Create Unexpected Value

The relationships you have are valuable, both in your personal and professional life. Can someone create value for you? Create value for them to help foster and nurture that relationship. 

To Do: Create Unexpected Value

Think about one person whose help, advice or support can help you get to the next level of achievement.

Do one thing to unexpectedly create value for that person.

Relationships matter.  

Checklist a Process

Our days are filled with complex processes that require several steps to complete. These steps take up a whole lot of brain power to remember. Instead, try creating a checklist to help automate the process for next time! 

To Do: Checklist a Process

Today, as you are completing a complex recurring process, create a checklist of all the key steps. Use this checklist to preserve brainpower while moving faster next time. 

Try with: 

  • meeting prep
  • publishing blog posts 
  • travel packing list 

Perform Exercise Bursts

We all have busy schedules that make it easy to put our health on the back burner. Exercise is an important part of your day, whether it's to maintain a healthy lifestyle or to get your blood flowing for creative and energized work. Here's an easy and quick way to fit some exercise into your day. 

Perform Exercise Bursts

To Do: Pick an exercise, then do it for a 15- to 30-second burst.

  • Push-ups
  • Wall squats
  • Run in place
  • High knees
  • YMCA arms
  • Jumping Jacks

Ask For Support

We all have that one thing that we have been procrastinating on because we don't know how to move it forward. What is stalling your progress? Identify the issue and ask for help! 

Ask For Support

To Do: Get Traction

Pick an area where you're experiencing a stall or plateau in your progress. Ask for support. 

Who do you know with: 

  • Resources or references that can help you 
  • Expertise, wisdom or advice you can leverage 
  • A proven track record in the exact area

Teamwork transforms all problems into opportunities! 

Find a Better Way

We are creatures of habit, which means we often get stuck in inefficient processes. What is one thing you could do better to achieve the same or better results? Maybe it's the way you prioritize your todo list, or perhaps it's time to purchase that new kitchen utensil after all. 

Find a Better Way

To Do: Pause.

At least once today, stop and ask yourself: 

"Is there a better way to do this?" 

Brainstorm solutions that would help you produce results faster, cheaper, easier, bigger or better. 

Get Some Rest

When was the last time you took a nap? Not a full night's rest, but a power nap on the couch? That is your mission this week -- power up by getting a few extra Z's. You'll be surprised by how much energy just a few minutes of shuteye can give you. 

Get Some Rest!

To Do: Take A Nap!

Take a power nap today. Pick one to try, based on your schedule.

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 60-90 minutes 

PRO TIP: 
Try drinking caffeine before a nap of 20 mins or less. 

Share Your Knowledge

What have you learned that you wish you knew when you were younger or just starting your career? Pay it forward by sharing this knowledge. Whether you choose to mentor someone in your field or host a Q&A session with a student, this simple act can be incredibly fulfilling. 

Share Your Knowledge

To Do: Pay It Forward

  1. Schedule time to connect with a child, protégé, student or mentee.   
  2. Ask: what's the biggest problem, challenge or opportunity you're facing? 
  3. LISTEN. Do your best to counsel, advise and make them feel understood. 

#7: Catalyze Momentum

Have your been procrastinating on a personal project? Take the time this week to move it forward. A small action can give you a boost of energy, which will help move the project along in the days and weeks ahead.  

 

To Do: Catalyze Momentum

Take one action to move a home or personal project forward: 

  • Do 
  • Delegate / Enlist Help 
  • Call / Email 
  • Schedule / Reschedule 
  • Research 
  • Brainstorm 
  • Prioritize 

P.S. Feeling ambitious? Try this on a project you've been putting off.

#6: Change Your Social Media Mindset

How do your social media feeds make you feel? Are they full of negativity, or are you following people that inspire and motivate you? Rethink your social media mindset and make these digital channels a source of positivity. 

To Do: 

Unfollow 10 people on social media who bring you down. 

Follow 10 people or brands that motivate, inspire or energize you. 

Your mindset matters! 

#5: Express Your Gratitude

Spread a little positivity this week by reaching out to friends, family members, coworkers, and anyone else in your network that you haven't been in touch with recently. Send them a note or meet for coffee to tell them why you value that relationship.

