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Make More, Work Less! Time Management + Productivity Skills!

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47 Lessons (4h 5m)
    • 1. Welcome to a life of doing less and producing more with less stress!

    • 2. This course is founded on principles that guide me every single moment.

    • 3. Three phrases I use that guide my action every single moment of today.

    • 4. How asking for help allows me to do the next right thing and not make it worse.

    • 5. A chance to practice the principles in this course and the next steps.

    • 6. What does the phrase paying attention really mean? Where are you paying yours?

    • 7. How to notice what you are paying attention to by being the watcher of your life

    • 8. I found it impossible to change anything about myself until I really knew myself

    • 9. Talk about who you think you are and what you have been doing with others.

    • 10. See that you can move beyond what you have been right now.

    • 11. Self knowledge is the key to learning what you are doing and changing it.

    • 12. What kind of background noise is there while you work, play, and sleep?

    • 13. When was the last time you took deep breath?

    • 14. How much sleep did you get last night? How much is normal?

    • 15. During what parts of the day are you in a hurry?

    • 16. How fast is the computer and mobile device you use?

    • 17. How often do you avoid doing things you do not like?

    • 18. How often do you check your messages, emails, and Facebook?

    • 19. When did you last tell someone you were too busy or say yes when you meant no?

    • 20. What are the biggest areas of resistance you are experiencing now?

    • 21. When can you really completely relax and how relaxing is that?

    • 22. How much time to you spend noticing what your body is doing?

    • 23. What are you using to boost your productivity?

    • 24. Not trusting myself is the worst productivity habit I have ever overcome.

    • 25. Rehearsing what you will say is always a waste of time.

    • 26. Almost any background noise is distracting.

    • 27. Feeling like you are working hard versus actually producing good work.

    • 28. Notice any time you try to avoid something or task switch.

    • 29. Try to do everything up until the last minute causes a lot of stress.

    • 30. Planning for the worst case scenario is almost always a total waste of time.

    • 31. Trusting yourself and others will eliminate 80% of your wasted time and energy.

    • 32. First things first. Do what is most important first thing in the day.

    • 33. A little work every day beats doing a lot in one day.

    • 34. The amount of time you have is enough. Do what you can with it.

    • 35. Work and school productivity tips that will allow you to do more in less time.

    • 36. Do the work in front of you to minimize task switching.

    • 37. Work and school productivity tips that will allow you to do more in less time.

    • 38. When you read an email or a text message, respond to it right away.

    • 39. You do not have to smoke to take breaks!

    • 40. Eating the minimum to be full allows me to not fatigue after lunch.

    • 41. Helpful home and personal life productivity tips.

    • 42. Exercising gives me nearly unlimited energy during the day.

    • 43. Vitamins and fruit are awesome for energy any time.

    • 44. Having less makes staying organized easier.

    • 45. Notice and fix the biggest annoyances you have as soon as possible.

    • 46. Reading inspirational books gives me new ideas to try.

    • 47. More tips coming to the course! Share your own to help us all!

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About This Class

You might love this Skillshare course if you want to honestly see what it takes to be more productive, manage your time more effectively, and discover what works for me to get more done with less time and effort. As a student in this course, you will get an answer to every question you ask and be encouraged to test out every tip I give you that works for me. See both my successes and failures in living a productive life and take this opportunity to really discover what kind of productivity and time management habits you have!

When you take this course and try doing some of what I do each day, you can unlock your maximum potential. You will be amazed before you are halfway through your journey of getting to know yourself and discovering all of your productivity habits as a student in this course. Thank you for reading this and I hope to see your discussion question posted in the course in a few minutes!

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Jerry Banfield

Teaches 105 Skillshare Classes


You can become a MASTER OF DIGITAL MARKETING by following me on Skillshare and watching my classes each day!

BIO: 6 years sober, 4 years plant based diet, 7 years married, 4 years parenting, and 9 years as an entrepreneur online with 103 video classes on Skillshare, 21 books, 1082+ blog posts, 2,500+ YouTube videos, 1,000+ podcast episodes, and 70 songs on iTunes/Spotify!

