How to Add 2 More Hours of Productive Work to Your Day 60

add 2 more hours of productive work to your day

Imagine having 700 extra hours each year. What would you do with that time?

That’s besides your working hours, time for chores, meals, family stuff and unpredicted situations. It’s just more time on your hands and you can do whatever you want with it.

What if you decided to spend it working on a personal project? Something you’ve been planning for a long time, that my turn out to be your million dollar idea and change your lifestyle forever.

Well, it’s quite possible.

And the first step is to create that time.

The best way to get 2 extra hours a day is to get up earlier. Even if you can’t go to bed early and have stuff to do, you can still sacrifice 2 hours of sleep.

Most of us sleep more than we need. And it makes us lazier.
Six hours is more than enough to get the rest you need. And if you’re up and running at 5, you can do great things with your life.

Then, of course, comes the purpose.

You need to actually have at least a vague idea, a plan, something you want to get done, a change you want to make.
And then get up insanely early each day and spend 2 hours working on it.

Most people need to be at the office around 8, or 9. And so they usually start their day at 7, spend the next half an hour in a hurry and somehow drag themselves to work.

But that’s not how big things happen.

What you can do, however, is start getting up at 5, and use that time for focused and productive work. As it’s the only part of the day where there aren’t any distractions, people and notifications aren’t fighting for your attention, there are no other things you should be doing and thus you can fully concentrate.

Having something in mind that you want to work on is what will make you get out of bed that early.

Your definite desire must be strong, it’s your direction, your driving force, your way to achieve more and live the life you deserve.

And if what you need to do is start getting up 2 hours earlier than you do now, then that’s what you’ll do.

That’s what all successful people do. All the CEOs you read about all the time, for example. They start the day long before others open their eyes, and hustle till the evening.

The hard part is building the habit of starting your day before dawn. The rest is all about reminding yourself of your goal constantly and being consistent.

This way you can have 700 extra hours per year. And in that time a whole winning business model can be created from scratch. Why can’t it be yours?

So what would you do with that extra time? How will you spend it? And what stops you from getting up 2 hours earlier?

See also:

What time do top CEOs wake up?
23 successful people who wake up really early
12 things successful people do before breakfast
5 early birds share everyday productivity strategies

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 30

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.