IDEAS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE REST OF 2020 – PART 2
In part one of this blog, I addressed two ideas to make the most of the rest of 2020, battle boards and parking 2021 planning for now. Read part one here.
You might feel that those two ideas alone have loaded up your workflow and you can’t see how to carve out the time to achieve. Let’s talk about that.
Attack the low hanging fruit
With your battle board written, you need to create momentum quickly, so we’re going to look for easy, quick wins that generate rapid progress – the low hanging fruit.
What can you do, before the end of August to capitalize on the low hanging fruit? Stuff that doesn’t need masses of thinking and makes a difference right away?
Go after stuff that is already there
- What customers do you already have that you can contact and engage with?
- What existing products or services can you leverage with promotional or marketing activities?
- Where can you make a small change with a big result?
- What can you do right away to advance your year – something that will make a rapid difference?
- What is the simplest thing to do?
- What’s killing progress on a project – could you just get it out there and iterate, rather than letting perfection stop the job?
Need help with those quick wins? Reach out and let’s get going.
Where are you losing time? If we’re honest, we all know social media is a time killer, but so too is browsing, whether it’s for a new pair of shoes or the perfect thumbnail for your blog (guilty as charged on that one).
Browsing is indecision and boredom; a displacement behaviour when we’re discouraged. Each scroll of the screen delivers a hit of dopamine, hijacking our reward system in a most unproductive and addictive way.
What would you be able to achieve in the remaining five months of 2020 with an extra eleven days?
That’s what spending just 35 minutes a day browsing social media or online shops between August and year end would give you. Over eleven working days.
By the way – there’s even a solution for that built into your phone – iOS Screentime.
What would you achieve if the time spent on your battle board and goals exceeded the time spent on social media?
Guarantee your recovery time every day
It sounds paradoxical, asking you to do more stuff and yet leave space in your diary at the same time, but it isn’t. This is possibly the biggest of my ideas to make the most of the rest of 2020.
The research is unequivocal; if you’re not taking time to psychologically disconnect from work, sleep 7-8 hours per night, exercise and eat well, you will not perform at your peak. That applies equally to creativity and productivity.
Your ability to achieve progress will be directly proportional to the care you take of yourself. What self-care means to an individual is unique to them, but I can promise you, without it, you will underachieve.
Here are some ideas to help protect your resting time
- When are you at your productive or creative peak? Are you a lark or an owl? Structure your day accordingly.
- Even in a flow state, regular scheduled breaks are beneficial. Try a 15-minute break every hour, set an alarm and do something physical, even if it’s to stand up, stretch and bounce around for a few moments. Resist the urge to check your social media.
- What do you need to refresh your batteries? Make it yours, within your control and sacrosanct. Write down your preferred form of active recovery.
- Block time to do it every day. It might be meditation, yoga, a run or even just a dog walk, but set a pattern that becomes a habit and plan your time.
- Don’t forget the significant others around you too and how you need to support or be supported by them. Is it time with your partner, kids or time alone?
Get a Coach – the best idea to make the most of the rest of 2020
So, there are three more ideas to make the most of the rest of 2020. There’s still enough time to have a good year, it’s a choice you can make and I’m here to help, so arrange a free, no obligation discussion of what you need to be successful in work or personal life this year.
I’ll sign off exactly the same as in part one by challenging you – it’s low hanging fruit to secure your free, no obligation coaching exploration with me. What’s stopping you?