Posted 11 June 2014 by Chris Farmer
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How to make more progress
Time is the ultimate resource
Some people have more money to spend than you do, today.
But nobody has more time to spend than you do, today.
Time is the great leveler
We are all equal in the amount of time we get, per day.
But we are NOT equal in the way we use our time.
We are not equal in the amount of progress that we make during the course of an average day.
On most days:
- Some people make good progress.
- Some people don't make good progress.
- Some people go backwards.
Most days, Make Progress
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is:
On most days, make meaningful progress.
Your minor mission is to avoid going backwards.
Now we need to know the answer the following question:
What would make us, make more meaningful progress?
Here are the notes:
1. Deliberate decision
The first thing that stops people making meaningful progress is that they don't make a deliberate decision.
Most people do not make such a deliberate decision. They never really insist that they do make meaningful progress, today.
Decisions are decisive
Progress demands dedicated effort. And you won't stand and deliver such effort, unless you consciously commit yourself to making measurable progress, today.
- The man in the gym could clamber onto the rowing machine with a burning ambition to beat his best performance.
- Or he could clamber onto the same machine with a loser's lazy attitude.
In both cases,
- The rowing machine is the same,
- The gym conditions are the same,
- But the mind-set is not the same.
Only if the man deliberately sets out to make progress, will he stand any chance of making meaningful progress.
In order to make any progress at all, you must make, "meaningful progress", a must.
Point one: Deliberately decide, to make your best possible progress.
2. Pre-planning and organisation
The second thing that stops people making progress is a lack of pre-planning and organisation.
All things are composed of matter, energy and organisation.
All fully functioning systems work well because they have got these three fundamental things right.
- They are made of the right stuff.
- They have abundant energy.
- They are well organised.
I believe that you are made of the right stuff
But what I don't know about you, is whether you do have sufficient energy, nor do I know if you are sufficiently well organised.
Many people are not sufficiently well organised to allow them to produce what they, otherwise, could produce.
For example: Last week, I went to a meeting. The other chap came in and sat down. Then he immediately got up again and left the room. He was gone for three minutes. Then he came back and said. "Sorry. ' Forgot my pen."
I thought to myself, "Why did you come to the training session, without a pen? Are you disorganised? Do you not plan ahead very well?"
A lack of preparation and planning is a major cause of most people's failure to make the progress that they could otherwise make.
On our courses, I ask this question of the delegates.
"In your opinion, which one single change in your daily habit patterns, if fully implemented by you, consistently over time, would make the biggest improvement in your work productivity?"
By far, the most common answer given by most people is: "Better planning".
Point two: Consciously commit to better pre-planning and organisation.