In case you haven’t figured it out, I am a HUGE cycling fan. We’re currently in the final week of the Tour de France; arguably the premier cycling event of the year and Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky is holding on to the Yellow Jersey.
I’ll spare you all the details of the way that Sky came to be and other success the team has had, but I found an interesting article that ties in to the concept of the Winning Edge Theory that we talk about often. They call is the Marginal Gains theory.
Last weekend, Eric Plantenberg and I accomplished one of my big goals for 2012 when we finished the famed Triple Bypass ride in Colorado. For anyone who knows about it, this is one of the toughest one-day rides (that I know of) in America. It’s pitched as 120+ miles and 10,000+ feet of climbing, going over Vail Pass, Loveland Pass and Juniper Pass (and a few others on the way up to each). I can confirm is it marketed properly. I took inspiration for this post from one I read the other day from John Burke over at Trek. He does a big ride in France every year and I got a kick out of his ride report. I did to Clif Bars what he did to oranges, but more on that in a minute.
Not a whole lot to share this week with regards to my use of the 2-Hour Solution. We are out in Bend, OR for Strategic Planning so I cleared my calendar. That being said, I started doing something that didn’t seem like a big deal at the time but in retrospect really helped boost our productivity in the meetings.
I changed the outgoing message on my office phone to reflect my travel plans (go ahead and check it out) and to let people know that the best way to get a hold of me was via my cell. Continue reading ›
Last week, I gave you an overview as to what the 2-Hour Solution is all about. Hopefully you were able to make sense of that and start to work on the process for yourself. Any realizations yet? I sure have some. But before we get to that, I’ll take you through my first (in a while) 2-Hour Solution.
I made the decision to set aside time on Sunday night to do this. That was tough. It was challenging to go from relaxing weekend mode to business mode and completely block everything out. Continue reading ›
My first post on getting the 2-Hour Solution back into my life generated a lot of interest from folks. That is AWESOME! I’m glad to hear you feel like you have room for improvement. In the words of Roger Seip, “That FIRES me up!”
The first thing we should do is make sure you have a basic understanding of what the 2-Hour Solution is all about. In a nutshell, we are talking about taking a chunk of time and dedicating it to laying out how and where you will put forth effort within a specific window of time. Continue reading ›
I experienced a VERY embarrassing few minutes last weekend. At our annual sales meeting the concept of time management came up, and Roger and Eric were reinforcing how effective the 2-Hour Solution was. When asked how often I used it, I replied, “What’s that?” Not good. It’s the basis for our Time Management program. My answer spurred an impromptu 15-minute “refresher” on the concept. The bad news is that about 17 seconds into the description, I realized I DO in fact know what the 2-Hour Solution is all about. Continue reading ›