Updated: Apr 29, 2021
Productivity Quote: "A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment." - John Wooden (10-time NCAA Champion coach for UCLA Men's Basketball team)
So what is a productivity coach and what do they do?
I get this question a lot so I thought I would let you all know so you can have clarity on how to get the help you need!
The best explanation I heard was from a former client who was a professor at Texas Christian University.
After a coaching session, he stated, "You know I was confused and skeptical at first about what you did and if you could help but now I realize you're like a personal trainer for my work."
A personal trainer for work...
This makes so much sense.
A personal trainer doesn't do the work for you but they do help you work better.
A personal trainer doesn't always give you new information but they do help you to utilize new and old information to get better results.
A personal trainer customizes information and exercises to help you get the results YOU want.
Other things a productivity coach/personal trainer do are:
Help you to get clarity on your goal (Vague goals lead to vague results)
Help you to discover what the best plan of action is to achieve your goals
Help you adapt your current environment (time/equipment constraints) to best help you
Help you to get the most out of every workday/gym session so that each day move you forward
Give you resources to get answers to the questions you have
As you can see, a productivity coach is just a personal trainer for your workdays. (You don't even have to sweat if you don't want to 🙂).
Productivity coaches and personal trainers both want to help you achieve your goals as streamlined and quickly as possible.
How you can use this information to help increase your productivity?
Read books about productivity and apply the information (Don't be scared to try different ways to work)
Ask others to review your workplace processes. It can be hard to see WHAT you are doing when you are doing it.
Get an accountability partner with whom you can grow and practice new productivity practices with.
Ask questions! If you don't know the answer, ask the question. The answer cannot appear until the question is asked.
What did you think a productivity coach was previously?
Let me know!