Are you the type of person who has a ton of ideas and rarely follows through on them?
Do you have a whole heap of unfinished projects lying around – in your house and garage that you simply never get to?
Are you the type of person who has a dozen half finished manuscripts on your laptop and even more online courses you bought but have never finished, or worse, even started?
Following through and finishing what you start are some of the most valuable skills you can have. They are a combination of traits that enable you to create the life you want – without having to compromise or wait.
Well it’s time for that to stop and for you to …
Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline.
In his excellent, practical and easily digestible book, Finish What You Start,Peter Hollins take us on a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done.
In an amusing and glaringly obvious set of scenarios and examples, he takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck, and gives detailed, step by step solutions you can start using today.
Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. I listened to the entire thing, while out for one long run. The only bummer was I couldn’t take notes as I went!
In my book review I focus in on:
Four surprising motivations that push us past obstacles.
How daily rules and a manifesto can help you achieve more.
Tactics to beating procrastination easily
How to dial up your internal motivation
How to beat distraction and stay focused on the task at hand!
If your mind bounces around all day like an energizer bunny, and you rarely feel you’re accomplishing anything on your to-do list, let alone moving forward on a significant piece of work, it’s time you learned how to go deep.
So what is deep work? Deep work is the ability to focus without distractions on a cognitively demanding task.
In other words, it’s the lost art of losing yourself in work that matters, and not getting distracted by your phone notifications, social media or multiple browser tabs. It’s about training the brain to embrace ONE thing at a time.
The book is split into two parts. The first explains what deep work is and different ways to do it. The second part shows us how to actually do it and make deep work a regular practice in our lives, so you can put it right into action.
Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems, the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, and owner of his well-known Study Hacks blog.
This is definitely one of my favorite books this year and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to work smarter and avoid distractions.
In his book he shares four ways to help us maximize productivity and rules to deploy more deep work in our lives. Watch my video for my full review and to learn these four methods.
Want to learn exactly how to make your first hire in less than 30 days and start delegating work you dislike doing, shouldn’t be doing or frankly can’t do? Let me show you exactly how in Outsource Like a Rockstar.
TeuxDeux is a simple designy to-do app for the Web and iPhone.
LeechBlock NG is a simple productivity tool: an extension for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day.
Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps across all your Mac, Windows, and iOS devices so you can focus on what matters most.
Have you ever scrolled through, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see a friend or peer doing awesome things? Except, instead of feeling happy for them, you feel instantly envious or depressed? It happens to all of us, unfortunately, and it all has to do with this little thing called The Comparison Game.
Scrolling the Instagram feed has the ability to make me feel like I’m not enough, in an instant. So much so that I’ve stopped enjoying this app like I used to.
I value it as a connection and business tool, but I’m tired of seeing the perfectly curated photos that only show one side of that person’s life – the one that makes you feel like you’re inadequate and your life is dull or even sucks.
YOUR aim in life should be to be the very best version of yourself, by focusing on what you do best and love to do.
So why do we all consistently compare ourselves against others?
Why do we look at people who are 3, 5 or even 10 years ahead of us in business and in life and get completely dejected that ‘we’re not there yet’ or that we pale in comparison.
This destructive habit has to stop!
You can’t even begin to know what’s behind their journey, what it took for them to get to where they are now. But you can learn from them, and emulate the great things they do, so long as you don’t try to measure up against them.
Remember, there is always someone doing better than us in something but instead of comparing yourself, concentrate on where you’re at and what you’ve achieved.
In this video, I share:
Five ways to stop comparison game for good
Difference between competition and comparison
How to replace negative thoughts to positive thoughts
Does it feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel of never enough hours in a day to do the important work?
Are you still doing everything yourself in your business and feeling overwhelmed and stressed out?
Do you know you should hire a virtual assistant or a new team member but you don’t have enough cash flow to justify the expense?
Or are you holding on to doing everything yourself because you simply don’t trust that someone else can do it better than you and not screw up your business?
If you answered YES to any of these then you need help! And it comes in the form of outsourcing.
Well that’s exactly why I shot this video. In it I share:
The Four Lists to Freedom and why you need to use (free template download below for you)
How to use this list to figure out what to delegate and who to
Why outsourcing is not scary, or expensive and is going to change your life!
If you want to learn how to let go of your huge to-do list by hiring the right people to do it for you, and then set up your systems to build your dream team in 30 days or less, then check out my course
If you’re not quite ready to take this seriously and start delegating right away, then at least figure out what it is that is overwhelming you by writing it down using my free template – it will be a game changer for you, once you see all the work you’re doing that you should be outsourcing.
Each week you find yourself waiting, no longing, for the weekend. Come Monday morning you wonder, “Where the heck did the weekend go?”
And at the same time you realize you barely made it through your mile long to-do list, let alone had much down time.
This happens to most of us, but it doesn’t have to. There are ways to make your weekends feel longer and more fulfilling.
In this vlog, I share tips on how to extend your weekend, what freedom Friday is and the benefits of taking more time out for yourself!
I’d love to hear how you’ve extended your weekend in the comments below.
Want to take it a step further and Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year in less than two hours? I’ve created an awesome online workshop to make sure you use your year in the best possible way, and grow and scale your business effortlessly in 2018 by focusing your time, money and efforts on the RIGHT things so you can enjoy your ideal lifestyle.
SET YOUR VISION FOR 2018 and plan out your entire year so you prioritize what matters – we will map this out real-time together and I’ll show you behind the scenes of how I plan out my year.
MAP OUT YOUR QUARTERLY, MONTHLY and WEEKLY ACTIONS based on your annual goals and the calendar so you know exactly what to do to achieve amazing results in your business in 2018!
Take your big vision and plans for 2018 and put them into your OWN CONTENT, MARKETING and EDITORIAL CALENDAR so you feel focused and in control – I’ll show you my calendar as a real example of what’s possible.
Learn my 6 STEP DAILY SUCCESS PLAN to become more productive in a week than you are in a year – no seriously.
BONUS #1: You’ll get my awesome Content, Marketing and Editorial Calendar template to use to plan out your amazing year.
BONUS #2: You’ll get a PDF summary handout and list of handy tools I cover off on.
Hiring a virtual assistant is one of the best investments you can make for your business to save you time and money.
But have you ever thought about making that same investment in your own life with a personal assistant?
Personal assistants are not just for the rich and famous. Imagine freeing up hours to work on your business or spend time with your family instead of taking care of personal tasks that you don’t enjoy doing?
A personal assistant can handle a lot of responsibilities that you can delegate to them. Hiring one will make a big difference in your life.
In this vlog, I share the reasons why a personal assistant is an absolute must for any entrepreneur, what tasks you can delegate and how much time a PA is going to save you!
Fin is a new kind of assistant – using AI (artificial intelligence), always on and ready to help.
Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely.