How to Have an Incredibly Productive Day or Week 2021May 24, 2021
In this episode, Mark shares five simple ways you can have an incredibly productive day or week 2021.
I know in the world of May of 2021 your attention is pulled in so many directions. You have podcasts, blog posts, you have live broadcasts, you have posts, you have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tik Tok, only missing Snapchat, and then, you know, the networks that come in the future.
Now what I'm going to share with you can be applied if you're listening to this on a Sunday, you want to know how to have a really great week, or if you don't have a great tomorrow or a great next month, these five things are truly going to help you.
Number one, planning. I'm always telling you to tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.
Now, the best way to do this, in my opinion, is to reverse engineer it. What I mean by that. I mean, let's take tomorrow, whatever you have scheduled tomorrow, let's say you say to yourself, I'm going to work eight hours tomorrow, you look at tomorrow's schedule. And you're like, okay, there are four things on my schedule already. I'm gonna work eight hours, eight minus four is four hours I need to allocate four hours. So you need to fill those four hours with something. You may say, Well Mark, what do I put on my schedule? What do you want to put on your schedule? If you struggle with filling in the gaps, as I call them, what I want you to do is start creating a list, you can use a bullet journal, you can use a Notes app, I don't care what you use, you start writing down things you want to do, I don't care what they are. You just keep adding to the list and adding to the list. Of course, you want to take things off eventually. But when you're creating your schedule, and you have to fill two hours, three hours, four hours, whatever the case may be, you look at your list and go oh yeah, I want to write a blog post. I'll put that on my schedule. That makes sense. So always tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went. The other thing I want you to do is although I'm a fan of planning your time, I want you to let your schedule breathe. Now, you can schedule every minute of the day if you want to. But I want you to build in little gaps there. So I like to schedule in 15-minute increments. So when I schedule my time, it's like from 10 am to 10:50 am and I got a 10-minute buffer and I also scheduled times throughout the day which are like catch-up time slots. So if I run over or something goes on, I can fill that time with the stuff I'm behind on. Hope that makes sense to you.
Number two, talk about your mindset. Okay, please be cognizant of who you're hanging around, what you're watching, what you're reading, what you're listening to, whether it's an audiobook, a podcast, a real live person, a Zoom call because you're being influenced by everyone you come on contact with, whether you realize it or not. And if you are being influenced by people who are predominantly negative, that's going to affect you. That's going to affect your attitude, it's going to affect your ability to perform and be the best version of yourself. So I encourage you to take an inventory of who you're following. What are you reading? What are you doing? Really makes a bit of difference? A big difference? I want you to think about the thoughts you have throughout the day. Your thoughts? Do you have a tendency to (I love using the analogy of Winnie the Pooh) be a Christopher Robin? Are you a Winnie the Pooh? Are you a Tigger? That's me. Are you a piglet? Or are you an Eeyore, thinking oh, it's gloomy. Sun's never gonna come out again. I'm never gonna land a client, I'm never going to be able to launch my course. I'm never gonna launch my podcast. If I launch a podcast, no one's gonna listen to it. You can't hang around people that are Eeyores. And you can't be an Eeyore, you have to control the thoughts in your head, which goes right along with your self-talk. Do you say things like I'm a moron, I'm a jerk, I'm stupid. I can't figure this stuff out. Because when you say that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. So if you're not feeling it, say you feel like it. Okay, and really get yourself into a better frame of mind with your self-talk and your thoughts. And please stop complaining. This is something that I'm working on. And most human beings I come across in the world struggle with complaining.
Number three, exercise daily. I have been running at least one mile every day since August 29, 2017. That's 1356 days in a row. But you don't have to run. You can go for a brisk walk, you can go for a swim, you can do yoga, you can do the treadmill, you can do the elliptical, you can dance around your house, get the heart rate going 20 to 30 minutes every day, it'll really give you more energy because you'll sleep better. And you'll have more energy, so you can be more productive.
Speaking of rest, that's my fourth tip. Make sure you're getting seven to nine hours of sleep, seven days a week, optimally, go to bed at the same time. Get up at the same time, every day. And practice something we have lost the art of doing. Silence. Whether you do meditation, whether you pray, it doesn't matter. No technology. Just be quiet. When's the last time you were intentionally quiet? And I mean, not like you're in court or sleeping. I mean that you say, you know what I want to take 10 minutes, I'm gonna close my eyes. And I'm just gonna do some deep breathing, I'm just gonna be quiet, listen to the birds chirp, or whatever's going on. Embrace the silence.
And the final tip I have for you is to disconnect from work and technology. Now I know in the world of May of 2021, it's really difficult to unplug from technology. But I know FOMO is real, the fear of missing out is real. But I promise you, I absolutely promise you if you take time to work hard, and then disconnect from work, especially if you're an entrepreneur, or small business owner, and just spend time with your family. Go watch some TV, go on a walk, it's gonna make you feel better. By the way, when you go on a walk. You can bring your phone with you for safety reasons, but don't be on your phone. Don't be scrolling through Facebook and YouTube and Twitter and LinkedIn. Just walk; this is one thing I'm trying to do with my dog. When I take her for a walk. I leave my phone behind because I have a cellular Apple Watch. And I put the cellular watch on Do Not Disturb and on mute, and I just walk her I don't. I may talk to her. She doesn't talk back but getting quiet. Make sense?
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