Do you ever wish you could get more done, complete your to-do list consistently, or discover how to skyrocket productivity and increase your business success? Imagine doubling your productivity, finishing early and enjoying more leisure time? To achieve this and adopt behaviours that will help you skyrocket productivity, we we look at the sporting world. When you adopt this strategy, I guarantee it will radically transform the way you work. Similarly, it has has the potential to skyrocket productivity and move your business results forward in leaps and bounds.
Athletes have a success orientated mindset
High performers and athletes all have one thing in common. They have a desire to improve and love to win. In the process they create champion mindsets. They know they must train consistently to achieve their goals and continually improve their performances. Additionally, there are countless hours of training, a well thought out plan, specific goals and a clear strategy. Every athlete will have their own unique training regime and rituals depending on their sport and desired level of success. However, on race day, there are three distinct phases common with all athletes. First comes preparation in the form of a warm-up; second is the race itself and finally, a cool-down period.
Use this race-day strategy used by athletes to skyrocket productivity
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are going to adopt the strategy of an athlete on race day for your day. The amount of time that you dedicate to this strategy will be unique to you. It will be determined by your business, whether you have staff, your daily routines and meetings. However, this strategy will assist you to plan your day better, focus better and be more strategic with your tasks and actions. Above all, having competed internationally in the sport of triathlon, I know there are fundamental lessons that we can embrace. Furthermore, I believe at least eighty to ninety percent of success in endurance sports is due to mindset and attitude.
Break your day into small chunks of time
It is super easy to get distracted in our working day. When this happens we often fall short of completing our important tasks. Consequently it is super important to have clear strategies to avoid distractions and maintain focus. Furthermore, failing to do this means we get overwhelmed and our to-do lists get bigger. The first step to think like an elite athlete is to break your day into blocks of time. I suggest you chunk them into thirty-minute time blocks. That way, even if you have a busy schedule of meetings you can still find at least one or two half-hour blocks. The next step is to break each block into three parts, exactly like a race. The warm-up, the race and the cool down, which to athletes become their keystone habits for the race.
- The first two minutes are the warm-up
- Then, the next twenty-five minutes are for the race
- Finally, the last three minutes are for your warm down
1. The Warm Up
Before you start a project, spend a couple of minutes preparing. Gather together tools, papers and materials that are necessary and remove all distractions. This includes turning off your emails and Social Media notifications that are super distracting and red flags for your focus. If you require more than two minutes to prepare, do this outside of the important race block. Simply take two minutes to check you have everything you need and you are free from distractions. You are now ready for the race.
2. The Race is a short focused block of time that will help you skyrocket productivity
First, set a clear intention to be fully focused during the next 25 minutes. Next, press start for the race and set the timer, if not already done. The key here is to remain as fully focused and present as possible, approaching the race as you would if you were running the race of your life! Focus solely on this task or a specific section of your work or project. If you complete it in this time block, use the extra time to review and carefully check what you have done.
3. Finally it’s time for the short cool down period
When your timer goes you are now in cool down mode. Above all, it is critical to cool down after a race. All athletes take time to stretch, recover and replenish their energy. Similarly, it’s exactly the same in your working day. You cannot use your brain all day at a high intensity race mode. It is not possible. You will lose focus, become less productive, tire easily and become likely to seek some form of pleasurable distraction. Furthermore, we work in rhythms and cycles, as nature does, not linearly.
This cool down period means you stop what you are doing, even if for just a few moments. You can always continue on the same project in the next thirty-minute block. Take a few moments out, stand up, stretch, have a drink of water and refocus. Remember, the purpose of a cool down is to replenish your energy and restore balance after a race. In the business environment it is to increase focus, get more done and ultimately, skyrocket productivity. Most important is the creation of optimal habits that focus on maintaining and increasing energy.
Consciously breathing rests your nervous system and helps recharge your energy
One of the simplest ways to replenish your energy is to consciously breathe for two minutes. This allows your nervous system to have a well-deserved break. Furthermore, your blood pressure will lower, muscles relax and body, rest and reset. Moreover, it helps you gain mental clarity and restore a sense of calm. Remember, your brain uses huge amounts of energy. Consequently, it is important you fuel it well, with both water and nourishing food for optimal performance.
Remember to celebrate your wins
Athletes celebrate their wins, so remember to celebrate yours too. Celebrate each block you complete and tick it off. When you celebrate and score, your brain sends you a shot of serotonin. Furthermore, this provides fuel and momentum to keep going. Because consistency is a critical key to create great results and new habits, this helps lock in a good habit.
So, all you have to do is give it a go and stick with it. When you do I guarantee it will skyrocket productivity. I would love to hear from you as to what measures you take and habits you create to increase your focus and productivity.
About the Author
Mandy Napier is a Global High Performance Mindset Coach who is dedicated to supporting high achievers fulfil their potential and achieve extraordinary results professionally and personally. Transformations are the norm, and results guaranteed.
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