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1. Welcome to a life of doing less and producing more with less stress!: I am honored. You're here with me. Thank you very much for taking probably another one off my courses. Thank you very much. I'm so grateful for the chance to serve. You hear that I will share honestly with you exactly what I do in order to produce more than I've ever produced in my whole life. All while being less stressed, anxious and worry some than I've ever been in my life. And while feeling like I can do whatever I want to every day I feel more free then I've ever felt before. And at the same time, I'm producing more than I've ever produced before. I feel like I have time to do everything I want to. I never tell anyone I'm busy. And at the same time, what I produce is absurd now in terms of how much what I offer you is an insight into what I do that makes my life so productive. If you want that in your life, all you have to do is try doing some of these things I'm doing. Try one little thing at a time and get to know yourself better. The point of this course is to help you be inspired to get to know yourself and to take action in organizing your life in a way that is of greatest service to others. And that then will give you a life of peace where you produce more all while doing less. It's amazing. And what will make this course valuable for you is if you interact. Post a discussion, ask about a particular problem you're having tell us me and all the students here with you tell us what you really want to accomplish, because more than likely, there's one particular pain point in your life that's got you in here. You want to do specifically something better, or you're having trouble doing mawr of one thing or your feel like you're busy. There's something in particular that's motivated you to be here right now, so I find that talking about the things I'm struggling with and the things I'm trying to do better with, and the things I am doing well, I find that talking about it is really helpful, and it helped me get to know myself. So if you want to get the most out of this course, if you want to be one of the top 5% of students in this course post something as soon as this lectures finished, even if it's just short to either. Introduce yourself to us in the course to talk about where you're at in your life right now and where you want to be, or Teoh share what you're hoping to get out of the course so that I can make a better course for you. Feedback is critical in your life to living a life of productivity and service. And so I'm honored at all the people. Thousands of people have taken the time, probably even you at some point that have given me feedback and have encouraged me to do what I'm doing. I learned from other people, and so what I share with you here, it's not mine. It's what I've learned from other people that I found useful for myself. So thank you very much for being here. Let's get started. I look forward to seeing your discussion in the course. I will answer every single discussion question you post in the course, so I look forward to seeing what you have to say 2. This course is founded on principles that guide me every single moment.: if you just posted something. Thank you very much. If you haven't, you conduce. Oh, it after this lecture. These principles I share with you are the guiding principles that rule every single moment in every single decision I make. So this is the foundational frame of mind I use to get this ultimate level of productivity . You could say so in other words, what I'm giving you is the core of what helps me right now up front, everything else will simply be expanding on this. And so here's the core of it. One day at a time, one moment at a time. There is on Lee now, So forgetting the past, forgetting the future and all I really have is this moment now and all I really need to do it's like ground hog day. Figure out a basic formula to live one day by and then do that formula every single day. This eliminates the need for me to understand the past or predict the future. It allows me to bring all of my attention into what I'm doing this moment. This is why conduce this with no scripts, almost no preparation because I have complete attention right here with you Right now. I'm not only paying attention to what I'm saying. I feel my feet standing on the ground, my hands I feel the life all around me. And that is possible because I'm fully present in this moment. I'm not worrying about what you might say about this or I'm not trying to think about my past except as I needed to effectively say the words here with you and what I find. They effortlessly come out. So that's the first absolute core principle of this. There is on Lee right now that is at the core, the foundation of all of my productivity. There is on Lee now. I can only do things now. I can't do them yesterday or tomorrow. Today is the Onley Day. I don't live yesterday or tomorrow. I live today every single day and so that allows me than to build a system inside today because since today is all I really ever have, all I need is a system toe live one day and you might think God, this is simple. Yes, that's why it's effective. It's utterly simple. That's what hindsight instead is something about making things as simple as possible, but not more simple than that. That's how I'm able to do all of what I share with you on this course in all of what you see is because I focus on doing the best I can right now and making a system toe live one day at a time. I can't handle living tomorrow while I'm living today. I did that a lot of my life. Things would happen in the future, and I would sit there trying to practice for it every day. Up until then, I don't need to practice for the future. Now. I don't have to relive the past either. I live today, and so one day at a time, living and focusing on just this moment. That's the core of my productivity. All of the things I will now continue sharing with you are built on that if you're living in yesterday and tomorrow. Ah, lot of these things may not work, however, if you get to know yourself using what I share with you, you can get into this core principle. It's a whole different way of thinking and living, and it allows for fantastic results. And so thank you very much for being here with me right now. That's all that's really right. Now is this moment that you are listening to this voice and whatever else is going on around you. That's what's riel. Anything else is imaginary, and so this helps me fantastically and what I will continue doing. I will share with you how to build a life founded on that and how to get to know yourself. And then I'll give you a lot of the tricks and tips. I use the little sayings I have the little systems I use. If you can see that all of that is built into a system for living one day at a time, then you can apply and do everything. And if you don't, you can work on building that yourself. So no matter how you've taken this, there's a ton of great little lines you can use tons of little wisdom I've gained from other people that you can use right here, and I'm not anyone special. I listen to what goes on around me. I see what other people do that works for them, and then I apply that to myself. One day at a time doing the best I can each moment. So thank you very much for being here with me. You have the opportunity again to talk to me now in the discussions and share what you think of this with me. Thank you very much. And I'll see you in the next lecture. 3. Three phrases I use that guide my action every single moment of today.: within living one day at a time, in one moment at a time. Then I have three short phrases that empower me to make decisions every single moment and that apply no matter what is actually happening. This gives me a central core, so to speak, that all of my decisions are guided by. So there are no exceptions to the three phrases I'm about to share with you. And these free phrases are there every moment. All I have to do it's remember them. And so I try and pray to remember them each moment. And here they are, the 1st 1 Do the next right thing. Do the next right thing. That means no matter what just happened, I can always do the next right thing right now. And that phrase pairs very carefully with the second phrase. The second phrases do not make it worse or shortened slightly. Don't make it worse again. That pairs directly with the first phrase. No matter what just happened, do the next right thing and don't make it worse. Any situation I can always do the next right thing and I don't have to make it works. For example, I get email I don't like often in the past that would result in my entire day going off course, an email saying I did something wrong. I violated a policy. I had a trouble with an account. There was a charge. Anything was liable to derail my day. Now do the next right thing. Don't make it worse any moment. That's always there. I never have to go beat myself down over something because I did something wrong because that's never the right thing to do. Always the right thing to do is tow love myself to forgive other people. And I know that instinctually. Deep down, when someone around me says something I don't like, don't make it worse. I never have to sit there and give them a nasty response back. Don't make it worse. Helped me get into everything I'm sharing with you because that's one of the only things I could understand. When I was living a life that was unproductive and full of struggle, I could understand, Don't make it worse. That applies no matter what you're dealing with. Rather your depressed sad, whether struggling with an addiction pain, no matter what you're dealing with, don't make it worse. Absolutely, always applies. For example, if you have a headache, don't make it worse. Don't make it worse. It's always applicability and don't make it worse was one of the first things I could see every moment I have the choice to not make it worse. And then this leads into the third, so there's do the next right thing. Don't make it worse and the third ask for help. Do the next right thing. Don't make it worse and ask for help. Three phrases that have unlocked every bit of this insane productivity in my life, combined with the ability to feel like I'm free at all times and almost completely free of stress, anxiety worry. Probably about 99% of what I've experienced most of my life is gone. It's unbelievable, and these three things are at the core of it, and I'll explain the last one. Ask four help. Don't make it worse and ask for help. That's what liberated me from the cycle of being self destructive, not productive and continually sabotaging myself. The biggest problem I have in my life and that most every single one of us has in our lives is that we sabotage ourselves. Everything I just gave you is set up to stop self sabotage. Do the next right thing on a perfect example. No matter what just happened, you can do something right this moment. Don't make it worse. Stop sabotaging yourself. Ask for help when you can't do the next right thing and you can't not make it worse, then ask for help. It's a complete system. Three things, every single moment of existence. There's absolutely never a time when all three of these do not apply. Nothing can happen where these three things do not apply. I don't care. Rather, I'm the president of the U. S. Or I'm in a prison cell somewhere or I'm dying on the street. I'm in a hospital bed, dying of cancer. I'm perfectly healthy making this video with you. I'm having a wonderful celebration. Nothing that happens provides an exception to these three things. Do the next right thing. Don't make it worse. Ask for help. That's where I get everything else. You see these three things in the lens of living one day at a time, one moment at a time, on Lee now So in the one moment of now I have those three things that empower me to do the best I can every single moment, and life is made up of a lot of little moments. And every moment is Justus important as the next moments lead up to each other. And so these things give me the tools every moment to do my best on that moment. 