What I learned this week
1. Go for No
I listened to the most creative and interesting audiobook I've heard in months. Go For No. It is the story of a salesperson who learns that going for rejection resulted in greater success. It reminded me of another phrase I read in In Love With the World: Put Wood on the Fire. Gradually increase the discomfort/ increase the challenge. I will look for areas to implement these phrases to force change.
2. Batch your tasks
You can only focus on 3 priotrities a day. Group similar items and block out time in your calendar to work on them. I have 4 major goals outside of work. I can't do all of them every day. What I can do is group the items that I can focus on and pick days when I focus on 3 of them. Or two of them and one other thing I need to attend to in my personal life. I've already blocked them in my calendar.
3. We have 5 Sources of Energy that we need to manage
Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Social (Our relationships with others). We need to ensure that each of these are topped off or we won't be at our best. I will use this to check in every morning
4. Listening to a John Acuff Challenge, I learned the 4 words that can help you achieve your goals
Dream, Plan, Do and Review. He said that we all tend to fall down in one of these areas and that is why we fail to get to our goals. I tend to fall down on the Do (Do the Thing). I'm working on scheduling and finding the why behind I want to achieve the goal.
5. Again, listening to John Acuff's Goal Challenge, he told us that goals needed to be Personal and Specific-ish
Personal - in that they matter to you. You really love what you are trying to achieve. You want to do X because Y
Specific-ish - because vague / general goals fail. I found this really helpful. I want to lose 15 pounds is better than I want to lose weight.
6. Give Yourself Time to Reflect
Not only do you need time to reflect on what you've learned. You need to think about how you can put it into practice.
In addition, the extra time will give you insight as to what you actually want to do. I will schedule time in my schedule to reflect.