Visualization… this isn’t just for ultra high performing athletes.
Many of you may already know that high performing athletes use visualization to see themselves winning their races, or performing at their peak potential.
However, are you aware that this practice can be applied to your home life?
Your work life?
Your love life? — oh you knew about this one…. you dirty dog.
Your professional life?
I was reminded of this as I went through the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People live training this week.
Visualization maybe a little touchy-feely for many…
Perhaps words like “plan” or “arrange” and finally “schedule”
To me they all incorporate the similar elements:
1. All of them are imaginary
2. All of them call to mind a picture
3. All of them can be beneficial
4. All are inclusive of a pattern
I was reminded that I need to visualize my week before it happens and I put it into action today.
Throughout the week using visualization will help set the precedent for the day.
This is part Jim Rohn & part Tim Ferriss
The Jim Rohn part is:
“When should you start the day? Answer: As soon as you have it finished.”
That is having your day planned or visualized.
The Tim Ferriss part is:
Side 1: At the top of this list, write down the one big thing that you want to accomplish today. This could be a big project you’re working on at the office, finishing up a chapter in the book you’re writing, painting the kitchen etc. Beneath it, give yourself some actionable steps that will help you benchmark along the way. (eg. get paint tinted/stirred, tape the molding, lay plastic on the floor) Your goal will be to accomplish this task first; try to tackle it early on in the day while your emotional and mental stamina is still high. As the day wears on, you’ll find yourself less likely to want to sit down and work on a large task.
Side 2: Write down your menial tasks. The things that need to get done but aren’t necessarily time sensitive or super important. (eg. Do the dishes, run to the post office, replace the A/C filter) If you are leveraging your mornings when you have fewer interruptions, try to spend 30 minutes knocking out the items on this list that take 5 minutes or less. This practice of giving yourself several small wins early in the day gives you some momentum for tackling larger tasks later on.
Side 3: Write down your shopping list (if you have one for that day)
Side 4: Leave blank for things you remember throughout the day that you don’t want to forget.
Spend about 5 minutes each morning, over a cup of coffee or tea, writing out this list. Slip in your back pocket and give yourself the satisfaction of scratching through each item you complete!
Stay tuned for some info on upcoming Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in Fatherhood for the Rest of Us over the coming months.