4. How asking for help allows me to do the next right thing and not make it worse.: ask for help means just what it says. Ask for help. So you might say, Who do you ask for help? Whoever will listen, whoever will possibly listen. Now you can rather you believe in God or not or whether you believe in a higher power of any kind or whether you believe there some creative intelligence in the universe, or even if you're not sure if you're an agnostic or even if you're not convinced, airs anything, even if you don't believe absolutely in anything. The ask for help is always something you can do in the form of prayer, because regardless of rather you believe in anything. The act of prayer is heard by you. It's like an affirmation. So even if you don't believe in anything you can certainly ask for help. You can say, Please let me do the next right thing. Please let me not make it worse. And so you see, even if you don't believe in anything, you've just done an affirmation with yourself. If you do believe in something or you're not sure, and I tend to say I believe in God, although I believe in more of a creative intelligence, that's there every single moment with me. I think the word God is convenient, but at the same time, the word God has a lot of baggage. I don't believe in any one God over another God, anyone's God is just a good as another one's guide. God is personal in my mind, and so God helps me to do the prayer. I find it easier to pray to God because that's kind of I'm aiming. Then you don't have to aim it at God. You can aim it at yourself. You could just do it is an affirmation. So the number one way I have to ask for help is to pray because no matter what's going on, I can always pray. I can always pray, and I know I've got it really bad. I know there's never something so bad I can't pray for, and I know I genuinely am wanting more May misery and pain and suffering when I won't pray . And when I see that, then I do pray because I see Wow, I'm really, really got it bad right now. And so asking for help is easiest in the form of prayer. You don't have to go to anyone else. You don't have to approach anyone. You can ask for help. And I've found prayer works miracles, asking for help, even if you don't believe. But if you do believe in God, asking God for help produces really good results. And if you don't believe asking yourself for help will produce really good results. And so it doesn't matter whether you believe or not asking yourself in the form of prayer four help produces amazing results for me, For example, when my wife and I have a bit of a hard time, my default response is to pray. God, please let me be the best husband I can be and I often shorten it. Please let me be the best husband I can be or I want to be the best husband I can be right now or even shorter. Be the best husband I can be. Be the best husband I can be. I pray I ask for help. Please. I'll do anything to be the best husband I can be. And that shuts out all the other things. So these three things work magic for me. Do the next right thing. Don't make it worse and ask for help and you can expand. I have expanded. Asked for help into asking other people for help. I ask other people for help all the time. Now I don't mean things I don't need help with. I mean things I do need help with when I'm struggling with something. I asked my wife for help. I asked my mom for all, biased my brother from I ask the people in my community for help. I asked my friends for help. I asked my business. I asked for help. I asked the bank for help. I asked for help because when I need help, there is always the right thing to do for me to ask for it. And if I don't want to make it worse, I have to ask for help. That's how I don't make it worse. That's how I do the next right thing when I'm not sure how to do it, and that's how I am able will not make it worse is I ask for help when I'm trying to make it worse, and so these three things through living in the moment, unlock everything else in this course, I'll go into more detail about everything. I'll share more examples from my own life, and I will get into all of the little productivity tricks I use. Based on certain situations. These things are the core. So thank you for being here with me again. I love to know what you think. If you want to share every single lecture, an opinion on it. I would love that. I'll answer all of them. So thank you for being here with me. Thank you for taking this course. 5. A chance to practice the principles in this course and the next steps.: thank you very much for getting started with the course. You have the chance right now to practice at least one of the principles. Right now, whatever it is you're struggling with the most, you have the chance to just add the discussion and ask for help. You can apply that right now. If you want this course toe actually mean something. Taking action is how it will actually help you. If you're willing to try at least one thing getting started in this course and honestly ask for help with whatever you're struggling with most in terms of your productivity, post that as a discussion. You can show yourself that you're willing to try new things, and when you're willing to try new things, then you can find a recipe for your life that will give you the most productive set up that you can have. Usually living a productive life in my experience comes from trying different things in seeing what produces the best results. In other words, testing various things out in my life. What you get in the rest of the course are a bunch of different things. You contest little sayings. I use that help little strategies. I use that help. Most of these I picked up somewhere else. I've tested them, I've tried them and then I've put them in my life so that now they guide my decision making . At this point, you've already experienced enough of the course. It's a good time to demonstrate. Rather, you really want to try some of these things. Or rather, you're just here to feel better about what you're already doing. Either of those convey fine. It helps I find to take action. I'm productive because I take action when I notice a lot of other people talk a lot, which is an action. Talking very rarely actually produces something, though, unless you're making these videos like I am. And still that takes a lot of things besides talking. And so I try and take action and everything. And what I find is I don't talk about things that much unless I need help with um And then I do talk about them and then I talk with them when I find what works. Like I'm here with you in this course sharing what works. So you have the chance right now to apply already. What you've learned in try it. Try asking for help and see how you feel. You might feel a little vulnerable at first. You'll be helping, not just yourself, because what you'll find other people have the same problems and issues you have just in a little bit different form. I find almost everyone struggling with the same things. I am just in a little bit different form. It might look one way for me. It might look a little different for someone else. The more we share, the more it makes it easier to deal with the things we are dealing with. And so that's what the next section of the course is dedicated to. Everything after that's dedicated to productivity tips and practices. The next section of the course is dedicated to really looking at those problems. You have that air in the way of doing better with your productivity for me, and I put it in terms of the 80 20 principal I was doing. I was living a life where about 20% of what I was doing was causing 80% off my problems. So in other words, most of what I did in my life 80% of what I did in my life was only causing about 20% of my problems. And so working on those 80% of things didn't offer me hardly any opportunities to do better . Whereas the very the 20% of things in my life that were causing almost all of my problems those I had to focus on first before I could apply anything else because those blocked me from learning new things. Those carried me around with this ego that said, I already know. So why would I listen to you and the fact that you here shows you are an open listener because it's not likely you'd get to be right here with me in this course without having been put off by all the things I have to say if you were the kind of person who didn't have some good listening skills. So I'm honored you're here in the next section of the course, focuses a lot on zooming in on the biggest problems in your life and getting help with um, doing better with them. And so when you feel safe asking for help here, that will make it easier when you feel the inspiration to go seek help elsewhere for things than that will be useful if you're just here looking straight for productivity tips. If you don't want to do better on the things that are causing most of the problems in your life, you can skip the next section and go straight into the tips. That said, I tried a lot of my life to be more productive and until I hit those problems until I worked on those things that were causing me most of my problems. None of the productivity things worked at all. Sure, they might work for a week or two. They might work for a month or two, but soon enough my problems would kick out the new productivity tips in favor off, having things the way they were before. And I'm guessing you're not here to get a little bit of help doing better in terms off maybe a week or two. You'll do better, and then you go right back to doing what you're doing before I'm guessing you here because you want some lasting changes. Some things you can try today and things that can become a part of every day And so I've set the course up for maximum effectiveness in that because I know your time is important. And so the next sessions all about asking for help and figuring out what you need help with . And then after that, once you've cleared out what you need help with and you've got to work on it, then your mind is open and you're ready to accept all kinds of new strategies and suggestions and tips. So thank you very much for being here with me. I'm honored you're here, and as always, I depend on your help to tell me what you think of this course. Thank you. 6. What does the phrase paying attention really mean? Where are you paying yours?: Once you've built the principles, any principles into your way of living, then the exercise is to get to know yourself. The phrase paying attention I find is very useful in productivity because here's how I look at it. I have somewhat of an attention budget. You could say every day. Let's just say I have 1000 attention points every day. I can pay attention 1000 times toe one thing for one moment every day, you could say, out of the 10 plus hours I'm awake. That means I get something to pay attention to. Once every minute or so, I can fully apply my attention to one thing out of simplicity. Let's say that and then everything that I focus on, I'm spending one of my attention points on that activity. Once I accept that, then what I see is that every day I have to spend my attention points on something, and I m spending my attention on something. The points kind of fall away at a constant rate. Every second I'm awake. And so the fact is, I am paying attention to something every single moment. The question is what? What am I paying attention to most of us, at least me for most of my life, and it seems people are very similar. Most of us are investing almost all of our attention into our thoughts. Our thoughts consume nearly all of our attention, and our thoughts tend to be repetitive. That means things from the past. Anxieties fears most of my life I paid attention to repetitive thoughts. That was the main thing. I paid attention to the same song, going over and over in my head the same replay of a memory from the past, the same fear and anxiety of the future. And once I started paying attention to the moment and stopped focusing so much on those repetitive thoughts, I unlocked. Ah, productivity level. That is ridiculous by comparison. And so the first part of this is to know what you are paying attention to. If you don't know what you're paying attention to, then you have no power to move your attention somewhere else. I try and pay attention first to this moment. Now, thoughts occur in this moment. If you're completely pay attention to your thoughts, you'll notice that the outside world almost goes gray. It doesn't actually turn great, but it kind of fades a little bit. So in other words, you won't notice what color the sky is. You won't see how green the trees are. You won't see how detailed the road is. And I spent a lot of my life like that and what I know now I can see. I'm more aware of what I'm paying attention to, and whenever I'm paying attention to, tends to grow and flour. And so it's hard to get out of a cycle of paying attention to repetitive thoughts, because when you've been paying attention to repetitive thoughts for so long, they have huge velocity. They have huge importance. All of these things you've been paying attention to seem toe consume and be your entire life. What you've done in the past and who you think you are and what might happen in the future almost completely blocked out this moment. And it's hard to be productive when you're stuck in that 7. How to notice what you are paying attention to by being the watcher of your life: Now that we've talked a little bit about paying attention, you might ask, OK, how do I know what I'm paying attention to? I didn't even realize a lot of my life What I was paying attention to and the key is to watch what you are doing. Watch what you're thinking, separate yourself from what you're experiencing. So, in other words, to become the Watcher instead of the actor. So I talked to a guy before he was really helpful. He gave me some good tips, and I'm going to meet up with him again for lunch soon. And right when I was starting to experience this, I was talking about the voice in the head and I said to him something Along the lines off, I realized that I am the one who listens to the voice in the head