by Mandy Green, BusyCoach
“Evaluated reflection turns experience into insight.” John Maxwell.
I have been working hard to establish my own set of world class productivity habits. To do this, I’ve been studying what the best do. The reason? I want to try to beat the person that I was yesterday. To do that, I need to be more consistent, I need to do better with eliminating distractions to stay focused, I still procrastinate, and ultimately I don’t feel like I am making the impact that I am capable of yet. I am studying the things that the most successful people in the world do so I can reduce my learning curve.
In my studies, I am finding a pretty common theme. Basically, we are all given the same amount of hours every day. We get the same amount of time as Tony Robbins, Oprah, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, etc. They all have been able to make a tremendous impact in the world by making better use of the minutes that they are given because they have all established better habits and routines that allows them to perform at a much higher level than most people on a day by day basis.
They have chosen to do a lot of simple daily tasks that are common sense, but not common practice. These are simple tasks that are easy to do, but also easy not to do. They have made the decision that they are going to be successful so they planned, scheduled, practiced, and stayed disciplined until these daily habits became as automatic as brushing their teeth.
I have enjoyed my journey into developing my own productivity habits so much that I decided that I wanted to create a 30-day Busy Coach Productivity Challenge that could really help those coaches out there who are also not where they feel like they could be with the impact they are making in this profession. In this article, I wanted to share one of the habits that I am including in this challenge. More about this challenge coming soon.
Set yourself up to have a great day tomorrow by reviewing what you did today. At the end of each day, journal about your day for 5 minutes. Evaluate what you did so that you gain insight for what you should be doing more of or less of tomorrow. What did you learn? What were your accomplishments? What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing? What could be improved?
While you are journaling, also take a moment to celebrate your successes from the day. When you focus on what you are doing right, you will do more things right. When your staff and team focus on and celebrate success, it will create more success. Success becomes ingrained in the culture and people naturally look for it, focus on it and expect it.
That’s why certain coaches and business leaders are always successful. They implement systems and principals that create a culture that celebrates and expects success and this drives behavior and habits that create successful outcomes. Write down your success of the day. Do this for 30 days and you’ll see amazing results.
Reflection is a huge part of the learning process. It’s how you acquire knowledge about yourself and your work. Reflection is a tool you can use to try to beat the person you were the day before. And the more knowledge you have, the more likely you are to get to where you want to go. This knowledge will allow to stop the cycle of working harder and harder until you collapse, and you can begin to work smarter.