49. Book Review – High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
August 16, 2019
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- This is not a book you read once. Currently, I’m on page 206 and I’ve already thought several times that I need to go back and re-read this book at least 5 more times to get it in my head and to work on the skills that he talks about.
- The author talks about two different groupings of habits that you need to create to be a high performer in the long run. Not the short run, not just today, but in the arch of your life to be a high achiever, he breaks the habits up into personal habits and social habits. Your personal habits are to seek clarity, generate energy and raise necessity. Your social habits are to increase productivity, develop influence and demonstrate courage.
- I want to focus on one part of the book that has really stuck with me. For years now, I’ve been listening to a podcast that is geared towards high performing women. I don’t consider myself to be a high performer, but I’d like to be. I’ve always wondered what kinds of habits they create and what they do on just a regular day that makes them a high-performer over the long run.
- The one part I want to focus on is in the Increase Productivity chapter and he introduces this concept on pave 188. The PQO (Prolific Quality Output). Basically, this is spending time on tasks that move your business forward instead of just working on tasks that are mundane and repeatable. So for example, managing your email inbox is not a prolific quality output. You have to do it, we all have email that we need to respond to and work through, but it’s not something that’s going to really move us towards our goals. In some ways cleaning your house is also this way. I’m not saying you should have a dirty house and please don’t use this as an excuse not to clean, but it’s not a PQO. This has happened to me more days that I want to remember. I’ll work all day and then think ‘what did I really accomplish today. What is going to last that I don’t have to just redo tomorrow?’ My problem was that I wasn’t spending time on my PQO.
He suggests writing down the prolific quality output goals that you’re working on. For me these are my podcast, strategy sessions, client consulting, courses and PDF guides. These 5 tasks in my business are my big goals and are what will drive me forward in 2019 and 2020.
Now, here’s the magic. He suggests splitting your time 60/40 and working on your goals for 60% of your time and using the other 40% for tasks that have to be done, but aren’t necessarily PQOs. I know. This kinda of blew my mind, because on the other hand, if I spend all day working on these goals, I will still feel behind because I didn’t work on other parts of my business like networking or social media or email or my own bookkeeping or goal setting or learning. If I’m not balanced either way, then I don’t feel like I’ve gotten much accomplished.
So what I have done is I wrote down those 5 PQO’s (Podcast, Strategy Sessions, Client Consulting, Courses and PDF Guides) on a lined sticky note and put them on the board in front of my desk. Then I took another sticky note and wrote out the tasks again but this time I left a little space on the left hand side. There’s normally 40 hours in a work week, so I multiplied by .6 and got 24. I split up those 24 hours among the PQO tasks this week. This week it’s 10 for the podcast, 3 for strategy sessions, 5 for client consulting, 0 for courses and 6 for PDF guides. This will change next week. Hopefully, I’ll cut down on the podcast hours next week and increase the PDF guide and Strategy sessions since those are two of my biggest goals right now. So yesterday when I sat down, I worked a few hours on my strategy sessions behind the scenes and on sales. I wrote down my tasks in my simplified planner, timed myself and got to work. I only worked for a few hours, but I felt so da gum accomplished by the end of it. I worked on task that are going to last like beefing out my intake forms, reaching out to clients and reaching out to new clients that I want to work with. All things that I woke up this morning grateful that I had done and things that I can use today.
Today, I’ll spend probably 5-6 hours working on the podcast. I’ll type scripts, record, edit and schedule my posts for the next few weeks. I’m hoping to even get all of September’s done so I can spend time next week focused on the marketing side and on other aspects that I’ve been wanting to do. After I finish an hour, I mark it off on my sticky note so that I track my progress.
Why I was able to finish my masters in a year and a half. Why I was able to launch a podcast quickly. Why I was able to get several clients quickly in the beginning of my business.
Do you see how this can help? I’ve only been doing this for a few days, but already I feel more like a high performer than I did on Monday.
This is just one of the habits that he talks about in his book. I would 100% recommend you pick up a copy, I ordered mine off of Amazon. (link here). I’m only about halfway done and I’ll probably do another episode with more information, but I wanted to share that with you because it’s making a huge difference in my business and life already.
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