and he said, No, man, that voice in the head that is me. As long as you are the voice in your head, you don't have the ability to step back and watch everything peacefully, impartially. And so all you have to do is just try it. I am sitting here watching what's going on the same as you are. The words that come out of this mouth are often probably mawr interesting to me than they are to you, because I don't know what I'm going to say next. It just comes out kind of on autopilot, and it's pretty funny. And while I'm doing this, I'm not having any thoughts in my head. I am blank, so to speak. I'm sitting here watching this mouth talk. I'm watching and listening just the same as you are, because that's what I do. All I do is watch and listen, and now I can encourage. I can inspire. I can animate. I do animate this body. I give it life. I am not the voice that talks in the head. I listen to that voice. That's who I am. I am the Watcher and the listener. I hear that voice. And so once I have established myself. Once, I did establish myself as the watcher in the listener and not the talker. Then I had the ability to watch all of my life. If you are consumed in being the voice in your head, you can't do much mawr, Then talk. And if you notice people in your life who seemed to have a very rapid filling, constant, consuming talking voice in their head. You'll see that they're usually not very happy because the voice that constantly talks his restless, irritable and discontent. When you step out of that voice and you realize I'm the one listening to that Whoa! And once you realize you're the listener and that you can disregard that voice, Justus easily as you can disregard something you see or something you hear or something you touch, you see you step into the moment. Then and then you can be aware of what you are paying attention to. Productive ITI and time management are almost a complete waste, a long as you're just on the never ending thought train. When you identify who you are as that talking voice in your head, which is done in a very small little compartment of the brain, most of the brain is more of a silent watcher. The compartment of the brain that produces that little voice is one very small little part of it. And yet that often is what most of us are paying our attention to that little voice in the head. What's it got to say What's next? What? How am I doing right now? I know that's what I led most of my life doing, and I see that in many of the people, not all many of the people around me, the voice in the head, just like that guy I talked to said, that voices me. All you have to do is see there is more to you than that voice, and then you can watch exactly what you're doing impartially without judgment. You can watch it the way you might imagine a passed away friend or family member watching what you're doing. And that's what helped me. When my dad passed away, I got this lingering sense that Dad was watching me. And then more broad that Will Gramp on. Great Grandpa probably been watching me for quite a while to, and once I started to I feel that and pay attention to that. Then I step out of the voice I could see. Oh, there's a lot more to me than this rambling thought train in my head, and that's when I stepped into the moment. My feet are standing on a map right now. My hands are hanging by my side. The shirt is hanging over my body. My hair is sitting on top of my head and I can feel the air around me. I can feel the sweat on my tothe. It's a good thing I'm not wearing any pants. I am watching and feeling and living, and there is a whole lot more to me than that little voice in the head. And so doing and applying all of these things is based on you being established as the Watcher, and this is not as much an idea as it is an experience. You can use the idea to get into the experience. What I'm trying to describe. I'm doing my best I can with words. What I'm describing is an experience. It's how I'm living and so to apply these productivity tips to apply what's in this course ? Stepping into being the Watcher and out of just identification with the voice in the head is absolutely essential because being the Watcher is necessary to then effect change the voice in the heads fickle. The voice in the head is a reflection largely of memories, and so if you want to really do something about your productivity. Being the Watcher will allow you to go through and craft your life the way you might picture an artist playing the piano. When you step out into being the Watcher, you can start heating any of the keys you want to. You can decide to not play any of the keys. And this is why I've put this at this point in the course you might still be thinking. Okay, I What is all this? This I'm giving you essentially the red pill. If you've watched The Matrix, I'm giving you a way out off the usual grind. I'm giving you a way out of the majority of your time wasting right now, based on my experience with the majority of my time wasting, the first step in being really productive is to exit all of the old habits and routines and step out beyond that and then to see your riel power And what you've got your real power. Then you can start applying all these things. If you're just the voice in your head, you might be able to apply a tip or two. I've given you those old thoughts and memories, though. Will come along like a train and run it over. I know they did that to me a lot. So thank you for sharing this with me. The fact that you hear indicates you're ready to hear all of this. And so I'm honored to have the chance to shirt with you. I'd love to know what you have to say. 8. I found it impossible to change anything about myself until I really knew myself : I'm amazed at how many times in my life I did things that surprised me. How many days I woke up and thought I can't believe I did that last night. How many times in your life do you find your surprising yourself? How many things do you do that? Then you can't believe how they worked out. For example, you decide I'm going to write this book and then you don't write it or you decide you're going to do something and then you don't understand why you didn't do it. You tell someone you're going to do something. You don't understand why you didn't do it or you do something. You can't understand why you want, did it. What this reflects is a lack of self knowledge. And once you can honestly face that, then the task is to get to know yourself. Most of my life, I did not know myself it all. And then I would get taken completely surprised by how I behaved. I'd yell and scream at my parents and tell them I didn't want to be born, and then I couldn't understand. A few days later, why done that? Or I'd go poison myself with alcohol and wake up the next day, not understand why I drank so much or I'd get in some relationship. And then two months later I'd be trying to explain everyone why I did it when I really didn't know. I don't know why I got with that person. It seemed great at the time when you can feel that you don't really know yourself, it's a great opportunity. Most of what people share with me that they're having a hard time with seems to reflect a lack of self knowledge. It seems to reflect either lack of self knowledge or lack of acceptance for how things are . And so the only way you can accept how things aren't get to know yourself is to watch what you're doing. Watch what you're doing and watch with a sense of newness. Watch with an understanding that obviously you don't know yourself good enough in order to be able to predict what you will do or to be consistent. And so this could be hard because the ego, the voice in the head, will not want to admit that you don't know yourself. You can see how challenging that could be how much humility that would require to say I don't know myself, and that is the entry point into getting to know yourself. I thought I knew who I was and thinking I knew I was kept me stuck in the idea of who I waas. I couldn't be anyone different until I started looking at who I was until I got to know myself. I couldn't be different because I didn't understand who I waas, who I was before was a collection of thoughts and memories and things that had happened to me. And as long as I waas that person, I could not be anyone else. I could not do any better. I did things like tried to make a schedule. I would do all of these things to try and be more productive. And the train of who I was being would always run over anything new. I'd try and do. It might not run it over immediately. It running over in a few months, though some new relationship all that get ran over if it didn't line up with who already thought I waas some new job that get ran over soon enough, some new productivity scheme that get ran over some healthier wear. Living that get ran over. I can't tell you how many things didn't work in my life because I didn't know myself. For example, I didn't realize that deep down I had this hatred off myself. And so then I would treat myself like a child. I would try do things because they didn't trust myself in the future. I would get in this moment. How many times have you done things like this where you'd set something up in the moment to try and protect you from yourself Later, I would do things like I took a trip to go to Vegas with my friends, and I'd only take certain debit cards and trying to limit the amount of money because they didn't trust myself to do the right thing. I genuinely felt like I was a bad person who couldn't be trusted. And so I try and force myself into these things. But the problem is, you can always outsmart yourself. And so all of these things you see out there that try and manipulate and control who you are, they often are founded on the idea that you don't like yourself and you don't trust yourself. And so you're open to trying to manipulate and do bad things to yourself. And once I started watching my behaviors, I could see that I could see I didn't trust myself. I don't like myself. Deep down, I feel like an awful person. And that surprised me. I didn't realize that because my idea of me, I didn't think included that. And yet, when I watched, when I looked in the moment and how I was actually behaving, my behavior clearly indicated I didn't like myself. It clearly indicated doing self destructive things, doing things that disrespect in myself, not trusting. I clearly could see exactly who I was being and who I thought I waas. And so the key thing is to get to know yourself good enough that you can go beyond yourself , because if you're not understanding yourself in your behavior, it indicates you don't know who you are enough and that's a great opportunity. Then you can go beyond that. When you see who you're being, who you're really being, then you can go beyond that as long as you don't see who you're being as long as you don't know yourself, you can't go beyond yourself. So if you're stuck in this idea of who you are, you can't go beyond it. And so none of the tips Nothing will work as long as you don't even know who you are being and when you watch what you're doing each moment. That's what I had to start doing. Watch when I'm doing every single moment, as if it's from a fresh point of view, as if it's from someone who doesn't know me. I had to get to know myself again. What am I doing? What am I actually doing? Oh, now I'm saying something rude. Oh, why am I doing that now? I'm saying I hate myself. Why am I doing that? And the more I got to know myself and who I was being, the more I could see I didn't have to be that way. But as long as I couldn't see who I waas, I had to be that way. And so, making as much information about yourself available, seeing and really getting to know yourself that will allow you to then go beyond yourself. And so it's OK. There's never a reason you can't take a look at yourself. I know the reason I didn't take a look at myself is because I was afraid of what I would find. I was afraid if I honestly looked at myself of what I'd find. And yes, I had to deal with a lot of the things I did find. And the only way I've been able to do better is by looking at those things for which most of my life I refuse to look at Look at every little behavior I'm doing and ask Why am I doing this? Do I need to do this? Do I want to do this? Is this a good thing for me to do? And so thank you for being here with me. And I'm honored. You spent this time and I hope this is useful for you. 9. Talk about who you think you are and what you have been doing with others.: once you've got to know yourself better, then share who you think you are and what you've learned about yourself with someone else. And do it. Trust your inspiration. This is not something you necessarily want to plan out, and this is something a support group. If you've got a particular problem you've realised you're having in getting to know yourself, sharing it with someone else will help you to get some perspective on it. I noticed my mom calls up the last few nights she's called. She's had some really difficult days, and she describes everything that happened. And she says to me, You know, now that I've shared this with you, it