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How to Master the Skill of Productivity and Get More Done Every Day

Bryan Guerra, I Help People Start Home Businesses

How to Master the Skill of Productivity and Get More Done Every Day

Bryan Guerra, I Help People Start Home Businesses

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23 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Master the Skill of Productivity Introduction

      2:10
    • 2. Cut Out Multitasking

      2:40
    • 3. Try Meditation

      4:09
    • 4. Keep a Journal

      3:09
    • 5. Dress Well

      1:05
    • 6. Try Intermittent Fasting

      2:26
    • 7. Listen to Classical Music

      1:51
    • 8. Plan and Prioritize

      2:25
    • 9. Limit Phone Use

      0:42
    • 10. Rest and Gather Feedback

      2:45
    • 11. Timed Lock Box

      1:55
    • 12. Print Out To Do Lists

      1:21
    • 13. Track Your Sleep

      3:28
    • 14. Avoid Blue Light

      3:44
    • 15. Turn Vices into Feedback Loops

      2:29
    • 16. Speech App

      1:27
    • 17. Develop Systems

      2:26
    • 18. Use Ethernet Cables

      1:37
    • 19. Train Yourself with Smell

      2:01
    • 20. Get a Mentor

      2:43
    • 21. Avoid Shiny Objects

      2:55
    • 22. Form Valuable Habits

      3:37
    • 23. Master the Skill of Productivity Project

      5:52
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Welcome to how to master the skill of productivity so you can get more done every day.

 

I briefly want to explain what this course will cover, who it's for, and what you can personally expect to learn by the conclusion of it.

 

In this course specifically will cover a number of valuable concepts that will help increase your productivity so you're able to get more done in less time.

 

We all have 24 hours in the day, but why is it then that some people able to accomplish so much more in that time period?

 

Each lecture in this course is specifically designed to cover one aspect of increasing productivity. That you can immediately implement it in your own life.

 

This course is perfect for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. 

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I Help People Start Home Businesses

