Posts tagged productivity
What did you spend your weekend doing?

What did you spend your weekend doing?

I want to ask this question of you, not to shame, compare or applaud, but only that you might ask it of yourself. I don’t need to know what you did — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are aware of how you are spending your time.

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The Advantages of Viewing Your Life in 4D

Any time I take a step back and assess my life, I arrive at one of two conclusions:

  1. Stress: I’m overwhelmed because I’ve been trying to balance too many things at once
  2. FOMO: I’m missing out on so many things in an effort to focus on a few important things

And I’m sure I’m not alone — FOMO (fear of missing out) and stress are two of the most common symptoms of the common (wo)man. Not surprisingly, there’s a simple solution to both: viewing your life in 4D. To view your life in 4D, you have to incorporate the dimension of time; after all, your life exists along the continuum of time, not simply in the present. Let’s take a look at each issue adding in the perspective of time and see how it changes things.

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Taking Your Day One Step at a Time

Sometimes I find myself looking two or three days down the road and trying to hold everything I need to do in my head at the same time and it gets overwhelming really fast. That’s part of the reason I’m both impressed by and feel sorry for the people who don’t use to-do lists or calendars. Anyway, my point is that if we’re constantly trying to keep track of the next 10 things we need to do, life can become quite daunting.

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Leveraging Discipline to Overcome a Lack of Motivation

One of my favorite moments is sitting down over a hot cup of coffee with a friend and listening to them tell me of their most ambitious dreams. Months later, I find that no steps have been taken to realize that dream. Or maybe a few have, but then... you know... life happened. The motivation ran out.

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The 5 Minute Rule and Other Hacks to Getting Things Done

Do you ever feel like you can never catch up on all of the small tasks that seem to riddle your day?  I'm talking about little stuff. Responding to that one email that should take you five minutes but you don't want to sit down and actually write. Taking out the garbage that has the disgusting smell coming from it. Filling out that form that needs to be returned by next Monday.

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Group Flow: 5 triggers to help your team work together

Brainstorming is a word creative people like to toss around, but do we actually know how to be effective in our brainstorming sessions? I want to introduce a concept from Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler's book, BOLD in which they explore the idea of "creative flow." It's this mystical state of being where ideas fuse seamlessly, your focus is locked and you're producing your best work with an alarming speed and creative vision. Except that it's not mystical. It's completely real. In a previous post I looked at six triggers, both environmental and psychological, that will throw you into a state of flow.

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Here are 10 things you should start doing for you

1. If you need time for yourself, just tell people "I'm busy" - it's a legitimate excuse.

"In a world of distraction and competing demands, mental focus is a scarce yet precious commodity. If you want more of it, you will have to be intentional about getting it." -Michael Hyatt

2. Stop checking email when you leave work - rarely is anything so urgent that you can't wait to read and respond to it till the next morning.

"“BIF” stands for “before I forget” and refers to emails sent on evenings or weekends out of fear of forgetting a to-do or follow-up. This sets a mutual expectation of 24/7 work hours and causes a plethora of problems." -Tim Ferriss

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#HowToNewYear

Everyone used to set them religiously until they got tired of failing. Now their resolution is simply to survive... come what may. There are a few things that I have come to understand about life (from my extensive 22 years of experience).

1. You won't always accomplish your goals...

Life is such an ever-evolving organism, swayed by this piece of legislation or that natural disaster. We're never quite sure what to expect. Even if the local world in which we operate on a daily basis doesn't change all that much, we do. We grow, we learn, we adapt. As we understand more about our world our priorities change which shape what we want in life.

2. but having them is better than not...

If you set out on a roadtrip to Colorado without a map, you may eventually get there but it will almost be by accident. If, however, you have a map and on the way to Colorado you drive near Tennessee and decide to go there instead, you can change direction with relative ease. Knowing where you're going is better than wondering aimlessly (most of the time).

3. because a journey is just as important as a destination.

Even if you never accomplish your goals, it doesn't mean you shouldn't set them. The process of prioritizing your life based on your values - even if your priorities or values change later on - helps provide you with a starting point, a destination and a route to follow.

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Jesus and Joe: the psychology of task association

Some tasks are just so darn hard for people to do. Examples include flossing, feeding the pets, reading your Bible, texting your girlfriend or boyfriend that you made it home safely, making a million dollars... you know, the usual. The psychology behind it differs from person to person. Some genuinely forget, some don't care about it enough, some get distracted easily, some have a fear of it... whatever the case may be, nearly everyone struggles to keep up with at least one habit. Previously, I've written before on the topic of small wins as a way to build momentum for a task that would ordinarily scare you off. Depending on how you tick, here's another hack that may work better for you.

Life Hack: Task Association

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The average American wastes 43 days every year.

History is being made right now. What are you doing to make your mark? We read stories of great men and women throughout the last 100 years braving the frigid cold of the Arctic or modern day adventurers climbing snow summits in Iceland. These are compelling, engaging stories and guess what! You could be those people. After reading about the exotic adventures and meaningful discoveries that people are making, I have to wonder, "what am I doing?" We live in such an incredible world with adventure waiting on every side of us. I caught the bug over this past summer as I backpacked for two months across eleven countries. After returning home from that trip I couldn't help but see TV for what it is - a waste of a beautiful life. My friend, Micah, and I climbed to the peak of the tallest mountain in Ireland, jumped into the fairy pools in Scotland, saw Phantom of the Opera in London, hammocked in a coastal village in Italy, drank tea from a pier overlooking a crystal lake in Switzerland, got pick-pocketed in Rome, slept in a tent during a thunderstorm in Venice, soaked in the mineral pools of Budapest and drank wine under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Television... lol

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It's 6:00am and you're late for life.

Listen.

There is a constant war being waged in your mind. A war between your wants and your needs. Armies of voices in your head will tell you that you need to turn off the alarm and lay back down. But don't listen to them. Listen to the small voice in the back of your head that is whispering...

Get up.

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7 ProTips to Becoming an Evernote Ninja

Evernote is the best tool that I have found to help you live a smoother, stress-free life by helping you declutter and organize you mind with little effort. If you're new to Evernote, check out the crash course. I also wrote another post taking a deeper look at my personal system for organizing my Notes for those freaks like me who are interested in obsessive, organizational structure. While crammed with great information for the traditional Evernote users, these two posts didn't explore the cooler, lesser-known functions of Evernote. Let's move past the basics and show you a few tricks to becoming an Evernote ninja.

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How to Relieve Stress & Create the Best Work of Your Life

I have been fascinated by the practices and rituals of the world's elite. Those masterminds who consistently seem to be producing extraordinary content and still find time to read 50 books a year. How do they juggle everything that they have going on without collapsing under the demands on their time and energy?

What I'm about to show you is a proven system for many individuals to help them improve their focus, produce their best work and manage their time without compromising their sanity.

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Is Your Life Worth Your Time? -- Live a Great Story by Beating Mediocrity

There are too many mediocre things in life.

Too many jobs that people sort of like.
Too many vacations where people sort of have fun.
Too many significant others that people sort of love.
Too many dreams that people sort of want.

Our time is too valuable to waste on anything short of remarkable.

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