doesn't sound that bad And I know it probably doesn't sound that bad you and that's the idea. When you share things with another human being, a lot of the weight is lifted off of it of lot of the burden. The shame is lifted from sharing it with another human being. In most people, especially depending on where you share will be likely to reciprocate when you tell someone . Oh, I've realized I have this problem in my life and I don't know what to do about it often, they'll tell you, you know, I've got this problem in my life and either here's what I did, or I don't know what to do about it, either. And so when you start getting to know yourself and you combine that with sharing with other people, you often be able to be guided to get help with the things you're struggling with. I know for me, as long as I was living an insane, crazy life, full of not loving myself and hurting myself and not knowing myself, none of the productivity things I tried ever made a lasting difference. Given enough time, I would always revert to being a very similar person, that I had been as a teenager, selfish, running around, doing whatever I wanted at the moment, hurting myself, hurting other people, not wanting to really do anything useful. Doing everything is a means to an end. And no matter what else came along in my life, no matter how many courses I took, no matter how much I learned, I basically kept being the same way I'd been at around 13 years old. And so when I finally, at 29 started trying to really get to know who I was out of desperation out of realizing I could not continue being who I had, Ben. And then I really didn't even know who I was being. Once I started doing that, I started finding all these things I really didn't like. I don't like all these bad habits I have. And then I started to want to avoid them. But I knew because I had asked for help. I was in a support group and still am where it's important to emphasize ever. You handle these things that you don't like about yourself with another human being. It takes the burden off and you'll find every human being has things from their past they don't like, and most every human being feels the same way about those things. They feel like they're the most awful things, and they feel shameful about them. And this is exactly putting these three things to do the next right thing. Don't make it worse and ask for help. When you start getting to know yourself, you'll start realizing how much help you really do need. I need help all the time. Every day I pray to make the best, most useful videos for you. And you can feel that. And so you can feel I'm asking for help. You can feel I'm even asking for your help to make this the best course is possible every time I ask you for your feedback. That's what I'm asking for. Is your help to make this the best course possible? I have no illusions that I go through and make the perfect video every time. In fact, I noted often mess things up that I've learned that from looking at and getting to know myself. And so I know that as long as I practiced the principles that do the next right thing, don't make it worse and ask for help. Then I'm in good shape and so asking for help in the form of sharing what you learn about yourself with another human being, it helps to actually continue on the journey because that what often happened, the more you try and get to know yourself, your mind will start trying to block it. It will start threatening you with these things. These memories you have that are shameful. It will start throwing out the absolute worst things to discourage you from digging deeper , the more you get to see and understand your thoughts. I used to have a lot of very violent, nasty thoughts all the time. And when I tried to get to know myself, my mind continued and threatened and gave me Mawr Mawr. It didn't want me to keep going deeper. It didn't want me, and so it made me see all of the things I had turned away from. I had to look at everything and continue to have to look at everything I stuffed under the rug my whole life because once I started to pull the rug up because I realized a big part of me. I had shoved under the rug and didn't want to look at. And so, of course, when I tried to do any better, all of those parts of me I didn't want to look at got in the way. When I tried to make a schedule and get up earlier soon enough, I'd be going to bed at four in the morning and getting up at noon. When I tried to go to school and educate myself soon enough, I was then dropping out of school, not following through with my plan when I tried to move in with my wife and be a better person. Soon enough, I was acting just the same way I had before we moved in together when I moved home with my parents. Soon enough, I was acting the same way had my whole life. And so when there's all these things you've stuffed under the rug that you've hidden away in dark corners, when you try and get to know yourself, all of those things will come out, and when they all come out, you'll need help. And so, going to another human being, you'll find they have the same issues you do. They bite, appear a little different, and when you ask for help, you will be guided to places. When you have the desire to do this, you will be guided to people and places that will give you the best help. I am grateful. I've been guided to some amazing people in places. Well, I've been given some amazing help, and I've been able toe let all the dark things out of my closet let all the things fly up off from under the rug, and you don't have to share it with everyone and out in the world and burden other people. Just do the next right thing and don't make it worse and ask for help a little bit every moment and you'll find you'll be able to get through these things that have been holding you back so long from doing any better. 10. See that you can move beyond what you have been right now.: the point of all of this, this whole section. Once you get to know yourself, then you can move beyond So you've been in the past and you can do that right now it takes no time. You can do a little bit of the next right thing, not make it worse and ask for help. You conduce Oh, a little better right now. And so once you've got that ability, then all of the things I share in more detail you can apply those in. Try those anywhere in your life. Once you've gotten to know yourself. Once you've taken inventory of who you are, what you've shared it and shared the burden and talked about it and got help with it. And you're ready when you're really ready to try and be the best version of yourself possible when you're really ready to try some new things when you're really ready toe listen, And when you're really ready to accept suggestions when you're really ready to be humble and work on all of your character defects, then the things I share with you can work exceptionally well for you and not just work for a few days or a month or to get a new course up or for a few months. They can work with you every day for the rest of your life. And to be fair, they're not my things. Anything I share if he's not mine, it's all something I've been given, something someone else has already explained to me how to do. And so I've given you the best of what I've heard and listened to from other people who have helped me. I'm sharing with you the proof that asking for help really makes a big difference. And if you want that proof, you can see I tried to make a productivity course a couple years ago. It didn't come out very good because I just gave bland tips that I couldn't stick to myself . What I give you is what I'm doing it sticking to every single day, and what I've given you in this section is critical to making everything stick. You're not here. I wouldn't guess to get a couple of quick tips in order to do a little bit better for a day or two. I would guess you're here because you really want to unlock your full productive time management potential. And so you're ready. As soon as you're willing and working on looking and getting to know yourself, you're ready to start trying new things. You're ready to listen. And so now that you are certain you're ready to listen now, I will give you one thing after another that's useful for reaching your full productive potential. Thank you very much for being here with me. And again, I've I need help. I need your help to make this course as good as possible. And so gold in those discussions. Tell me what you like and what you think I could do better, and I will do it. Thank you. 11. Self knowledge is the key to learning what you are doing and changing it.: a big thing with life generally and with productivity, especially, is self knowledge knowing exactly what you are doing and how you are living. Here's the reason if I don't know what I'm doing. If I'm not aware off my various productivity habits, I'm absolutely helpless to change them. If I don't realize that when I do one thing, then it leads to another. I have no opportunity to change any of that if I don't see that. So the next step is just give you a bunch of things to think about to see how well you know yourself and how well you know the environment you're working in and how well you know the life you've built for yourself. Once you know these things, then you have the chance to see. Rather, there are bad habits you want to replace, and then in the space of those bad habits you can put new good habits in. That's what productivity comes down to is managing what you do have. And so the only thing that can really stop you from here is contempt. Prior to investigation, an attitude that you already know yourself that you already know how you are that you already know what you're doing and that you don't need to look at what you're doing. That attitude will stop you from figuring out what you're doing that you could improve and eliminating bad habits and then putting in new habits. Because then you won't look at yourself honestly with curiosity, you won't look at yourself as if you don't already know. What you want to do is look at yourself, study yourself the way someone outside of your life might study you and look at everything you're doing and say, Oh, that's interesting. I didn't realize I did that, and then it becomes kind of fun. The challenge with this is with the ego. I already am a certain way your mind will say, I know what I do. I know how I am and it will often disregard evidence that you're not how you think you are . It will often ignore Sweep under the rug, Various things you've done or you're doing that don't fit in with your idea of you. So this process now I'll ask you a lot of questions. Just quit questions with a few examples and encourage you to look at various parts of how you're living your life I've brought these in from almost all of them are areas I used to do. And then I don't do any more now that I'm more productive places that I became aware of and then made changes in. If you don't know what you're doing if you don't know what you don't know your completely powerless once you realize Oh, you know, I don't even know what I normally do after doing that, then you can go in and find out. Then you can go in and make some changes. So thank you for exploring this with me. I'm honored. You're here. I prayed before this to do the best lecture for you. And I value your feedback on any of these toe. Let me know any of them you really like, Especially so that I don't take them out or any of them you think aren't that helpful so that I can remove them. Thank you. 12. What kind of background noise is there while you work, play, and sleep?: This begins the series of questions. These are thought provoking things to think about in proximity to how your life ISS in the 1st 1 What background noise are you dealing with any time or all times of the day, For example, Right now there's a couple of raindrops outside my window. The air conditioning is off. The door's closed in this room. My wife's not home. The dogs all sound quiet. There is almost absolutely no background noise. It's nearly totally silent here, the computers humming just a tiny bit, the other computers off. I work in an environment where I keep the noise as low as I can possibly keep it, because no matter what noise there is in the background, my mind will interact with it. My mind will take note of it somehow. So what background noise goes on throughout your life? Are you listening to music while you work? Are you often talking to? People are hearing conversations while you're working. When you're trying to sleep at home, what else is going on? Is it loud? Is it often noisy when you're first getting up in the morning? What's your noise environment like when you drive somewhere in the car. Watch your noise environment. Are you listening to things? Where are the silent times in your day? For example, when I take a shower is usually a silent time. There are no other noise. Nothing going when I'm working is a silent time. Nothing else is happening. No music, nothing else when I'm going to bed is a silent time. I have a lot of silent times throughout my day because silent times produced the best productivity and silent times for me produced the most rest. So where are your silent times? Where is it completely quiet in your day? And where is it noisy throughout your day? Most of my life was very noisy before, and once I could recognize the noise in my life and the value of silence. Then I had the chance to make changes as long as I took things for granted. Like listening to music in the car, listening to music while I work, listening to a book, often when I'd be in a shower or some similar situation watching TV while I ate, until I was a where I was doing all these things and I didn't have to do them. I was powerless to change him. So now thinking about this, you have the power to look at. Where is their noise in your life? And where can you make some silence? 