8 Practical Productivity Articles You Need to Read

8 Practical Productivity Articles You Need to Read

Productivity is closely related to success in every area of our lives.

We’re all after the right techniques, strategies and resources that can help us double our results, perform better and do it faster at the same time. And that’s absolutely possible.

Productivity, time management, personal organization – these are skills you’re developing at every stage of your life and you can always take it to the next level if you’re determined to achieve more and learn new things.

The main difference in those who succeed at becoming more productive, is that they’re constantly looking for a new approach to try, learn from the masters in the niche, listen to advice from others, are open to new techniques even if they sound too simple or too complex. The desire to try and do things differently is what makes you stand out.

So if you’re reading articles on productivity anyways, or are looking for a few new ones to check out, here are some that are worth your attention:

1. Have More Time by Answering These 12 Questions

The power of self-analysis is underrated. But often, there’s no better way to get awesome results and see ourselves more productive and successful, than to ask ourselves a few specific questions about what we do and how it can be improved, and to try to answer these as honestly as we can.

Also, it’s important to do it repeatedly, not just once. We change and grow all the time, so our way of thinking transforms too.

In this article on productivity and time management you’ll find 12 practical questions to ask yourself daily to exceed in life, assess your current situation, and – ultimately – make the necessary changes to see progress sooner.

2. Get Things Done from The Moment You Wake Up with The Right Morning Routine

It’s easier to build momentum and make sure you’ll hustle all day if you begin it right. In this case, a powerful morning ritual including the right activities can set you up for success.

Kickstart your day with the right morning habits, and you’ll have the energy, mindset and motivation to keep going till the evening.

3. How to Plan Your Ideal Day

I consider Taylor Pearson one of the smartest people I read online, one who’s constantly on the grow, experimenting with personal excellence, learning from the successful people in history, testing things to see what gives him best results, and optimizing his performance and behavior every single day.

That’s why he always comes up with super practical articles on productivity and how to do your work better.

In this post, he talks about finding the work only we can do, and moves on to exploring how we can do it more effectively. You can also see how his day goes, together with his exact morning ritual, daily habits, best practices, evening review, etc.

I suggest you take notes and then implement some of the things he discusses into how you do your work. You may find that planning out your day down to the last detail, and defining how a successful day looks like for you, is what you needed to maximize efficiency and double your results.

4. The Benefits of Daily Tracking

Start tracking everything you do, review the data you collect and brainstorm ideas on how to improve things, and your life will change forever.

In this post I discuss why tracking matters, how to do it properly, give examples of how some highly successful and productive individuals are doing it, and mention what areas of my life I’m tracking.

Writing things down and then going back to them to see the big picture and find our what needs to be eliminated, for example, can save you so much time in the future. Check out the article and start tracking things right away.

5. My Most Important Productivity Method

That’s an article on productivity from Leo over at ZenHabits. In it, he shares the simple steps to becoming more productive.

He considers fear one of the main reasons why we don’t get things done and gives practical tips on how to deal with it so that we can take action without overthinking.

6. The Power of Prioritizing

There’s too much to be done, but our time is limited. What do we do then?

We just choose what’s essential and do it first. That’s prioritizing and it’s how we can get closer to our goals sooner and be happy with our results.

In this blog post I give a simple step-by-step plan on how to prioritize, and list the areas in life that can be considered our priorities.

7. The Mistakes That Sabotage Our Productivity

It’s important to stop doing the things that make you less productive, before you move onto adding new habits and practices to get things done faster.

Here I’ve written about 6 things we do – often daily – that ruin our productivity, and what to do about each.

8. Practical Ways to Save Time by Doing Less

Who wouldn’t want to do less, save time but be even more productive at the same time?

Well, that’s what happens when you do things the smart way. Not all the tasks on your to-do list are necessary, not all the activities you do daily matter, and doing more usually leads to poor performance and wasting precious time.

Check out this productivity article to find out 9 ways to do less but get more in return.

These 8 posts should be enough to get you in the mood to develop a productivity mindset, give you ideas on what new approach to try next, and reveal to you some not-so-secret principles of efficiency and time management.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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