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1. Master the Skill of Productivity Introduction: Welcome to how to master the skill of productivity so you can get more done every day. I briefly want to explain what this course will cover, who it's for and what you can personally expect to learn by the conclusion of it. Now in this course specifically, we'll cover a number of valuable concepts that will help increase your productivity so you're able to get more done in less time. C, We all have 24 hours in a day. But why is it then that some people able to accomplish so much more in that time period? What is the reason for that? And we'll specifically tackle all that and more in each lecture. Because each lecture is specifically designed to cover one thing that you can immediately implement that will help you be more productive with whatever time you have and whatever your goals are. On top of that, it'll also culminate at the end with a project that will allow you to tangibly measure the importance of everything that you're currently doing. And then we'll use that information to craft the perfect daily schedule for you right now for me. Now for your mom, not for your neighbor, for you. And that will result in immediately increasing your productivity while giving you a massive amount of other things that you can apply in your life and your schedule and in your schedule, excuse me. If you decide to, this course is perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students alike. And if you don't know much about productivity and you've never really thought too much about into yours. You'll get a lot of practical tips that you can implement immediately today to be able to obviously implement and get more done. And if you're already familiar with productivity tips as well, there will certainly be some things in this course that will sharpen your metaphorical productivity soared and add extra tools to your tool belt. Ultimately, that will mean that you'll be able to get more done every day and progress a lot faster, okay? So you can then edge out your competitors over time as it relates to whatever your goals might be. So without further ado, let's jump in. 2. Cut Out Multitasking: Okay, so the first thing that you should do to become more productive is to cut out multitasking. For some reason, people believe that multitasking is a skill that smart and productive people are really good at. But the truth is that you can't actually multitask. It does not exist. The brain is incapable of focusing on two things cognitively with your frontal cortex at the same time. That means that you cannot possibly do two important things and focus on both of them properly at the same time. Short, you can walk and listened to a podcast at the same time. You can watch TV and cook something at the same time, right? But both of these are examples of things that you don't really need to focus on directly with your frontal cortex. At the same time. The brain actively focuses on doing one of them. And then the subconscious mind is then the other part that's watching TV or walking on autopilot. Okay? Neither of them in that situation though, are being performed optimally. You cannot sit in class and actively retain information from the teacher while reading a book, and actively retaining information from that book at the same time, because they both require frontal cortex and focus. Okay, and I could give you thousands of other examples of how you can not actively do to focus things at once. But honestly, I'm sure probably a few of them immediately popped into your mind. So for example, if you're trying to do two important things at once while working, understand that one of them, or in most cases, honestly, both of them are probably being performed at a subpar level. All multitasking means is that you're doing both things mediocre. Lee, your brain is wasting time switching back and forth between task and task and then re-optimize to then perform that task. Actual smart people understand that multitasking slows you down, and that means that your work will be of poor quality on both things that you're doing are multiple things, right? Actual smart people focus on one thing at a time and then they do it to the best of their ability. Then they move on to the next thing, and so on and so forth. You don't actually have to take my word for it though, see for yourself and do your own research. I highly recommend looking into the one thing by Gary Keller and Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Now I don't know if you can see them both. They're both right there directly up there. I don't know if you can actually see that in the frame, but highly recommend both of those books, they're phenomenal. Both of those books are full of studies and facts to back these claims up. And we'll present airtight case is two u plus there honestly just good reads as well. 3. Try Meditation: Meditation is also one of those things that has drastically increased my productivity. Meditation is defined as the practice of literally doing nothing, thinking nothing and just existing. And contrary to popular belief, you don't actually need an app to meditate. But if you're just getting started to good apps that I used in the beginning, our headspace and waking up, both of those are completely free. I think one of them comes with a trial that you can obviously extend if you want to, but you can get started. You can I think there are seven that 30 days or something like that, but you can take advantage of the trial, get acquainted with meditation, and then go off and do it yourself. Okay? Now another misconception is that you need to meditate for a long periods of time. However, that's not actually true either. You can and probably should start small and then build up to longer periods of time and build momentum. So for example, you start with just five minutes a day and then maybe you move to ten minutes a day and then keep adding to it as you go and get more and more comfortable with it. Most successful people that I know try to meditate for like 20 minutes per day in the morning so that their focus and their productivity is on point for the rest of the day. They're locked in and they get stuff done. But obviously you don't need to start there. You don't necessarily need to do it in the mornings either. Although I think that's probably the best time for most people and I've seen personally that's had the best effect on me. And before I actually started to put this into practice consistently, I used to think it was kind of a waste of time. I was kinda thinking like, all right, if I meditate every day for like 20 minutes, isn't that 20 minutes something I could use to actually be working and actually tangibly beginning something more done, right, which would actually then increase my productivity. But actually that's a misconception, right? That's a false belief. And the reason being is, think of it as a time investment into meditation. Because what meditation is, is it's a force multiplier, okay? Meditating will increase your focus and it will also decrease your Scatterbrain syndrome. Have you ever, for example, sat there and like open your phone only to realize that there was literally no reason you did it. I still do this all the time from time to time. And I'll slide open my iPhone and be looking at the screen and staring at it and be thinking like, why don't I just do that? What was the purpose of that? We all do this and it's because we're subconsciously trained to chase that dopamine fact affect that our phone gives us. So what meditation will do for you is basically decrease the frequency of you doing things like that and decrease the distractions so you can get more done of whatever it is that you choose to. Again, meditation will decrease distractions that take you off course because the practice of meditating is literally sitting there and doing nothing. And every single time you get distracted or have a train of thought that derails you sideways, you'll be able to train yourself because you're practicing that with meditation to let it go, comeback and obviously come back to the breath, come back to the body, and that will translate to your work and the rest of your life. As you do it more and more, you'll start getting distracted less and less and less ultimately. Like I said, initially it's going to act as a force multiplier and that's going to exponentially increase your productivity while you're focused and allow you to get more done in less time. Okay? So moral of the story is don't be like me in the beginning. Don't have the false belief that meditation is just wasting your time. Instead, look at that as like you're investing five minutes or you're investing ten minutes so that you can be more productive with that time that you have the rest of the day. Try it out and hey, honestly, if you're bad at it, that's a good thing because it means that you have a lot of room to improvement and you'll see more results from it than anybody else that obviously is already on track. So remember, nobody is good in the beginning and nobody sees immediate results from it, even if you think it's pointless and even if you do it for a couple of days or a couple of weeks and you think it's wasting your time, stick with it. It will pay off. I promise you do it consistently and it will change your life and help increase your productivity. 