4 Exciting Ideas to Ponder This Week 56

exciting ideas to ponder

This type of posts is inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday. That’s an email he sends to subscribers every Friday with a list of the things he enjoyed and did during the week (an article he read, a useful purchase he made, something interesting he watched and so on). I like it a lot and find it inspiring and helpful. And considering that I’m reading, thinking about and trying to improve different things every week, I decided to do the same.
It’s published on Sunday. You can read all similar posts here.

Short-term motivation and long-term plans.

productivity mindset

I’ve recently realized that long-term goals are much needed to have a direction in life, but it’s short-term motivation that will keep us going.

We basically need to constantly trick our minds into going after a certain goal in life, so that we can ignore the distractions on the way and get closer to it slowly, but steadily.

That’s not a bad thing, of course. But it’s important to know it so that we can see results.

So how do we stay motivated in the short-term? Well, it’s easier than looking at the big picture. Our triggers will change, we need to boost our motivation daily, to include inspirational practices, to find new reasons to keep hustling.

It’s like a game, really. You just need to take the next step today towards your ideal lifestyle. But you also need to stay motivated till tomorrow so that you don’t give up on the whole thing.

Dedicate your morning to your passion project.

[tweetthis]If you wake up 2 hours earlier, you’ll have around 700 extra hours per year. Imagine what you could do with all that time![/tweetthis]

I write more about that here, where I also share why it’s important to use that time to do some focused and productive work.

If you already have a side project you’re super passionate about, then invest your early morning in working on it and you can be sure you’ll see progress pretty soon.

The early hours of the day are peaceful, there’s no one to disturb you, and – most importantly – there’s nothing else you should be doing. You’re basically sacrificing hours of your sleep in order to be awake before dawn and hustle.

That’s not crazy. It’s what successful people have been doing for a long time in the beginning.

Seriously, if you want to start a business, write a book, exercise daily and get fit, or else that requires a huge transformation, get up at 5 am if you have to and do nothing else but things that will get you closer to the goal.

Your mind will be laser focused. You don’t even need to share all that with other people, as their opinion too is a distraction. Soon, they’ll see how you’re changing for the better.

Optimized planning

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One of the things you need to get good at before you enter the entrepreneurial world, or before you make big changes in your personal life actually, is planning.

We’ve all heard how important it is to have a vision, to set specific goals and measure them on the way. But are we really doing it?

There’s a lot more to planning than we think.

I’ve been doing my research lately as I’m setting 1 big goal for the next 5 months, with 3 sub goals each of which will lead me to the end result.
But I’ll do some things differently this time. I’ll be tracking. A lot.

There will be daily review, plus a bigger weekly review. In the end of each of the 5 months, I’ll also go over the whole strategy and plan again and make adjustments based on what has worked better than the rest during this month.

I have a list of actions to take. These are the only things I’ve seen results with in terms of what I’m after. So I’ll do more of them and will dedicate my most productive time of the day to these. Everything else comes second.

There will be research during that period too, but it will be considered part of my free time. If I come up with anything that seems promising, I will give it a try. If there are results, I’ll add it to the overall vision.

I learned all that from what I’d call the best article on planning I’ve ever read. It’s by Taylor Pearson.

Antifragile Planning: Optimizing for Optionality (without Chasing Shiny Objects)

So if you’re serious about the goal you’ve just set, go through this post and take notes. Then put what you find interesting in practice right away.
He’s also explained in details his weekly review.

Productizing a service

productizing a service

For a long time now I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for me to go from freelancing to starting a small business.

I can’t say things are going slowly. But it’s something I need to start brainstorming and working on now if I want to see results any time soon.

So the best option, after going through almost anything possible, is productizing a service.

It’s what every freelance writer/programmer/web designer/etc. can do when he gets tired of the billable hours, of having to be at the computer to actually make money, and to be selling his time and not being able to take some time off (as it means he won’t be making money until he gets back).

The goal is to remove yourself from the work, streamline and systemize your services, hire other people to do them for you, and be able to work on the business instead of in it.

You’ll still be working hard, of course. But not doing mundane, repeatable tasks as usual. You’ll focus on finding clients, scaling, planning, etc.

The best advice I’ve found on the topic is anything Brian Casel has to share.

I signed up for his newsletter (I don’t usually do that!), and it was some of the most useful content I’ve ever received in my inbox.

I first heard of Brian and his story of how he broke free from freelancing and turned his services into a product that is ‘done-for-you’ and requires someone else to do the work, on an episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast.

I wanted to know more. So I joined the free newsletter, started reading his blog and checked out his podcast too.
If you’re interested in the idea, these are some great resources.

So that’s what has been on my mind this week. What do you think about these ideas?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

relationships

As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work letsreachsuccess.com

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.