“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Here are my no-nonsense tips to increase your productivity right now! In my business, I don’t have time to waste, and neither do you in building yours. If your goal is to build a business machine that grants you happiness, freedom of choice, and financial liberty, you need to work smart, AND hard. But the smarter you work, the fewer years you have to invest building your business machine.
Tonight, Define Your 3 Main Goals for Tomorrow
Writing them at night primes your subconscious for creative thought. Have you ever woken up with an idea, or a dream that feels oddly relevant to what you’re going through right now? Harness that ability to help you accomplish your more complex goals!
Then, write your goals down again the next morning. Multi-millionaire Grant Cardone swears by this method for increasing his daily instant focus. If you have an Iphone or other smartphone, using reminders is even more powerful because you can set specific times throughout the day to remind yourself of what you need to be doing in any specific moment.
Work in Bursts
Working in bursts of 25 minutes can help keep your mind engaged and working at peak performance for longer periods of time. This concept of productive intervals is called the Pomodore technique. It works by setting a timer of 25 minutes for focused work, followed by 5 minutes of a disengaged, activity completely different from your work. It could be taking a walk, talking to others, meditating, listening to music, or playing with your pets. The important thing is that you give your brain a complete break for those important 5 minutes.
Listen to your mind as you work. If you find yourself drifting off in thought, or unable to generate an important idea, take a break! Everyone can be different in the time necessary to recuperate. So experiment with less or more time focused, and less or more time for your break.
How long you work doesn’t matter! What matters is how much you get done.
Set Incremental Deadlines for Yourself
Have you ever had a big project hanging over your head for weeks, but only got started two or three days before it was due?
Trust me, I’ve been there.
Start by breaking the finished product or project into incremental goals or steps. For example, if you have to write a multi-page research paper, what I have done is to list out the questions I aimed to answer through the paper. Then each question and the proof of its answer becomes a goal in itself. Another method could be to break the paper down into a target number of pages per day, or words per day.
I call this method, “Eating the Elephant”. You have to take it one bite at a time. And for each of those “bites” or incremental goals, give yourself a specific period of time to do it, and a personally satisfying reward of some sort for accomplishing it.
Mindfulness Meditation can help you develop the superpowers of laser-like focus and almost instant access to your “flow-state”. You can open yourself to incredible creative breakthroughs by accessing the larger headspace obtained through deliberate, habitual meditation practices.
My favorite app to train in meditation is called Calm. Through a 30-day, guided meditation training on the app, you learn all the most important tools to harness the power of meditation. With hundreds of richly produced meditations, there really is a meditation for everyone on this app.
Through meditation, you also build awareness of the negative thoughts that can hinder your focus, self-confidence, drive, or progress. There’s nothing quite like a self-doubting, negative thought to break an awesome flow-state. Learn to control those thoughts through meditation, and master your mind for incredible productivity.
Combined with meditation, controlling your distractions through mitigation and elimination can really help you achieve your most productive flow state, then, maintain it while the world rushes around you.
Our best work occurs in a state of flow, and the sounds of the world can interrupt that state. On average, it takes 23 minutes to refocus and achieve your flow-state after an interruption. So protecting your focus is critical to enhancing productivity.
Turn off phone notifications while you work, send calls direct to voicemail for your focus periods, clean up your workspace, or ask your employees/coworkers to send you an email rather than interrupt you in your work area. Protect your focused time like a mother bear protecting its cub. You’ll surprise yourself with how fast you’ll start finishing tasks.
“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”
Multiply your productive capacity, and focus your energy on the right actions, and there is literally NOTHING you can’t do with enough focused hard work.
Now get out there and GET IT with your supercharged productivity! Build the vehicle to reach your dream life. I’m here to help you every step of the way.
Let’s Build Together my Friends.