4. Keep a Journal: I also recommend journaling at the end of the day. And this is a productivity hack that's very, very simple, yet super effective. It doesn't have to be a lot. It can be as much as you want to be, as little or as much, right? But a good way to build momentum and a good way to make this a habit is to set a small goal every day, set like maybe two to five sentences and build momentum with that. A small goal makes it easier to adhere to and then obviously easier to kind of ingrained as a habit, right? Then once it's ingrained as a habit, you can decide if you want to add more to it or not. You can do this on a computer or you can do it on your phone, on your own, the actual notepad on your phone, I believe Android has one. I know iPhone has one. Or you can simply just do it on like pieces of paper or in like a physical a journal that you can get on mine. The reason I recommend journaling at the end of every day is because it will act as kind of like a brain dump for you. Many of us carry thoughts and burdens with us to the next day and that just builds and builds and builds. They sit there in our subconscious mind without us even realizing it. They bring us down. So by journaling every night, you can literally get all these burdens, all of these ideas, and all these lessons out of your mind so that you can obviously go to bed a lot easier with less stress and a clear conscience. Now I can sit here and promise you that this has literally changed the way that I'm able to get sleep because my mind is constantly, always racing or at least it used to be. But instead of me saying it, what I recommend that you do is just put it into practice, try it for a week or two and you will see just how much of an effect it has on you, okay? Also now that you know that you can put those ideas and lessons down in writing, it'll give you kind of more clarity and less stress because you know that you can always go back, relook at them and reread them if you decide to. Okay. One of the cool things that I did recently was I actually printed out all my journal from like, I think it was like a little bit over a year ago. And what I did is I read through some of the things like that I put down in my journal like a year ago and I was like, wow, like I learned that that day, I forgot about that or Wow, I made, I made that observation in my business and it really kind of allowed me to kind of recap the lessons of the day, the most important lessons and also kinda opened my eyes like I wasn't that far off like a year ago. I was actually pretty insightful and I knew some things, right? So it not only builds your confidence to show you what you've learned throughout the day, but you can take those lessons with you into the future almost like instead of reading a book, if you've just got like the five, like somebody would read the book for you and summarize the five most important points in the book. That's basically what you're doing by recapping your journal, okay? And that way those thoughts and those lessons aren't just sitting in the back of your mind weighing you down. You're putting them in paper, on paper and you can actually go back and revisit it, Okay? And that will help you focus more and produce more a because you'll get better sleep, I promise you that. And be because you'd be able to wake up and focus on what actually matters the next day. And not only trivial things that you're remembering and your subconscious, try it out. It will make a massive difference in your productivity. 5. Dress Well: Another simple, yet very effective tip to increase your productivity is to dress well. And that does not mean that you need to wear a suit and tie everywhere, but it does mean that you should be more conscious of how your dressing every single day. Now I'm not saying that you can't dress and what makes you comfortable and what you enjoy wearing. But I do want to caution you in a falling into too much of a comfort zone and comfort level with your clothing every single day. Okay. And this has never been more like more the case than it is now, especially now that a lot more people are working from home and, you know, have the ability to kind of dress how they please, and they don't have to show up to an office every single day. It's really, really, really easy now more than ever, to start falling into the trap wearing something like sweatpants and a sweatshirt every day simply because it's comfortable and you're never leaving the house. But take it from me, avoid the comfortable clothes as much as possible. The more successful and productive that you dress. Well, typically the more successful and productive you will tend to be. 6. Try Intermittent Fasting: Intermittent fasting is a nutrition principle that a lot of people try to use to lose weight. But it's not just something that you can use as a nutrition tool. It's also something that can help increase your productivity as well. For those of you that don't know what intermittent fasting is, it's basically just fasting for a portion of the day and then allowing yourself a certain window of time to eat all your calories within. For me specifically, as an example, I wake up from like 630 the seven inch depending on the morning and then I'll fast until about noon and then I'm able to eat my a lot of calories for the day up until about eight or eight PM, excuse me. And then I fast obviously after that until I go to bed. And this is usually how most people do it too. But keep in mind that there are so many different forms of this and so many different variations that you can apply. It simply another tool that you can use to make it a lot easier to get your calories in your macronutrients in every single bet. But there are actually, it's not just the nutrition principle. There are actually some tangible physical benefits that come along with this as bonuses as well. As far as productivity is concerned. First and foremost, once you get past the initial few days of acclimating to it and it can be tough if you're not used to fasting until like noon or something like that, it can be tough for the first couple of days to a week. You will acclimate, you will get the hang of it. Okay. But after that period goes by, you'll stop constantly getting hungry and stop constantly having to stop working to go eat something in the morning, however small, you know, even if it's just a snack, even if it's to go make coffee or something like that, right? Implementing this will help you to keep your appetite suppressed until about lunchtime. And then you can have a big meal and then get back to a focus productive work block. Furthermore, science has actually been shown that by not waking up and eating simple carbohydrates every single morning for breakfast, which is unfortunately what most people probably do. You'll have more consistent energy throughout the day because you won't have that immediate insulin spike in the morning from eating those simple carbohydrates. It's also important to mention that while you're outside of your feeding window, you can have, you know, appetite suppressants that don't have any calories like coffee or tea, or literally anything that you can think of. It doesn't have calories to help suppress your appetite. Okay, Coffee works very well, so does T, but don't take my word for it though. Try it out for yourself and see if it works for you. 7. Listen to Classical Music: Listening to classical music while you work has been proven to boost productivity. And I personally do this by listening to a lot of an app called classical radio. You can download that for free on the App Store for iOS. Now I'm honestly not sure if there's an Android version of this specific app, but if not, I'm sure there's one. It's very, very similar to it that you can find on the Android store. Just something that's going to play classical music. And you can also simply just listen to classical music on somewhere like YouTube and create your own auto playing playlist without ads, we can use something called bringing FM. So bringing dot fm is another very, very popular one that you can use on your computer browser or your phone browser, or even playlist on Spotify or Pandora. Although those will have intermittent ads unless you obviously pay for it. And there are actually a number of studies out there that have shown low background. Classical music helps you to maintain your focus because it doesn't require you to consciously listened to it with your frontal cortex, but it does keep the subconscious part of your brain busy, right? And that way you're not getting distracted or bored while working. You might think this is trivial, but this happens to a lot of us, okay? This has been a major game changer for me my every day, and I recommend for you to at least give it a trap. What it basically will do. We've all had those examples of where you're doing something or maybe you're reading right? And then you're like subconsciousness, thinking of something else in the background. And then you come to snap to it. You're like, I don't even remember what I just read on that page. That's exactly when your subconscious kind of is going, but your, your frontal cortex is focused on something else, right? Classical music breaks those two apart. It distracts your subconscious and keeps it busy. So you can focus on whatever task is at hand and be more productive and obviously execute it better. Try it out. It will make a massive difference. 