When I hosted my first productivity coaching call, I couldn’t help but realize how much it resembled therapy. You are presenting all your vulnerable shit to a virtual stranger with the hopes they can make sense of it all. As someone who goes to and is a strong advocate of therapy, I know how scary it can be.
I wanted to take some time to address some of the common fears people have when they decide to work with a productivity coach.
They are going to think I’m a hopeless hot mess.
By deciding to get coaching you are proving you aren’t hopeless. A large part of any coaching success is being able to recognize the need for it and being willing to put in the work. You can do this, if you can do that.
Where do most people fail with productivity?
Most people fail with productivity for two reasons. They try too many solutions at once and they lack accountability. It’s important to remember these two things.
1. Getting productive isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s an ongoing process. Some days will be better than others. Trying to do all the things or use all the apps at once will only contribute to your overwhelm and stress. That’s why even at my shortest level of 1 on 1 coaching I offer more than one interaction.
2. Many people know what they need to do, but when trying to build an online business, you don’t have anyone to keep you accountable but yourself. If you have the safety net of a day job or amply employed spouse, it can be easy to be easy on yourself. When you make the commitment to do productivity coaching your coach commits to keeping you on track. A coach can’t do the work for you, but they will be in your ear cheering you on and calling you out on your shit.
I’m just getting started.
This is a very good time to nail down your productivity style and build good habits and systems. If you had a client who wanted to train for a marathon a year away, you wouldn’t tell them to call you in 9 months and just enjoy Netflix and pizza in the meantime. You’d want to start building the foundation of good habits for the best possible results in the long run.
I’ve been at this for a while; it’s too late to rewrite history
It’s never too late to learn new things. If you’ve been building your business for a while and aren’t where you want to be there is room to grow. If anything you have useful data for identifying your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be able to contribute to your productivity improvement from the lessons you’ve learned in your previous trial and error.
I don’t have the time
You know the charity commercials from the 90’s that would tell viewers, “For the cost of 1 cup of coffee a day you can make a difference in a child’s life.” Coaching is like that if you just make a small sacrifice you can make a huge difference in your life. Maybe you just need to skip that extra hour of tv you watch before bed. Maybe you need to wake up an hour earlier for coaching calls or implementation sessions. Maybe you need to find a gym that’s closer to your house to cut down on your commute and save half an hour. Even the busiest people make time for the things they deem necessary.