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Coach thyself.

As a coach, one of the things that I talk about as a goal with my clients is to get them to begin to coach themselves. 1562212838_dac92d91ed

I've found that if my peeps start coaching themselves throughout the week they can go so much further with their time.

Okay you might be saying, "So how does this work?"  Or "Give me an example."

Glad to.

One of my clients is working on time management.  You know, maximizing his time, productivity and job satisfaction.

A part of that has been to develop a daily schedule that allows him to do the things he needs to do as well as plan for the next day. 

For example he'll shut down everything between 4:00 and 4:30 each day and plan for the next day.  That's just a good system and one that he's continuing to perfect.

Now the self-coaching comes in two to three times a week when he adds a little time to his half-hour planning session.

He simply sets aside an additional 15 minutes to ask himself two questions:

  • What's working well with my planning system this week?
  • What's something that I need to tweak with the system this week?

Yes these are questions a coach would ask.  (Yup.  I ask 'em.)  But he's asking them of himself.  More importantly he's coming up with some good answers and he's implementing them.

He doesn't have to wait for his coach.  He can incorporate a change.  Experiment with something new.  Do more of something that's working.  Throw something out that isn't.

It's pretty simple.

It's also pretty powerful.

What if you tried this out this week?  Just once? 

What if you set aside 15 minutes to ask yourself what's working and what isn't? 

What if you tried one new thing because of it?

Hey, coach thyself and see what happens. 

Then come back and let us know how it went!  Just click "comments" and join in the conversation.

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