8. Plan and Prioritize: So this is a productivity tip that you've probably heard before, but you might not be putting necessarily into practice. And if you can successfully implement this one, I promise you it will increase your productivity. And what it is is planning tomorrow, today, okay? Although the key with this is not to simply plan tomorrow today, it's also to order an optimize the most important tasks in that specific order. It's not enough to simply create a checklist of things to get done for the next day and then slowly cross them off the list. As you accomplish them. The reality is, most people are obviously doing that. The reason being that that's not enough to do is because all tasks are not created equal. Let me repeat that. All tasks are not created equal, so you shouldn't treat them as such, okay? And I've made list and plan tomorrow today for a few years now at least, and it can certainly help more so than if you're not doing anything at all, trust me, okay. Don't get me wrong. Like it helps more than if you're not doing that. But when I started not only planning tomorrow, today, but also prioritizing the tasks on the actual list. It Tenex that at least my productivity. And when I look back on the day, I actually got a lot more done. Now, I used to go through days feeling like I accomplished things because I was getting a lot done. You know, I'm crossing a lot off of my list, right? Only to look back in hindsight, hindsight throughout the week and think to myself like I really didn't accomplish that much at all. Even though I seem to really, really busy. The goal is not to be busy, okay? The goal is to be productive. And there is a major, major difference. See, we've all been sold this myth that the busier you are, well then obviously that obviously indicates the more successful you are. But it's far from the case, right? Business does not equal productivity. So instead of filling your day with trivial tasks, just to keep busy, plan your day and execute those tasks in the order of importance. Okay, simple way to do this is to ask yourself, if I only got one thing done today, what would I want that one thing to be and then do that first, once you're done with that, crossed that, then off your list and then again, ask yourself that same question. If I only got one of these things done today, what would I want that one thing to be? Rinse, Repeat, recycle. 9. Limit Phone Use: Now the next thing that we can all do to increase our productivity is something that we all have access to and that's to use the Do Not Disturb function on your phone and also turn all of your push notifications off. Now most people aren't productive, not because they're choosing to be so, or because they're letting some major thing, you know, prevent them from doing so. The truth is, most people are unproductive because they let little things constantly distract them and then it kind of becomes like a death by a thousand cuts scenario. So remember, push notifications off and do not disturb function on your phone. This is a productivity superpower that's available to all of us. Yet very few people actually take advantage of it. 10. Rest and Gather Feedback: A lot of people who have the goal of becoming more productive want to constantly add more and more and more, more time, more things, more. You no longer hours, whatever it is, et cetera, et cetera. Okay. But it can actually be beneficial in a lot of ways, even though it sounds kind of counterproductive and counterintuitive pun intended to work a less and shut down early. Okay. Not in all cases, but most likely with you if you're watching this. This is something that I fought for so long, but when I implemented it in my own life, it helped dramatically. And you might be thinking to yourself, how does that make you more productive? How would that even help you? Right? But it's basically because I shut down early and I shut down work mode. I'm able to enjoy time spent with my fiance and actually recharge mentally. This helps me ease in a relaxing and arrest mode, which helps me fall asleep, so much easier, which will then obviously Tenex my productivity the next day because i'll, I'll, I'll be able to be more efficient with my time. Okay. It's absolutely crucial that take breaks. It's not healthy to hustle, hustle, hustle and work 18 hour days every single day. Even though for some reason that's kind of what society has fed us and what we've all been sold to as the key to success. And if you're anything like me and you have serious ambition and you want great things in your life, then you probably want to work from sunup to sundown, super hard. I totally get it. But all that's gonna do is lead to burn out and trouble sleeping. It's not actually going to help you. I can personally think of so many nights in the past that I would lie awake at night tossing and turning because I couldn't turn my mind off. And it's all too familiar and I'm sure that you can relate to that if you're anything like me, for a lot of you, this is probably the case, right. But it's because you're in this perpetual state of work mode that you never really get a chance to kinda pull out of it, recharge and come back stronger than next day. Think for a second about your top here, the top athletes in the top coaches in your favorite sport, for example, how did they approach getting better? Sure they'd go out there and they give it everything during practice, they give it everything during games. But then they arrest, they recover and they recharge. They use their downtime to study the playbook and a watch films on other teams so that they can come back stronger and better the next day and the next game and be more prepared. And that same sports analogy applies to you and me as well. Don't overwork yourself simply because you want to achieve your dreams by tomorrow. I'll learn to rest when the time is right. Turn off, give yourself a break from time to time so that you can come back stronger and better tomorrow. 11. Timed Lock Box: The next little simple hack that I want to kind of bring to you is a time that a lockbox, OK. Now, you can buy this on Amazon. I'm sure you can buy it on a number of other places. It's not very expensive. I think it was like 50 bucks. And if you have a problem with your phone or a problem with being distracted, right? One of the easiest ways is not necessarily leaving it there and you know, exercising willpower, which is finite. It's simply to either put your phone in a drawer or turn your phone off, or simply lock it so that you're not able to use it for an extended period of time and you have no other choice to do work and be productive. Okay, I literally love this thing. It's been a game changer. I put my phone in here and if you can see it on here, there's like a little timer. And as you spin it, you can set it for like 10 minutes, five minutes, an hour, two hours, right. And you can lock your phone in there so that you can not get to it once it locks. Okay. The little things come out on the side and that locks your phone in there and then you're forced to get worked on, that will help you avoid distractions. And I use this a for working obviously. Let me just set the lock to show you a really fast as I'm talking, you'll see it counts down 54321 and things will go out. Boom. And now I literally can't get to my phone. The only way to get smartphone is to smash this $50 thing. And then obviously that's the only way I can get my phone until the timer is up. Okay? And this is a really good way to stay productive. I obviously use it to work for like focused work blocks, but you can use it for a number of things. And other really good, cool method that I've used is if you have a family, if you have a significant other, put both your phones in their right or put the kids phones in there so that you can all have family time or whatever, what have you. There's a number of functions for it, but obviously this is a hack that will increase your productivity. Try it out, I promise you it will make a difference. 