How fast is life going for you?
I bet pretty fast.
I'm 55-years-young. In July 1997, I moved from Rochester, NY down here to Houston, TX. And the other day, I was thinking, "Holy cow, I've lived here 22 years already?" It's insane.
Time keeps going on and it keeps speeding up. I don't care how old you are.
We are a society where everything's on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Except for leap years, in which case it's 366 days.
And I wanted to create a video for you here to share with you some ideas for how you can slow down.
We're always rushing.
We're going from podcast to podcast, video to video, blog post to blog post, store to store, social media post to social media post. And we're always going.
We need to slow down.
I've got four ideas for how you can slow down.
Number one...I want you to write more and type less.
Now, what this means is instead of typing things on...
So...you want to be more productive but aren't quite sure how?
No, worries! There's no need for you to wonder or try to figure it out for yourself.
I did the research for you and discovered 15 productivity habits of successful people.
1. They know what brings them the biggest return on investment of their time. Ask yourself: what do you have to do (high-value work) and what can you outsource (busy work)? Successful people gravitate toward work that may be uncomfortable and difficult and they outsource what’s easy and familiar.
2. They get up early.
"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.
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.
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...
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.
Are you doing too much?
Are you trying to do too much in your business?
There's no shortage of social media websites you can be on. There's Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat...just to name a handful.
But do you need to be on all of them?
The answer is no.
What do you need to do?
What do you want to do to serve, as Seth Godin says, your tribe?
Maybe you've been wanting to write a book.
And start a podcast.
And finally, start building up your YouTube channel.
And start doing Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Live.
And start writing blog posts on a regular basis.
But wait, there's more!
You want to start writing on Medium.
And participating on Quora.
And improving your SEO.
And develop a course.
And creating a membership site.
You're doing too much.
The more stuff you do, the more likely you're not going to do anything well.
Everything I just...
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....
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.
I've been telling anyone...
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.
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.
If you don't know how to outsource, delegate, automate, or eliminate...
Everyone's days are different. I thought it'd be fun and perhaps helpful to share my daily framework (which does change occasionally). This is not meant to be THE answer but just a guide. Read with an open mind and take what works for you and leave what doesn't.
I've been a member of the 5 AM Club since February 4th of this year (thanks to Robin Sharma's book, The 5 AM Club) and 99% of the time, I do not need my Apple Watch alarm (but there's that pesky 1%!).
As soon as I wake up, I get out of bed, make my bed, and then turn on the lights in my bedroom. This is very important as it is a signal to my body that it's time to get up.
I then sit in the chair next to my bed and read the Bible plus two devotionals. As I read, I am drinking water.
Next, I complete the morning prompts in my High Performance Planner (created by Brendon Burchard, available at Amazon). This is so much more than a planner.
Once this is done,...
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...