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Review of IG Live with Andrew Patterson

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Last Friyay I had the pleasure of joining my buddy, and fellow fitness junkie, Andrew Patterson on Instagram Live. Andrew is starting up a podcast called “The Academy Podcast- Just Don’t Do It” - as a podcaster myself, I love the topic…talking about things NOT to do! Below is a quick recap of the three things Andrew and I talked about…

Question: what in business have you stopped doing?

Answer: “I’ve stopped worrying about how much business we have and focused my attention on how we conduct our business”.

Yes, bodies in the gym are very very important for business, HOWEVER, I always will make the argument that WHY those bodies are in your gym matters more. Focusing on how we do business points attention to system development, staff interactions, gym culture, and how many referrals we drive from business. It’s made us a PROACTIVE business rather than someone who REACTS to market change.

Question: What have you stopped doing in your coaching or training?

Answer: “I’ve stopped ‘telling’ clients/athletes/teams what or how to do something and now focus on asking questions during training sessions”

Early in 2018 after rereading ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnige, I decided to try talking less with my clients learning process.

I still ramble and sing along to whatever is on the radio, don’t get it twisted…

But seriously, I explain the exercise or rep/intensity scheme, give 1 cue that person should focus on and then let them go to town. As they perform their work, I ask follow up questions to get the client to provide feedback and I alter my questions as needed depending on the clients personality type, introverted or extroverted, etc.

Giving clients a voice empowers them, telling clients what they’re doing and what expected outcomes they should have, creates a very different learning environment in their brain, something that I want to avoid.

Question: What’s one thing you’ve stopped doing to allow you to have more time with your family?

Answer: “I’ve stopped letting my cell phone communicate with me”

I’m probably super late to the party on this one but I literally have turned off all notifications and noises my cell phone can make. I programmed my ‘favorites’ contacts to make sure they can get heard and seen, but other than that, my cell phone can no longer communicate with me. This has ensured that I can use the phone when I want to, on my time, to which I schedule time to review emails, check social media, etc.

Game changing when it comes to family time or being 1on1 with people who matter to me.

Give it a go!

I totally appreciate Andrew having me on- he asked some great questions and I look forward to his future work! If you want to reach out to Andrew, you can catch him on Instagram at @AndrewPatterson2727 or you can message him by email at AMPatterson2727@gmail.com !

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3 (little) Things on Productivity *2 minute read*

Have you ever felt like there isn’t enough time in the day? Maybe you work in a super fast paced environment and time zombie’s come and eat up your work time? Are you bringing your work home wayyy too much?

I’ve had all of those scenario’s plague my work day more times than not. Here are 3 things that I have done that have magically given me my work-day back.

1) Not every email needs a reply.

This was a massive concept for me and make no mistake…I am not saying to ignore emails. However, simple emails that close out the conversation do not need an additional “thank you” email…informative emails that you receive that have all the information in them can be left alone, etc. The next time you sit down and pour in to your inbox, ask yourself “do I need to reply to this?” and start to learn what emails can be filed away.

These emails are time zombie’s and can be laid to rest. Swipe, delete, and move on to something that needs a reply.

2) The last thing you do at work today, is make a list of the first thing(s) to do tomorrow.

Ever get home only to have your brain wired for what you have to do the next day?

Yeah, me too.

This tactic has helped me ‘turn off’ at the end of the day and has helped boost my productivity for the next day. Next time you go on a vacation or long weekend, write out a mega-to-do list and prioritize it so the most immediate things get done when you return to work…this may help you actually be able to rest your brain!

3) Schedule times to reply to emails

My second favorite productivity “hack”. On an average day I schedule two 60 minute blocks to return and send emails. In a perfect work it would be 30 minutes of replying and 30 minutes of sending new emails, but ya never know.

What scheduling email time has done for me is 1) minimize interruptions from the email pop up 2) allowed me to prioritize who and what needs a reply first and 3) better block out my day because I am not ‘held captive’ by Microsoft Outlook.

For context- I work largely in sales (training) and receive approximately 15 emails per day. I schedule two 1 hour blocks…typically one in the morning before 8am and the second is somewhere around 4pm. Depending on your job and email flow you may need to scale this a little bit and add a third or maybe a fourth time slot.

Productivity bonus 1: keep your email closed until its your designated check time.

Productivity bonus 2: turn off notification icons on your phone so you don’t get distracted by them.

Give these tactics a try- if you have any questions drop them below in the comments!

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