Procrastination is the enemy. An epidemic in our world. But all hope is not lost. It is possible to stop procrastinating.
Just as in life, when it comes to learning how to conquer procrastination, there’s a lot to be said about simplicity. The easier it is understand a concept or strategy, the more likely are you to implement it.
Here are five ways you can stop procrastinating today.
Stop procrastinating method #1: don’t trust your memory
According to a 1956 article in Psychological Review written by George A. Miller, humans can retain around seven digits, six letters, and around five words. However, it depends on the complexity of the information being stored in our brains. For example, seven short words are easier to retain than seven long words.
Another study, found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered that while early research found that the memory’s cut off was seven items, “the true capacity is lower when people are not...
Remember when email first came out?
You were so excited.
You didn't care what email you received. You just wanted email.
Boy...the world has come a long way, hasn't it?
Now you don't want any more email.
First of all, I don't see email going away anytime soon. I write that despite the increased use of iMessage/text messaging, Slack, and countless other ways we can communicate with each other.
But if you don't get control of your email inbox, you're setting yourself up for a lot of stress (the bad kind of stress).
Before I give you three solid ways to regain control of your inbox, let me point out three things you should not do.
Now you know what not to do, here...
Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Instagram. YouTube. SnapChat.
What words or phrases popped into your mind when you read those words?
I promise you that if I asked 100 people this question, I would get 100 different answers.
Some would say they love social media. That it does so much for them.
Others would say meh.
And still others would react as if I swore in church.
I know this because I’ve asked people along my journey what they thought and they told me. And I want you to tell me in the comments!
I've always said and still maintain: social media is both a blessing and a curse.
Here's the thing: it doesn't matter what you think it is so much as it matters that YOU are the one who is in charge of social media in your life.
What do I mean by that?
You don't have to be on any other social media platform. No one is holding a gun to your head and...
Morning is a very sacred time of your day.
You have just awoken from a (hopefully) good night sleep and you’re presented with a brand new day. A brand new opportunity.
What do you normally do when you first open your eyes? Or when your alarm goes off?
Do you linger under the covers in the comfort of your sheets avoiding the inevitable?
Do you press the snooze button repeatedly?
Instead of that, do this: immediately get up, put your feet on the floor and make your bed. This serves two purposes: 1) it puts a barrier between you and getting back under the covers and going back to sleep and 2) you’ve already accomplished something today! YAY!
Now that you’re up…here are some ways to make the beginning of your day the most productive it can be.
Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to transition from sleeping to your day. This means not hitting that snooze button or laying in bed contemplating your day and what you need to do.
Time is the great equalizer.
It doesn’t care who you are, what color your skin, gender, education level is, whether you’re rich or poor or anything else.
Everyone gets 24 hours to spend every day however they choose.
So it’s on you to spend your time wisely.
Here are FIVE ways to do that.
Set aside time either at the end of your day, before you go to sleep or, at the very latest, in the morning before you begin your day to think about your day.
Don’t rush this. But do be very intentional about it.
What needs to be done? Do you even know?
I highly encourage you to do your initial planning by writing in a planner or in a notebook.
As you are jotting down what needs to be done, estimate how long each task you have/want to do will take you. Don’t keep this in your head…actually write it down.
It may seem odd but the actually planning...
Do you happen to your time...or do you let others happen to your time for you?
If you answered the former, then you are operating in REactive mode. In this article, I am going to tell you why it is critical you begin to operate in PROactive mode and how you can start.
WHY REACTIVE MODE IS BAD FOR YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
When you operate in REactive mode, you spend your precious 24 hours by reacting to other people, things or events.
This means you have next to no control of your time.
At home, your spouse or kids (!) are very demanding of you and you just do whatever they ask. Why? Maybe to keep the peace. Or perhaps it's just easier that way.
At work, your boss(es) or co-workers are pulling you in a multitude of directions. You help them do what they should be doing while your work suffers and you pay the consequences (arriving to work early, working through lunch, staying late, bringing your work home with you - taking away time from your loved ones - or, eventually, you are written up...
There is a lot to becoming more productive. So much so that you may be paralyzed by the thought of learning how to do what you need to do in order to get more things done.
In this article, I am going to go back to the very beginning. I believe that without a solid foundation, your chances of succeeding at being more productive are greatly reduced.
STEP 1: Where are you now?
If you were going to take a road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, you would put the address of the hotel you were going to stay at into your smart phone.
However, if you do not enable GPS on your phone (like some people do for whatever reason), your phone could not help you get from where you are to Disney World.
Before you can improve your productivity, you have to evaluate where you are now in terms of getting things done.
Imagine a scale of zero to ten.
Zero indicates that you are the world's best procrastinator - never getting anything done, ever.
Ten indicates that you are the world's most...
I have so many tips to help you take your productivity to the next level.
To get unstuck.
But if you were to ask me what my #1 tip was, I wouldn't have to think about it.
Not even for a second.
It's such a clear choice, nothing comes close.
Curious to know what it is?
No problem! Send one million dollars in unmarked bills (no bitcoins!) to...
My biggest productivity tip
This is so simple I'm stunned at how few people do it.
Ignore this tip at your peril.
Get whatever you have to remember or do, out of your head, and into something that won't forget.
Don't overcomplicate this.
You can use an app (which I personally do and recommend you do as well because who doesn't have their cell phone within reach everywhere they are?) or write it down in a notebook.
If you opt to write it down...don't write on a Post-It, the back of a receipt, or a lose sheet of paper. Use a notebook that you can easily find when you need it. Maybe invest in a nice notebook that...
Many productivity experts suggest that you do your most critical task first thing in the morning.
Instead, my answer is maybe you should…and maybe you shouldn’t.
If the morning is your optimum time to work, then yes…do your most critical task first thing in the morning.
But if it’s not, then my answer is no.
Let me explain.
Let’s say your optimum time is right after lunch. Then that’s the time you should be working on your most critical task.
Or maybe your best time is in the evening after the kids have gone to bed and the house is quiet. Do the critical work then. Yes, at the end of the day! It’s okay!
Likewise, if your optimum time is first thing in the morning, then by all means do your critical task then.
There’s a plenty of people saying that if you really want to crush it every day, then you should get up at 5, 4 or 3 o’clock in the morning. I have a problem with that advice....
As a productivity expert, I am obsessed with not only helping you become the most productive you possible...but also with staying productive myself. All day, every day.
But sometimes (oftentimes?) life happens.
Back on October 20, 2017, my wife Michelle fell at home. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I was there and saw her fall. It happened in an instant. It was painful to watch.
Do you think that my day became instantaneously unproductive, business-wise?
After realizing this wasn't just a simple fall, that something else was wrong, we headed off to an urgent care center as we had no insurance - hoping it was just a sprain or a dislocation.
It wasn't. The picture above is of her x-ray taken after her surgery to correct the fracture on November 7th.
My productivity focus went from my business to caring for Michelle. Especially for several weeks after her October 20th fall when we were raising money to pay for her surgery.
That's not to say I...