Getting Results Checklist

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The following guidelines for getting results are organized by the results frame. Each guideline is an easy to remember one-liner. Draw from the guidelines as you need them, and remember that guidelines are just that … guidelines. They’re here to guide you, not to limit you or to use blindly. Adapt or adjust them as you see fit.

Action

  • Ask yourself: What actions have you taken?
  • Chunk it down.
  • Decide and go.
  • Do a dry run.
  • Do it, review it, and improve it.
  • Get the ball out of your court.
  • Just start.
  • Put in your hours.
  • Scrimmage against results.
  • Set a quantity limit.
  • Start with something simple.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Ask yourself: Is it effective?
  • Do it daily.
  • Expand your toolset.
  • Reduce friction.
  • Reduce your context switching.
  • Script your success.

Energy Management

  • Have a compelling Why.
  • Increase your power hours.
  • Leverage your power hours.
  • Manage energy for results.
  • Play to your strengths.

Expectations

  • Know your capacity.
  • Set and reset expectations.
  • Under-promise, over-deliver.

Focus

  • Apply concentrated effort.
  • Batch and focus.
  • Narrow your focus.

Goals and Objectives

  • Check your ladder.
  • Create SMART goals.
  • Have a compelling What.
  • Know the tests for success.
  • Know the Why behind the goal.
  • Use vision and feeling.
  • Work backwards from the end in mind.

Information Management

  • Factor reference from action.
  • Identify what you know, don’t know, and need to know next.
  • Improve your filters.
  • Organize your actions.
  • Use checklists.

Learning

  • Build a system of profound knowledge.
  • Build feedback loops.
  • Fail fast.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Model the best.
  • Turn insight into action.

Mindset and Motivation

  • Adopt a growth mindset over a fixed mindset.
  • Drive or be driven.
  • Adopt high-value self-talk.
  • Make it a game.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Use SWAT mode.
  • Use empowering metaphors.

Planning

  • Iterate more, plan less.
  • Plan, then execute.
  • Stay agile.

Prioritizing

  • Ask yourself: What’s the next best thing to do?
  • Hit windows of opportunity.
  • Use MUST, SHOULD, and COULD.
  • Worst things first.

Self-Awareness

  • Know your strengths.
  • Know your weaknesses.
  • Know yourself.

Self-Discipline

  • Ask yourself: What’s the right thing to do?
  • “Choose” To over “Have” To.
  • Decide up front.
  • Link it to good feelings.
  • Reward your behaviors.
  • Treat motivation as input.

Task-Management

  • Bite off what you can chew.
  • Fix time, flex scope.
  • Focus on outcomes over activities.
  • Let things slough off.
  • Reduce open work.

Time Management

  • Baseline your schedule.
  • Carve out time for what’s important.
  • Have a buffer.
  • Know your most effective hours.
  • Manage energy, not time.
  • Schedule it.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Take weekends off.
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