Getting things done with Agile

The rule of 3

  • 3 wins for the day
  • 3 wins for the week
  • 3 wins for the month
  • 3 wins for the year

Areas of focus

When you invest in:

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Emotions
  • Career
  • Financial
  • Relationships
  • Fun
  • you improve your ability to respond to whatever work or life throws you way.

Your outcome

YOUR world’s about to rock. You’re about to become a powerful force of one. We all have strengths and weaknesses. It’s time to shift from spending more time in your weaknesses to spending more time in your strengths. By spending more time in your strengths, and less time in your weaknesses, it’s like a combination of simultaneously uncorking your abilities and drinking from the fountain of youth. Finding your vital few set of strengths and spending more time in them is the single most direct way to crank up your energy and your passion, enjoy what you do, and create unique value to your world.

When you are spending more time in the activities that make you strong, you automatically do great work, you renew and rebuild your mind, body, emotions, and spirit, and you dramatically accelerate your learning and growth.

Fighting to get on your strengths path is one of the highest ROI (Return on Investment) battles you will ever win. It pays you back daily.

Nobody comes along and puts you on your strengths path. Only you know truly what makes you strong and what makes you weak.

Find Your Sweet Spot

The secret of amplifying your impact and getting exponential results is finding the “sweet spot” which is the overlap of your talent, your passion, and value.

Example of a strong week:

Do less of what makes you weak.

Productivity persona

  • Achiever — like to accomplish things.
  • Can Do — find a way. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I’ll find it.
  • Controller — like control things.
  • Details — love the details and will want to see things through
  • Doer — tend to get my job done, have preference for taking action.
  • Facts and Figures — numbers person, quantifiable measurements, like details, spreadsheets.
  • Finisher — bring things to closure.
  • Maximizer — finds the maximum impact.
  • Thinker — thinking, analysing my game.

Do It / Queue It / Schedule It / Delegate It

(!) Spend more time on what really matters to you and less time in what does not.

(!) You don’t have time, you make time. If you don’t make time for what’s important, it doesn’t happen.

Peaceful And Calm State Of Mind

An empty mind is a powerful one. It’s ready for action. It’s relaxed, ready, and responsive.

Use metaphors to find motivation

Create more meaningful and compelling situations.

For example, I don’t drive a project, I “lead an epic adventure.”

Positive metaphors

  • Chipping away at the stone
  • Expedition
  • Eye of the tiger
  • Grab the bull by the horns
  • Mission
  • Your ship has come in
  • Your ship is sailing and you’re on it

Life is a magic — metaphor for life

Power hours

1. Power Hours are the secret to working less. They are the key to working less, while achieving more.

2. Power Hours are the key to exponential results They are your force multiplier. I’d rather 
have four Power Hours, than forty non‐peak hours. 

Find your power hours. It should be about 4 hours per day.

Who are you doing it for?

If you’re working on a lot of low‐ priority items, don’t expect to get the rewards.

Don’t become a dumping ground. The more you work on low‐priority items, the more you become a dumping ground. The more you become a dumping ground, the busier you get; and the busier you get, the more overloaded you will feel. Now the worst happens—you’re overworked, underappreciated, and no fun to be around.

Ask Better Questions

"What's right in your life" instead of "what's wrong in your life".

Rather than ask, “Why does this always happen to me?”, ask yourself either, “What are you going to do about it?” or “How will you avoid this in the future?”

#5 Ways To Improve Week

1. Schedule your free time. If you schedule it, it happens. If you don’t, it won’t.

2. Fix time for eating, sleeping, and working out. And make everything work around that. This is your foundation and core. It’s part of your platform for personal success.

3. Group your related activities. Free up your time or spend less time on things in a batch.

4. Batch activities that drain you to get rid of them faster.

5. Add more activities that make you strong.

Ways to Bounce Back with Your Mind

1. Focus on what you control and let the rest go.

2. Set limits on things. If you let your body go until it crashes or runs out of steam, it can be too late. You have to set limits either in terms of buffers or boundaries or timeboxes.

3. Ask yourself, “What do you want your life to be about?”

4. Turn resistance into your sparring partner. Resistance is the enemy. Respect it, but don’t let it wear you down.

5. Visualize the prize. If it works for Olympic athletes, it might just work for you. Picture it, then make it so.

6. Improve your self‐talk.

7. Change your beliefs. Find a model or learn from others what some more empowering or 
useful beliefs might be.

8. Change your focus. You can change your focus by changing the question.

9. Focus on what you control and let the rest go.

10. Change your state.

11. Know how to psyche yourself up.

12. Don’t keep solving the same problems. Burnout isn’t caused by working hard or working long hours. It’s caused by working on the same problems or not making progress.

