5 Pillars of Productivity

Yesterday I asked what your rules were?

What are the rules you follow in life that allow you to keep your guardrails up?

What do you say yes to, what do you say no to. 

These rules are what allow you to stay focus on what actually matters. 

Today, I want to share the 5 pillars of productivity. 

It's what the rules are built on. 

Whether you're looking to be more productive in fitness, work, or life in general, these five carry over to all aspects of life. 

1. Planning & Preparation

This is something that seems so obvious, but how many of us actually do that. 

This is planning the night before what is the one thing you're going to get done tomorrow. 

This is mapping out your meals on the weekend so you don't just grab something quick. 

Planning your schedule to allow for a 45 minute stop at the gym to get a workout in, and being prepared for that by having your clothes packed the night before. 

It doesn't have to be anything crazy, but all productivity starts with preparing and planning ahead of time. 

2. Professional Accountability

We all need coaches. 

I have a coach. 

My coaches have a coach. 

Steve jobs had a coach. 

Bill Gates has a coach. 

Tom Brady has a coach. 

So what makes you think you're special and don't need a coach?

If you want to get better with money hire a coach for that. 

If you want to get better at your craft hire an expert coach for that. 

If you want to get better at fitness hire a coach. 

We all need accountability, and a good coach will give that to you. 

3. Social Support

Quick story. 

In Alaska, crabbing is a huge thing. 

Imagine you walk out onto a pier and see a bucket of crabs. 

As you watch those crabs it looks like one is climbing out and ready to escape. 

You grab the fisherman and say...

"Hey, one of those crabs is escaping!"

He says...

"Oh, don't worry about it, just watch."

As you look on, just before it looks like the crab is ready to tip over the edge, get out of the bucket and back into the cold water something happens...

Another crab pulls him back into the bucket. 

Crabs will not let one escape, if one goes down, they all go down. 

That's a great analogy for a lot of our social support. 

As soon as we want to have any kind of success or want to become good at something there's always that "friend" that becomes jealous and keeps us tied down. 

If you're looking to change your behavior, in whatever facet of life, you need to make sure you have strong social support.

If you're looking to change your nutrition your family is going to have to be supportive, if not, your chance of success is slim. 

Find strong social support, people that challenge you and lift you up, not bring you down. 

4. Incentive

What's the point of all this?

What's the carrot we're chasing?

What's the point of being productive, achieving a goal, if there is no incentive at the end?

Now, as one of my famous sayings goes...

"We're not a dog, we don't need to reward ourselves with food."

It doesn't mean that when we hit a goal, or when we "behave" all week we treat ourselves with food. 

However, there needs to be an incentive. 

So maybe if you're really locked in for 90 days, and you lose 15lbs, you reward yourself with a mini vacation. 

Or, if you're trying to be productive with your money after you hit a milestone you agree to take a small percentage of it and buy that thing you've been wanting. 

Whatever it is, there has to be some form of incentive to change the behavior. 

5. Big Deadline

This one, I think, is the most important. 

There's a universal law called Parkinson's Law

Again, a law, something that is not up for negotiation, we all fight it. 

Parkinson's Law states that work expands as to fill the time allowed to complete it. 

Meaning, if you have two weeks to complete a project,  it will take you two weeks. 

If you have a week to do that same project, it will take you a week. 

Use deadlines for everything you do. 

A goal is great, but if it doesn't have a deadline it will never happen. 

Any project you decide to take on, give it a deadline. 

Anything you need to get done, give it a deadline. 

We work off of deadlines, it's how we're wired, don't fight it, just set the deadline. 

So there you have it...

The 5 Pillars of Productivity.

Which one do you need to build up?

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

PS: If you need that coaching and accountability with your fitness to finally start seeing results just reply and let us know, we're looking at taking on a few more clients before the end of the year.