Shut Up and FOCUS!
I’ve had this blog in my mind to write for a while now, but been busy getting the programme ready to go at Leeds Met. as well as preparing my new Lean Body Methods Ebook. So I’ve been very focused myself, but possibly not as much as I would have liked to be.
See, the thing is, when you have loads of ideas in your head all the time like I seem to (and you’re probably the same if you read this blog), how many plates can you really spin at one time? And still get things done?
Getting things done is the key, not plodding along thinking about getting things done. That means nothing gets done.
In my 3 Day Accelerated Development Course I was giving a talk on planning and organising training and we discussed the concurrent model of periodisation. (I actually cover this in my slides which are on sale at the moment) When you read the work of Vladimir Issurin he talks about focusing on 3 major qualities at any one time, any more than this and the qualities are watered down and nothing gets developed. I’m a big fan of this thinking and follow it in most of my own programmes for people. We might work on explosive strength, max strength and some hypertrophy in any given phase of training. Or it might be basic strength, hypertrophy and general work capacity being emphasised.
Any more and everything goes to S*** as they say!
Moving back to productivity, I think it’s similar. Without thinking about it for longer I couldn’t say whether 3 is the magic number of whether you can do 4 or 5 and I can only do 2 or 3, I don’t know, the research probably hasn’t been done. Or it has but I haven’t read it!
But what I can say is that you’ll probably have a number, be it 1, 3, 7, 10, etc, etc and at that point things will break down.
Find your magic number and everything takes off, and you might just end up flying! But don’t take anything more on before you let something go or you won’t get anything done.
This could just be the key to productivity in the workplace and in life!
This is the sort of thing I’ve been looking at on my distance mentorship programme with the new group of coaches I’m working with on this. Getting things done, making changes, learning intensively, these are things that really make people achieve great things.
What’s your magic number?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this, please leave me a comment below!