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Day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Sunday (Getting Started)

Day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results - Sunday (Getting Started)

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imageYour Outcome:  Learn how to get started quickly with Agile Results, even if you've never read the book.

Welcome to day 1 of 7 Days of Agile Results.  By following along each day, you can learn how to use Agile Results as a powerful system to easily triple your productivity.

Agile Results is the productivity system introduced in my best-selling time management book, Getting Results the Agile Way.

You don't have to invest a lot of time, to get a lot of benefits.  You don't even need any ramp up time.  You can just get started now and implement other concepts from the book as time goes by, and when you are ready for those concepts.

The main idea is to get benefits now vs. later.

Here are some of the big benefits you'll gain from using Agile Results as your productivity system:

  1. You'll automatically master time management, motivation, and personal productivity by using proven practices.
  2. You'll improve and amplify your impact by focusing on your top 3 Wins for the week.
  3. You'll avoid getting overloaded and overwhelmed by your day by using 3 Wins each day to focus and prioritize your time, energy, and attention.
  4. You'll reduce your stress and improve your peace of mind by generating a vision for your week and for each day.
  5. You'll improve your satisfaction each day by knowing that you actually got the important things done.
  6. You'll quickly learn how to improve your productivity through continuous learning, feedback, and changing your approach.
  7. You'll learn how to embrace change and get better results in any situation.

With that in mind, let's take a quick look at how Agile Results works:

  1. On Mondays, write down 3 outcomes or "Wins" that you want for the week. (This is called Monday Vision.)
  2. Each day, write down 3 outcomes or "Wins" that you want for each day. (This is called Daily Outcomes.)
  3. On Fridays, ask yourself, "What are 3 things going well?," and, "What are 3 things to improve?", and write your answers down. (This is called Friday Reflection.)

This is the Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection pattern in Agile Results.  It’s a simple pattern for weekly results.  By focusing on 3 Wins each week, and each day, you apply concentrated effort to your most important results.  Focus is your force multiplier.

It might sound incredibly simple, but that's the idea.   Agile Results really is a simple system for meaningful results

Simple, but powerful. 

When you identify 3 outcomes or "Wins", what you are doing is:

  1. Prioritizing among your multiple, competing priorities.
  2. Focusing on your highest value results.
  3. Creating a way to more consistently produce better and better results.

What you are actually doing is learning how to identify and produce continuous value … the agile way.

And, as you will learn, value is the ultimate short-cut.

Assignment

  1. Read a few case studies and testimonials to understand some of the results that people achieve using Agile Results.
  2. Add a reminder to your calendar to test-drive Agile Results each day for this week.
  • Greetings from Sunny Yakima! Your posts and book inspire one whose soul would collapse without such helps as yours and other wise souls.

    Jesus, Allen, Covey, Lencioni, Hyatt, Ramsey, Buckingham, Maxwell, yourself, and many others serve to help people in discerning what is of eternal significance and how to successfully get about the business of "doing what's best next" so we may triumph along the way toward living out our unique life missions.

    My wife and I are both stewards of incurable, progressive, debilitating diseases. (Chronic Pancreatitis is my wife's life-refining disease. Polycystic Kidney and Liver Disease is my own life-refining agent.) By God's ever good grace we are resolved to live out our allotted days being fully alive--joyfully magnifying God's glory, through Jesus, unto all peoples by loving and treasuring God and loving and treasuring people.

    I am a full-time pastor in a small church plant. You have greatly aided me in discerning how to develop as an "Agile" practitioner so I can enjoy success in being a good under-shepherd to our loved and treasured people, a good husband who loves and cherishes his wife, and a good father to our far-flung children (Minnesota for two of them and Honduras for the other).

    God bless and keep and shine his face upon you and your family!

    Again, thank you.

    Joyfully Magnifying God's Glory Through Jesus Unto All Peoples,

    Daniel Burrow

    Pastor for Preaching,

    Open Heart Baptist Church,

    Selah, WA

  • @ Daniel -- Thank you for your kind words.

    Our health is among our most important gifts.  There is somebody I know that I believe you will greatly appreciate.  He is a principles, patterns, and practices kind of guy in the health arena, and has an amazing network of health professionals.  He's been able to produce outstanding results in extraordinary scenarios.  His name is Jim Dosch.  You can find him at:

    Better Health Vision: BetterHealthVision.com

    Best wishes on your journey ahead.

  • @ JD - Thank you for being compassionate and for turning my attention toward Jim Dosch's excellent resources.

    You refresh our weary souls and enliven our senses. It's good to know our stories can be made better with daily increasing joy as we live out Agile's "simple system for meaningful results".

    Thank you once again. God bless!

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