Self-Management Part 5 – More Productivity and Success with RPM
Latest Posts • July 2, 2020
Today, we will dive a little deeper into the topic of self-management. In the following article, I would like to introduce the RPM method by Tony Robbins. This simple but efficient and results-oriented method paves the way for more productivity and above all: for a more fulfilling life.
In recent blog posts on the subject of self-management, we have used the Wheel of Life to define personal goals, learned to use the Time Targets to focus on the things in life that bring us fulfillment, identified areas where we want to improve and distinguished between dreams, goals and results. Today, we will go one step further and I will explain a method with which we can easily achieve more productivity, which will help us achieve our goals more effectively and achieve our results faster: Tony Robbins’ RPM.
RPM stands for:
Result: Which results do I want to achieve?
Purpose: Why do I want to achieve it?
Massive Action Plan: How can I achieve my result?
Performance Instead of Activity
Many of us confuse activity with performance. But just because you write a long to-do list for the day, the week, the month, the year, doesn’t mean that you will be productive and successful.
Instead of focusing on activity, working through many tasks, writing lists or making resolutions, you should focus on results.
Three questions for more productivity
“You can’t hit a target, if you don’t know what it is.”
Three questions form the basis of RPM:
- What do I want?
- Why do I want it?
- How can I achieve it?
The Goal – The ‘What’
Simply starting to design and implement a step-by-step action plan will not necessarily be successful. Because first of all, you have to determine which goal and which result you have in mind. WHAT do I want? What do I want to achieve? This goal should be as clearly defined as possible. Instead of vaguely formulating something like “I want to do more sports”, you should set yourself a precisely defined goal like “I want to go jogging in the park for half an hour every morning”.
The Wheel of Life can help define goals. Its application allows us to recognize in which areas of our life we are not yet running smoothly yet, where we still want to change something and make progress in order to lead a life according to our ideas.
The Reason – The ‘Why’
After the question of ‘what do I want? ‘, you have to be clear about WHY you want to achieve a certain goal. Because if you don’t really stand behind your goals, you lack the “fuel”, the necessary energy which you urgently need to achieve them. Again, you should be as concrete as possible. Instead of saying “I want to feel fitter again”, you could say: “I want to improve my endurance and have more energy. I also want to lose three kilos by doing sports and want to strengthen my heart and circulation.” It’s also important that YOU set the reasons for why you are doing something. Going jogging because your boyfriend or girlfriend said that you will feel fitter and better is not a great motivation. But going jogging because you want to do something good for yourself is.
The Massive Action Plan – The ‘How’
Only when the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ are clearly defined, we can turn to the ‘how’. Then we can start the plan for implementation – the Massive Action Plan.
You should also proceed in small steps and be as detailed and concrete as possible. For example, if the goal is to go jogging every day, the plan would lead from buying suitable running shoes, to drawing up a precise training plan and choosing a training route, to implementing the plan and establishing the plan as a habit.
With the help of the presented method, you can effectively plan your day, week or even longer-term goals and their implementation. It is about time management and above all about a change in thinking, which ultimately leads to more fulfilment and joy of life.
Soon, I will explain how to write down the RPM plan in blocks (junking) in order to get a better overview and motivation.
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