How To Get More Done

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GET SHIT DONE.

 

These 3 simple words are they key to productivity in any field. Whether you’re running the country, an athlete, a parent or a student, we all need a period of each day to be productive.

 

How much actual work do you achieve on a daily basis? The vast majority of people only clock up 2-3 hours (and that’s on a good day).

 

If you don’t believe me on this one, track down everything you do over the next 24 hours in 15-minute chunks. I did this, and it blew me away the time wasted on unimportant tasks. I had become the master of procrastination. Obviously, these hours spent time wasting drag us away from our goals. They do not pay the bills, finish an assignment or help open your first business.

 

The key is completing the tasks that propel you forward in life. Otherwise, it’s too easy to spend all day being “busy” yet ultimately achieving nothing.

 

Here are my top 5 tips to embrace productivity and banish procrastination.

 

1) No Distractions

 

I mean none. Emails, Phone, FaceBook, TV – everything needs to be off and out of sight.

 

This will be bloody hard initially. We’re addicted to these ‘urgent matters’ and can easily spend an entre day reacting to them. This results in our productive work taking a back seat. For a period each day, remove all distractions.

 

In the book Turning Pro, author Steven Pressfield talks about what he calls the resistance. The resistance appears in the form of constant daily distractions you and I are faced with.

 

Checking Facebook every thirty minutes. Emails reminders that appear every time you receive new mail. Replying to text messages immediately.

 

These distractions lead to procrastination, guilt, self doubt and fear. This downward spiral has ultimately distracted us from true productivity.  Wasted time has taken control of GSD time. It’s up to you to gain back control, be productive and pursue greatness.

  

2) Know Your Outcomes

 

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

 

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

 

“I don’t much care where…” said Alice.

 

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

 

It sounds obvious, but unless you know exactly what you want out of each area, you’ll never get there. Some of my areas are: fitness/health, writing, my gym, relationships, finances, education, down-time. So I write down the outcomes for each that I want, and I simply plan my week around these. Without taking these actions I find I’m reacting to the resistance all day, and don’t make any progress.

 

Remember: take control or be controlled.

 

3) Focused Work

 

Lately I’ve been using a timer on my computer (I’m using one right now as I type this article). For 25 minutes I only have one window open, my door is closed, my phone is silent, and there are no other distractions. If you are guilty of having 15 windows open, whilst attempting a dozen tasks at once this approach is brilliant.

 

It’s called the Pomodoro Technique, and I swear it triples my productivity

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It prevents my over active mind trying to master 20 tasks simultaneously.  Then, my timer goes off and resets for a 5-minute countdown.

 

I’ll use these five minutes to reply to any urgent SMS, have a quick stretch, refill my water bottle etc. Then I’m ready to roll for another 25 minutes. This means that every hour, I’m achieving 50 minutes of focused, quality work.

 

I’ll also use noise cancelling headphones, to keep me laser focused.

 

The difference that focused work has had on my productivity has been simply amazing. I would say most people only get 10-20 minutes out of every hour, if they’re lucky, so I’m doubling that. For a minimum of 2 hours, I use this to get my most productive work completed each day.

 

4) Find your time

 

What is your most productive time of the day?

 

For me it’s between 4 and 9am. Early.

 

I’m an early riser, and definitely more productive of a morning. I spring out of bed, stretch and perform a quick body weight warm up, pour my Aeropress coffee and am pumped to smash out another productive morning. I don’t check email, my phone, or anything else until I’ve done some actual work.

 

It ties in perfectly with intermittent fasting, as my brain feels clear during the morning fast.

 

When is your time? I speak to others and it’s after dinner, or even after midnight. There’s no right or wrong. Just find your time and lock it in whenever you can.

 

5) Do the hardest thing first

 

There are things we all must do that put simply, suck!

 

For example, from time to time in my gym I have to complete bookkeeping and admin tasks. I would rather poke my eyes out with a bicycle spoke. But it has to be done.

 

So I schedule my day so it gets done first thing in the morning. It’s amazing the energy you receive when you do the hardest, most difficult task  first in the day. Everything else seems easy in comparison when you do it first.

 

6) Plan Your Day

 

The last thing I do each day is plan tomorrow. Every task has a time frame, and I schedule in everything.

 

If it doesn’t get scheduled, chances are it doesn’t get done.

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Now I want to hear from YOU – what do you do to GSD and be productive? Any tips you would add?? Let’s get 15+ comments, not including mine, and I’ll film my favourite ab workout for you for next week.