13. When was the last time you took deep breath?: When was the last time you took a deep breath, breathing all the way in through the nose, holding it in the very bottom right about the belly button and then breathing all the way out? When was the last deep breath you took? I find deep breaths are very relaxing. You might think, What does that have to do with productivity? Breathing is a core function that's happening every moment, a big part of being productive. It's simply having enough energy and stamina. You get energy and stamina significantly from having enough oxygen in your brain and in your body. If you're yawning lots of times, that's because you are not breathing enough. Ah yon forces you to take a deep breath, and so you can always mitigate the need for yawn and the associated feelings of tired By taking more deep breasts. I notice when I take a deep breath, I am invigorated with energy. That means I'm not tired. Taking deep breaths is one of those little things I can do all the time. That gives me energy. I almost always take several deep breaths before I start doing one of these videos, because then I have plenty of extra oxygen and energy to run through and talk, and you'll notice I take significant time to breathe during the video, which may cause you the need to speed this up. And so think about when was the last deep breath you talk. I rarely go more than an hour without purposefully taking a deep breath. When I'm stressed out or challenged, I will take deep breast repeatedly and so you can always notice you're breathing because that's something you control. And you can always ask yourself, When's the last time I took a deep breath? Maybe I need one right now. I put this up in the front because it's something that really helps me. I do it before every lecture, and so I try and be aware of. Did I just take a deep breath or not? Often, if I think that, then time for a deep breath and it provides just a little bit of instantaneous pleasure. And so I try and do it as often as possible. Deep breath awareness begins with asking When was the last deep breath I took 14. How much sleep did you get last night? How much is normal?: so there. I just took another deep breath before this lecture. And now the next question. How much sleep did you get last night? A huge part of my energy and productivity asleep. And once you are aware of how much sleep you're getting, then you have the opportunity to change how much sleep you're getting. I know for me. Last night I got in bed and around 11 and I got out of bed today, sometime between 8 30 and 9 a.m. Now, yes, it's Sunday. And what I also should mention is I sleep around that much almost every single day. You might say, Jerry, you know, I have a full time job. I have family have kids. I have school, I have all these things to do. How am I supposed to sleep that much? I don't know exactly how you're supposed to carve out a sleep schedule. It's all I'm saying at this point is to notice how much you are sleeping. Notice it. How much did you sleep last night? How much do you usually sleep? Most of the periods of my life I've been most miserable, most unproductive, most frustrated, most suffering. Most in pain, most health problems. I also was sleeping the least today. I'm grateful. I feel wonderful. The best year of health. I've had the best. I've taken care of myself, the least amount of frustration. I've had the least amount of physical pain I've had. I've also gotten the most sleep consistently every night, eight or nine hours, on average for the last year. And so being aware of how much you sleep is the entryway into changing your life in a way that you can make more sleep now. There's lots of reasons why you might not be getting sleep, but as long as you know, sleep is a huge part of my productivity. And when you combine that with breathing, what you can see is I don't yawn a lot. I'm not tired a lot. I am at 100% energy nearly every moment I'm awake, and once I feel the drop in energy, I get to bed because my body lets me know when it's time to go to bed. When I don't have full energy. And so I hope you can see from this take the time to ask how much my sleeping last night. Now how much am I sleeping on a regular basis? 15. During what parts of the day are you in a hurry?: one of my most challenging personal productivity. Things is hurrying. And so the question that goes with hurrying is How much are you in a hurry? What parts of the day are you in a hurry and by hurry. I mean, you're using the moment as a means to an end to get to another moment. For example, one of the times I have been in a hurry most consistently in my life has been driving the moment I get in that car to the moment I get out, all I'm trying to do is get where I'm going. I'm often thinking about what it'll be like when I get I'm going. I'm often to simply doing my best to shred through the traffic and looking at it. Every minute spent in the car is a minute wasted. And so that's some of the most consistent hurrying I've done in my life. And hurrying is toxic. Hurrying is poisonous. If you notice I'm not in a hurry to finish just lecture. I don't care how long it takes. I'm not trying to get to the end of this lecture. I'm trying to do my best with here right here, right this moment to be the best I can with you. And you can see that I'm fully paying attention to talking to you. You can feel I'm not in a hurry. You can feel impatient that I'm not going anywhere. And that is where productive energy comes out off. And if you want to have the chance to bring productive energy into every minute of your day , then noticing where you're in a hurry and especially those times when you're in a hurry every day or consistently at that same time, for example, you might be in a hurry before you get toe work. As soon as you wake up, you're in a hurry. I gotta eat. Got to get the kids ready. Got to get myself ready. I gotta get to work. And from the moment you get up to the moment you get to work, you're in a hurry or it might be another time. The moment you leave work to the moment you get home, you're in a hurry. Come on. Come on. Or you might be getting a hurry when you get to bed. Come on. I got to go to sleep. I got to go to sleep. I'm tired. I needed. He just said in that last lecture to be aware of how much he sleep. I got to get to sleep. You might be in a hurry to get through this course. Come on, buddy. I got stuff to do. Speed the damn talking lecture. Speed up. Noticed those places. You are in a hurry, and then you don't have to be in a hurry in those places once you see that. Oh, every time I go to the gym, I'm in a hurry. Then you can break that habit. And the more things you see like this, the more bad habits you see you have. You can break them and replace them with good ones. So thank you for thinking about when you're in a hurry with me. And I always welcome you sharing things to help other people relate. For example, if there's a certain time you're in a hurry that you think is interesting or even you think is really normal, share that in a discussion. So, you know, I'm always in a hurry doing this, and I can't believe I didn't notice that. And then other people you might find your helping them to. So thank you for being here. 16. How fast is the computer and mobile device you use?: How fast is the computer and or the mobile device you use? I know. For me, this has been a huge one. I'm filming this on my I Mac now, and I invested thousands of dollars to get this because I noticed one of my biggest areas of un productivity was waiting for my videos to render on my Windows computer. And so I got a Mac book pro to try it out, and I found my Little Mac book pro could render videos five or 10 times faster than my Windows computer could. So I got on my Mac so that I could continue to do it at scale. I got an iPhone because my android device that I was using was consistently going slow. And now I also don't install things on my iPhone except absolutely, when I'm using, if you're using a slow computer, notice it and then you have the chance to change it. One of the funniest things I've noticed about entrepreneurs I work with especially people working online, is how poor their equipment performs. They're sitting there doing all this amazing work on a piece of equipment. That's not good. I think it's really funny. So notice how your equipment's working. One of the best investments you can usually make is to get better, faster equipment. So as soon as you can see how bad what you have is working right now, you can find the willingness to get better equipment, and that's helped me out a lot. The equipment I have is way better now, and I'm able to do five or 10 times as many lectures. I'm able to do totally new kinds of courses as soon as I noticed. Wow, this Windows computers really slow for doing these Webcam videos? As soon as I stopped taking it for granted that that's how it had to work. And I said, Maybe I should invest the money in something that is better than this. Then I went and did it. 17. How often do you avoid doing things you do not like?: How often are you avoiding doing things you don't like? This is a really big thing to notice. For example, how often are you getting something like an email you don't like, and you'll notice you're instantly tabbing over and looking at something else. This is still a big one for me that's consistently challenged. To catch all of those little avoidance is all of those little times where I see something I don't like, and I immediately switch out of it to get away from it. It can involve talking to someone you don't like, and you'll try and get away from that. Somehow. It often involves things online. You'll see a bit of data you don't like, and you'll try and switch away from it. Look at something else, and then you'll find you just took an hour to avoid something. And you did something you didn't really need to do it all just to come back to that same email and that once you respond to that email, you continue doing the real productive work you needed to do so. All of that starts with noticing any time you avoid something, any time you're sitting there and you suddenly thoughtlessly switch away and do something else that's usually avoidance. This is a really tricky one to notice. If you're trying to avoid something, someone said to you, if you're trying to avoid going around a certain place and now there's a difference between simply knowing something and being very aware of it and trying to go around it or getting something, you know you need to do the right thing to do and avoiding it when you notice you're avoiding something, that's a huge opportunity to do better. And so for me, I'll share tips on how, exactly I handle avoidance in the future of the course, because avoidance as soon as you see it, avoidance is usually one of those critical issues. If you're avoiding doing things, then there's a lot of opportunity for approve mint there 18. How often do you check your messages, emails, and Facebook?: How often every day do you check your messages, your emails, your text messages, your Facebook messages? Your youtuber, your you to me Comments your phone voicemail. Your phone call list. How often do you check all of the things in your life? Every day I found a huge amount of my time used to go to checking things and the worst time . I was checking things when there was nothing there. One of the tips and I got this from the four hour work week is where I first remember it. Tim Ferriss said that he would check his email once a week or that was the plan in the book . At least you check your email once a week, and that saves so much time. So the first step is to notice how much energy and time you're pouring into checking things . I used to spend a ton of time and energy checking my text messages so I have a new text to have a new text. You should spend a ton of time and energy checking my phone. Do I have any emails? Do I have any Facebook messages? And so I would get in conversations with people who would do the same thing. Notice how much time your spending, checking all these things and at the same time, notice how much you get out of it. How much did you get out of responding to that email within five minutes? Sometimes a lot. Other times you could have responded. The next day I'll share more about my thoughts on how to do this. What works best for the first step is to just notice notice how often you're checking all these things. 