Your Best Just Got Better – Jason W. Womack [Book Summary]

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As a rule, we are all very far from using our potential at full capacity.

But what to do about it?

Fortunately, this book has the answer to this question. Read this summary and you will learn how to start using your own potential.

Jason Womack is a well-known speaker and trainer for company directors, managers, office workers, and entrepreneurs. He has conducted more than 1,200 workshops and workshops to increase work productivity around the world, sharing his wealth of experience on how to increase productivity.

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Learn How to Make the Most of Your Life Potential.

Have you ever wondered if your workday is as productive as it can be? Are you really doing everything in your power? Hardly.

In fact, we all suffer from chronic inefficiency in our daily affairs. First, remember how many times a day your colleagues distract you from work?

It may seem that this is nothing special – think, chatted ten minutes with a colleague – but if this happens six times a day – you already lose an hour of time.

As a rule, we are all very far from using our potential at full capacity. But what to do about it? Fortunately, this book has the answer to this question.

Read this summary and you will learn how to start using your own potential.

From this book you will learn:

  • why life is a marathon, not a sprint race;
  • why you need to carefully evaluate the people you work with; and,
  • how to maintain the necessary level of motivation.

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Define Your Goals, Determine the Path to Their Achievement and Start Acting Now!

Just Do It – you are probably familiar with the Nike tagline. But have you ever thought that these three words can be more than just an advertising campaign? This is one of the most valuable tips for those who want to achieve goals of any scale. Read this slogan again, and then think – what does it mean exactly for you?

When you determine exactly what you want to do, it will greatly advance you, as you begin to think better. Setting a clear goal requires honesty with yourself, and you can achieve this simply by standing in front of the mirror in the morning and asking yourself the following question: “If I could become better in only one area – what would it be?”

In the evening, when you get home, stand in front of the mirror again and ask yourself another question: “What have I done today to bring myself closer to my goal?” Let’s say your goal is to run a marathon. Did you go for a run today? Have you taken any steps to go on a diet?

This moment leads us to another vital aspect of setting goals: breaking them down into small parts. For example, the dream of running a marathon may seem too complicated. Why not break it into small pieces? You can start with five kilometers, then with ten and gradually raise the bar. If you can turn your goal, which seems unrealistic, into a series of small and much more real tasks, it will be much easier to get started.

It is also important to take on the tasks in turn. Yes, moving to the goal can be a very exciting process, but do not try to jump above your head. If you start to do too many things at once, your energy level and motivation will very quickly disappear.

This applies not only to tasks related to your goals but also to other distractions. Read on to find out how to deal with them and start using time in the most efficient way!

Keep Up the Pace and Value Your Time

What are you putting off today? One way or another, we all postpone tasks for later, promising ourselves to return to them as soon as we have more time. However, time does not appear, and the list is growing and growing. This greatly hinders the achievement of your goals, but you can fight this by maintaining a good pace.

So, how to find your “own” pace? Everything rests on the concept of balance: make sure to move fast enough so as not to lose motivation, but not to “drive” so as not to run out of breath by the end of the day. If you can find a middle ground that suits you – this is your pace. And once you have identified it, hold on to it!

The author had to break through certain difficulties in order to come to this. As an avid athlete, he once ran the Wildflower triathlon and found himself running the first mile in just six minutes, although his usual pace was eight minutes per mile. And of course, after running five miles, he ran out of steam and was forced to slow down. This would not have happened if he had been running at his own pace from the very beginning.

Working at your own pace is a great way to use your time most effectively. But there is another way to get the most out of the time that we have available.

How?

Just appreciate it!

Look: 15 minutes is only one percent of the day. So we have plenty of time to complete the necessary things. When the author has to wait 15 minutes for something (for example, before a business meeting), he manages to write a thank you note, look at his schedule for the next three weeks, book a hotel and rent a car for the next trip, check your voicemail and outline the outline of the article.

Think about the next time you have 15 free minutes how you can spend them to good use. And the waiting time, which seems so inconvenient, can turn into windows of opportunities during the day, during which you can implement and delete small tasks from your to-do list. This, in turn, will unload your head, and you can take on more important tasks, which, as we will see below, is vital.

Eliminate All Distractions, Including People – and You Will Become Much Closer to Your Goal

Remember this feeling when you read a book, then your thoughts go to the side, and you suddenly find that you have reached the end of the page, having no idea what you just read about? It seems that there is always something to distract! But if we want to understand the content of the book, as well as achieve our goals, we must fight against distractions.

