Whether you are hiring a coach for: wellness, nutrition, organization, productivity, your life, ADHD, relationships, or career, think about how you will sustain the results you get. How do you keep track of results, routines, strategies, plans, once the coaching program or sessions are over? Here are some ways we do it.
- As you start the relationship: Ask if the coach will provide your list of strategies and homework, or if you need to get into a practice of keeping track of these yourself. Or could the coach start, as you’re new to the coaching and then turn it over to you. Work it out together. Coaching is a two way relationship and it’s your time, your results to sustain once the relationship is over. So what would work for you best?
- Use part of each meeting to decide on “practice” or “homework.” You will instill habits while working with your coach. Don’t get the ideas and try to implement on your own. Isn’t part of this accountability? We ALL need it. [I have an accountability coach, too.]
- At your last session: For 10+ minutes, review the results you achieved together. This will be one more reminder of what you need [and want] to maintain.
Coaching Results: Where to Keep Them [so you use them]
Particularly if your brain has ADHD, but for all of us occasionally, we need to figure out how to remind ourselves to use the results. Clients I work with call these results the “owner’s manual” or “best practices” or “routines/rituals” or “strategies.” How can you do this with what you’ve learned?
- Write out the routine and put it wherever you USE it. Examples: Put your morning routine on a post it note on the bathroom mirror. Or your project checklist right in the Excel spreadsheet with project info. Or on your Trello board with your tasks if it is a routine you need to follow when you show up to work.
- Put things you need for your routine where you will see them easily. Example: I keep my biking clothes for the morning all tied up in my sweatshirt and on my nightstand, with sneakers/socks on the floor. Think it’s hard to avoid exercise when I turn off the alarm clock right next to the red sweatshirt? Yes! Or when I finish using my “Morning Sidekick” journal I put the book on my pillow, as a reminder to fill it out at night, too.
- Keep your routines or best practices in one notebook that stays with you all the time. Or in Google Keep, Docs or Phone Notes …
Coaching Results: Other Important Habits
- Grouping small rituals together makes it easier to remember one routine, with multiple strategies.
- Do you want an accountability partner? For all or some of the new habits? Accountability takes many forms; you decide what will work for you or ask your coach for suggestions to get you started.
- Figure out your own “red domino.” This is the first domino which sets off a bunch of other small steps as it becomes a habit. My domino is reading my Peace book in the morning, which sets off about five other parts of my morning “ritual,” as I call it.
- Make your own tasks and self care just as important (bill paying, date night out, yoga class, meal planning/shopping). Really, why are they less important that they don’t deserve space on your calendar? Do only work appointments “count?”
I’ve found that we often simply don’t know the power of starting with our own series of rituals to kick off our day. Get up 15 minutes earlier and see what that does for you.
PS To work with me, I have a couple of options. One is private coaching. Another is reading/using my book and workbook, depending on your interest, and working on your own or with just a bit of support from me. My tip videos are usually posted on social media and focus on one specific tip, so they’re quick bits for 2-3 minutes max.