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When you start the day, there are better AND/OR worse ways to begin. Check your rituals, they’ll clue you in to your productivity.

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There are at least 7 (seven) reasons you’ll want to read this book: You feel overwhelmed with your workload and behind on your projects. You know it’s time to climb out of the pile of backlogged work. You know you could really “move the mission foward” if you would just focus more on the Most

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Yes, there’s another “Mentoring” Town Hall webinar scheduled, and if you have  not yet registered, I invite you to sign up now. (Seating is limited!) —>  Click here to register   <— Well, the first month of the new year is just about over. How are things looking for the next 11 months? Have you

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You’ve probably seen or read the title of my book, Your Best Just Got Better and what I find is that the best leaders are changing things by asking, “How could this be better?”

This month over at Get Momentum, we’ve been learning about productivity through technology.

Most people slog through their partly working systems, they put up with slow and inconsistent ways of doing things. In these cases, we need to look at the situation and figure out what’s going on. Consider your organizational system and where it’s supporting you.

And lastly, if this podcast has been helpful for you, make sure that you subscribe in iTunes, and review us in the iTunes Store as well! Thank you!

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I learned to juggle from a friend of our family, a long, long time ago. I remember watching in awe as he seemed to do magic in front of my eyes. 3, or 5 or more balls in the air at one time…How did he do that? Now, the dictionary says that “to juggle” means:

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Technology…It’s about as good (and as smart) as we are, if we can get it to be. Over the past few months, I’ve been watching…I’ve found that a lot of you are missing amazing opportunities to get things done, to be productive and to make a difference in the world. And, it’s happening with EVERY

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Over the past week, I’ve visited Portland, OR – Chicago, IL – Pittsburgh, PA – New York City, NY and now, Palm Springs, CA. I’ll be home later this afternoon.

In this podcast, you’ll learn 3 ways you can do better work. You see, I’ve met quite a few people over the past week at conferences and workshops, and there was a theme I looked for throughout several conversations.

You’ve heard of the #CoffeeChat events I put together, right? Please go to the web and visit: www.Coffee With Womack .com and you’ll see a listing of current and past #CoffeeChat meet ups around the world. Over the past week, I asked people to think of the big goal they are working on.

One of my favorite books is titled, “Do the Work.” In it, author Steven Pressfield outlines an easy-to-follow method of getting things done when you’ve decided to take on a larger-than-life project. The entire book comes down to one simple idea:

Do. The. Work.

Last weekend, I was at a conference in Portland, OR and at one of the dinner events, someone asked me about how I got the book published. It’s a great story, if you’re ever interested in hearing it. I talked about how I met the publisher at another conference, and within 11 months the book was published and on the bookshelves of major bookstores around the world. Within 18 months, it had been translated in to both Chinese and Russian.

Do, do I feel lucky? Yes…And no. I went and found this quote by a childhood hero of mine, Lucille Ball. She once said…

 

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

I’ve got three ways you can experience more “luck” in your work and in your life. Now, I put luck in quotes, because I trust that the more I do the work, the more good things will come my way.

But first, I want to share something special. Please write this address down where you can see it later:

www.WomackCompany.com/nmp You can register for an online class to learn how to get more done, easier, and faster. Let me share some of what I’ve learned about doing the work:

1. Get really clear

Sometime today, write down the following dates: 2 days from now, 2 months from now, and 2 years from now. Then, next to each of those times, write the words: Clear. Visible. Blurry.

Now, what is clear to you about your future? What can you see with absolute certainty? What are you working on, have been working on, that you are certain will come to pass. Then, what can you see…Kinda? And, what is blurry? In order to achieve what you’re hoping to complete, you’re going to have to get much more clear about what you want.

2. Ask for help early on in the process

The 5 people you spend the most time thinking about and talking to will either help you, or get in your way. One of the benefits Get Momentum members tell us all the time is that there is a global network of professionals who is right there to help them along the way. Recently, three Get Momentum members have gone through a 4-week accountability goal-achievement program together. All three said that they made more progress on a single goal that month than they had in the previous year!

3. Be much more grateful every day

In the next 24 hours you’ll experience a lot. At work, in life, at play, you’ll have benefited from someone else’s time or energy or attention. Let them know you appreciate it, and watch what happens to your relationship…

The next Get Momentum Ojai Leadership Retreat is starting soon. As you become a member of Get Momentum, the next conference will cost you just $100. Imagine, 3 and a half days to focus on planning the following 12 months in a retreat-setting surrounded by 19 other people who have an absolutely clear focus on exceeding their goals in life and at work.

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How do you manage your time? More often than not, there’s something on your to-do list that didn’t get done; even though it was THAT important. And, chances are you’re VERY clear on why it DIDN’T get done. Sure there may be a couple of different ways to say it, but bottom line… You didn’t

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People are naturally very reactionary creatures with a narrow field of awareness (you can only hold so many priorities in your head at one time). This is why we respond to emails throughout the day when it’s easy to address a quick notification for something that can be easily done and checked off that list.

We are pushed and pulled by this constant barrage of information, so much so that we can’t process the bigger picture or ultimately the longer term goals that actually mean something. For example, when you write about the things you’ve learned and important progress you’ve made, sending an email never made it to that list.

The Get Momentum program helps you put this all into perspective. If you take the time to focus on something and use technology to help keep your field of awareness within the moment, there’s a lot of potential to actually be productive and make noticeable progression in your Most Important Things (MITs).

The most useful revelation for myself when following this advice is not some magical guide or handbook to solve all my problems, but rather a discipline and process flow to (metaphorically speaking) succeed:

Evaluate the journey. Look at what you’ve done, where you are, and where you want to go. Evaluating the journey has a lot to do with knowing your self-worth. What skills do you have to offer? What don’t you want to do? What have you learned?

Set the destination. If you’re trying to get to a constant state of happiness or level of success, you need to know at least the general direction you’re headed. It’s impossible to set a goal if you don’t even know your own values and mission statement.

Plan the path. Once you can visualize where you want to be, then be your own project manager and set those important milestones and checkpoints. Hold yourself accountable and plan out how long it will take to get there realistically.

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Productivity Through Technology…It’s not just a dream. There are three things you can do to work more effectively. Get started now.

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