4 Productivity Tips To Ignite Immediate Positive Change In Your Life
Most people are constantly stuck in a rut.
Especially when it comes to money. They finally break through and start earning $3000/month, but get stuck there for months or years. After a while they break through again and move up to $5000/month, but quickly fall back into a rut.
This time its longer and harder. A lot of it has to do with mindset, but also productivity.
The reality is you can be constantly growing and breaking through barriers. You don’t have to be stuck in one place, whether its an income barrier or lifestyle barrier.
So I was thinking to myself what’s the best way to ignite immediate positive change in most people, for productivity and happiness.
1. Change Your Sleep Schedule
Most people don’t realize that their sleeping patterns are keeping them in a rut. When you’re marketing online, and working from home; its easy to start working late and getting up late. It happens to most of us.
You work late one night (because you want to relax or do fun stuff during the day), and wake up late the next morning. The following day you’re not tired at your usual sleep time, so the cycle continues; it rapidly gets worse and spirals uncontrollably until you’re going to bed at 4am and waking at 12.
Starting early just isn’t productive. You get far more done in the morning than you do in the afternoon. Night time work can be as productive as morning, but morning is when you’re at your peak.
Even if you’re waking up at 12 and immediately working, it’s just not the same. You need to be waking between 6 & 9am every day. You also probably only need 7 hours sleep. Wasting an extra hour or two sleeping accumulates to months of wasted time over your lifetime.
Changing your sleeping pattern is easily the best first thing you can do to start being more productive and accomplishing more. Make a commitment to sleep earlier and wake earlier. No television or movies or media before bed, it screws with your sleep quality.
2. Get More Energy
Your energy levels play a huge role in your productivity. If you’re eating Mcdonalds every day; your energy levels are going to be up and down like a yo yo throughout the day. Which means you’re going to get very little done.
You need unlimited clean energy from the moment you wake to the moment you sleep. If you don’t have stable high energy levels all day; you’re just not eating or exercising right.
Diet is the fastest way to get more energy. I’m not going to give you a detailed diet. Just eat more vegetables (RAW), more fruit, less sugar, cut out all processed foods and go onto a whole foods diet. For most people eliminating dairy is also a good idea. Make sure you’re drinking at least 3 liters of water daily. Do this and you’ll have way more energy to focus on work.
Exercise also plays a key role in your energy levels. Make sure you’re working out rigorously at least 3 times a week with daily exercise (walking/running). Put these two steps together alone and you’ll start to accomplish a lot more.
3. 80/20 Analysis Of Your Business
You have to realize that 20% of the work you do generates roughly 80% of the results. This means the vast majority of the work you do should either be eliminated or outsourced.
Outsourcing is essential. If you’re still spending time managing people, replying to emails, handling customer support and doing research or technical tasks; you need to hire yourself a virtual assistant. VA’s cost as little as $300/month via Odesk.com and they will take a lot of work off your hands.
If you want someone a little more capable, you can hire a European or US based VA for $10-20+/hour. Now…
Write down a list of all the tasks you do in your business. Next to them write down whether you can A. Outsource B. Eliminate or C. Enjoy it – do it yourself or D. Its very important, I don’t like it but do it.
You need to focus on the 20% of tasks that get 80% of the results. You should be able to either outsource or eliminate over 50% of your daily tasks. Everything that falls into group C should be done by yourself. Things that fall into group D, take a seriously look at them and decide if they’re worth it.
If you don’t enjoy something and it can’t be outsourced; you need to seriously consider eliminating it. An extra $10-$20,000 a year in revenue isn’t worth several hours per week of grueling tasks.
4. 80/20 Analysis Of Your Life
Lastly do an 80/20 analysis of your life. Write down all of the things you do in every day life, outside of working. Now write down next to each item whether you A. Enjoy it B. Don’t enjoy it.
Take all the things you don’t enjoy and think about either outsourcing or eliminating them from your life. Perhaps you hate cooking, in which case you might want to look into hiring a chef.
You should practice this every 3 months. Most importantly eliminate or outsource all the crap from your life that is keeping you from being happy and productive.
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