 

To Do: Spread Sunshine! 

Reach out to 5 people you haven't interacted with lately and express thanks or gratitude. No agenda -- just "thanks" and a brief, sincere message explaining why. 

Methods:

  • Phone call 
  • Face to face
  • Video message
  • Text
  • Email
  • Handwritten note
  • Facebook comment

#4: Protect Your Date Nights

Your week should be full of a myriad of activities outside of work, including time with your loved ones and dedicated time for yourself. Schedule this time in your calendar to ensure it doesn't get overlooked. 

To Do: Protect 3 "date nights" each week. 

  1. Significant other, BFF or someone important who knows you well
  2. Your pet (or someone else's)
  3. Yourself 

All 3 deserve your time and focus. 

#3: Get Moving During Meetings

A lot of us spend most of our working days sitting in front of a computer -- that's about 40 hours a week of just sitting with very little movement. Instead, use your meetings as an opportunity to get moving. 

Note #3: Standing and Walking Meetings

To Do: Stand or walk during at least 2 meetings instead of sitting. 

Seated call -- "walk and talk" 

Team Meeting -- standing or walking meeting

Virtual Huddle -- stand 

Marissa Brassfield

Marissa Brassfield is a productivity expert, branding consultant and communication efficiency specialist who helps entrepreneurs and high-performance teams become ridiculously efficient.

Marissa has worked with some of the most visionary entrepreneurs on the planet. She’s dialed in to the frustrations these results-oriented, interrupt-driven individuals have with bureaucracy and suboptimal team performance. Her coaching helps entrepreneurs counteract growth-killing practices and unlock unparalleled performance from their support staff.

#2: What's Your 'One Thing?'

What's the one thing you have been putting off? Maybe it's a mundane task you are avoiding or some paperwork that is just too tedious. Whatever it is, make time to get it done this week! 

Note #2: Block Out Time For That One Thing

To Do: Block time this week to tackle one thing you've been putting off:

  • a phone call or email
  • a task or project
  • an errand

Marissa Brassfield

Marissa Brassfield is a productivity expert, branding consultant and communication efficiency specialist who helps entrepreneurs and high-performance teams become ridiculously efficient.

Marissa has worked with some of the most visionary entrepreneurs on the planet. She’s dialed in to the frustrations these results-oriented, interrupt-driven individuals have with bureaucracy and suboptimal team performance. Her coaching helps entrepreneurs counteract growth-killing practices and unlock unparalleled performance from their support staff.

#1: Schedule a Meeting With Yourself

Welcome to 52 Notes

Each week of 2017, we'll be sending a note from Marissa Brassfield (Founder and CEO of Ridiculously Efficient, Inc.). Each note will feature a new productivity tip -- something you can implement into your life immediately and without hassle. 

With each note comes the notion that you can Do One Thing Well. Master that one, simple thing to get big results. You'll quickly notice these minor habit and routine changes will give you more control and allow for your productivity levels to soar! 

If you have any questions about these notes, simply hit 'reply' to these emails. We'd love to hear how these tips are working for you! 

Please don't hesitate to share these notes on social media using the hashtag #DoOneThingWell. Don't forget to tag us! 

Note #1: Schedule Meetings With Yourself 

To Do: Schedule a Meeting With Yourself

Block 60 minutes of protected tim this week in your calendar. 

Use it for: 

  • catching up on work
  • creativity and brainstorming
  • reading/meditating 
  • exercise 
  • a mani-pedi 
  • whatever recharges you

Busy this week? Schedule two 60-min meetings. 

Marissa Brassfield

Marissa Brassfield is a productivity expert, branding consultant and communication efficiency specialist who helps entrepreneurs and high-performance teams become ridiculously efficient.

Marissa has worked with some of the most visionary entrepreneurs on the planet. She’s dialed in to the frustrations these results-oriented, interrupt-driven individuals have with bureaucracy and suboptimal team performance. Her coaching helps entrepreneurs counteract growth-killing practices and unlock unparalleled performance from their support staff.