The Best, Most Underrated Way To Achieve Your Food and Fitness Goals: Productivity and Prioritization

A focus on productivity and prioritization are the best, yet most underrated ways to achieve your food and fitness goals.

You see, greater productivity means we’re more efficient. It means that we’re able to get more output from the same input. That is, the same amount of effort produces even better results.

I won’t ever say that productivity means doing more with less. That’s often a fool’s errand. But, I will say that when we focus on being more productive in our food and fitness goals, we can often accomplish a whole lot more.

How do we do this?

It’s simple really, and it’s the entire premise of the Perfect Fitness Formula.

All we have to do is more of what works and less of what doesn’t.

One of the best ways to do less of what doesn't work is to do more of what does.

One of the best ways to do less of what doesn't work is to do more of what does.

Doing more of what works empowers us to do less of what doesn't. Funny how that works, right?

How many times have you tried seemingly the same thing swearing that “this time it’ll be different.

Nope. It won’t. And that’s ok because:

Everything works, but not everything is going to work for you.

Everything works, but not everything is going to work for you.

Once you embrace that, you can begin focusing on the things that do work for you. We just have to figure out what that is.

Most diet and fitness gurus want you to subscribe to their philosophies - their way is the best and only way to get the results you want.

I whole-heartedly disagree.

I’m not a guru. Knowledgeable, yes. But a guru, no way.

What I am, however, is very client-centric and dietarily agnostic. I subscribe to the philosophy of results. If you’re getting the results you want, we do more of it. If you’re not, we do less of it. Again, the best way to do less of what isn't working is to do more of what's working.

I care little about what this looks like as long as it works.

In software development, specifically Agile Software development, one of the fundamental principles is that working software is the ultimate measure of progress.

If you take nothing else away from reading this, remember this:

How many things we  start  compares little to how many things we  finish .

How many things we start compares little to how many things we finish.

Or in our case, implemented and practiced consistently.

I use much of the core Agile principles and Scrum methodologies in the Perfect Fitness Framework.

Consider yourself, your body and your mind, the hardware. Your behaviors, habits, and skills are your software. Together, we’ll upgrade and improve your software to take full advantage of your hardware.

How do we do this in your food and fitness? We play, experiment and explore. More importantly, we iterate.

We don’t make big sweeping changes. We make small, focused, concerted changes.

And not just any small, focused, concerted changes, but the ones that are going to be the most productive in terms of results and the value it creates in your life. That is, we prioritize.

Here’s an exercise that I sometimes do with my clients, and it’s an adaptation of Warren Buffet’s prioritization secret.

Step1: List out the 20 things that you think you need to do to reach your goals. 

Anything and everything. 

If it’s more than 20, great. Include it. But it should be at least 20.

For example, get to the gym, eat more vegetables, drink more water, cut out sugar, eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, don’t eat after 10 pm, sleep 8 hours a night, intermittently fast, take supplements, etc.

Whatever it is, list it out until you hit 20.

Step 2: Once you have your list, circle your Top 5. 

I suspect this may be a challenge in and of itself if not more so than creating the original. That’s ok. Be patient. Do it right. 

Once you do this, I promise you’ll have “it” figured out better than most people.

Step 3: With your Top 5, put these on a new piece of paper.

You now have two of the most important lists you’ll ever write.

Your Top 5 are the things you’re going to do, and if we’re working together, we’ll continue to prioritize this, break it down into actionable steps, and adjust and adapt as we go. It might not be perfect, but that’s ok. But this is our priority list. This is where we start. This is the shit that actually matters.

The other list of 15, that’s likely a list of your biggest ugliest distractions. 

These are the things that are keeping you from reaching your goals. 

These are the things that are spending you too thin, making you feel like you have to do everything all of the time.

These are the things that destroy your focus and keep you chasing the next shiny new thing.

Warren Buffet would tell you to throw this list away and never worry about those things again. He may even consider this your Not-To-Do List. This is where we differ a bit. 

You can bring the 15 back into the loop only after you master your Top 5. At the very least, you'll need a level of proficiency with your Top 5 before you can consider touching the Not Top 5. 

You’ll get to define what mastery/proficiency looks like to you (usually your level of consistency is a good indicator), but that’s the only time you should ever look at that list again. 

So, yeah, until you’re a master of your Top 5, consider the other 15 your Not-To-Dos.

What I think you’ll find is that you won't ever need to look further than that list of your Top 5. In most situations, these are your fundamentals, your essentials, your most productive skills, habits, and behaviors.

Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? That’s what we’re working with here.

Those Top 5 things, while only about 20% of the things you think you have to do, they’ll produce about 80% of your results.

Know that:

Productivity comes from prioritization. It comes from doing the right things consistently. 

Productivity comes from prioritization. It comes from doing the right things consistently. 

How do we know what’s “right?” 

Well, the results should speak for itself.

Want the support and accountability necessary to bring this to life? Let’s see if PFF Coaching is right for you. Fill out the form below with a bit of information about yourself, and I'll get us set up with a time to talk through what matters most to your right now and how I see us going about getting there. 

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Hat Tip to J. Goodman of The PTDC and for the inspiration to write about this. His parallel article can be found here:

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