I while ago, I performed a seminar for the association Executives International in Switzerland. The topic: “How to double your results – in half of the time!” The feedback was outstanding.
Since many people find this topic one of the most important of all (who has too much time?), I’d like to give you three ideas you can apply today to get more done in less time:
Consistent steps in the right direction almost always outperform the big moves once in a while. Intellectually, most people know this simple truth. What most people and businesses fail is acting accordingly.
The key reason is that it can become boring and even demotivating to constantly work in small steps towards a distant goal. And so most people give up (often only in their mind) before they even come close to success.
Here is the good news: This can be changed! You (and your team) can become dramatically more successful, reduce negative stress, generate more “free” time, and achieve substantially bigger goals by applying a simple yet extremely powerful system for 100 days. The science behind is that we are talking about habit changes. And we change habits by practicing new habits over a certain period.
Hey, you can achieve something great in the next 100 days! No, don’t play small:
I know this is true because I’ve studied success psychology and success methods long enough to tell you: It works! The process is simple. However, the execution is not easy. Big difference. And that’s exactly why most people and business do not even start.
To help you, I created the unique online program “100 Day Success Challenge”.
There is one aspect of sustainable success, which is both fundamental and most disregarded by most:
What many overlook: success without absolute clarity is luck and cannot be repeated or only with high effort.
Yet, the creation of clarity is not difficult, but requires willpower and discipline. I will give you some help here:
Here they are from my German book “Business Fitness: Escape mediocrity!“:
Sounds overly simplistic? Wait a moment: A key reason for mediocre performance is quite often that you violate exactly this simple rule: you start off slow, after lunch you lower productivity, and you slow down towards the end of the day.
What you need instead, is to install new habits. How? That’s the topic for another memo. Meanwhile, just...
The problem with all execution of good intentions is that we all are weak. Our willpower is very limited. Since we have known this for thousands of years (that’s why we have been obliged to follow the 10 commandments, for instance), we know since a couple of years that this weakness is physical.
That’s why many leaders feel decision fatigue after half of the day. Again, this is no “soft fact”, but brutal physical reality.
In one of my latest blog posts, I wrote that productivity is a habit and many have learned to be unproductive without realizing it – even and foremost senior managers.
I received some questions regarding this provocative conclusion, because it is a rather uncomfortable idea for most of us:
We are consciously unproductive! Who wants this? The answer: In principle, we all do. Because productivity means that we produce results. And thus also bad results.
Since no one wants those, our brain has mechanisms that limit our productivity.
Did you know that the average car is only 6 km/h fast? Or that each email costs about 1 dollar? Or that certain computer software massively reduces productivity in ways you probably don’t even think about? You can read all of this in this article, which was published recently in a renowned Swiss newspaper (in German).
Not at all! Let’s be serious: if you want to create more results and at the same time reduce your negative stress and uncertainty, there are three important levers. What is striking is that these are often neglected in so-called “productivity programs”.
Lately I've been reading more and more about the idea of the 4-day work week and its positive effect on productivity: people manage more in 4 days than they did in 5 days before.
I find the reasoning behind this fascinating: you focus better when you have less time available.
So, I ask myself a very simple question: What does that have to do with 4 or 5 days? Why not switch to the 2-day week for the same reason?
Let's be serious: If we can focus better in 4 days, we can also do it in 5 days.
Our performance has very little to do with external circumstances and a great deal to do with our internal desire for high productivity.
I proudly announce that I recently became an author for the renowned Swiss business publication, "HANDELSZEITUNG."
My first article is entitled, "Back to the Basics" (just send me an email if you want a pdf of it, in German).
I chose this title deliberately because most companies focus too much on the big programs, the next big strategy, the introduction of new IT systems, the latest employee development program and so on.
These are not in themselves the wrong topics. But often the focus is lost on the huge effects of often very simple changes - the "basics."
Here are a few examples:
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