Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be really good at getting results, while others struggle?
What are the true secrets of productivity that set one person apart from another, and help them achieve high performance?
I’ve studied the challenge of personal productivity deeply to really understand the difference that makes the difference.
I’ve put together a list of 25 Keys to Getting Better Results that cut to the chase and get to the bottom line of extreme productivity:
This list of productivity secrets is from my best-selling productivity book, Getting Results the Agile Way, and reflects the best of what I’ve learned in terms of what really makes some people stand out when it comes to personal productivity, high performance, and making things happen.
After all, who doesn’t want better results in work and life?
You can read the list of productivity secrets, but here I want to touch on a few key ideas.Vision
Vision is probably the single most important starting point when it comes to getting better results.
It’s hard to do anything if you don’t know what it’s supposed to be or do when it’s done.
If you can see the end-in-mind, then you are off to a good start.
And if you feel really good about the end-in-mind, then you have something to pull you forward versus trying to push yourself forward.
When your vision pulls you forward, you are on the right path.Value
Value is in the eye of the beholder and in the eye of the stakeholder.
Value is also the ultimate short-cut.
If you know what good looks like or if you know what’s actually valued, you can refocus your efforts on high-value activities that produce those outcomes.
When you don’t know who the value is for, or what good looks like, you are in trouble.
That’s why it’s important to check with the people you are producing value for, whether you are actually nailing their pains, needs, and desired outcomes.
If not, no problem – learn and adapt.
Learn early, learn often, and really get curious about which of your activities produce the highest value results.Velocity
Speed is the name of the game.
As John Wooden would often say, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
In other words, make your moves quickly, but with intention, and with quality.
Quality comes through practice and repetition. It’s how you learn.
Try things. But try then quickly, and experiment in how you product results.
Use speed as your friend to learn faster, and to build momentum.
Don’t get bogged down. Use speed to cut through your challenges, and quickly prioritize your best bets, and create a flow of continuous value.
Sometimes you will need to slow down to speed up.
But more often than not, you will need to speed up, so you that you are effectively taking massive action.
Few challenges withstand the onslaught of massive action, as long as you keep on learning and improving.
Well, that’s about it for now.
I hope that gives you at least a big of an edge that you can use in your day, every day, to get better, faster, simpler results for work and life.
Imagine if you could master your motivation, your productivity, and your time management?
It’s time to get your game on.
At Getting Results.com you can learn all about Agile Results. It’s more than just a time management system or a productivity system.
It’s a personal results system for work and life.
Agile Results is a simple system for meaningful results.
It helps you respond to change while making things happen. It helps you use your best energy for your best results, while you keep learning and improving.What Will You Find at Getting Results.com?
Getting Results.com is a source of insight, inspiration, and action for mastering productivity, motivation, time management and more.
Here are some of the key things you’ll have access to:
- Get Started with Agile Results.
- Articles on Agile Results, Goals, Motivation, and More.
- 7 Day Agile Results Jumpstart, helps you take Agile Results for a test-drive and potentially have one of your best weeks. Ever.
- 30 Days of Getting Results, this is advanced training that will help you get better results for work and life.
- Resources that include Cheat Sheets, Checklists, How Tos, Visuals, and more.
You can also read Success Stories to hear about how others have implemented and are using Agile Results.Getting Started with Agile Results
While there are a lot of resources at Getting Results.com, the most important thing you can actually do is just get started with Agile Results:
Take it for a test drive and see if you can create better results at work and in your life, the Agile Way.
Recently, I’ve been teaching more people Agile Results.
I teach them really fast, because I just focus on teaching them the most important tool in Agile Results:
Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection
But before I walk through, I share a quick story of how it all started.Monday Vision was Born for Better Fridays
It was a warm, sunny, Friday afternoon.
My colleague and I were on our way to our favorite pizza place.
It was a beautiful day. It should have been a great day.
But I felt like a beast of burden with the weight of the world on my back.
Our backlog was overflowing, we didn’t make it through what we thought we would, and we had been slogging away.
And for what?
Well, I caught myself looking in the rear view mirror, more than looking ahead.
Instead of feeling great, I felt like crap.
So I turned to my colleague and asked him how much we realistically have to spend on work when we get back.
We lied to each other and ourselves. Then we got real.
We figured the best thing we could possibly do would be to prioritize the value we could deliver next week.
With that, we enjoyed our pizza, and when we got back to work, we figured out what a great next week would look like.
I never wanted us to have another Friday where we couldn’t go into weekend feeling good about what we had accomplished for the week.
And that’s how Monday Vision was born.
One I tell that little story, people get it pretty quickly. They’ve been there. They feel the pain.
