I am sure you have had days where you have felt like you were very productive. And, I am sure you have had days where you felt like you didn’t want to get out of bed. Days where you were sluggish at best.
There are a few key ways that help me get the maximum potential out of every day. I would be lying if I said I have arrived in doing this every - single - day. But, for the most part, when I am able to implement what I am about to share with you, I know that I will have a productive day, getting the most out of the day.
A quote that I refer often to is “Everything rises and falls on leadership” by John Maxwell.
This includes the way that you lead yourself. If I want to have influence on others, I need to be able to lead myself well. Which means I need to have disciplines in my life. Motivation is not the real problem. It is discipline. When we are able to form healthy, daily disciplines that become habits, we can really get the most potential out of the opportunity of the day.
This is actually a leadership concept that I overheard being shared at a conference. I couldn’t tell you the overall context, nor to the best of my knowledge has this been published. What I can tell you is that the idea and concept behind this has stuck with me.
I am going to give you 5 ways to maximize your day. To get the most potential out of what you are doing. Here’s how you can look at this. Have you ever had a wet towel and found yourself wringing all of the water out of it to dry it? Grabbing both ends and twisting, squeezing the water until it is as close to dry as you can get it.
Think of that visual. Now, in the same way I want to share with you how to “W.R.I.N.G.” the potential out of the day. That way, at the end of the day you can look back and say you’ve squeezed every ounce of potential from the day.
So, here we go. 5 things to do everyday to get the maximum potential:
W - write. Everyday I write. Whether it’s my task list, my calendar, creative ideas, etc.. I also make sure to write down as much as I can everyday when it comes to leadership blogs, articles, upcoming talks, or meetings. Everyone does this differently. I am still a paper and pen guy. As much as I enjoy technology, there is just something about writing that helps me get my thoughts out and on paper in an organized manner. Here is a great resource that I use religiously every day: https://fullfocusplanner.com/
R - read. Everyday I read. Here is why reading is so important:
It helps me grow. I am able to learn from anyone, anywhere. There are incredible writers with a wealth of knowledge that is so accessible.
It helps me communicate better. As I read and grow I am constantly picking up new ways of communication.
It helps me be creative. Whenever I read, I am constantly thinking about how and what I am doing. It causes me to think and look at my circumstances differently.
It helps me focus and concentrate. As I get into a book and the concepts therein, it helps me with my overall focus. To be able to shut everything out and just dial in on what I am doing. This then translates to other areas.
I - inspiration. Everyday I am inspired. Sometimes it is hard to get inspiration. But I think that is the beauty of doing this everyday. It is a search, even a journey at times. To find inspiration all around us. To see the incredible beauty of every moment before they are gone.
N - network. Everyday I network. I realized a long time ago that if I am going to be better at whatever it is I am doing, I need to network with others who are doing the same. With the way that technology and the speed of communication is today, we can be networked with anyone around the world. To have a network of people that not only feed your growth, but also keep you encouraged and accountable is key.
G - grow. Everyday I grow. In some form or another I grow everyday. It has become a passion of mine to get better. To be better today than I was yesterday. Even if it’s just in a small way. If we are not growing we are dying.
I hope that you have found this helpful! Before your head hits the pillow tonight, ask yourself, “Did I wring out all of the potential from today?"