Productivity – High Performance Academy Style

Productivity is one element of high performers who engage in activities that are effective and efficient. Read my post on Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy

High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.

Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.

In the High Performance Model, productivity is about focusing your energies on meaningful endeavors – getting the right things done for your own agenda. To ensure you are engaging in the right activities, first you need to plan out your end goals. What do you want to achieve in life? From a final end goal, you then work backwards writing down the tasks and steps to be completed to achieve this goal.

High Performance in Daily Life

Staying productive and on task each day can be a challenge when you are constantly putting out fires and managing urgent (but not important) tasks. You need to design your own schedule each day rather than letting other people’s agendas interrupt your day. To help with the challenge of staying productive on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis,  I have taken what I learned from Brendon Burchard’s seminar and tied it in with the brain science trainings from Cahaya Mind, to create a productivity guide for each morning. It includes three big picture goals I am targeting and the steps involved to complete those goals.

Either the evening before, or first thing in the morning, fill out this daily planner to keep your schedule on track for your greater agenda. Inboxes are a huge distraction, so unless you are in customer service, plan out who you need to contact before you start going through your emails. Make a list of people you need to contact and who you are waiting to hear from and approach these tasks first thing in the morning (they should be related to your big picture goals or revenue producing tasks). Instead of reading all your emails, just search for messages from the particular people that you are waiting to hear from. Don’t let your inbox, and other people’s agendas , control your day. Check email only during certain time periods.

Next, plan out your monthly, weekly and daily tasks that are all focused on achieving the big picture goals mentioned earlier in this article. This is the hardest part but also the best way to stay on task. First you create your monthly tasks and determine what needs to be achieved to move forward, then you choose weekly tasks that are working to fulfill your monthly goals. Finally, create daily tasks based on the people you need to contact and the weekly goals that you need to complete. By breaking these long-term goals into smaller, more manageable tasks, and tracking yourself and your activities, you can work to increase your productivity.

Our brain can only process 4 complete tasks a day and ideally you should only fill out 4 tasks for the month, week and year, however, I have added an extra line for more space and in case anything turns up.

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Brendon Burchard on Productivity

Hear directly from Brendon Burchard about high performers and productivity.

 

Generate Your Own Success (High Performance Academy Day 1 Review)

“A power plant does not have energy, it generates it.”

Brendon Burchard

This concept is central to Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy. A few months back, I went to his 3-day event on the topic of high performance. Through intensive research into high performers, Brendon has defined the traits that are in high performers; he has found that the high performers are those who go and ‘just do it’. It’s not about being tired or energetic or motivated. For those who achieve things, they made them happen; they generate their own success, like a power plant.

_____ is something that you must generate. Enthusiasm, peace, happiness, success are all things that you must generate yourself. If you wait for opportunity to knock you could be waiting a very long time.

High Performance requires Desire & Discipline as well as Mindset & Methodology.

“Desire without Discipline is just Hope.”

Brendon Burchard

High Performance

“High Performance is heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.”

Brendon Burchard

Or you can reword this to say, High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.

Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.

Some interesting take-aways from the first day of his 3-day event include:

  • You don’t know what you need, or else you would already have it/be there. (Remember, you generate what you want so you must know what you want first to be able to get it.)
  • Nothing will change unless you change it.
  • If your efforts are not working then you just need more training.
  • If you want it, create it. For example, If you want more meaningful moments with loved ones, create them.

Generating Change

One other factor to keep in mind is that internal motivation is often not enough. You need to have something to fight for, a greater cause for those you care about.

Steps to Become A High Performer

To raise your levels of performance you need to be tracking yourself and studying your metrics. Brendon recommends taking a daily measure of your score and a weekly review of your high performance scores.

Each day, you should stop and take account of your current energy on each of these areas. Then ask why or how you can change them.

Each week, record these scores on a scale of 1-10 and also track the reason why.

Clarity (1-10)
Energy (1-10)
Courage (1-10)
Productivity (1-10)
Influence (1-10)

Why these numbers? Why not higher? What can I do to improve my score?

A fellow High Performance Academy attendee created an easy to use Weekly Evaluation Spreadsheet. Visit his website to download the file.

This is just part one of a several part series on this High Performance Academy. Next post: Productivity.