19. When did you last tell someone you were too busy or say yes when you meant no?: When is the last time you told someone you were too busy or when you tried to make an excuse for someone because you didn't want to do it? Notice Any time you're saying no to things either because you feel like you don't have time or because you don't want to hang out with them or spend time with them. Notice when you're telling people no and see why you're telling them. No, If you're saying, I almost never say the phrase, I'm too busy anymore because I've noticed. I never said that for a good reason. The truth is, I am busier than I've ever been. I do more and produce more that I've ever been. And at the same time, I have more free time, more choices than I've ever had before. So notice when you're telling people you're too busy and notice why you're telling them that if you're telling people you're too busy because you really would like to hang out with um, But you absolutely don't feel like you have any more time. Then what you will get to see continuing in this course, I'll show you how to clean out your time so that you don't have to say you're too busy anymore. If you're telling people you're too busy because you genuinely don't want to hang out with them, it might be easier to find a way to tell them. So you don't have to tell them you're too busy the next time they ask. So take a look how you're responding to everything in your life when people are asking you to do things or when opportunities are coming along, notice how you're answering. Are you saying yes, I'll take everything on. I'll do all of it and then failing to do it. When you notice the habits you have for taking new things on and rejecting new things, then you have the chance to change them. You have the chance to make better, more productive habits in place. Of that 20. What are the biggest areas of resistance you are experiencing now?: one of the most helpful things to notice is where your areas off resistance are. What areas are you sabotaging yourself? And now I talked about this morte the beginning of the course. So what I'll do is expand on this in the second part. What areas are you trying to push yourself through on in your productivity? What areas you trying to force your productivity on? For me, it's important to notice resistance in the moment. For example, doing these last few lectures, I've noticed much more resistance than usual. For example, a plane flies overhead and I start thinking negative thoughts. That's much more resistance than I'm used to working with. And when I noticed resistance. I respect that it's there for a reason, and I know that I need to ask for help, and I pray to make the best lectures with you. I pray to be of useful and service to you. And so the first step is noticing the resistance. If I take the resistance for granted and don't notice it as resistance, if I just say that damn plane and I don't realize I made that resistance, I felt negatively about the plane flying overhead and disturbing the audio on my videos as if the plane should fly according to my video schedule, when I noticed resistance than I have the chance to stop putting it up. Almost all the resistance you'll find is what slowing your productivity down. And a lot of the things I just shared with you are to help you find areas you're where you're resisting. You're resisting your conditions. You're resisting your equipment, your resisting your physical condition you're resisting with the work you have to do in resistance. Inboard terms from Star Trek is futile. Resistance makes everything you're doing harder, and so resistance is to be respected and noticed. Once I noticed the resistance, then I can do something about it and what I'm going to do. You can see by the shirt I'm wearing. I filmed all the lectures in this whole section, back to back to back, straight through and out of respect for the resistance. I'm saying the resistance tells me it's time to do something else. It's Sunday. I've worked on you to me all of the last seven days, not, I mean, the whole day. I mean, I've worked on it at some point every day. The last seven days, my wife's going to a baseball game is time for me to do some non work things. It's time for me to go in the pool or place in video games. Go to my support group, talking a phone. And so the resistance is there to tell me when to stop when I have resistance, especially to doing things like these lectures. As soon as I noticed that I respect that, it's there for a reason, and that reason is usually to stop. It's very bad for me to push through resistance. I know if I tried to sit there, I could film the next several sections. I could probably finished the course today, and yet the quality wouldn't come out as good. I risk burning out. I risked a lot of negative things happening. So when you notice the resistances in what you're doing, you may notice your life's full of resistance. My life used to be full of resistance. Now, everything I do is path of least resistance, and all that starts with noticing the resistance. So once you notice all these things I've just shared with you, then you have the chance to figure out which of these things you're noticing are things you'd like to eliminate. And then you can figure out once you have that space from that eliminated bad habit, then you can put a good have in place of it. So that's the work from here on out. Thank you. 21. When can you really completely relax and how relaxing is that?: When can you truly and completely relax? I've found noticing the times, and I was completely relaxing. Has helped me a lot because most of my life I had almost no times where I really completely relaxed. One of the first things I found do is an adult. Why really could completely relax That was healthy is to go get a massage. I really could just lay there, not need to do anything else except b o my body. Feel all the tension in the muscles. And so I try and have asthma any things in my life now as I can, where I really completely relax without using any chemicals or substances, because that's not really completely relaxing. That's poisoning myself into a state of relax ation. And so, while that can be effective for a time and often will not work and will backfire and produce worse results over time, I know about that personally. And so I try and look for areas in my life where I can really completely relax. And many of people I see have almost no areas just like me for much of my life. Why, really could completely and honestly relax? Just being in my body without any other chemicals relaxed often most of my life, I couldn't even relax in bed because I was trying to get to sleep. I was thinking about the next day. Once you see where your periods of relaxation are and how much they help, then you can do more of it. If you see that you really don't have any periods where you truly relax, then you have the opportunity to introduce some periods where you truly relax. And for me, After I got my first massage, it helped show me what truly relaxing felt like just laying there, not needing to think anything or do anything. And now I find that can truly relax in a lot of places. I notice I can truly relax very consistently. Once I've gotten bed, I'm not no hurry to fall asleep. I'm not thinking about what I'm going to do the next day. I'm really relaxing. When I go to my support group. I'm really relaxing. I'm sitting there peaceful, don't need to do anything. I'm really relaxed, and I've noticed a lot of the things I thought were relaxing like video games aren't really very relaxing I thought that was relaxing, but I noticed that looks more like stress than relaxing. And so I'm thankful. I noticed now, in my life places where I can truly relax. 22. How much time to you spend noticing what your body is doing?: How much time do you spend noticing what your body is doing? I, for most of my life on Lee, noticed what my body was doing when there was a problem when something hurt, I really noticed what my body was doing when everything was working properly. For example, now my feet are standing on the ground. My hands are by my side. I'm experiencing a desire to breathe in my lungs. Now I'm experiencing my limes full, and now the breath is going out of them. My lips are moving my hair sitting there. Jeld. Everything feels pretty relaxed around me, and my body is just joyfully being alive. And so I'm paying attention to what's going on inside my body, and getting a massage helped me to get in the habit of doing that. The first time I got a massage, I understood that I rarely paid attention to what my body was doing. I was almost always stuck in my mind, and so I can really relax now if I'm just paying attention to what's going on in my body because what's going on? My body is usually quite simple and fun and feels alive and full of energy, and there's nothing I need to do. It's just there, and it's happy. And so now I try and notice what's going on with my body. I try and pay attention, especially whenever my body's hurting. I try and look at it. What's hurting? Why's it hurting and see what I can do to make it better Now? I don't need to change how I feel, too. Just notice it. And if I hurt for a second notice, if I don't hurt the next second, I used to get a lot of neck headaches, and the more I paid attention to my body, I stopped getting these neck headaches from stress. I've relaxed mawr, and I noticed what my body is doing when it's normal. And so then my thoughts don't go into things like the neck headache routine. Often I'd first feel the signs of stress in my neck, and I go into neck headache routine thoughts than I'd have a neck headache. Now I noticed there's a little bit of tension in my neck right now, but also when I moved around, there's not much tension in my neck, and so I'm paying attention to what's going on in my body and that way I'm sensitive to what my body wants, and I don't push my body into doing things that are really stressful. I don't push my body into a lot of negative situations, because then those negative situations are gigantic. Drain on productivity. So when I noticed what my body is doing, I take care of my body. I noticed when it's hungry, I noticed when it's tired and I take care of it, I noticed when it's energetic like now, when it wants to exercise, I notice that. And so I take action accordingly. I'm going to go in the pool very shortly to give my body some exercise because I can feel that's what it wants, because I'm paying attention, toe what it's doing, and so when you pay attention to what your body is doing when you notice what your body is doing, then you won't get taken by surprise by all these extreme moods. My wife's brothers wife, one of the things he says to her whenever she's angry, upset. When did you eat last here? Allowed make you a sandwich. That's a very good reason to notice what the body's doing. If you notice what your body is doing, you also notice many of the times you are most unproductive, most angry and most resistant most in pain or when you're hungry or when you're tired. So noticing what my body does and how my body is feeling and paying close attention on what my body is doing at all times helps me out massively to be more productive and to live a life full of happiness and joy and relatively free from pain and frustration. 