Andy Stanley flips the mic this time on the podcast as he and Carey discuss productivity secrets, what happens to leaders under stress, and what you can do to stop other people from hijacking your priorities. Plus, Andy shares the rationale as to why leaders need to put limits in place.
Carey and Andy’s discussion springs from the launch of Carey’s new book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, which you can learn more about at AtYourBestToday.com.
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Plus, in this episode’s Ask Me Anything About Productivity segment, Carey answers Glenn’s question about battling decision fatigue.
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At Your Best
My newest book, At Your Best, releases today.
So, let me ask you a question. Take an honest look at the pace that you’re currently living at. Could you do this forever? Would you want to?
For most people, the answer is no.
You tell yourself it’s a busy season, but if your busy season has no end, it’s not a season—it’s your life. I understand what that’s like.
On the road to recovery, I discovered a strategy that got time, energy and priorities working for me, not against me, allowing me to accomplish far more in far less time.
When you apply the strategies you’ll find inside At Your Best, you’ll have built a life that you no longer want to escape from. Instead, you might actually start loving it.
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Insights From Carey and Andy
1. We’ve all experienced the Stress Spiral before, but some of us reside there
The Stress Spiral is when you’re:
- Overwhelmed: “I’ve got too much to do and no time to do it.”
- Overcommitted: “I’ve said yes to too many things. What was I thinking?”
- Overworked: “Why doesn’t my weekend off reenergize me anymore?”
Carey clarifies that the Stress Spiral begins when your time is unfocused, your energy level is unleveraged and your priorities are being hijacked by other people. If you’re wondering if you’re in the Stress Spiral now, ask yourself if you are always looking for an escape from daily life. When you’re in the spiral, you’re living in a way today that will make you struggle tomorrow.
2. Time off will not heal you when the problem is how you spend your time on
Maybe you’ve taken that vacation and thought you’d come back to work with tons of energy and renewed focus, only to be hit by your to-do list and avalanche of requests from clients or managers when you return.
The truth is that when a system is damaged, stepping away from it for a break doesn’t mean you come back to a fixed system. To truly live in a way today that will help us thrive tomorrow, we have to fix the way we spend time on.
3. When you’re doing what you’re best at when you’re at your best, you’re capitalizing on the Thrive Cycle
In the Thrive Cycle, you learn to focus your time, leverage your energy and realize your priorities. This requires identifying the three different energy zones you have during the day—red, yellow and green.
Your Green zone is the three to five hours where you’re thinking clearly and at peak performance. Your Red zone is that one or two hours where you’re exhausted and laggy. Your Yellow zone is everything in between when you’re not the most energetic or most effective.
The key is to take your most important activities and prioritize them in your Green zone. When you do this, you get more done in less time, make progress in your prioritized goals, and take steps to guard your schedule against would-be time hijackers.
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