Welcome to Productivity 101! Where I’ll show you some sweet tricks on how to get more done, finish what you started, and kill the day.
Stop Reading, Start Doing
Many of us make a habit of literally looking too far into things. When all it takes is a little doing to get the ball rolling.
So put down the book and apply what you know.
“But reading is a productive activity on it’s own!”
Wrong. In fact, most people don’t even know how to properly use a book. So I’ll make it brief:
Step 1) Read.
Step 2) Write down practical information or passages that stick out to you.
Step 3) Apply these notes to real life.
That last step is the most crucial. Because if you aren’t acting on the information that you’ve been given, then why are you even consuming that information?
The way I see it, if you’re not applying a single idea from a book you’ve purchased – then you’ve wasted your time.
Reading + No Action = Waste Of Time
Reading + Action = Productive
Consume Productively (LUS Concept)
Since we’re on the subject – everything you consume either maintains, increases, or decreases your productivity.
And consumption isn’t limited to what you eat. It also includes what you purchase and the art and ideas you take in.
Of course, the productive value of your consumption is determined by your circumstances and goals.
If I lost you with of all my personal jargon, it all comes down to this-
Find and use the best methods, products, and mindsets that it takes to get you closer to your goals.
Find and drop the habits, products, and mindsets that are working against you.
And don’t forget that each of these more or less change when you focus on a new goal.
If you’re sitting on the toilet, it’s pretty damn convenient to have tp in arm’s reach. Rather than say, in the hallway closet.
My point: Have a system to take care of your shit.
Organize your life in a way that makes it revolve around your goal.
Because it’s easier to go from work to the gym if you’re workout bag is already in your car.
It’s a hassle if you keep your bag at home. Because by the time you’re home, the gym is even less convenient than before.
By the time you get home, that little devil on your shoulder has already stomped your shoulder angel into submission.
Letting inconveniences pile up is hoarding excuses to procrastinate.
You can handle it yourself asap or delegate someone else to do it. Either way, it must be dealt with.
“What you do today, dictates what you do tomorrow”
Wanna know a way you can be your own boss? It’s easy.
Right now, write a list of all the things you want done tomorrow. Then when tomorrow comes around, you do them.
Because you can’t be your own boss, if you don’t do the work you set out for yourself.
Environment is key to getting shit done.
If you’re trying to do paperwork, how in the hell are you going to get any work done if there are loud distractions all over the place?
You can try and stop the distractions. Or you can change location and get rid of them entirely.
Just go to the goal.
If you want muscles, go where muscles are made. Want girls? Go where girls are at. Need silence, then go where it’s quiet.
Being in the wrong place is like being out of your element. There’s not much that can go right.
The typical advice to make personal productive time is to wake up early before everyone else. That way you can work in silence without any distractions.
It’s fantastic advice, especially for an early riser such as myself. But not everyone is an early riser.
So here’s how you make time to work productively:
- Turn off notifications on your phone
- Set up a timer
- Work and ignore everyone for as long as that timer is on
Don’t worry about anyone getting mad at you during this time. Your time is your time.
Your time isn’t their time. If anyone should be mad, it’s you. Because they’re being selfish with what’s yours.
Make Sure Your Actions Have Meaning
Every task you do should feed into a grand goal.
Without a grand goal, your “productivity” serves no real purpose other than killing time and getting things out of the way for… nothing.
If you want to be productive with a purpose, have an idea of what you want in the grand scheme of things.
So when you finally do act productively and with purpose, it feels like you’re laying the bricks down to build something greater. Planting seeds to reap some time in the future.
Get a girlfriend who can take care of the “productive busy work”. And in exchange, you take care of her while building your vision.
Don’t Waste Your Energy
Only do things that you want to do. Many people would confuse that last sentence with being lazy.
But it’s foolish to do something that you don’t want to do.
Of course, if you want money you have to work. Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, you want to work because it makes you money.
But outside of doing what needs to be done, why waste your energy doing something you don’t want to do?
If you don’t want to do it, it’s because it doesn’t feed into your grander goals. And if it’s not pertinent to what you want, then why do it?
You only have so much energy in a day. And it’s much easier and fulfilling to use that energy being productive with purpose.
Get On Your Feet
The most important part is to get to it.
GET ON YOUR FEET!
And do what you need to do.
Take thinking out of the equation.
Because all your mind knows to do before getting started is how to not get started.
So get on your feet. Stand tall. Head held high. And get to work.
Here are the 10 Ways To Get More Done:
- Stop Reading & Start Doing
- Consume Productively
- Embrace Convenience
- Paddle Your Own Boat
- Use A To-Do List
- The Right Environment
- Make Time
- Work Towards A Grand Goal
- Don’t Waste Your Energy
- Get To Work
Until next time,
If you have any personal productivity tricks, share with us in the comment section below.