Tag: productivity

Book Review: Finish What You Start by Peter Hollins

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!

Watch my full review here.

Book Review: “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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.

It’s brilliantly laid out in Cal Newport’s excellent book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World a book about the science of productivity.

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.

How to be a super productive person

What does being more productive mean to you?

Being productive doesn’t mean sitting and working for eight straight hours. You’ll burn yourself out!

There are other ways to maximize productivity. For instance, cutting out distractions and turning off email notifications.

Many of us are looking for ways to live a more productive life, that’s why in this episode, I’ll share 17 strategies you can employ today to have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Key resources:

  • 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.
  • Pomodoro Secrets To Productivity Freedom
  • Upwork is an online community of talented virtual workers from around the world who want freelance work, and companies who need their skills.
  • 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.
  • Toggl: Hassle-free time tracking so your business runs like clockwork.
  • Why you need your own Personal Assistant

 

17 Ways to be Ridiculously Productive

To be truly successful, whether it’s in our lives or our business, we need to stay at the top of our game. It can be challenging, but being productive is necessary.

Productivity allows you to crush your goals and soar through tasks in both your business and personal life, helping you to stay at the top of your game and be truly successful!

Do you want to be ridiculously productive? How lucky then, that I’m here to help you have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Fear not, for here are my top 17 tips and get productivity-boosting tips.

Now go out and rock this year, dear freedomist!

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Why you need your own Personal Assistant

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!

Resources:

  • 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.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence.
  • Remote – end-to-end solutions for hiring managers and job seekers.
  • Toggl – The simplest time tracker to help you get things done.

Get your evenings back with the power of this nightly routine

Setting yourself up for success and happiness doesn’t just start with a fantastic morning routine. You need to work on creating a powerful evening routine too! ​

Why? Well technology has made staying connected to those we care about easier than ever before, as well as being able to work 24/7, which in many ways is amazing.

The flip side of this is it keeps us permanently connected and chained to our devices, responsibilities and work, making it harder to wind down in the evenings in a way that enables us to perform at our best.

In this vlog I show you how you can reclaim your evenings and strategically disconnect from work so that your evening allows you to relax and recharge and prime you for peak performance the next day.

If your morning routine needs some work too, then check out my vlog on how to create the perfect one for you

Why your morning routine sucks and how to fix it

Let’s talk about morning routines! Does yours suck? It doesn’t have to be this way.

In this video I’ll share you my morning routine, what I’ve been experimenting with and what habits will make your morning super productive.

I’ll also share top tips for you to create your own perfect morning routine.

A powerful morning routine

Everyday I get bombarded with stories about the power of a morning routine on Medium.

Yet I can no longer deny the research that says if you get up early and meditate then roll into focused work such as writing, painting or a creative activity, with no distractions, you’re far more likely to be a gazillion times more productive and successful.

Clearly that’s an accurate stat I’ve stated there, so you should take me very seriously.

The thing is it’s true.

The other thing that is true is that establishing the damn routine in the first place, is the hardest part!

Which is why so many people keep writing articles on why a morning routine, heck any routine that cuts out distractions and lets you set and act on your intentions for the day, is so powerful.

I should know. Back in 2004 when I was training to compete in my first ever Body Sculpting (Figure) competition, I had my entire daily routine down pat.

In this episode I talked about:

  • How to start a new morning routine without tying it to a big goal
  • The power routine I used while training for a competition that rocked my world
  • The new morning routine that is already making a difference in my life

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How to give yourself permission to work less

Are you working too much? Are you glued to your desk chair?

Or are you constantly feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list?

Do you look at your mentors and role models and think “How the heck do they get everything done all the time?”

In this video I show you why you don’t have to work your ass off and put in 70 hour work weeks to succeed.

In fact you can do quite the opposite and get more done than most people in way less time.

I share top tips for you to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

The Power of a Time Audit

Have you ever stopped to think about exactly where your time goes?

Do you find yourself saying “I’m so busy” or “I don’t have time” far too often?

Well how do you know you don’t have time, if you’ve never tracked where your time goes?

I’m talking about doing a time audit of your day to day activities when it comes where those minutes and hours of work actually go.

I recently did just this and mapped out my businesses and projects into a percentage figure of time they account for in my life, each week.

It’s not only illuminating, but a necessity for all of us.

The moment you can define where your time is spent, you get to be far more proactive about how you spend it and what you prioritize.

In this episode I:

  • Drink champagne
  • Tell you what a 100% of my work time is broken down into each week
  • Share my favourite time management and tracking tool (that’s changed my life)
  • Share a brilliant technique that ensures you cram a lot more work into a short time than you normally would!

I’d love to hear your time breakdown in the comments below.

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