12. Print Out To Do Lists: So the next little tip that I want to kinda impart on you that what really help increase your productivity is to actually print out your to-do list, okay? You can put your to-do list on your computer. You can put your to-do list on your phone. I use in my Notepad on my phone all the time. But the issue with that is while it's very, very efficient and you can just delete stuff, add stuff. You constantly need your phone to do it, right? Or you constantly needed a computer to do it, right? So one of the best ways if you do plan on staying productive is to get rid of the phone. So it's not constantly with you because then that's just another potential opportunity for you to be distracted and click out of your notepad to go to something else. Or maybe you're getting a notification and it distracts you for a minute or two. But then obviously it takes you another 510 minutes to get back into the swing of things mentally. So one of the best tips is put it in your phone, but then print it out and cross it off manually so you can throw your phone in a drawer or into the lockbox as it from the last lecture just goes up. So from the last lecture, bam, finally, I can access my phone. Okay, but print out your to-do list. It will. It sounds like a simple, trivial thing that won't make a big difference. But the more you're able to stay away from this, the more focused work you will get done and the less times you'll get distracted, which will exponentially increase your productivity. 13. Track Your Sleep: So the next thing I want to talk about is getting an ordering, which is what I recommend and I use, I love this thing. What you basically do is you put it on your finger and it tracks your heart rate, your sleep, how much you're actually sleeping, right? Not just like estimating it literally tracks it by, by pulling the pulses in from your heartbeat. And you can read this on any finger, but they say that the ring finger works best. And basically what it does is it tracks your sleep habits and gives you a number of different metrics. I'm not going to get 22 into it right here because I just wanted to give you the kind of overall just you can watch a bunch of reviews if you want to on mine, google what it actually does, but it literally tracks everything for you. You see right there, like my score last night was 86, which is very, very good. It's optimal tracks or total sleep, your efficiency while you're sleeping your REM. So how much REM sleep you're getting, how much deep sleep you're getting, how a restful you were, how much you tossed and turned, the different cycles of your heartbeat in how much it tracks a number of different things. But I could go in depth on this and make like a long, long video. But all you really need to know what this is. It helps track your sleep because what you'd track you can improve. And the number one thing that's going to impact your productivity the next day is your sleep, right? So I recommend ordering. It's what I use. This thing is, well, as I drop it, this thing is expensive, that it's very, very durable, but this thing is expensive. It's about, I think 300 bucks, the expensive ones like 500 to a grand. You don't need that, right? You can get the cheaper one That's like 300 bucks. Or if you want to go a different route, there are other sleep trackers out there. You can go after like a Fitbit potentially. And you can also go after like the what's the iWatch. So there's a number of other things that will track your sleep. Get a sleep tracker if you can afford it, and if you want to go that route, it will make a massive difference on your productivity. This is one of the best things. There has been a number of tips in this course. This is one of the best things hands down that I started to do because what you track, you can improve. It will start to kinda show you the data. So there's no guesstimating, right? It will show you the data so what you tracking can improve. So for example, it just taught me a number of things. For example, if I drink like that, even as a sip of beer or a small glass of wine before bed, it completely kills my HRV balance and I don't get any deep sleep, I don't get any REM sleep barely. And I'm very, very restless that night. And so I might sleep and lay in bed for eight hours, but the orange tracks that and most nights I get great sleep. But if I have a glass of wine, then I get like no deep sleep. And really, I might have been laying and tossing and turning for eight hours in bed, but I only slept like four of those hours. So those are the little things that you are only going to see by looking at the data and how your body reacts to different things, different sleep patterns when you go to bed and all sorts of good stuff. If you can afford it, get a sleep tracker. I obviously recommend the ordering. It's, oh, you are a oring phenomenal, but like I said, there's a number of other ones out there. There's plenty of other cheap options out there. If you have an iWatch that will, you know, obviously you can already just use the one on there, although I don't think it's as accurate with the iWatch or the Fitbit. The ordering works very, very well in a number of people that I look up to have recommended it, I splurged for it myself. Could not recommended anymore. Okay. So get yourself a sleep tracker because what you track you can improve your sleep is the number one thing that will increase your productivity the next day. 14. Avoid Blue Light: So the next thing that I want to talk about is wearing blue light blocker glasses when it's getting close to your bedtime, right? And there's really no one size fits all answer to this like you should do it. You know, X, Y, or Z at those times, right before you go to bed, right? Like an hour before you go to bad or two hours before you go to bed. It's more of an art than a science, but basically what it does, I'd probably recommend about an hour ish if I had to put a number on it. But as it gets, you know, start winding down at the end of the night, throw on a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Because what that basically will do is it will block the blue light from all the lights on your screens, all the lights just in general in your house, if you have like LED lights coming from the ceiling or something like that, and it will block a lot of that blue light out. So your brain is not receiving that blue light because what blue light does and blue lights pretty much in all of our electronic devices. It's on your TV, it's on your phone. It's on a number of different things. It's in a lot of the LED lights, right? And what it does is it goes into your brain and you conscious, it makes your brain consciously think that it's daylight, so it stops producing melatonin, right? And so melatonin is one of the things that will help you get better sleep, which will then help increase your productivity the next day. So by wearing blue light blocking glasses, you can literally tell your brain that it's getting to be nighttime and it stops simulating a lot of the artificial blue light from our screens, from our lights that we all get on daily, day-to-day basis. If you're having trouble sleeping or you just want to optimize your sleep. This is a simple hack that you can implement that will make a massive difference. And I actually was going to show you that blue light blocking glasses, but my fiance is actually in the other room right now on a Zoom call, wearing them to look more professional. Okay. So I'm not going to show you the blue light blocking glasses, but obviously here's the case right here. You can get these for like ten bucks or 15 bucks on Amazon, you don't need a fancy pair that's like a 100 bucks and get a simple pair that just does the job and they look pretty decent like Ray-Bans, like normal glasses. So little hat there, blue light blocking glasses. Another thing that you can do if you don't want to go that route. Although I recommend that you do because they're super cheap and the pay off, I guess, or the dividend that you'll get from them is, well, well-worth the 15 bucks, so you're going to spend but if you don't want to spend that, at the very least, what I recommend that you do is at least go to all your electronics, write your computer. My computer actually has this already, right? You can go to your phone, you can go to your TVs. If it's a newer smart TV, you can set the blue light off at a certain period of time, right? So you can either manually turn it off or with a computer, a phone, and a new TV. You can set a timer so it's on a schedule, right. So for me specifically, at 07:00 PM every single night, both my phone or my my phone, my computer, and my one TV in my bedroom goes directly to blue. It cancels the blue light and goes to night mode, right? So you can set those up very, very easily, just going to like brightness settings on your phone. While I'm not sure on an Android, I know for specific specifically for an iPhone, you can just swipe down on the right, right now. Then hold the little brightness thing and then click dark mode and click the blue light off. That's the easiest way to do it with the iPhone, Android, I'm sure has it, but I'm not exactly. I've never actually owned an Android or it's been like a decade since I have. So I'm not specifically sure. You can just Google it and figure out how to do it for an Android. I know that obviously they wouldn't do it. Computer. Just going to bring your brightness settings and same thing with a TV. Just go into your brightness settings. It's going to make a massive difference. So blue light blockers or at the very least, timed blue light, you know, taken off of your electronics. Okay. It's a little hack. It sounds very simple, but it will make a massive difference in your productivity the next day. 