Follow My Productivity Principles to Change Your Life Forever 88

Follow My Productivity Principles to Change Your Life Forever

I have certain principles in the areas of life I care about the most.

Each is formed after trial and error, learning a ton of stuff and seeing what works best for other people, and then for me.

Nothing is coincidence, or just an approach I’ve added to my repertoire without testing.

While it might not be a game-changer for you, each of the items in the list below is for me. And I believe it will improve the quality of your life in the long-run if made a permanent part.

If it wasn’t for being more productive and understanding what true productivity was all about, I’d never be able to work daily and have enough free time to do anything else at the same time. Or to create an online business, feel good at the end of the day and complete any project I set my mind to.

Productivity matters. Every single person who set out on a mission to change their lifestyle, build a business, become location independent, travel the world, write a book, create a product, or else, began by fixing his productivity mindset, ditching the bad habits that lead to wasting time, and then learned how to focus better and work smarter.

So here’s what I’ve found to work best over the years in terms of getting things done, and why it matters:

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1. Make your to-do list shorter now.

For a start, use a to-do list. It simplifies life like no other little habit.

But don’t add anything you can think of to it. I know there are many things that need to be done. What I’m saying is most of them just don’t matter.

Hard to admit, but it’s true for everyone.

Over time, if we aren’t tracking results correctly or if we keep ourselves busy, our lists get bigger and bigger and there’s less time left to actually live life.
Well, it’s liberating to know half of the stuff there needs to be removed.

You simply ditch it, and never do that activity again.

What makes it hard is that you’ve probably been doing it for months or years now. So all that time will feel like a waste if you just remove this and never look at it again.

Yes, it’s exactly like that. But that’s the only way to free yourself from doing unnecessary things. It will help you save tens of hours over the next few weeks. You’ll then have more time to do the work that matters and focus on what’s giving you results and taking you in the right direction.

So, what I want you to do today, is sit down and examine each of the items on your to-do list. Be honest when a few of these could be removed. Then cross them off, and never write them down again.

There’s a simple approach to also organize your to-do list better once you’ve removed the unnecessary items from it. Here’s a 1-minute video of that:

2. Work first.

I’ve talked about how we need to be ruthless with our time, goals and habits before. And I still praise this.

That means doing what you said you’d do first, because it’s part of your plan to improve your life and reach your next goal. To do that daily though, and thus see constant progress, you need to be saying no to every other single thing fighting for your attention.

It’s not easy if you’re used to being the good guy and can’t say no. But every time you let others take some of your time, you’re getting further from your dream life. Keep that in mind.

So, what I mean by including that one of the productivity principles is this:

Begin each day by doing your most productive and important work. That’s never more than 4 hours, but could also be 1 or 2. Good work doesn’t mean a lot of work.

During that period, nothing else will matter to you. Anything can wait, unless it’s urgent. But even if others think it is, it usually isn’t.

The first hours of the day are your sacred time, and they are dedicated to your passion project, new business idea, or else.

Do this first, then do anything else you feel like or have to after that.

This is how you prioritize. And by paying attention to your work and making such sacrifices on a daily basis, you’ll be amazed at the progress you see.

3. Work with gratitude.

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If there’s one thing you can be, and you choose that to be ‘grateful’, everything else will be perfect too.

Gratitude helps us go through hard moments in life by appreciating all that we already have. And it also helps us live the moment fully by being aware of all the reasons we have to smile.

Take this approach to any area of life you want to improve, and the results will be surprising.

With productivity, for instance, you can do the following things:

When you get to work, take a few seconds to appreciate the opportunity to contribute by doing something meaningful, the chance to do what you enjoy, the fact that you have the mental and physical ability to do it.

That will make the next few hours way more pleasant and you’ll focus more easily and enjoy the process even more.

Remind yourself it could be worse, your job I mean. Or your business problems. That will get you back in the present moment ready to hustle and fix what you don’t like.

When the work is done, be grateful for that too. Feel good about the effort you just invested and be sure it will pay off.

4. Your to-do list should be your new best friend.

You’ll rarely find a millionaire, business owner, or just somebody you admire who’s crushing it in a certain field, who’s not writing down his tasks daily and then following this list.

It doesn’t matter what you use and how you organize it, as long as it’s a daily practice and the list goes with you everywhere.

What I love about the to-do list is that it helps in a few important ways:

  • you don’t need to remember anything anymore as you can just write it down the moment it comes up;
  • you don’t need to think about your daily schedule or wonder what’s next, as you can just take a look at the list and see what the next item is;
  • a productive day means crossing everything off of it and that feels pretty good;
  • you can go back to previous days and compare.

But the reason I want you to take it with you everywhere is this: if you think that when you’re out and you arrange a meeting with someone or think of something that needs to get done by the end of the week, you’ll write it down when you get back home, you’re probably wrong. By then, many other thoughts will be on your mind and this will be lost.

Just have it with you all the time and don’t worry about forgetting anything anymore, or not doing things on time.

There are many other productivity tips I can share, but these stood out as principles. If you do them, it will lead to other good things eventually.

What can you share about the way you get things done? What are your productivity principles?

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.