Do you ever wish you could get more done, complete your to-do list consistently, or skyrocket productivity to increase your business success? Imagine doubling your productivity, perhaps finishing early or discovering new yet simple ways to do exactly that. Well, to adopt behaviours that will help you skyrocket productivity, we need to look no further than the sporting arena. When you adopt this strategy, I guarantee it will radically transform the way you work. Furthermore, it may even skyrocket productivity! Moreover, it could take your business results or bottom line forward in leaps and bounds.
Athletes have a success orientated mindset
So, let’s take a look at elite athletes and their champion mindsets. High performers and athletes all have one thing in common. They train consistently to achieve their goals of competing to win or at the very least, improving their personal performances. Obviously, there are countless hours of training, have a clear plan, a goal and a winning strategy. There will be different training regimes and rituals depending on the sport. However, on race day, there are three distinct phases common with all athletes. There is preparation in the form of a warm-up, the race itself and a cool-down period.
Skyrocket productivity with a race-day strategy used by all athletes
So, let’s imagine for a moment that in your day, you are going to adopt the strategy of an athlete on race 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, you can still use this strategy to plan your day better and be more strategic with your tasks and projects. Furthermore, having competed internationally in the sport of triathlon, I know there are fundamental lessons we can use. Moreover, 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. Furthermore, our to-do lists get bigger as we get more overwhelmed. The first step 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 schedule of meetings and commitments you can still find at least one or two half-hour blocks. Now, you are going to break each block into three parts. Just like a race, there are three parts. The warm-up, the race and the cool down, which to athletes are like their keystone habits for race day.
- The first two minutes are the warm-up…
- The next twenty-five minutes are for the race and…
- The last three minutes are for your warm down.
For your warm-up, before you start a project, spend a couple of minutes preparing. Gather together tools, papers and materials that are necessary and ensure you remove all other distractions. (This might require turning off your emails and Social Media notifications that distract you). If you require more than two minutes to prepare, do this outside of the important race block. Take two minutes to check you have all you need and you are free from distractions. You are now ready for the race.
A short focused block of time will skyrocket productivity
Set a clear Intention to be fully focused during the next 25 minutes. 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 the project. If you complete it in this time block, use the extra time to review and carefully check what you have done.
When the timer goes you are now in cool down mode. It is critical to cool down after a race. To take time to stretch, recover and replenish the energy used. Moreover, it’s exactly the same in your working day. You cannot use your brain all day at race mode. It is not possible. You will lose focus, become less productive, feel tired and get easily distracted! Furthermore, we work in rhythms and cycles, as nature does, not linearly. This cool down period means you stop what you are doing. You can always come back to the same project in the next thirty-minute ‘race’ block. Stand up, stretch, take a few moments out, and have a drink of water. Remember that the purpose of a cool down is to replenish your energy and restore balance after a race.
Consciously breathing rests your nervous system which helps you skyrocket productivity
One of the simplest ways to replenish your energy is to consciously breathe for one or two minutes. This allows your nervous system to have a well-deserved break. Furthermore, your blood pressure will lower, muscles relax and body will rest and reset. Moreover, it helps you gain mental clarity and restore a sense of calm. Remember, when you use your brain, it uses huge amounts of energy. 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 you can too. Celebrate each block you complete and tick it off. When you celebrate and score, your brain sends you serotonin. Furthermore, this provides fuel and momentum to keep going. As consistency is a critical key to create great results and new habits, this helps. Give it a go and here’s to you managing to skyrocket 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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