Want to become more effective? ~ use the power of multiples

Image courtesy of Flickr, Barka Fablanova, “Repetition”

If you want to increase your effectiveness and raise the power of what you do – think multiples, repetition and templates.

Here’s an example to illustrate:

You have a client meeting scheduled for tomorrow – there are certain useful things you might do in preparation;

  • research the client – read their website, look them up on LinkedIn, do a Google search
  • check the location of the meeting
  • think about where you’re going to park
  • think value and how your offering will improve the client’s condition
  • prepare examples of material that might illustrate what you can do for the client
  • and so on

Or what about an example from your personal life?

You are planning to go away on a holiday (or even overnight).  There are certain things that you take each time.  There are also things that are really inconvenient if you forget to take them.  Even a few moments of thoughts makes it clear that there are numerous activities we undertake over and over again.  Now that we have noticed this, let’s use this awareness to our benefit.  It’s time to apply the power of multiples.  It’s time to reduce effort through repetition.

Plan to repeat:  If you expect to do something only once, then there is a limit to how much effort you are willing to put in.  However, if you anticipate doing this over and over, then it makes sense to invest more effort and time.

Here are 3 easy steps for getting better outcomes:

1. Pause and Plan (for multiples)

Plan to do everything more than once.   When you think about it, almost nothing we do is a once off.  Take a little time up front and think about how often a particular task is repeated.  Now that we recognise this fact, start thinking about how you can leverage your reference this first-time and save yourself effort on future occasions. This might mean for example bookmarking the websites that you use to buy your currency for going overseas. After all, you expect to go overseas again.

2.  Build a Process

Build a process.  Whether you create a checklist, a chart or get fancy and automate, create a plan for repeating an activity.  Personally, I love checklists.  They include all of those small things that I might forget.  Mind frequently links to relevant information so that I don’t have too hunts it down each separate occasion.  I also improve them over the years as I become more experienced.  For instance, when going overseas I have added to my travel checklist a step that has me looking up a map of where the venue is. I learned this after a booking a wonderful five star resort that was in the middle of nowhere.  Although we had a great time at the resort, it cost a fortune in travel costs whenever we wanted to go anywhere else.

3.  Use the Process

The more I use my processes, the more effective I become.  A key challenge in today’s hectic and confusing world is getting distracted from our objectives.  This is particularly so whenever we go online and there are all those marvellous links to interesting sites.  A process helps you to focus on can shortening immensely the amount of time it takes you to achieve your objective.


Researchers would have us believe that people’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter.  There are so many distractions and attractions in the world around us.  The more we can focus on what we want and fast track to achieving it. The more fulfilled and happy we will be at work and at play.



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