13. Mentally prepare for it. Simply resetting your own expectations can help you prepare for anything. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

14. Choose to act strong

15. Turn a setback into a defining moment.

16. Take breaks. Even little breaks interspersed can help you mentally, emotionally, or physically.

17. Use your renewal patterns. Maybe this means taking an afternoon siesta. Find what works for you.

18. Shake things up. Sometimes the best way to break out of a rut is to shake things up.

19. Shift to the future.

20. Ask yourself, “Who’s in your corner?”

21. Know that resistance is the enemy.

22. Brace yourself and pace yourself. You might have to chip away at the stone.

23. Remember your heroes.

24. Remember your shining moment.

25. Play the right “head movies.” If you keep playing the wrong scenes in your head, you wear yourself down. Find a new scene or movie to play in your head that inspires you.

Way to Bounce Back with Your Body

1. Allow for recovery. 

2. Take action. Sometimes you have to take action first and then energy and motivation 
follow. You can think of this as “fake it until you make it.” This is especially true for me 
when I run. 

3. Play like a kid, sleep like a baby. I heard Deepak Chopra say in an interview that children 
sleep like a baby because of their dynamic activity throughout the day. To know great rest, we need to know great activity and vice‐versa. I know for myself that if I don’t get my downtime, I go into a slump. I’m a fan of giving my all while I’m driving a project, and then taking a break after I ship. 

4. Avoid spiking your blood sugar. Spiking your blood sugar is one of the worst ways to work against your body. It creates higher highs, and lower lows. You can reduce the roller‐ coaster effect by limiting your intake of things that have a high‐glycemic index. Another approach is to balance your ratios of fat, carbs, and protein, such as in the Zone Diet. 

5. Swap out starchy carbs for more fibrous ones. This seems to be a pattern that helps a lot of people find more energy in a consistent way. 

6. Eat more frequent and smaller meals. This is another way to balance your body’s needs throughout the day. One pattern is to aim for having a small meal or snack throughout the day, such as every three hours. 

7. Respect your cycles. We all have our up times and our downtimes, even throughout the day. If you find you need more sleep, test giving yourself more sleep. Know your peak energy cycles throughout the day and leverage those.

8. Don’t bake bad habits in. When Bruce Lee was “off” or he couldn’t practice a technique properly, he stopped. The last thing he wanted to do was burn in a habit or practice that was ineffective.

Ways to Bounce Back with Your Emotions

1. Think the thoughts that serve you. Your thoughts create your energy. 

2. Pull yourself forward by what you really want to do. 

3. Grow your compassion. Keep your heart open. One of the worst ways to kill your lust for 
life is to grow callous and cold. 

4. Hold yourself high. Your physiology affects your emotions in a strong way. Sometimes you 
need to smile before you feel happy. 

5. Believe in yourself. This might mean as simple as deciding that you’ll “give it all you’ve got” 
and “whatever happens happens.” You don’t have to put your focus on your ability. You can put your focus on your effort or your determination. Where you put your focus will change how you feel. 

6. Find your “why.” This is how you light your fire from the inside out. Don’t depend on external things to keep you going. Root yourself firmly in your own foundation. 

7. Leverage your relationships and network. There is strength in numbers or even just somebody who wants to listen.

Ways to Bounce Back with Your Spirit

1. Make it bigger than yourself. Find a cause where you can put your focus on something you 
think is great. Having a cause is a great way to get back on your horse or back up to bat. 

2. Do what you love or do what you were born to do. Either way, you win. If you can’t find 
your calling, then look for your unique contribution. 

3. Connect to your values. 

4. Immerse yourself in great literature or music. 

5. Find the synergy. According to Stephen Covey, we unleash our spiritual intelligence when 
we combine meaning, integrity and contribution – by serving and lifting all stakeholders: customers, suppliers, employees and their families, communities, society — to make a difference in the world. 

Problem Solving

1. “What are you trying to accomplish?”, not “What are you trying to do?”. It’s very critical change.

2. Reframe from “problem” to “challenge”.

3. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

4. Stop whining, complaining, or claiming, and start defining, exploring, and solving.

5. You’re solution doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to be effective.

6. A resourceful state of mind. Get yourself into a mode where your brain is ready, wiling, and able to brainstorm solutions.

Assignment on Problem solving

1. Pick one of your problems that you’d like to solve and write it down as “how to…” (i.e. “How to grow my blog to 10,00 subscribers”);

2. Find 3 examples of people or solutions that you can model from.

3. Pick 1 solution to test and get feedback as you apply it. Use this feedback to help you shape your solutions or change your approach.

Ideas of Great Things to Do

1. Reshape your body

2. Find your fire

3. Write a book

4. Write a song

5. Make a video

6. Change somebody’s life

7. Overwhelm your greatest hurdle or breakthrough a barrier or a ceiling in your life.

8. Retool yourself for your current jungle of life.

9. Get a new lease on life

10. Get your dream job

11. Make your dream job

12. Share your lessons learned with the world

13. Rekindle an old spark

14. Reconnect with an old hobby

15. Create the ultimate knowledge base on your passion

16. Learn a new skill

17. Finish off a per project

18. Dust off an old dream or make your destiny happen

19. Turn the worst pain in your life, into your greatest opportunity

20. Be the father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son, uncle, friend that you wanted to be.

(!) Don’t depend on external validation too much — that’s the best way to kill your motivation on a daily basis.