Keep A Results Diary For – Surprise – Better Results!
Hi there – here’s probably one of the most practically impactful, useful things I’ve ever written about.
And you know I like to write a lot, don’t you? 😉
Anyway – what I’m talking about what many people are obsessed about on a daily basis – getting more and better results!
So what’s the most powerful way of ensuring that you don’t have any of those ‘off days’ when you don’t have anything to show for your efforts except a sore carpal tunnel and empty cans of soda?
(I don’t drink soda anymore and my wrists are fine thank you, but anyway… 😉 )
The absolute best – and FREE – way to ensure you accomplish a lot every day is simply a RESULTS DIARY.
So what’s a Results Diary you ask?
It’s a notepad or a file where you list all of the things you accomplished in a day.
Including ONLY the things that directly contribute to your personal advancement.
You can keep one for business, another for personal or mixed. As you feel works best for you.
So what should you put in your results diary? Some examples:
- New business contacts made
- Articles or blog posts you wrote
- Email broadcasts you sent out
- Email you added to your autoresponder sequence
- New decisions made and put into motion
- Any money you made
- Tasks completed you’d been putting off for a long time
- Nagging tech problems you solved
- People you met and had a meaningful conversation with
- Any project you completed
- A bad customer you got rid of
- A conflict you resolved (inner and/or outer)
And so on. I think you’re getting the idea.
Keeping a Results diary serves threes main purposes:
1. It incentivices you to take action and do the things that really matter and take you further in your life
2. It helps you FEEL better about your work, and get better (and more) results every passing day
3. It helps you grow a sense of accomplishment about your life, which in turn will attract more of the same into your life!
As you keep putting things down in your Results Diary, you’ll likely soon notice how positively addictive it can become!
More and more, you WANT to see more things listed in your daily Results Roll.
You instinctively start to look for more things to accomplish, and before you know it you’re so much more results-oriented you don’t know what you did with your life before.
That’s certainly been the experience I’ve had, and those I’ve shared this experience with and started it themselves.
So give it a shot – what have you got to lose?
PS. Just for revealing data – consider keeping a parallel non-results diary for a little while as you’re getting started. In it, you’d list things like watching TV, surfing the Internet for no reason, fiddling with your phone, gossiping with friends… all the things you know don’t exactly add to your results. The effect is equally powerful but opposite: you want to cut down on that list and see the results list grow in proportion. It’s amazing what Power of Purpose takes you over when the reality of your day-to-day life stares you in the eye. It’s a GOOD thing. I promise. 🙂
PS. Another quick tip: if you have a trusted friend you feel you could share your Results Diary with, definitely do it. Because the prospect of showing them your achievements gives an incredible boost to your wanting to see things get done. And if the other person does the same with you, it gets even better as the two of you playfully compete in getting more and more accomplished every day, and it all becomes a sort of virtuous circle. It’s the rare occasion when competition actually becomes a virtue.