Ideas often come when we’re least expecting them. Penicillin was discovered by Sir Alexander when he noticed that a discarded contaminated Petri dish contained a mold that dissolved all the bacteria around it. Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays while was investigating the properties of cathodic ray tunes. Tony Robbins came up with his “6 Human Needs” while taking a shower.
Imagine my surprise last week, when I found myself sitting in a dental chair while the hygienist worked on my teeth, and it hit me – the 6 P’s of productivity.
Brian Tracy has spent over 100,000 studying productivity and management over his lifetime and says, “One minute spent in preparation equals 10 minutes saved in execution.” And yet, according to the Harvard Business Review, most individuals struggle with doing just that – planning.
According to Market Research “The total U.S. weight loss industry hit a new peak in 2018 growing 4% to an astonishing $72 billion.” Walking around some cities it’s easy to see why. A total of 66.5% of Americans have a BMI over 25, making them overweight. Compare that to a country like Japan, where only 24.7% meet the threshold.
Two years ago, I had sciatica. Despite going to both Aikido and Karate once a week each, I found myself in incredible pain for a few weeks and numbness for close to six months. I never want to go through that again which is why yoga has become a part of my daily routine.
I used to go to the dentist every three months, but when I changed dentists I was surprised when he told me my gums were bad and I needed to come every Saturday for the next six weeks. Turns out, he was right.
Now I go monthly. No chance of having cavities. No root canal. No extractions. Going to the dentist has become a joy as it’s a simple in-and-out cleaning.
The goal should always be prevention, so that people never reach such dangerously high levels in the first place. Most people though won’t spend the money or the time to prevent something that might not happen. However, people will spend whatever it takes after the fact.
And let’s not forget about sleep and exercise. According to Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers found that it only takes 13 minutes, three times a week, to improve your strength. That plus a good night’s sleep does more for our stress levels, health, and productivity than almost anything else.
I’ve had the opportunity to work for and with many companies and the ones that struggle with productivity the most have the least systems in place to deal with situations. As a result, each incident it treated as unique and a large amount of time is involved in getting every party Systems don’t just improve productivity, but reduce stress as the same time. The last thing employees need is to not know what to do in certain situations.
Naturally, as corporations get bigger the more complicated their systems become. Moreover, it isn’t uncommon to find two departments with two entirely different systems to solve essentially the same problem.
Many entrepreneurs are familiar with Stephen Covey’s bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which has sold more than 25 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. However, not many people are familiar with a later book in the series entitled The Speed of Trust. Trust is developed over time in doing what you say you’ll do, by when you say you’ll do it. In essence, punctuality.
We usually consider punctuality of arriving on time for work or meetings, but believe punctuality to be one of the fundamentals of trust. Want people to trust you? Show up on time. Get stuff done on time. It sounds simple, but so many people the world over struggle with these not realizing how much it’s costing them.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better” is easily my favorite Jim Rohn quote. As I constantly tell my son, “It’s only hard because we’re not strong enough.” The stronger we get, the easier it becomes. And this concept applies across the spectrum. Whether you’re in sales, teaching, medicine, law, music, or marketing, it holds true.
If you’re struggling with something the choice is easier, you can do one of three things
A) Complain about it
B) Do something about it
C) Do something about yourself
There are times when you can change it, but there are those things that are beyond our control. That’s why it’s easier (and faster) to go to work on yourself.
Whether you’re trying to get a job, marry the woman of your dreams, you’ve got to learn how to give a convincing presentation. From your clothes, to your words to your body language, everything matters. Understanding your audience and their needs enables us to cater the presentation to them, making it many times more effective.
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