Today’s blog post is from this week’s book of the week, High Performing Habits by Brendon Burchard. Today we’re talking about habit number four and sharing just a few gems from the book (not all the gems you have to buy the book for that). The secret Brendon Burchard says is in the fundamentals. “The fundamentals of becoming more productive are setting goals and maintaining energy and focus.”¹ Goal setting is something many of us have taken the time to write down before. What really takes practice though is the energy and focus it takes to see a goal through.
Focus is narrowing in on the most important activities to help you achieve your goals. Brendon goes on to say that, “Figuring out what you are supposed to produce, and learning the priorities in the creation, quality, and frequency of that output, is one of the greatest breakthroughs you can have in your career.”² This statement to me sounds exhilarating and overwhelming all at the same time. I mean some activities it’s pretty obvious are time sucks like checking e-mail repeatedly, too much time on social media calling it “marketing”, and extended bouts of candy crush. But what about other activities that are better camoflauged as “productive” but really hindering us from being our best? How do we ever tell the difference? How do we know what we should be doing to reach our fullest potential if we’ve never spent time doing it much less made it a habit?
Answer: Pay attention to what activities produce the results that matter. Results that matter means really evaluating on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis where you are and where you want to be. It also means evaluating the outcome of specific activities and be brave enough to move the rutter when necessary. Is it really more important to have a million facebook page likes and comments on your posts? Or is it more important to create meaningfull relationships on and off social network while balancing work and home life all while having a successful career?
Brendon also says it’s important to, “Know the big five moves that will take you to your goal, break those moves down into tasks and deadlines, then put them in a calendar.”³ He then breaks it down into steps…
5 Move Planning4
- Decide what you want.
- Determine the Five Major Moves that will help you leap toward that goal.
- Do deep work on each of the major five moves – at least 60% of your work week going to those efforts until they are complete.
- Designate all else as distraction, tasks to delegate, or things to do in blocks of time you’ve allocated in the remaining 40% of your time.
What are your five major moves? Have you plotted out the moves you need to make to get to your goals? Are you spending 60% of your work week on these moves? What can you do to change that?
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Read along with us High Performing Habits
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