Adam Woodage 2020
Whilst the last week has been eventful, with lots of excellent progress and development on all of the projects (chaos is starting to form towards some emergence of order), I’ve struggled to define a topic to share some thoughts about. Lots of ideas have crossed my mind: the impact the new office space has had on my personal productivity and how that might apply to a hierarchy of needs, building your own performance environment and the benefit of reading two books at the same time.
However, I haven’t been able to make clear any defined logic to a process nor had the headspace to coherently draft some abstract thoughts into a blog post. As I write, it’s 01:07 on Wednesday morning, as I catch up with some work before heading to the airport in the early hours. I was very close to procrastinating, leaving the post and vowing to come back to it tomorrow - or later - with a little more clarity and intention.
It struck me, though, that that first step of procrastination is often the most debilitating. The number of times I’ve put off a repeated task ‘just for one day’, for it to fall off the priority radar is too high to recall; I’m sure others are the same.
So, this week’s thought, perhaps uninspiringly, is about my reflection on keeping things going. I’ve always been full of ideas, but if I’m very harsh on myself I’d criticise the number of those ideas that I’ve gone on to execute with great endeavour. It’s perhaps a harsh criticism (I had published five books by my 18th birthday and racked up 1500 coaching hours by the same date, mixed with various academic and sporting commitments), but it’s something that I’m trying to give more self-awareness to personally at the moment.
‘Getting the job done’ may not be the glamorous side to creating value, but it’s the true mechanics through which change happens, and I’m trying to be better at recognising when I’m making excuses for myself in moments where they really don’t exist. I’m acutely aware that, to have the impact that I want to have in the wider world, sustainability and consistency will be crucial competencies; I’m keen to continue developing them, and hold myself accountable when I think I might be slipping.
In terms of how I’m going about that process, I’ve always been motivated by documenting, recording and evaluating my habits and performance, as well as through objectives and - often wildly ambitious - goals. Over recent months, I’d perhaps faded away from these tendencies slightly, but now I’m back in the office they’ve become a central focus; the consistency of one given working space will help to amplify their utility, and a sense of focus towards achieving them.
From Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, my personal mission statement from January 2018 is tacked up to my desk wall, and a multitude of exercise books (from ‘performance plans’ to ‘reflection’) are the structure for continually documenting, evaluating and improving. Through these, and a daily five or ten minutes to plan, reflect and improve, I’m hoping that I can improve on many areas that I feel challenged by, maintaining discipline in habits being one.
I plan on keeping as many of the personal habits and routines process-orientated, combined with outcome-based objectives to inform my daily actions and thorough reflections to allow for both formal ‘evaluation’ and much looser journalling. I see safeguarding the time I spend on these activities (the second ten minutes in the office in the morning, after meditating, and the last ten before leaving) as imperative to their continued effectiveness, which will be most prominent after weeks and months, not days, of accumulation.
It will be interesting, and challenging, to see if I can maintain consistency with these processes over time, for sustained discipline will, I hope, bring further personal development and growth, as well as that of the project. In the meantime, I’ll endeavour to bring an idea slightly more learned, perspective and insightful to next week’s reflection.
On a quick edit and proof (Wednesday daytime!) before publishing, I see that ‘I’ is far too abundant in the above reflections for a post about the journey with Goalkeeping Intelligence… I don’t mind that too much, on this occasion. The post is not a lot more than some informal and raw constructs that perhaps provoke some reflections or thoughts that you can take from my personal experiences, which are offered as no more than that: anecdotal, experiential and a very cursory window of transparency in how I’m looking to improve myself.
Moving forward, I’m looking forward to another work of growth, learning more about myself and connecting the dots (or realising they were wrongly connected in the first place!). I hope that next week I’ll be able to share with some finality the pivots and adjustments we’ll be making to the Goalkeeping Intelligence platform, as well.
Yours in goalkeeping,