Career coaching leads to a successful career path and develops efficient productivity.
There’s a 10,000 hour rule to become The Master of a new skill. You don’t have to be brilliant. Or Number One. Or perfect. Just persistent. Malcom Gladwell talks about this mastery that comes with repetition and practice in his book Outliers: The Study of Success.
Such mastery applies to basic routines that will make your work-life or business run more smoothly and successfully.
No matter who you work for—if you are the boss, or you work for someone else—take ownership of your job, your role or your company. Own it as if you own the company and your future depends on it. And put these productivity practices to work. They’ll pay off in a big way!
1. Get up early; Establish a daily morning routine.
Scientific studies show that early risers tend to be more optimistic and proactive They use this quiet time to plan the day or week. It also helps them anticipate problems and set long range goals for their career or company future.
Some early risers do their thinking while exercising. Some like to get into the office before anyone else arrives, close the door, clear off the desk, review their goals and start the day afresh.
Another common practice of successful early risers is capturing their thoughts in a journal or diary over a morning cup of coffee. Especially in creative times of career transition or business growth I highly recommend a morning writing exercise called Morning Pages
in which you capture thoughts each morning on 3 pages only and clear the way for new creativity. It may start as a data dump but quickly turns into visioning and goal setting if you stick with it.
Whatever routine you decide to try, make it simple and consistent until it becomes a more natural habit.
2. Make lists; Check things off daily.
Then you can focus on what’s really important in your career or business. Which leads me to my third productivity practice.
3. Capture your creative ideas.
A second reason to write things down falls in another category. It’s more creative and sometimes fun. It’s for capturing the “Big Ideas” and connections that pop in your head while you’re doing the dishes, driving or listening to music. The story goes that Einstein got some pretty cool insights while walking on the beach. And just for fun, go listen to
I myself keep paper and pen always handy and recommend you do the same!
These “Big Ideas” or future goals should go into a goal setting file you review one a month if not more often. Some will get tossed. Some will go back into the future file and others will be integrated into current plans and goal setting.
And the good news is, if you implement all three Productivity Practices— like other highly productive, successful people—you be a 10,000 hour productivity master focusing all of your time on what’s most important to you.