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FROM PRO BASEBALL TO PRO CEO WITH JOSH KALINOWSKI
“What do you do when everything you thought you were created for ends?” This and more is answered in Strike 3, written by today’s guest, Josh Kalinowski; author, speaker, coach, and former professional athlete. He is also the CEO of Kalinowski Enterprises and co-owner of several other businesses. In this episode, Sharran and Josh talk about the lessons learned from failure and losing one’s idea of success. Josh takes us through his journey from being a professional baseball player to becoming a CEO of multiple companies. But more importantly, he talks about what happens in between those two identities, what led him to write his book, and how he discovered a new way of living.
– Can you change your purpose and identity?
– How do you identify your burden?
– Sharran’s Top 3 Realizations
– The Art of Journaling and its Impact on Your Life
– The Two Beasts inside you: Which one do you feed?
– How important is it to go away in solitude?
– Who do you have around you?
– What is the best thing you can do for yourself?
– The Wisdom Formula
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SOMETHING TO PONDER
How to be more productive?
Are you super productive?
– What if you could get more done in less time?
– What if you could be 2x more productive than you are now?
– What would you even do with all the extra time?
Sometimes when I peel it all back, I realize that it’s just me v. me against the clock.
Just to be clear: My own clock.
And that’s why I spend a lot of time thinking about personal productivity.
No… not just about getting more done.
But, how can I think “better” about getting “less” done but “more” of what is truly important.
Really, really, really hard.
Today I wanted to share with you a few thoughts I have journaled on and collected over the years on productivity.
Here is a mixed bag… I am sure one of these nuggets will resonate with you.
Of course, every great leader must face his or her demons in order to overcome them. I’ve always known this, but I wasn’t aware of any immediate problems. But these days the demons are more insidious; they’re the everyday annoyances, the little things that suck away our potential to do big things.
BE CAREFUL WITH MEETINGS
Don’t be the person that causes unproductive meetings – or any busy-work for that matter. Be the one who instigates shorter, fewer meetings.
Secondly, keep an eye out for this behavior in others. Value your time and your own productivity. Guard it fiercely.
Avoid meetings that you know will go no-where and suggest alternatives (like email memos).
OBSESS OVER IMMEDIATE ACTION
‘Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!’
Starting a project means you’ve invested time and are more likely to continue, so get going sooner rather than later.
With an unshakeable habit for concentration that borders on obsession, Gates could reach optimal levels of productivity while developing Microsoft. This practice persisted throughout his career. In 2014, Gates wrote on Reddit, “20 years ago I would stay in the office for days at a time and not think twice about it.”
BILL GATES WORKFLOW
Bill Gates talks about his workflow and his organization system. On top of his marketing stuff on his products, he talks about couple of key things that involves in his daily work life.
Here are some key points:
* Email is the first communication medium
* Uses email filtering to drop down the number of incoming emails to an acceptable level.
* Email as the central universe of his workflow.
* No to-do list. Uses email, folders and online calendar.
* Uses email notification icon, but discipline of ignoring it.
* Uses desktop search for files, other than navigating through folders.
* Uses whiteboard to brainstorm.
“A commitment to deep work is not a moral stance and it’s not a philosophical statement – it is instead a pragmatic recognition that the ability to concentrate is a skill that gets valuable things done,” -Cal Newport
BIG GOALS AND DREAMS DON'T COME EASY...
Most people started the year off with big goals and dreams…
But you might have already noticed that some of them have started to slowly fade off after the first month.
This isn’t uncommon.
And what from I’ve learned…
One shouldn’t need a special occasion to give themselves the motivation to change.
Because when it comes to having a plan or goal…
Your chances for success won’t depend on that “special occasion”…
It will depend on your ability to persevere and stay consistent along the way.
So try to avoid relying on New Years Resolutions to stay motivated…
Instead, place your focus on achieving sustained action – no matter how big or small.
Because if you can keep yourself at a momentum that is consistent with your deadlines and goals…
You’ll be unstoppable.
Definitely all easier said than done…
But you’ll quickly realize that you won’t allow yourself to quit once you see all of these little victories pile up.
Because it’s easy to have initial motivation for a big goal…
The question that people should ask themselves however…
Is whether they can sustain that over the long-term – and how?