They slogged away all week and at the end of the week, instead of feeling good about their achievements, they feel like they haven’t done enough.
They are never done. They are overwhelmed.
Instead of feeling like they earned their weekend for rest and relaxation, they feel guilty that they should work on their never-ending backlog and laundry-list of To-Dos.Monday Vision for Better Fridays
So then I walk them through how to do Monday Vision, so they can have better Fridays.
On Mondays, imagine if it were Friday. Really step into your future Friday and feel it. What are Three Wins you really want to have under your belt?
What would you want to be able to say to your manager or to your team or to yourself, about what you accomplished or achieved for the week?
Get clarity on that.
Use that simple story of your Three Wins that you want to be able to talk about on Friday, as your way to prioritize your focus for the week on Monday.
Now you are doing “Monday Vision.”Daily Wins for Better Fridays
Each day, identify your Three Wins for that day. This is the “Daily Wins” practice.
You will have those days where your Three Wins might be, “Great Breakfast,” “Great Lunch”, “Great Dinner.”
There will be days that knock you down, and you wonder how you will get back up.
But then you will also have those days where you are on top of the world and your Three Wins for today will be magnificent.
You might even say, they will be your masterpiece.
Either way, get in the habit of starting your day by identifying Three Wins you want to achieve.
That will help you focus and prioritize all that you do in a more meaningful way for results that matter.
If you don’t know how to do this, just imagine if you were closing out your day, what are Three Wins that you want to be able to say you’ve achieved, either to you, your manager, your team or that someone special.Friday Reflection for Better Fridays
Lastly, there is Friday Reflection.
Friday Reflection is your chance to dig deep and gain some new personal productivity insights.
Ask yourself, “What are three things going well?” and ask yourself, “What are three things to improve?”
Be honest with yourself about your answers.
You are the one that will win or lose from what you learn.
This is your chance to change any long-standing patterns of your personal productivity challenges.
Do you bite off more than you can chew? Do you get randomized during the week?
Do you have a hard time figuring out what is actually valued?
Use what you learn to feed into next week. This is your chance to change and practice your Growth Mindset.
Don’t expect any of these exercises to be easy, but they get easier with practice.
And that’s just it. This isn’t a one-time trick.
This is a very precise set of productivity habits and practices that you can use for your lifetime to master time management, master your energy, master your motivation, and become more of what you are capable of.
Unleash your productivity, the Agile Way.
Best wishes for better Fridays.
How easy is it to get around in your city from point A to point B?
Here’s an interesting article that rounds up some of the latest ideas:
I really like this—talk about impact:
Autolib’ has taken thousands of cars off the roads, brought down driving costs by 90% and is reducing pollution by millions of metric tons per year.
Dense city + mass transit creates opportunities.
According to the article, here are what some cities are doing:
- In London, Transport of London implemented a contactless payment system, so users can just “touch in and out” to pay. When you’re dealing with a billion commuters a year, that’s a big deal. Using Internet-of-Things, developers can use the sensors across London’s transport system, along with meaningful data in the Cloud, to build better transport apps that address technical incidents and protect passengers in new ways.
- In Paris, the Internet-of-Things made it possible to create Autolib, an electronic car-sharing solution. The fleet of electronic cars is managed centrally in the Cloud, allowing users to rent cars from kiosks and easily find charging stations. And users can easily find parking, too, with GPS-enabled parking.
- In Barcelona, they are using Internet-of-Things to improve Bicing, their bicycle sharing program. They can use sensors to monitor bicycle usage and detect issues between supply and demand. They can use that insight to distribute bikes better so that the bikes can be used in a more sustainable way. It’s smart logistics for bicycles in action.
- In Helsinki, they are using Internet-of-Things to get more value out of their 400 buses. By measuring acceleration, speed, engine temperature, fuel consumption, brake performance, and GPS location, they reduce fuel consumption, improve driver performance, and provide safer bus rides.
I also like how the article framed the challenge right up front by painting the scene of a common scenario where you have to stitch together various modes of transport to reach your destination:
“You just need to take Bus 2 for three stops,
then change to Bus 8 towards the City station,
walk for 10 minutes towards the docks,
then take Line 5 on the metro for 5 stops.
Then call a taxi.”
You can imagine all the opportunities to reimagine how people get around, and how inclusive the design can be (whether that means helping blind people safely find their next stop, or helping somebody from out of town, navigate their way around.)
Depending on how big the city is and how far out the city is spread, there is still room for Uber and Lyft to help stitch the end-to-end mass transit journey together.
And I wonder how long before Amazon’s Now drivers, go from local residents that fulfill orders, to become another ride share option (do Uber drivers become Amazon Now or do Amazon Now become Uber drivers?).