Sunday, March 31, 2013

Do 1 Thing Different

In less than 24 hours it will be April.  Can you believe it? So in the month of April, I've decided to become your coach and ask you to consciously make changes that are easy and that you will notice.

Over the month, I'll be sharing tips that if implemented can transform your month. I'm asking in the month of April that you commit to change - the 1% way.

The topics will be on a variety of personal development themes in hopes that it will impact a broader audience.  I believe there will be something for everyone! Note at the end of each post there will be a coaching tip. Please take action and share on the blog your progress!

So, the first 1% change suggestion is in the area of productivity.  

Make Things Automatic

The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Decision-making can be exhausting: The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy.

It turns out we each have one reservoir of will and discipline, and it gets progressively depleted by any act of conscious self-regulation. In other words, if you spend energy trying to resist a fragrant chocolate chip cookie, you’ll have less energy left over to solve a difficult problem. Will and discipline decline inexorably as the day wears on.

Build routines and habits so that you’re not deciding, you’re just doing (very important insight). When you first learn to drive it’s 1000 activities like steering, shifting, checking mirrors, braking — but with practice you turned it into autopilot and it’s no stress at all.

Coaching tip: Automate the activities and/or behaviors that will serve the outcomes you want. What is one thing you can automate? Do it in the next 24 hours!

Tip sourced from:  Erik Barker - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Need help with your productivity? Check out - Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed - how to manage your time, space, & priorities, to work smart, get results & be happy -  Kindle - The Book - Nook Audio Book -  The Seminar

This blog is based on this book. In it are actionable ideas on being a better manager - the 1% way: The 1% Edge - The Workbook - Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness

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