Distractions constantly hang over us and keep our attention from focusing on the current moment, and sometimes this happens to a much greater extent than we think.

Once, a new client who came to executive coaching asked the author a question: “Where do we start?” The author put a stack of paper in front of her and asked her to write what she thinks on the first sheet. Then he asked her to set aside the sheet and write the next thing on the second sheet, and so on.

Almost everything she wrote was the tasks that she needed to implement, starting from hiring a new employee and ending with organizing a summer camp for her daughter. Four hours later, she managed to find out more than 500 things that required her attention.

Thus, it is easy to see how many unfinished tasks take your energy and distract you from your current goals. Crossing out these factors from the to-do list is an important step towards increasing work productivity.

But not only deeds or assignments can distract you – people do it with the same success. How much time do you spend with people who limit your thinking?

Try writing out all the people you spend most of the time with and evaluate how they affect your productivity and focus. In a couple of days, you will see which people truly inspire you. With these people, you need to strive to spend at least an hour or two every week or every month. This will help you maintain motivation and clarity of mind.

Keep Track of Your Productivity and Always Remember What You Do for What You Do

We can make every effort to complete the entire to-do list, but there are a few more dangers that can make you lose time without even realizing it.

For example, how often do you break away from work to chat with a colleague? Over time, these divisions add up to each other.

So how do you deal with them? You need to track, analyze them and change the situation. One of the author’s clients decided to calculate how many times during two days his colleagues were tearing him away from work: 27 times! Can you imagine how much this threatened its productivity ?! After calculating and realizing how much time he was wasting, the client decided that something needed to be done.

Try to make such a calculation for yourself – how much time you spend outside your desktop, or how many times someone asks you to “take a minute”. Most likely, the results will shock you!

Monitoring productivity on a daily basis is an unrealistically useful thing, but it may not be the only tool. It is also important that you constantly remember why you are doing what you are doing. Ask yourself regularly what your true goal is – this will help you stay on track.

You can start with the excellent wording “in order to …”. For example, “I work to be able to send my children to college.” Record these wordings somewhere to see them daily so that they inspire and remind you of yourself.

Gather Feedback, Listen and Never Stop Striving for the Best!

No matter what we think about it, no one can truly change the world on its own. Fortunately, the world is full of people from whom you can learn and from which you can take an example as you move forward. All you have to do is just ask them!

But before that, remember the last time from whom you heard constructive criticism. From the boss? From spouse? What exactly did they say?

If you are not able to remember, perhaps this is a sign that you should listen more carefully to people. One way to improve listening ability is to collect feedback more often and actively seek out ways to get it. Do not wait until it comes by itself!

A great way to gather more feedback is to create a kind of mutual assistance program. Here’s how it works: Think about who you could meet once a week for the next two months. During these meetings, tell your partner about your current projects, listen to feedback, and then ask your partner about his projects and offer to give him feedback as well.

This is a great way to make sure that you are constantly growing. But if you are seriously concerned about self-development, it is also important to ensure that you never rest on our laurels, even if it seems very attractive.

As soon as we take up some work, then do it for a long time, we strive to do it as comfortably as possible, assuring ourselves that we know the best way to accomplish this task. But if you want to achieve more, never allow yourself to act within the comfort zone – expand your boundaries and act!

One way to do this is to instill in yourself the beginner’s thinking. Take the example of the author’s mentor, Jim Polk. Even though he is an experienced pilot with hundreds of flying hours behind him, he still practices basic lessons that he learned when he was just learning to fly.

The Final Words

Setting clear goals, eliminating distractions, and being able to value your time will help you start working more productively.

Your ambitions will become feasible if you focus only on them and surround yourself with those people who inspire you.

Get the most out of your waiting time! If you have some free minutes, write a small thank you note to a colleague or someone who recently helped you.

This will not only help you maintain productivity, but you can also live in the present moment and focus on what you are grateful for – and this is a great boost of energy!

Therefore, make sure that you always have at hand a piece of paper and an envelope – just in case.

Why You Should Read “Your Best Just Got Better”?

  • To follow the path of self-development.
  • To become a great coach and a team leader.
  • To squeeze the most out of your working time.

This book is available as:

Audiobook | eBook | Print