Work it like Rapha
Imagine you are Raphael Nadal turning up to a day at work, otherwise known as one of his training sessions like this:
He is tired because he went to bed too late last night.
He gets to the session and he talks to other people for a while.
He knows his job is to get better at tennis but he doesn’t really have a plan today.
He’s tired so starts with some easy stuff, hitting the ball around the court.
His mobile is on the courtside and constantly rings and his email bings. He tends to every call and email, so the practice is continually interrupted.
He doesn’t stop to have morning tea because he forgets and he is busy.
He goes into the gym and plays around on some equipment – but he has no solid agenda or goals for the session.
He has lunch while sitting on the bench press and then gets back to some exercises.
In the afternoon he is so tired he just wants to nap but knows he needs to keep training.
His phone keeps binging and that keeps him preoccupied and takes up some time.
He’s not feeling too inspired in the afternoon so he cleans up his locker and gym bag and orders some more t-shirts from Nike.
He goes home and thinks to himself, “well it wasn’t a great day, I wonder if I actually did anything today to make me better or move me towards my goals?”
He feels a bit unsatisfied but that’s what some other tennis players seem to do with their day so thinks it must be ok.
Imagine that was you turning up to a day at work like that.
Imagine you are Raphael Nadal turning up to a day at work like this:
He feels refreshed and energised because he went to bed early and got a great sleep last night.
He gets to the session and says hi to other people and checks the plan that he and his team created. A plan that breaks his overall goals to a day to day schedule.
He knows his job is to get better at tennis and knows his day to day plan will get him there.
He knows gym work is the hardest work he needs to do today so he starts with that and follows the program.
His phone and emails are on silent and does not allow any interruptions unless urgent.
He stops to have a healthy morning tea because he knows it will re-fuel him for the rest of the day.
Next on the list is court practice. He has a solid agenda and goals and achieves them in the session.
He walks to lunch at a local café, picking a healthy option and has a 20 minute relax.
In the afternoon he is starting to tire but his lunch break refreshed him and he is ready for the rest of the day.
He catches up on the phone calls and messages he has missed, responds to what he needs to and then returns the phone to silent.
He’s feeling inspired by the progress he has made so far so spends the afternoon working on mental strength and visualisation.
He goes home and thinks to himself “well it was a great day, I did all of the work in my program and I actually did 3 key things today to make me better or move me towards my goals.”
He feels satisfied and knows that his work ethic and routine is what makes him better than other tennis players.
Imagine if you approached your work like that.
Are you turning up to work day to day without a plan, without strategy, without thinking about the way you work, attending aimless meetings, waiting for emails, phone calls and deadlines to spur you to action?
Work like Rapha would.
What are you waiting for?