15. Turn Vices into Feedback Loops: So another really simple thing that you can do to obviously increase your productivity has nothing to do with what you're doing in that specific moment and a lot of senses. And so I want to talk about cutting out devices here really briefly. Only you know what your vices are. Only you know, that the certain things that kinda pull you off path that you might do in your leisure time or that might distract you from whatever it is. Okay, so to really prevalent ones that I see a lot are video games and drinking, okay, that may or may not be you, but you can obviously take those examples and tie them into your own life. And I'm sure we all have a specific device you probably have on, for example, with video games, they can be distracting a lot of times you want to play a video game. So instead of using video games to distract you and getting, you know, not do the work that you know you need to do. Instead, use it as a positive feedback loop, right? Reward yourself as a reward system. With that, say, When I get X, Y, or Z done, I will allow myself a half-hour of playing this video game and then it will be fun. It will inspire you to actually do the work. And as you continue to build that as a habit, you can then utilize something that you enjoy to be more efficient and more productive with what you actually need to get done. Now another example is alcohol. That's typical. A lot of people that drink, right? And you might think like that's not going to decrease my productivity when I'm working because I might be drinking on the weekend or I might be drinking at night when I'm not working. But actually it's going to kill your productivity the next day or even, you know, in the next couple of days realistically depending on how much you drink, because it's going to dehydrate you. It's gonna give you bring flop, brain fog, excuse me, and a number of other things. So key here is to cut out or cut back on your vices or simply use them as a positive feedback loop. A way that I use where I don't do it currently, but I used to when I was kind of building that habit is I would use drinking as a way to incentivize myself. And this may or may not tie to you as a way to incentivize myself to read and get reading done, right. So I did read, but one of the ways that I would look forward to reading was I would say to myself, Okay, If you read, if you go read, you can have a glass of wine, a small glass of wine with the book that you're reading, right? And so then I would read for like an hour, have a tiny glass of wine. And it would be like a positive feedback loop to inspire me to look forward to reading. So turn your vices into motivation and simply cut them out if possible, but if not, use them for positive feedback loops to inspire yourself to produce more of the work that you need to get done. 16. Speech App: So another little productivity hack that I kinda want to touch on really briefly, this is going to be specific person to person. So if you're like a business professional that's doing something, if you're a student that is reading a lot of things, this is going to make a massive difference in help you tremendously. It's been one of the coolest apps that I found recently. It's a Chrome extension on Google Chrome Web Store. And it's, I think it's, you can, there's a free trial, but then you have to pay for it, but it's relatively cheap. It's like, I want to say like 20 bucks a year, it's super cheap. And there's also an app on your phone, right? And so what it does is it's called the Speechify app. And what it does is you can either scan a page. So if I wanted it to read to me, I can literally sit there and take pictures of every single page, maybe in the chapter, and then just put it in speech phi and it would put the text to read and we'll just start reading it to me. Another really, really cool way that you can do it. It's just download the Chrome extension. And if you're on a page that's like really, really long. It's like a blog post for example. Or maybe you're doing research and you don't feel like reading through it because it will read a lot faster to you if you just use the speech Fiat and you can go about doing something else while you're listening. It's a game changer. Okay, try it out. There's an app, there's also a Chrome extension. And basically what it will do is it will pop up in the, in the corner and then just sit there and every single page you'll see a blue play button on the top of the words. If you hit the blue play button, it will literally just read you the text to you. Game changer. Try it out will help you be more productive. 17. Develop Systems: Another simple thing that you can do, and this is kinda like a business focus type of thing, but it is to develop systems and automatic processes, right? So for example, I'm going to talk about drop shipping really fast because it's something I've been trying to put in a lot of my reselling courses and testing it out. I never just like talk about something. I always want to test it, try it out in depth so that when I do go ahead and teach it, I know all that ends ins and outs, all the nuances of it. And I know exactly where the drawbacks and issues that people might face are, as well as where the benefits lie for them so I can better teach them and better relate that information. Okay. So the reason I'm telling you that is one of the examples I'm going to give you to develop systems is with my drop shipping. So I have been using this software, right? But the one software only drags things into Facebook marketplace automatically, right? But then I have another software that obviously takes things from Facebook marketplace or a number of other places and post them to other marketplaces. Okay? So one of the ways that I've been doing is I've developed a system so that I no longer have to think about. It's literally sitting right there on the board. It says Facebook marketplace to Poshmark tumor car. Okay? And basically the software's all integrate so that I know I can just click the button, wait for it to load, and then once it's done and I post the listing, I go back into my other software. I click the button and it posts the posh mark. I click the button again, it goes to my cart, right? And so if you don't understand what that means, basically, it takes the thought process out of it every single time because I've developed a system to take that one listing and posted everywhere at once without having to think about it again and again and again. And so you should be focused on developing systems, automatic processes and habits that take your mind and your thought process out of it so that you don't have to reset and rethink every single time. Okay? Ultimately this will remove your time from the equation. And what help kind of combat decision fatigue in a number of different ways. On top of that, if you ever need to hire somebody or bring somebody in regardless of your goals and kinda teach that to them. You can teach them the system and the process is and not necessarily have to teach them every little nuance it, of it again, okay. This is something simple. It's very business and entrepreneur related, but it can help you in a number of different things that can help you in school. It can help you with your job if you're an employee. So try it out. Think, how can I automate this? How can I develop a system around this? So it takes my thought out of it, so I can just do it every single time and I don't have to think about it. 18. Use Ethernet Cables: So this productivity tip is going to be pretty funny. And people always laugh when I say this because like it sounds really stupid. But at the same time, it's one of the easiest things that you can do that's going to make a massive difference over time. Now, that is using Ethernet cable for your Internet and not go off Wi-Fi. Okay? Now, people always laugh and you're probably giggling a little bit too. I totally get it. The first time I heard this, I was like, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. But realistically, it's going to save you valuable time every single time you have a page load, right? Because direct Ethernet is a lot faster than Wi-Fi. So have you ever like been sitting there loading a page and it takes awhile or even if your pages load quickly, your Ethernet will be a lot faster because it's a direct connection. You don't have to go to the cloud to load it free via your Wi-Fi, right? And so you might think that that sounds stupid, but it's going to make micro seconds and add microseconds every single time you load a page. Okay, so over a day that's not going to make that much of a difference. But over a month, over a year, over five, 10 years, you're going to see the exponential amounts of time by doing this. And you'll save a lot less headaches because your Internet will be a lot faster. So it seems like today Everybody's moved to Wi-Fi and that makes total sense. Everything's like cloud-based BI 5 makes sense. Nobody plugs into chords and they don't have to anymore. But if you're at your office or if you're at your house right, then Ethernet, cable, your Internet will be so much faster and you will get