold their focus until the tasks are either done, dumped or delegated.  Throughout the day as new ideas come to you, record them here.  Then let them go until it is time to shift your focus back to them.  Stay present in the moment, with 100% of your focus on the task at hand.  Calendars also help to map your rhythm.  By placing high level activities in time blocks daily it insures all of your personal and professional responsibilities are accounted for and will be met.

6.  Stop multi-tasking!  In “Prime Your Gray Cells,” an article posted to Psychology Today’s blog, Teresa Aubele and Susan Reynolds write that multitasking saps our ability to think creatively. “The more tasks you add, the less efficient your brain is, and the less likely it is to focus on the most important task.  If you are allowing yourself to be besieged by an influx of information, you are more likely to have trouble making the creative leap required for original thought — or to make wise decisions.” Their advice for improving brain function: Focus.

7.  Make a list of all your high level activities (things that create the most income for your company.)  Really define these and create daily action activities around them.  Make them automatic actions that you do at a set time each day.  Ideally you should be performing these high level activities during your peak mental performance times.

8.  Balance your time between working on your business and in your business.  Working on your business would be things like planning, goal setting, creating.  Working in your business would be things like meetings, communications, working with clients and problem solving.  This is very important to establishing positive rhythmic flow.  One of the things I do, since reading , “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky, is I never agree to a meeting unless I know its goal and purpose.  All meetings should result in definite commitments and action items.  If they don’t, that meeting should have been a phone call or email.

9.  Time block!  My first three months in the real estate business gave me a baptism by fire on this principle and that was back before facebook, twitter and texting!  In this day and age we run the risk of constant bombardment (if we let it happen.)  Notice I said “if we let it happen.”  Simple truth:  If you are not prepared and committed to time blocking a certain portion of each day respectfully reserved for your own agenda you will never achieve your goals.  Top producers are so, in great part, because they are unresponsive to “reactionary work-flow”  They have a time each day where they turn off the phone, stop the texts, shut down the internet and completely harness their personal creativity and productivity!

10.  Plan.  This sounds big doesn’t it?  It’s not!  Not once you’ve done your initial plan (knowing where you want to go and how you’re going to go about getting there.)  I do three things quick every week.  a.)  I look at my schedule for the next day the night before.  b.)  I set 20 minutes aside every Saturday to reflect on the progress from the past week.  c.)  I set 20 minutes aside every Sunday to project the top priorities for the week to come.

Napoleon Hill said in Think & Grow Rich:

“A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.” 

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

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