Over the last few weeks I have been coming across many individuals that are complaining of lack of productivity...
Once I hear this- I immediately know where to go.... to ones schedule and habits.
Productivity loss is most often not the result of lacking skills or ability- but almost always the result of poor schedule management and even burn-out.
When a person has a schedule that is "too loose" and not designed correctly- they can get irritable, frustrated, and feel zapped of energy.
Being in a state of irritability, frustration, and low energy is certainly not a state one wants to be in if they are going to build/ create anything great...
We must be peak in all of those areas- and the only way we can do it is by making sure we are managing our lives correctly.
Today, unlike any other time there is so much stimulus coming at our old brains during the hours we are awake that the mind and body actually fatigue faster than many years ago...
Your phone is the #1 culprit of wearing you out and as much as it helps with keeping things moving- it has a huge cost of productivity.
It is a distraction device constantly interrupting the mind from being in a flow-state or a creative-state or a focused- state.
The information on a phone comes at us faster than we can interpret it- leaving the mind tired and fatigued.
So- some hacks are this- use the phone for phone calls and limit your text/ email/ scrolling on the phone.
Instead, use your computer or laptop for those other things.
Work to get people in the habit of calling you or emailing you vs. text.
Up at our farm, one of our great friends, Vince is in his early 60s.
He runs the local highway department.
I was speaking with him outside our farm a few months ago and I said, "I will text you"to which he responded, "No, call me. I don't do that texting stuff or that facebook."
Sounds old school- but, he ain't fatigued.
He is a tough bull that works like an animal- he has NO distractions.
You can balance your load- but that starts with removing the stimuli that is taking you off task.
For old coach here- I am actually getting a flip phone this week as my day to day phone.
I will keep my Iphone in my desk drawer and use as/ if needed.
The infusion and development of technology is great- until it has a cost.
And the truth is- most of what the day to day tech brings us is an escape from doing real work.
If you think about it, social media now provides most almost zero value as it is basically a targeted ad machine. Good for the advertiser, bad for you.
Text messages are disruptive more than they are necessary.
They create the illusion of speed but nothing is more clear and faster than a phone call because the point is made and it is clear.
Zoom is great- but people also appreciate a good phone call- it is different.
Let's give some of these strategies a shot.
COACH DANA CAVALEA