so much more done. And it will save you loads of time over time, over the long run. 19. Train Yourself with Smell: The next little tip is to use incense or a diffuser. Okay? Now, incense is a great way to do this. I personally use a diffuser because I kinda like the way that the smell and kinda the aroma that it kinda let lifts off. You can use incense or diffuser and basically what that does to explain the science behind it. I'm not a scientist with this, but I've read countless studies on this and I've also listened to other people that know more about this. Basically what it does is it triggers you and trains you almost like a dog, right? We've heard that same experiment with the dogs where they, they ring the bell and then give them food. And then once they start ringing the bell without giving them food, the dog saliva starts to just, their saliva glands start going and they get hungry and they expect food. Same thing with incense and diffusers and smell with us, right. So if you're in a work state, right. Like if you're about to work and you keep training herself by lighting the same diffuser and lighting the same incense. Every single time you then go to, to light it, it will signal to your brain subconsciously that it's time to work, right? And so it's a little way that you can train yourself to get into Deep Work Mode by smelling the same smell and constantly training your brain to think that it's worked time, Okay, this is gonna help you breathe, which will obviously help you focus more because you breathe through your nose, it's gonna help you smell a lot better. A good book to read on this is breathe. I don't know if you can see it back there. It's by James Nestor phenomenal book. He was also interviewed by Joe Rogan on his podcast and you just want to watch the podcast version. I highly recommend both of them. But it's gonna help you breathe, which will help you focus more. It's going to help activate your brains smell with your focus, which there's scientific evidence behind it rather than kind of get into the scientific evidence and the scientific studies, I just recommend either watching the podcasts, watching some videos on it or googling it, or simply reading breed by James Nestor. I'm telling you there's a number of studies that have proven this, that if you use smell to train yourself to work, you can, it's really like a hack that will help you produce more. So test it out. You will see that it works for you. If it doesn't make a massive difference like the first week, stick with it. You will see results over time. 20. Get a Mentor: So the next thing you can do to increase your productivity is to get a mentor, mentor ship from the right person can shortcut the time where you are in right now to where you want to be exponentially. They can also help you beat me way more productive by showing you exactly what warrants your focus and what's actually just wasting your time. Now when I suggest this to most people, they usually object and they say, I don't know how to find a mentor. How do I reach out, right? How do I get someone better to mentor me? Should I pay for someone's master mine or whatever the, whatever the case is. There's plenty of examples of this, but a big misconception that you might have and that a lot of other people have is that you don't actually need to be mentored by a physical person, right? You don't need to physically be mentored in person. Some of my best mentors are literally sitting right behind me on the bookshelf. Right now. You can get mentor-ship in books. You can get mentor-ship and videos just like this, right? Like you can get mentor-ship and a video like this. And the list goes on and on. The key is to find somebody that's currently doing what you want to be doing and is successful in the way that you want to v and then learn from them. Model, then write a lot of successful people write books or they've been interviewed and you can watch those interviews. And a lot of successful people even make YouTube videos and stuff like that, right? A little caveat about this though, is that you need to be extremely careful who you take advice from. Because nowadays everybody is giving advice and everybody's a self-proclaimed expert, okay? If you listen to the wrong advice, it will lead you in the wrong direction. So a simple rule that I have for this, while it's very, very easy to find a mentor these days. You need to find the right one, okay? Unless the person that's giving the advice has a life and a specific situation that you want for yourself. Don't take advice from them, okay. And if they do, then great. You obviously can't okay. Do your due diligence because when you take advice from somebody, you're subscribing through their way of thinking and their approach to life. Therefore, any advice that you take from them and that you apply will put you on a path exactly to where they are. Always remember that, okay? Another little caveat is not to take advice or mentorship from too many people at once. If you get it from too many people at once, you're just going to end up confused and kind of spinning your wheels in many different directions, right? Remember that kinda son metaphor? Same thing when you're listening to a bunch of different mentors, okay, it's usually best to pick maybe one or two people, maybe three max that you resonate most with and then follow them. Okay? So keep those in mind. That's how you can get mentor-ship and that's how you can exponentially increase your productivity. 21. Avoid Shiny Objects: One of the simplest ways that you can be more productive, whatever the lane or goal that you are choosing is to stick to it and avoid shiny object syndrome. So I want to give you two quick lessons here on shiny object syndrome and productivity. Okay? The first one that you're going to see is you're the dot regardless of which one you are. Now most people are the sun looking dot right here, but you want to be the line, right? And so what you'll see here is if you're the dot and you're spending your productivity and your focus going in several different directions. Maybe you're focused on all given entrepreneurship example because I'm an entrepreneur, maybe you're focused on like an hour worth of email marketing and then an hour worth of content creation and an hour worth of marketing, and then an hour worth of posting on social media, and then an hour worth of whatever you get the picture, right. You're really just getting small, little incremental pieces of progress in multiple different directions. And you're not really making a lot of progress in whatever one. But if you would just focus all your energy in one direction, you would get a lot more done, hence the long arrow, right? And so really it's a simple math equation with productivity. A lot of people tried to juggle a bunch of things and they try to multitask, but that's the wrong way to approach it. Pick something, focus, stick with it, avoid shiny object syndrome. Another example of this that I'll time to the next example really fast is with entrepreneurship. People pick a lot of different business models right there constantly, nice jumping or picking a different business that look shiny. So for example, maybe you go like amazon, right? You sell on Amazon and then you start going like, Oh, well no, I think like I'm gonna put a little bit into Amazon, a little bit into drop shipping, a little bit into online arbitrage, a little bit into a number of different things, right? A little bit into e-mail marketing, a little bit into trading stocks, and they really don't make any progress. They never master one thing and they end up just being mediocre and a bunch of things. But if they would just pick one of those and use all their energy and focus in one direction. They will make massive changes and be massively productive in certain situations. So moral of the story is don't niche jump. Don't try to do too many things at once. Instead, pick a lean, stick to it, focus and you will by default be more productive. One more example here is people. This is typically what happens. People start climbing a ladder and then they get shiny object syndrome and they say, Oh, I think this looks, you know, experts and on Instagram is making $10 thousand a day doing this. And so what they do is they jump over to this niche or this specific business model and then that, But they don't start right here where they're seeing that person, right? They might be climbing, climbing the Amazon ladder and then they might jump over to this one thinking it's a shiny object and that they're going to get those results. But ultimately they start at the bottom of the ladder and they start just climbing ladders and jumping back and forth and climbing ladders, but then they start at the bottom again. Okay, So don't need chump moral of the story is pick something, stick with it and you will be more productive. 