My name is Justin Levine. I am a fitness coach, business owner, endurance athlete and motivational speaker. I love life and I enjoy sharing my experiences. I hope to inspire you through my blog.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Single Best Strategy for Productive Living
"If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not you'll find an excuse."
works without consistency. In our society, too many people are looking
for quick fix formulas that promise results. If you really want to be
successful, productive, build a strong business, attain high levels of
fitness and truly take advantage of life, then I recommend starting with
this one strategy below...But do not expect over night results with
this task. You need to complete this tactic every week, for many weeks;
really for many months. It needs to become a habit. This discipline
sounds strict and rigid but this consistent habit will free up time to
do other things in your life.
A habit of mine every Sunday is to build my week ahead.
Whether I am out of town or at home, I find a quiet place, turn on some
soothing music and I start building my week. I take out a blank weekly
design template that I stole from Robin Sharma. If you do not know who
Robin Sharma is, I recommend you reading his blog and watching his
videos. He is a leadership coach and consults with some of the biggest
companies in the world. He is the author of the best selling book, The
Leader Who Had No Title. His strategies have tremendously helped me lead
a more productive and fuller life.
I first start by writing in all of my fixed appointments.
These are the meetings or activities that do not change week by week. I
know this schedule by heart but I still write them in my template. Next
on the schedule is my family time. I find pockets of time during my
workweek when my priority is my wife and daughters (morning time,
dinners, activities, dates, etc.). During the weekends, I do not write
in "family time" because that is my focus on most weekends, unless I am
traveling. I then write in my personal workouts. I have my own
performance goals so my training is very important to me. I usually
schedule these workouts around my work and family schedule. I either
work out really early, before my family is awake or take an hour out of
my workday to make it happen. Since I own my own fitness training
facility, this makes things easier for me to get my workouts in. But
don't make the excuse of "I don't have time to workout". Make time.
Find time. We all have the time, it's just utilizing our time
effectively. Once my schedule is completed for the week, I move on to
the back page. On the back of these time management sheets are my "to dos"
for the week. I write down everything that needs to be done. Things like
articles I need to write, any business tasks like marketing/finances/or
staff communication, and any emails/calls that are needed to make. Once
I complete a task, I highlight it, which gives me a sense of esteem and
accomplishment. On the top of these sheets, I write out a "weekly focus
message". This week was "Be into others. Relationships are key". This
gives me a laser focused mindset on a specific idea that I need to work
on all week. If I feel I need to focus on that specific idea more, then
it becomes the next week's focus message. Over time, this strategy has enabled me to reduce
stress, tremendously increase productivity, spend more time with my
family, build a better and stronger business, train and compete in
triathlons and other running races, improve my relationships, have laser
focus on my priorities and overall live a more enthusiastic way of
If there is one strategy that I recommend for personal
productivity and life development, this it! I am not a fan of the "I
don't have time" excuse. If it's important, I make time and it gets
scheduled. My goal is to have 52 weeks in a row of these sheets filled
out! Set Big Goals, Start small and Act now! For more information regarding my programs, go to my brand new website, JLEvision.com.
you are ready to reach for your ULTIMATE BEST or if you have any
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