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How to Stop Procrastinating Once and For All

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"What I've found is that while everybody may procrastinate, not everybody is a procrastinator," APS fellow Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University.

Some statistics

In 1978, 5% of people surveyed admitted to chronic procrastination. Today? 26%.

According to a Gura survey in 2008, 40% of people have experienced financial loss due to procrastination.

1 in 5 people procrastinates so badly that it may be jeopardizing their jobs, credit, relationships, and even their health.

In 2012, it was estimated that the cost per year for procrastination for businesses is $10,396 per employee.

Cost-benefit analysis

Make the benefits of whatever you need to do feel bigger and the costs of doing the action feel smaller to get you to move. The reward for doing a pestering task needs to feel larger than the immediate pain of tackling it.

Visualize how great it will be to get it done

How will it feel to get what you need to...

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Bringing Happiness Back to Life - Danny Hadas

happiness productivity May 28, 2020

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Danny Hadas is a # 1 bestselling author, entrepreneur, and advisor to the world’s most iconic brands. His work has impacted millions of people across 500+ companies worldwide, including Disney, BMW, and AT&T. As the founder of The Emovation Project, Danny teaches business leaders how to power their profits by empowering their people.

In this episode, Danny and Mark talk about being productive during a pandemic, structuring your days like day camp, and how to bring happiness back to life.

Where to find Danny

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My Morning Routine

A productive day doesn't just happen.

It happens when you're intentional about it.

And while I think the key to a great day starts with a solid morning routine - the subject of this post, I believe the key to a said morning routine starts the night before.

Let me share with you how I set myself up for a productive day.

Note: please don't overthink what you're about to read. Take it in, think about it, and then figure out how you can set it up to work for you.

It starts the night before

A good morning routine starts the night before with a solid bedtime routine.

For me, this means all screens are off at 9 pm: TV, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. Anything that I've not done can wait until morning. If it can't, well, that's my problem and I don't worry about it now.

A powerful signal I give my brain that it's time for sleep is to read a print book next to my bed. The only light I have on in my bedroom is a 40-watt, yellowish light on my nightstand....

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How I Use the Pomodoro Technique

productivity techniques May 11, 2020

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Before I share how I use the Pomodoro technique, I don't want to assume that you know what it is so...

According to Wikipedia, "The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for 'tomato', after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student."

The key word in the above description is traditionally.

That's an important word for the sake of this blog post.

First, there are no Pomodoro police

You can use the traditional Pomodoro Technique of 25/5 which means you work - fully focused - for 25 minutes and then take a minute break.

However, if you create your own Pomodoro timing, you won't go to time management jail! There is no Pomodoro Technique police.

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How to Prioritize What You Have to Do

priority productivity May 04, 2020

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Having a list of things you need to do is great. If you're doing this, you're ahead of so many people. But you can't stop there.

You need to take these tasks/projects and prioritize them.

Here's how to do that.

The ODAE Method

Over the course of several days (2-4), make a list of everything you do throughout your day.

No judging. No editing.

Just capture.

If you can, do it absentmindedly as I don't want you really paying attention to what you're right...yet.

Then, put the list away for at least a day. In fact, pretend you didn't even do the exercise. Go about your day as you normally would.

After this day, schedule at least an hour to review your list.

Go through every single item ODAE it!

Outsource whatever can be outsourced.

Delegate whatever can be delegated.

Automate whatever can be automated.

Eliminate whatever can be eliminated.

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What to Do When You’re Stuck

Have you ever felt stuck? I mean, you KNEW what to do...you even had a list. But you just couldn't get going?

I had a coaching call recently with a client who was struggling because they were stuck.

This particular client was very smart. They had the list of things they had to do. But at some point between the list and the action, they got stuck. They were getting stuck with the decision.

"What should I do next?" they asked.

Now, lest you think they're all alone, you've been there too.

You have this nice list of things you need or want to do. You want to get going but you're having trouble making that decision.

So as I was trying to come up with solutions for them, it dawned on me that what they needed and what you probably need as well is a nice swift kick in the behind. You need something that's going to jolt you into taking action.

Can you relate to this?

I told my client, "look at all the things you have to...

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10 Productivity Tools That I Use

productivity tools Mar 30, 2020

I get asked a lot what productivity tools I use, so here they are in no particular order:

Brendon Burchard's High Performance Planner (affiliate link)

Why? It’s more than a planner. It has morning and afternoon prompts which helps me start my day with intention.

There is also has space for the day’s top 3 priorities, tasks that absolutely must be done today, space where I can write the person(s) I need to lead or connect with and how to do it well, a daily habits scorecard and a notes section where I write my goals in every morning and evening.

I've been using the High Performance Planner (HPP) every day since January 4, 2019. And when I write every day, I mean every day.

A Bullet Journal (I use this Moleskin 3.5"x5.5" pocket notebook - affiliate link)

I've begun doing something that might horrify you: leaving home without my iPhone. Full disclosure: I do go out with my cellular Apple Watch...but I can't surf the web or go on social media on my Watch. It's more of an...

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3 Ways to be Productive in 2020

podcast productivity Jan 02, 2020
 

It's a new year AND a new decade. In this training, I'll teach you 3 ways to be productive in 2020 and beyond.

 

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Now!

productivity Sep 29, 2019

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 to 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...

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3 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox

productivity Sep 27, 2019

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?

180 degrees.

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.

  • Don't ignore the problem. As much as you would like it to, it won't go away on its own.
  • Don't resort to archiving and deleting every message in your inbox.
  • Don't get a new email address. Sure, that will solve your immediate problem but unless you change your habits, you'll likely fall into the same pit again.

Now you know what not to do, here...

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