Agile Results for Time Management



“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin

As more people ask me about Agile Results, the system inside Getting Results the Agile Way, I realize I need a simple summary page. 

Here it is.

What is Agile Results

Agile Results is a simple system for meaningful results. 

It’s a personal results system for making the most of work and life.   It’s a way to be the author of your life and write your story forward.

I created Agile Results as a way to help you do great things and to think, feel, and be your best in any situation.  

Agile Results is a synthesis of best practices for time management, goals, focus, motivation, and more, as one simple system, to help you make the most of what you’ve got.

Why Agile Results

Getting results in today’s landscape is tough.  Our world is changing faster than we can keep up.  Worse, we don’t always have the best practices for focus, managing our time, managing our energy, or even basic productivity. 

I created Agile Results as a way to put it all together and help you write your story forward:

The Challenge The Response
  • “Always on”
  • Overloaded and overwhelmed
  • Can’t keep up
  • Longer work hours
  • Not enough time.
  • No control of your destiny.
  • Reacting to things
  • Shorter cycles of change
  • Too much to do.
  • Unpredictable future
  • A bias for action over heavy planning
  • Boundaries and balance over burnout
  • Flexible results in an ever-changing world
  • Fresh starts over carrying baggage
  • Meaningful results over just doing tasks
  • Recharge and renew with skill
  • Story-driven results over task-driven

Problems Addressed by Agile Results

Agile Results is more than just “how to manage your time.”   It’s a way to think, feel, and be your best in any situation.

Here are some of the key challenges that Agile Results helps you deal with:

  1. How to be the author of your life and write your story forward
  2. How to make the most of your your moments, days, weeks, months, and years
  3. How to use a simple system to achieve meaningful results
  4. How to achieve work-life balance
  5. How to focus and direct your attention with skill
  6. How to spend more time on the things that really matter to you
  7. How to play to your strengths and spend less time in weaknesses
  8. How to motivate yourself with skill and find your drive
  9. How to change a habit and make it stick
  10. How to improve your personal productivity and personal effectiveness

Three Keys to the Agile Results System

There are three keys to the Agile Results system.  Here is a mental model of the three keys:


The three keys are:

  1. The Rule of Three – Think in three’s.   The Rule of 3 helps us deal with information overload.  It’s a simple way to set limits and chunk things down.  It’s easy for us to remember things in three’s.
  2. Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection – is a simple pattern for your weekly workflow.   It’s a weekly system for getting results that helps you get a fresh start each day, and a fresh start each week. Each week and each day is a new chance at bat.
  3. Hot Spots – Hot Spots are simply areas of focus.  They might represent a lot of pain, or they might represent a lot of opportunity.  Either way, it’s a quick visual way to map out what’s important for you.

Weekly Workflow

The weekly workflow is effectively the Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection pattern.   Here is a way to visualize the pattern:


The workflow is very simple to follow if you remember The Rule of Three.   On Mondays, think of three wins for the week.   This is Monday Vision.   Each day, think of three wins for that day.   This is Daily Wins.  On Friday, think of three things going well and three things to improve.   This is Friday Reflection.

A Story-Driven Week, One Day at a Time

Another way to think of your weekly results pattern is in terms of stories.   Here is a way to visualize the model:


What this means is that each week, you may have a lot of things to do, but the "art" part is about choosing what to do and achieving your wins and your meaningful results.  

Rather than “call a customer back” you “win a raving fan.”  

This little shift helps you connect to your work, and thrive against your challenges, and makes your results more meaningful.  

Best of all, you are the author, and you write your story forward

It’s the ultimate path of personal empowerment.

Getting Started with Agile Results

Getting Started with Agile Results is easy.   Here are some key ways to get started with Agile Results:

  1. Invest in the book Getting Results the Agile Way on Amazon.
  2. Try out Getting Started with Agile Results.
  3. Change a habit with How To Change a Habit with Agile Results.
  4. Team up with a  friend and pair up on a challenge.
  5. Share your success story by writing to GettingResultsTeam at gmail dot com.

One of the simplest ways to get started is to simply write down three wins you want for today on a piece of paper.  

Just by writing down your three wins, you focused on what you want to accomplish.

You identify what’s meaningful to you, and you shift from writing down a laundry list of tasks, to a short list of meaningful results, personal wins, and worthy achievements.

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  1. “How to use a simple system to achieve meaningful results”

    This is why I love Agile Results System. It’s simple to adopt and it gets me instant results treating time as the most scarcest resource.

  2. Hi JD,

    This is incredible. We bring up the rule of three all the time in our office as well, but I like how you have put this all together.

    I will have to share this on Twitter and would love to share your summary on our site as well. Like you said it’s crucial to balancing work and life.

    Love how you outlined it.


  3. @ Alik — Thank you. I like the fact it’s a model I can trust through thick and thin. It’s helped me in the best of times, and it’s helped me in the worst of times.

    @ Galen — If there’s one thing you take away, I think it’s to think in terms of three wins: three wins for your day, three wins for your week, three wins for your month, three wins for the year.

    @ Bryce — Thank you. The system has served myself and others well. I think maybe the most important aspect of the system, is the flexibility and the fact that you can tailor it to your own needs. You can scale up or scale down, the wins you want, and you can zoom in to your day, or zoom out to your week or month or year. Perspective helps us find a better way forward each day, and that adds up.

  4. Hi JD .. thanks so much for setting this out – I’ll be back to print it out and add it to your book .. I love the fact that you’ve got case studies and videos as guides/tutorials ..

    Thanks .. good timing for this weekend .. cheers Hilary

  5. @ Hilary — I’m hoping that boiling it down to a few essentials makes it easier to quickly adopt and start getting results.

    It’s a self-tuning system, and I enjoy the case studies because they show how each person can make the system their own, and flex it in a way that brings out their best.

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