Brendon Burchard once said, "true experts are students first."
When I first heard that, I admit I scoffed.
Aren't experts supposed to have all the answers?
I've also heard that experts are just a few feet ahead of everyone else following them.
If you're not learning, you're not growing.
And I have so learned over the past few years.
Here are five mistakes I've made with productivity that have helped me grow, so I better serve you.
Mistake #1: Overthinking.
My morning routine continues to evolve. And so I thought it was time to share what I'm doing today, June 1, 2022.
The last time I talked about my morning routine, I went to bed at nine and got up at five. But due to my wife's changing work schedule, I had to shift that just ever so slightly. Now it's 9:30 pm until 6 am, and I'm still getting at least seven hours of sleep like I should, seven days a week.
I know only set my Apple Watch alarm (for 6 am) on Sunday mornings for Bible study and...
I was thinking about hard questions the other day.
You know, those questions people ask you where you can't give a rote answer or an automatic answer.
And I said to myself, "I have to create a podcast that gives people some hard questions they need to ask and answer themselves every day."
When you do this exercise, I promise that your productivity will be better than had you not taken the time to answer these questions.
I encourage you to write out your answers every day on a...
This post is sponsored by a recent storm that blew through the Houston area, complete with thunder, lightning, and a whole lot of rain.
The morning after the storm, I woke up and thought, "I've got an idea for an episode!" And poof!
You're a human being, and whether you like it or not, you will deal with storms throughout your life.
Several years ago, I was in a Bible study class, and I remember the teacher saying, "you are either going through a trial (storm), coming out of a...
What does your phone, tablet, wearable, laptop, and you all have in common?
Answer: they work better (translation: more efficiently) when charged.
Have you ever tried to use your device when it was running low on juice? A newer smartphone will warn you when you get low (the iPhone's threshold is 20%). When enabled, your device will begin to shut down some features to save battery life.
Did you realize that your body sends you signals? These may include (among others):
- Loss of focus
Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that are killing your productivity?
If you were to create a list yourself, you'd quickly discover it is very long.
In this article, I'm going to highlight several of the big things that are killing your productivity, and what I want you to do is make mental notes as you read. And no matter how many you're guilty of, know that you're not alone. Everybody, who's honest, will admit, "Yeah, I struggle with that, too."
Number one: consuming...
Before I reveal my ten commandments of productivity, you need to know that I did not ascend to some holy mountain to talk to the God of the universe to get these. They came entirely from my brain (and thus are nowhere near as good as the Original 10!).
And my wife thought it would be fun if I started every commandment with "thou shalt" to add a little pizzazz into the list. So let's jump right in.
Commandment number one: thou shalt tell your time where to go...
So you think you know how to be productive.
Well, good for you.
But do yourself a favor and set aside any beliefs you have for a few moments because I've got four things to share with you that you may not understand about productivity.
There is more than one way to be productive.
I am a student first and an expert second when it comes to productivity, and that's something I learned from Brendon Burchard. As a result, I'm constantly reading books, listening to podcasts, and...
If you're ready to boost your productivity to levels you've never experienced or haven't experienced in a while, I've got three routines for you. Two of them you've probably heard of. But the third one? I guarantee you've never thought about it.
The first routine you need to establish to boost your productivity is not the morning routine. That's where everybody starts because it's the beginning of your day, and that's not where we're going to start today.
We need to start with the...
When's the last time you didn't have your phone in your hand or within arm's reach?
Can you remember? Oh, I know I'm with you.
We use our technology so much that it's always with us.
I'm not psychic, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you're reading this post on some device. Probably your phone, but it could also be a laptop, and I seriously doubt you printed it out.
Consider tech-free time.
For instance, I hope you are taking time to go on a...
I want to help you simplify your life.
There's a lot of information out on the worldwide web, on social media, from your family, friends, and colleagues, and sometimes you don't know who to listen to.
In this article, I will give you four ideas of things you should do every day and four ideas of things you shouldn't do at all.
Do this: smile.
Smiling doesn't cost you anything. And when I say smiling. I don't mean a creepy smile. I mean a genuine, pleased-to-see-you-today...
Five things you're doing wrong every day.
Number one, you've got the wrong attitude.
Let me ask you a question: when you wake up, what attitude do you have?
Do you wake up excited? Ready for the day? Like a kid on Christmas morning? So excited to see what the day will bring?
Or do you wake up and say, "<groan> It's morning already? Why'd the alarm clock go off? Oh, I don't want to get up yet!"
If you start it with a proper attitude, you're more likely to have a productive...