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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
¿Cómo podrías mejorar algo si no sabes realmente lo que estás haciendo en el presente? A veces, puede que te des cuenta de que no estás completando todos tus proyectos, pero aún no sabes el por qué. ¿Esto te suena familiar? Hace algún tiempo, hablé con un cliente que, después de monitorear sus comportamientos presentes,
Hello, and happy 4th of July! Hey, today is our 15th wedding anniversary…if you’ve got it in ya, both Jodi and I are on twitter!
Or, of course since this podcast is about how to send better email, you can email us as well or you can visit www.TimeToGetMomentum.com.
Before I share with you the 5 things every email you send has GOT to have, I’d like to share this quote first:
“Whether we’re conscious of it or not, our work and personal lives are made up of daily rituals, including when we eat our meals, how we shower or groom, or how we approach our daily descent into the digital world of email communication.” Chip Conley
In this podcast, you’ll learn about the 5 things I think about before I send an email. Now, to set the stage, I send about 30-50 emails a day. These are brand new emails, that I initiate. Every email I send goes through a 5 point checklist.
But, before I share the 5 tips, let me tell you how excited I am about this month’s Get Momentum theme. Over the next 4 weeks, I’m going to give members around the world the skills and tools they need to be more productive through technology. My promise: Each member will learn how to use their tools 50% more effectively. What would you do with an extra 5 or 10 hours a week? Want to join? Just visit us here.
When I’m emailing someone and I’m the initiator of the communication, I’m looking to OPEN the conversation. In doing so, I’m looking to make it as easy as possible for the recipient to IMMEDIATELY know at least 2 things:
1. What is the email I am sending them about? 2. What is the action I am asking them to take?
(There is more I may include, but those are the two most important things.) 3. Is there any kind of due date? 4. Is there a “way out” if they’re not interested in what I’m writing to them about?
The first thing people do when they receive a message is look at who sent the email. Based on their relationship to the sender, they’ll respond right away, sooner or later — or never. Do you want to increase the likelihood that they’ll respond faster? You’ll do just that when you realize the power of the subject line.
Right now, open your SENT ITEMS in your email inbox. If you’re like most of the clients I meet with, you may notice that most subject lines are indeed a description of the email, focusing in on a noun or a phrase about a thing or things. But it can be more effective to include a verb near the start of the subject line. The most popular action words I’ve seen effectively used are the following:
Review Confirm Meet to discuss
After you maximize the Subject Line, next go to the body of the email. There are just a few “components” that I’m interested in looking for here:
1. Salutation: keep it brief 2. Body of the email: use bullet points, simple, short sentences and focus on action and/or information 3. Conclusion: make it abundantly and clearly obvious what it is you’re asking for with a one-two sentence summary 4. Signature: personally, I include my full name, phone number, mailing address and email address. 5. Attachment: IF an attachment is included, I will ask the recipient to “please click reply to let me know you can open the attached doc.” This gets them to take an action, and let’s me know that they’re looking at what I sent them.
During this month’s Get Momentum module, I’m going to share some email software programs that I couldn’t work without. If you’re ready to be much, much more productive, join today. And, oh of course, if you’re listening to this podcast later, once you’re a member of Get Momentum you gain immediate access to all past modules. Jodi will tell you more about this at the end.
Are you building a positive, supportive Network? If so, take a moment AND focus on making things better this year; just pop on over here to read a post I wrote on the power of community. When it’s time to bring your network to a new level, you know it’s important to engage in positive,