The 4 Hidden Secrets of The Worlds Best Achievers
What makes an Elite Performer isn’t how they show up when everything is going well; it’s the way they deliver when their best laid plans are falling apart. Peak productivity is not about luck, it’s about dedication and awareness. Regardless of your current situation, what business you’re in, and what your goals are, this subject is extremely important. It’s your job to figure out how to work at your personal best. In a time of constant movement, constant communication, continual achievement—the long list of to-dos and completed tasks at the end of the day we feel we are never ahead of. It seems like our days are controlling us, vs. us taking control of our days. This behavior of constant busyness and lack of rituals can actually take you off course from your high-value goals; hurt your physical, psychological and emotional system; and even damage or destroy relationships. I want to give you some ‘Perspective Changers’, and as you know shifting your perspective can change the game for you. Tim Ferris has an amazing book out called The Four Hour Workweek, and a lot of these ideas I originally learned in that book. I’ve experimented with all of these, and have implemented them into my life and business these past couple years. I am only including the ones that I have personally seen increase my productivity and results. No Fluff. No BS. No Theory. Only Real Results and Facts.
This is called Pareto’s Law and can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. If you take 10 of your tasks and activities you want to get done, two of them will produce more results than the other 8 combined. This is a proven fact, sometimes when we get busy we feel we must get a ton of tasks done vs. the important ones that create bigger results. I’m often challenged to really think intelligently about which 20% of my tasks I can do with absolute focus that will YIELD huge results. This perspective flip was a big part of increasing business, while lowering my hours. Remember, it’s not the hours you work, but the work you put into those hours.
Which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of your desired outcomes and happiness?
Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of your problems and unhappiness?
Most Things Don’t Matter
Most things make no difference, and aren’t moving your progress or business forward. In fact, most of the things you can do in your business don’t accelerate growth—they just ‘maintain’ at best. Being busy is a form of laziness, lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective, and taking more intelligent action is really the path of being highly productive. Focus on the important few and ignore or delegate the rest. At the beginning of my journey towards success, I thought I had to do everything myself and didn’t realize most activities didn’t actually move my business forward. If somebody can do something at least 80% of what you can do it at, get rid of it. Your time is more valuable. I’ve never met a successful person who doesn’t value their time, and I’ve never met an average person who did.
What activities can you either delegate or stop doing now?
The List of Freedom: (This list can save you years of headache and frustration.)
Don’t like doing – Figure out the things you don’t like doing and either delegate, get rid of, or pay somebody else to do them.
Can’t do – Find other people who are the best at what you can’t do. Everybody has specific strengths.
Shouldn’t be doing – If your time is worth $50 an hour, you shouldn’t be doing anything that’s less than that.
Don’t Do The Unimportant Well
Doing something unimportant well doesn’t make it any more important. Activities that are not connected to an outcome or purpose are the drain of all fortune. Understand what you do is a lot more important than how you do it. Effectiveness is still important, but it is useless unless applied to the right things. There are a handful of things you could be focusing on that will create exceptional outcomes for your goals. It’s easy to get caught in a flood of trivial matters, and the key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities. Take time to stop and re-focus your priorities as often as needed. Intelligent thinking combined with the right action will get your productivity to a level few attain. Remember what Jim Collins stated in his best-seller Good To Great.
“If you have more than 3 priorities, you don’t have any.”
– Jim Collins
Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will become bigger in importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. I have personally found there is magic and high value in deadlines. Most inputs are useless and time is wasted in proportion to the amount that is available. If I give you 12 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the essentials that actually matter. If I give you a week to complete the same task, it’s six days of validation, excuses, and procrastination and one day of rushed work. If I give you a month, it becomes a mental monster. The end results of deadlines are always of equal or higher quality due to greater, more intense focus. Once you determine your result rituals, place time limits on each so you have urgency.
Action Step: Put time limits and deadlines on your 3 most important tasks and get to work.
Identify the few critical tasks that contribute most to your business results and schedule them with very clear deadlines. If you haven’t identified your critical tasks and set aggressive start and end times for their completion, the unimportant becomes the important. Even if you know what’s critical, without deadlines that create focus, the minor tasks forced upon you will raise to consume time until another minuscule task jumps in to replace it, leaving you at the end of the day with nothing accomplished. I spent months jumping from one interruption to the next, feeling run by my business instead of the other way around. Don’t make the same mistake, and adopt result rituals into your daily agenda today.
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