Want To Do More Of What Matters? You Need To Know About ‘Personal Agility’
Personal Agility is simply a way of ensuring that the things you spend your time and energy on are the things you should be doing.
After all, working hard is not the same as working “smart”.
Doing the right things now will get you to where it is you want to be later.
For years, I’ve been traveling the world to help entrepreneurs and businesses work more productively toward their goals. Launching products and streamlining processes. To work better. More efficiently. Personal Agility allows you to clearly identify what matters most, and helps you visualize what you’re doing right now to ensure that your actions align with what’s really most important to you. Doing the right things now will get you to where it is you want to be later.
How often do you stop to reflect on what you are doing to see if your actions are aligned with what you really want?
Besides, what good is an exhausting day of work if you don’t feel satisfied with your efforts?
Here’s What Personal Agility Means
Let me give you an example:
Say you have a hundred things to do today. Well, trying to tackle all hundred at the same time isn’t going to get you anywhere fast, right? You may start to do one thing, then stop to take a phone call or reply to an email, then switch to another task and before you know it, you’ve got several things in progress that are all partially started, but nothing is completed.
Efficiency isn’t about trying to do everything at once. It’s about pulling back and understanding why each of these things needs to get done, and more importantly, which ones are going to be the most impactful to you.
Personal Agility is simply a means of doing what matters most — and it can be applied to both business and your everyday routine.
It isn’t a complex concept or an elaborate system. It’s simply a framework that you can use to visualize the things you do and how they align with what really matters to you.
And it will be your best tool for maximizing your time and effort.
So How Do I Use Personal Agility?
Start by asking yourself the same question I was asked on my own path to Personal Agility: “What really matters to you?”
I don’t mean individual tasks. I mean the overarching goals — larger themes of what matters.
Now, keep in mind, every individual is different and has their own ranking of the things they value most in life. Some people want more time to travel. Some want to spend more time with their family. Others want a certain level of financial freedom, or to achieve a certain milestone in their career. Whatever that primary goal is, the Personal Agility framework helps you better understand what tasks will move you closer toward that finish line, and which ones are nothing but distractions.
Metaphorically speaking, it’s the magnifying glass you use to take a bigger look at what’s most important in your life.
Whenever I am working with someone, helping integrate this framework into their business or their life, I encourage them to ask questions like, “Does this job or task align with what I really want? Does it push me toward the finish line I want for myself?”
The answer should be an overwhelming “Yes.” And if it isn’t, then that task isn’t as important as you thought it was.
There will never be a shortage of things to do. So don’t waste your time on the ones that won’t get you to where it is you want to be.
Don’t be afraid to say “No.”
When you know what really matters, you gain massive clarity around the importance of the things you do and where you spend your time. When you have clarity, it is easier to say “No” to things that don’t align.
What The Personal Agility Framework Did for Me:
In short, it changed my perspective on life.
I work very, very diligently to be good at the things I do, but after a certain point in time, a repeat of more work tends to be less fulfilling. When it’s more of the same, it can get tiring and be draining. When you don’t have clarity on what’s important, you’re just doing things and you’re not always sure what the impact is. Everything starts to blur together and it may feel like you’re on a never-ending hamster wheel.
When the things you do feel like you’re going through the motions and aren’t meaningful or satisfying, that’s when you realize you need to make a change. If you just keep barreling ahead and don’t stop to think about what matters most, your life may begin to feel unfulfilling and exhausting.
Once I identified that what mattered most to me, I was able to visualize how my actions aligned (or more importantly, when they didn’t align) with those higher level goals. I was able to reposition my efforts toward things that did align with my goals, where before I couldn’t see it.
Personal Agility didn’t just make my business life more efficient — it made sure my whole life was more efficient and aligned with those same values. It helped me identify the changes I needed to make for the lifestyle I wanted and needed.
It’s not always easy to know if the things you’re doing are the things you should be doing.
What Personal Agility does is help ensure that none of your efforts are wasted and that your energy is put in the right place — on the things that really matter.