You will need your list of 25(ish) ideas today from your last assignment so if you haven’t completed it yet, go back and do so.
Day 6 – Project selection for this year.
You can always check out the list of all assignments plus links to them on Day 1.
Day 8’s goal
When was the last time you started a project and didn’t finish it? Last year? Last week? Today?
How about a project that you did finish but it wasn’t as good as you wanted it to be and just ended up being a huge stress cauldron?
(Stress cauldron… like that?)
The reason is, at least if you are like me, that you are trying to juggle too many things at once. The more we try to do, the more our work suffers until eventually it reaches a point were we stop getting much done at all.
I feel a story coming on:
In 2012 I was working at two different PT studios training one on one and buddy clients. I was also running 12 sessions a week of group fitness (mostly bootcamp) for one of the studios and a third business.
I trained people in the morning and the evening so I was often driving to a studio two times a day through inner Melbourne traffic. Sometimes I went straight from one studio to the other. I would get up at 4:45am and not get to bed til nearly 10pm.
When I was home all I wanted to do was watch TV or sleep.
I didn’t want to work on developing Bootcamp Ideas. I didn’t want to call my clients or send them messages if they missed a session. I didn’t want to answer emails or call new leads. I certainly didn’t want to do my own training or eat well.
I spoke to so many people during the week that on the weekends I just wanted to stay at home and do nothing. My relationship with Zoe suffered because who wants to spend every weekend at home?
I was teetering on the edge of burn out and unless I changed something things were just going to stay the same.
So I made a conscious decision to cut back.
It was a slow process. Over the next 18 months I quit one of the studios and as a result had to say goodbye to several long term clients. I had the studio I stayed at hire on a new trainer to take over the evening bootcamp sessions and I consolidated some of my PT sessions into semi-private sessions.
Suddenly my energy for life and work came back. My attention to my clients was greater. I had the time and desire to spend with friends and family. I was able to focus on projects like Bootcamp Ideas and release my first book.
The point is that we trainers can end up crazy busy. In today’s assignment we’ll work on cutting back our projects to just the one’s that matter.
Defining a project like a boss
‘Get more bootcamp clients’ is a great project to have but it’s pretty damn ambiguous which is going to make it hard to complete.
At which point have you added enough new clients to mark this project as complete? What if you add 10 new clients but 15 leave you? Is this project still a success?
It will help us to get more specific so we can work out exactly what we need to do to get this project done.
The best way to do this is to measure the success of a project or idea as True or False. Numbers are a really good way to do this.
For example, the project above could be: ‘Reach a total of 50 active clients’. Therefore no matter how many come or go, I know once I’ve hit 50 I’ve reached this goal.
Another example, to use one of my goals, was to visit a new country. That’s already pretty much a true or false goal but I could further in specifing it by changing it to ‘Visit New Zealand’.
Suddenly it becomes much clearer, I start thinking about how I will get there, what flights I will take and what places I will visit.
I’m going to give you the whole weekend for this so try to find 30-60 minutes in there to get it done.
We are going to start by sorting our projects into order of how important they are to us.
How important is it for our personal growth to do this? Financially? Quality of life?
Try to factor these all in making your decision.
If you are getting stuck trying to pick which order they should go in (they are all important after all!) try this little trick:
Cross out one item off your list that is less important then the others. Then cross off another. Then another and another until eventually you will be left with just one item. This is your number one project. This is what is most important to you at this time.
Then, using that as #1 on your list, list out the rest of your projects in the reverse order you crossed them out.
Do this before you read on.
Wait! Go back, don’t read this yet. Do Part 1 first.
Take your ordered list and now copy the top five items into a new note.
These are the only five projects you are going to work on for now. Say goodbye to 6 through 25 for now.
The only way to add a new project to your top five is by completing one of the existing top five and crossing it off the list. You can’t juggle 25 projects at once and actually do a good job on them (or even get many finished). You gotta just let it go for now.
Before the end of today’s assignment I want you to do two thing.
- Make each of your top 5 more specific by using the tactic I shared above.
- Write down WHY it’s so important to complete this project. Dig deep here past the superficial reasons to find something emotional. You will need this reason why when working on this project gets tough.
Share one project
Once you are done, share with us one of your top 5 projects (specified) and WHY it’s so important to you to finish it.