22. Form Valuable Habits: One major way that you can increase your productivity is to understand the power of habit building and to use it to your advantage. So wanna make, I want to, I want you to imagine kind of a situation and a metaphor right now, right? You're sitting in a cold room, literally close your eyes and imagine that you're sitting in a cold room, okay? Now there's an ice cube on the table in front of you. And when you breathe, you can even see the hot breath in front of you. The thermostat on the, on the wall reads 25 degrees. All right. Now very gradually the room's going to start to heat up. It goes slowly from 26 degrees to 27 degrees to 28 degrees. And that same ice cube that's sitting on the table remains the same, right? Nothing's happened, hasn't changed. Now we're gonna go to 29 degrees, 30 degrees 31. Still nothing's changed, right? That ice cube is remains the same, same exact form, same exact state. A lot of different, different changes have been implemented on the ice cube. Nothing is different, right? And then suddenly the temperature hits that 32 degrees threshold and slowly the ice cube begins to melt. Slight one degree shift, barely noticeable from the temperature before it has sparked a massive change now in that ice cube. And this is a metaphor for life, work, and productivity so you can open your eyes now I really hope that kinda hit it home. But to quote James Clear from one of my favorite books on productivity, Atomic Habits, it's right behind me. Breakthrough moments are often the result of many previous actions which build up the potential required to unleash a major change. This pattern shows up everywhere. Cancer spends 80 percent of its life on detectable and then takes over the body in just months, bamboo can barely be seen for the first five years as it builds extensive root systems under ground before exploding 90 feet into the air in just six weeks. Similarly, habits often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold and unlock a new level of performance. In the early and middle stages of any request, there is often a valley of disappointment. You expect to make progress in a linear fashion. And it's frustrating how ineffective changes can seem in the first days, weeks, and months. It doesn't feel like you're going anywhere. It's the hallmark of any compounding process and the most powerful outcomes are delayed. This is one of the core reasons why it's so hard to build habits that last, people make a few small changes, fail to see tangible results, and decide to stop. And this couldn't be more true. The moral of the story is that you're in control of your own life. Nobody else is. You. You might not be in control of every little nuance, but you are in control of your most important to habits every day, and those habits will ultimately decide your trajectory. So what habits govern your life today? Are they positive or are they negative? And what trajectory are they putting you on? Literally map it out, stop, pause this after this and map it out and take your best guess. If you can get a grip on your daily habits right now, you can then build momentum in whatever direction you choose. You can show your habits and your habits are what controls your future. This is one of those little understandings that can help you master the skill of productivity on a daily basis and make sure that what you are producing is heading you in the direction that you want to go. 23. Master the Skill of Productivity Project: Okay, So It's project time now, we're going to tangibly measure what you're currently doing on a daily basis and rate everything from a scale of one to ten. That way we can see exactly what your current day looks like. What you do day in and day out. Because that formula is what's giving you the results that you're currently getting, right? So if we can identify what tasks you're doing them better, prioritize your daily tasks and even eliminate unnecessarily ones, then by default, you will be a lot more productive. So for your current projects specifically, I want you to take inventory of your day. What are you currently doing on a daily basis? Literally write it all down. Okay. What are the things that you do every single day that make up your schedule, okay? Then I want you to and you can even pause that right now and do that. Okay. Then come back unpause and we'll resume. Okay? So now that you have that done, I want you to rate each one, assign a number from one to 10 to each one, okay? One obviously being that it doesn't really matter at all and it's barely, if at all contributing getting you to where you wanna go in the future. Okay? And obviously 10 on the other side of that scale is this is the most important thing that I do on a daily, daily, daily basis, and I need to continue to do it in order to get to where I want to be. Keep in mind too, that everyone's daily schedule be different, right? Like yours honestly doesn't have to have specific numbers on it. It doesn't have to have all those numbers yours might be, you know, all tense. It's unlikely, right? But I'm trying to say that there's a difference here, right? You might have no nines are tens on it. You might have a lot of twos and threes, and that's totally fine regardless of whichever way that it is. Okay. Here's also might be full of ones, twos and threes or whatever. Again, totally fine. The key with this specific project exercise is not to sugarcoat it for you so that you pass it, right? This is not a test. It's literally to stare at your day in the face and face it. Yes, pun intended firsthand. Okay. The things that are helping or hindering your productivity and your progress will be within this schedule, okay, So face it head on. And people rarely do this, but I promise you, if you do this, this project will make a massive difference so that you can track it because what you track, you can improve. So the first step in being more productive in your day is to take inventory and obviously understand what it is that you're doing. So now that you have all your daily tasks written down and you have them numbered from one to 10. It's now time to prioritize them. Anything less than a three, cross it off. Don't do it anymore. Okay. This can be extremely difficult for a lot of people to let go of and often it's hard to stop doing certain things. I totally get that. I've been in your shoes. That's why I'm recommending this. But eliminating the trivial tests like this are one of the easiest wastes so that you can start being more productive with your time. It'll free up your extra time so that you can put that time toward tasks that actually do matter. For instance, a good example in my own life was checking social media like 20 times per day. I constantly have my phone on me and I would constantly pull it up. And now, as you can tell from me information that I've already put into this course. I don't do that anymore and it saves me massive amounts of time, but I would have never known that if I didn't take inventory of my day. Another good example of this that I heard recently was reading the morning paper. That person specifically ask themselves what reading the morning paper actually added to their ultimate goals. Okay. Their answer, not a whole lot, right? They came to that conclusion, if anything at all. And it's simply served as entertainment to distract them and prolong them starting their day next. Anything that's obviously less than a six that's left, make these your secondary tasks. You can still do them, but they should not be your main focus. And you should only do these things if you absolutely need to when you have a chance to later on, okay? And you don't have to cut everything else out obviously. But one of the best things that you can do to get more done is to do the most important things first and then move down your list. By adding these tasks to your secondary list, it'll give you permission to let them go, knowing that you can kind of always come back to them later. Focus on what really actually matters to move you forward. And finally, obviously what's left are the most important things that you should focus on. Order them from highest to lowest, and then execute them in that specific order. Now that you've taken inventory of your day, you've eliminated the trivial and unimportant tasks that take up a lot of your time. You've taken a majority of, you know, somewhat important tasks, but not the main things, and added them to your secondary list so that you can execute them later. And you've identified the most important things that will actually move you forward. You're well on your way. So congratulations, you've completed the course and you've completed your course projects. I honestly love to hear some of the things that you would cut out in your own life and your own schedule. I've already given you some examples of some specific things in my own life that I've already done. Feel free to add some of these things, of your ones, maybe your 2s that you've eliminated from your day to day to the course project area. So other students can obviously use them as inspiration to come up with theirs when they go through it. And you can also honestly feel free to add your entire revised schedule if you want to. That will also be interesting to see, as well as beneficial for other new students that come through. So hope you enjoyed the course. I hope you put these principles into practice and I'll see you in the next one.