Optimization to Maximize Efficiency
How I'm planning on maximizing my efforts to gain more output
|Marc Pelerin||Aug 14|
For the remainder of the summer, my goal is to work on being consistent with my work-flow production. Some days, I stress over only working for 5 hours, other days, I barely get 25 minutes of work in. It’s a roller coaster and I want to get off!
So in order for me to be more consistent, I need to create a plan, put in place before school starts, all in an attempt to get me the desired goal I’m looking for: get more done. My main time suck - where I use/waste most of my time - is in checking in with social media AND on starting something and not finishing it in its entirety.
What I’d like to see happen is working on a task for a solid 25 minutes before I can do anything else. Whether it’s batching social media content, creating training plans for my runners, or working on things around the house, if I give myself 25 minutes of uninterrupted time, I think I can accomplish more.
Cut out the check-ins. My brother in law said he has his phone in airplane mode after 7 pm and always has his iPad turned off. I think that’s a bit much, but I’m willing to give it a try. Starting tonight, no more phone after dinner and iPad away.
Treat coaching and teaching like a marathon. Yes, some things need to get done in a timely manner, but realizing that I am one person asking a lot of myself, I need to release some of the self-imposed stress I put on myself. I also think part of this is doing things in the order they need to be done in, not when I want to do them in.
Continue to emphasize healthy living. I have been in a really great groove with running. I’m adding in strength training, cross-training, and recovery to help with my running.
I think these 4 areas are going to help me become more consistent [25-minute blocks, no more check-ins, marathon mentality, and general health] and lower my stress level. These will get easier to accomplish the more I practice them, so that’ll be my goal. To do this, I plan on having a daily list of what I need to get done so that I prioritize well and then shutting off my brain and enjoying myself and my family.
I know what you might be saying. This literally had nothing to do with running. I think it has everything to do with running. I have zero problems getting up and getting out for a run. It’s been part of who I am for 21+ years. Running is so ingrained in me and so automatic that I do not have to think about going for a run. At all. Ever.
But for you, you might not have that luxury. My pain point is with non-running activities. I dawdle and drag it things that shouldn’t take as long as they do.
Friday’s Action Plan:
Create a short morning routine that primes you for your upcoming day. Mine will be 3 things to accomplish, 2 things I’m grateful for, 1 thing I’m proud of doing.
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“Doctors and scientists said breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.” -Roger Bannister
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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans, and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.