23. What are you using to boost your productivity?: What things are you doing to boost your productivity, and especially in this I mean force are artificially boost your productivity. I'm drinking a cup of ice tea right now, which has caffeine in it, and that could be looked at as something that artificially boost my productivity, boosts my attention, boost my focus. So I try and be aware of any of those things I'm doing. I'm also working in my home office. That's something I've set up to boost my productivity. I'm getting sleep. I'm doing these as soon as I can. In the day I'm being full energy. I'm eating. I'm taking care of myself. There's a tone of things I'm doing the pro boost my productivity. And so as long as you can notice what you're doing, the boost your productivity, you often might see that you're not doing very much to boost your productivity or you're doing a ton of things and you're not getting hardly any results. What you want to especially be wears. If you're doing anything extreme to boost your productivity, that's probably not good. For example, you're taking pills to stay up later. I remember lots of people used to take pills to try and stay up in study all night. And those things are not long term solutions. Those air things that can cause a lot of damage to you, and they can do a lot of bad things to your body. So notice if you're trying to artificially boost your productivity in any way, notice if you're doing things that are not long term thinking things you wouldn't want to do for the rest of your life and at the same time noticed those healthy things you're doing . I don't see any reason you can't have a cup of coffee or tea to boost your productivity a little bit. But even if you are like I am, just be aware. Oh, I'm having this cup of tea right now, and I feel like that contributes to my productivity. Well, im doing this this and that. You might find you're doing more than you need to. To boost your productivity. You might find that things you're trying to do to boost your productivity are more than the productivity itself, and I don't know exactly what you'll find. The more you look, the more you will see, and the more you see, the more you can have power to change 24. Not trusting myself is the worst productivity habit I have ever overcome.: so I'm wearing the same shirt. It is, however, the next day. And so what I did to get here, I trusted myself. I trusted that tomorrow I would do just fine of a job on these lectures. And so the number one habit that I had that was bad. Four Productivity was not trusting myself, not trusting that I would do a good enough job when the time came. Not trusting yourself is a devastating productivity habit, because it will cause you to do a lot of work all the time beforehand, out of not trusting that you'll do the right thing when it's time. For example, a lot of the bad habits I mentioned are a reflection of not trusting yourself over preparing for things, doing excessive amounts of research on things, trying to give yourself an exact script to say all kinds of things you can do with your productivity involved, not trusting yourself. Well, I don't know if I do a good enough job, but that meaning, so I'll make sure I bring a ton of notes, so I'm really prepared to look good and answer every single possible question. I don't know if I'll do good at that presentation. So I'm going to spend 15 hours to make sure it's absolutely perfect and that there's no possible question I'm not prepared for. I'm not saying it's not a good thing to do Some preparation, but not trusting yourself is the single most draining, productive Abbott. You can have things like, Did I leave the curling iron on? Did I leave the garage door open? You'll find yourself double and triple and quadruple unnecessarily. Checking yourself. You'll find yourself rewriting your email over and over and over again because you don't trust that whatever you wrote, the first time is good enough. It's not about you're actually making it better. It's usually that you don't trust. Whatever you wrote to start with was good enough. And, yes, there's a place for hard work. There's a place for effort, but I'm sharing this first because if you don't trust yourself, you want to see that right away. If you can see that you don't trust yourself, then that's a bad habit you can intentionally remove. You can say, Look, I'm going to trust myself. For example, the last time I gave a speech or when I make these videos. I trust myself to make a good video when it's time to make a good video. That saves me the need. I don't have to write a script. I don't have to do more than type out a one liner of what I think I might talk about, which sometimes then I have to edit afterwards because that's not what I talked about. I trust myself to make a good video when it's time to make a good video. That also means I don't have to go script out what I'm going to say beforehand. I don't have to rehearse it in my mind 15 or 20 times beforehand and then go actually do it . And then what happens when you don't trust yourself? You won't trust yourself before something to do. You'll do it and then you won't trust yourself afterwards. Either you will be sitting there going back and thinking, you know, maybe I didn't do that right? Maybe I didn't make that just right in the video. I trust myself before, during and after I make the video. I trust that I'll make a good video beforehand, so I don't have to think about it I don't have to do much preparation for it, and then I do it and I trust myself while I'm making the video that I'm doing my best to make a good video now. Sometimes they don't come out perfect. Lots of times they don't and that's okay, that's more realistic. And when I butcher something totally, I trust that other people will give me feedback. Say, Look, you really messed this video up, which happens, and then I make a new one. I replace it. And so then I trust after the fact that I made the video I was supposed to make, I don't have to go back and why I often have never actually watched many of the videos I've made because I trust that I made a good enough video and when other people watch them when you're watching this, I asked you Tell me what you think of this video because of that way. You can tell me if I messed it up, and I'll trust that if you're telling me you hated the video or you're saying that I could probably shoot a better video if I tried again, then I'll do that. I trust that you're giving me the feedback out of love and out of wanting the best possible course or best possible video. So if you can see your not trusting yourself, then you can start intentionally trusting yourself. You could start saying, I'm going to trust myself now instead of spending a bunch of time preparing, you can say I'm going to trust myself now instead of going to check that you closed the garage door or instead of going back and thinking, Well, then I do a good job on that. What if this happens? What if that happens? So if you will drop the bad habit of not trusting yourself, then you can free up a ton of time and energy. Usually, the habit of not trusting yourself comes from intolerance of a previous mistake you made at some point you did trust yourself. You did something wrong. You said you. I'm disgusted with what you did. I'm going to make sure this never happens again. Not trusting yourself comes out of that negative energy. It comes out of messing something up in being ashamed of it and saying never again and so you'll do with tons of work. You do all kinds of things to avoid feeling that same shame again. And yet everything you do that shame is right there at the foundation. The time you're spending to do all this work beforehand that shames right there underneath everything unconsciously driving everything you're doing tow. Avoid having that experience again. And so when you look at when you look at your bad habit off not trusting yourself, you might find that underneath it there's some shameful experience. It might go way back in your life, something you're ashamed off. And once you can look at that, then you can see Well, I'm not perfect. Of course, I messed something up before in my life, and it's okay to mess things up. It's okay to screw up a lecture. There's lectures like this. I've messed up. People have went immediately left negative reviews on the course. Negative discussions immediately appeared throughout the course, and yet I still trust myself. I still trust myself, and I still trust you. I was very fortunate. I got told very quickly some of the worst lecture mistakes I've made. People told me, Jerry, I hate this lecture or they would post something in the lecture about how much they hated the whole course. Usually it's just a lecture to that people hate and so usually within yourself. It's just a little thing or two you've decided to hate, and once you see it, then you can work on it. And once you work on it, a huge amount of free time will open up for you. Now that I trust myself, I've eliminated probably 90% of the pointless work I used to do over preparing over analyzing. I was a big over analyzer. I was in the habit of preparing most of my life. Ah, healthy amount. But I always was a Monday morning quarterback on everything I analyzed on endlessly analyzed everything, and it made me not want to do things because I did not want to face that analysis. And so now I've lowered my preparation and minimal. I've lowered my analysis to minimal, and now I have a lot more time to do actual productive work. So now that we've started off with this, I will go into a lot more of the little productivity killers, and most of them are based on not trusting yourself. But some of them. It'll be easier for you to see that a more abstract idea, like not trusting yourself. So thank you for being here. And I trust you to tell me any place you like, what I'm doing or that I can do better so that I can most effectively serve you in this course. 25. Rehearsing what you will say is always a waste of time.: I love this little productivity tip. Rehearsing what you're going to say to people is a total waste of time. And I know I used to do this a lot in my life. You have some appointment later. You have some interview later and you plan out and you have the conversation. 5 10 15 2030 times beforehand. You talk it out, you say, Here's what I'm going to say And here's what they're gonna say And then you well know, Maybe if they say that that I should say this. There's all kinds of this mental energy that gets spent on rehearsing and most of my life I rehearsed all kinds of things all the time. I'd rehearsed what I was going to say to my wife when she got home, even when things were going good. And, God forbid, if we an argument, I'd rehearse whatever I was going to say to her, if there was actually space, if I was going to meet my with my in laws, I rehearsed where I was going to say to them, What do you doing recently or what's going good? I think while I'm just tell them about this and they will say that. And I'll ask about this and the rehearsing, especially for certain things like job interviews. I would obsess over rehearsing. I would obsess. I would rehearse these questions. What's something you've done that's really been positive in your life or those kinds of random questions they might ask? I would sit there and think out all the things they might ask, and I noticed. I learned this from my parents. I saw my dad, my mom. They would rehearse things. My mom was officer in the Army and she would have these things she'd know she'd have to do . The next day. Her and dad would sit there and rehearse. Well, what if your boss says this will? Then I'll say this one of what? If this guy says that, then I'll say this one. He'll probably say that. Will the worst case scenario say this one? Then I'll say that huge amounts of energy and here's the thing. The rehearsing actually hurts the event itself. I'm grateful, and I'm proof here. I've not rehearsed any of this. I have no idea what I'm going to say. In fact, you could argue I'm listening to this just the same as you are. I'm just a surprised at the next word that comes out of my mouth as you are. I don't know what I'm going to say. I haven't rehearsed this. There's no script, there's no preparation, and that's why it comes out and feels original. It feels honest because I've just given this to you straight out of my heart instead of trying to put it through my mind. And when you rehearse things, you're trying to filter them. The reason you're rehearsing goes back to trust. When you're rehearsing, you don't trust that everything's going to work out how it should. And so you're trying to force things toe, work out how you think they should. And the problem is so much of what we see and hear today, especially online or especially in any kind of TV or established media. It's all scripted. It doesn't feel riel in the sense of honest from the heart. It feels like it's mind created, and that energy leaves a certain bland feeling about everything. It leaves a certain dead feeling toe everything, as if you already know what the other person is going to say. you can feel the script, and so lots of times now I don't watch many TV shows. TV shows don't feel interesting to me. I can feel the script. There's no surprise there. Oh, this person died. I can see how they wrote that into the script like it feels scripted. And so the best opportunity you have in all of your work is to feel original. I know I gravitate to original things that don't feel like the same narrative that's been shared in every single other context where I don't feel like the same editors been over the same book. Have you noticed that if you read bestselling books, say often will feel like the same person edited them? And that's because there's mind structures. And so if you want to be more productive, it's not only more productive, but you can produce higher quality work, just going straight with no rehearsal. And here's how your brain and you are much more powerful than you'd ever imagine. You don't need to rehearse things. Think about it this way. When you have a conversation with your friends or your family, do you rehearse? While you might think about times when you don't rehearse things and how well they usually come out. Think about all those beautiful conversations you've had with your friends or a lover or your family or a colleague. All those random conversations that just came out absolutely perfectly and were really funny. Did you rehearse those? No. You didn't rehearse those. They came out straight from the heart with no filter, Most not much of a filter. And they just came out, were there and they went together perfectly and were hilarious in the ways in which they didn't go together, were even funny lots of times. And when you go about life like that, you bring this original, fun, playful element into what you're doing. And so if I had a job interview now, I certainly would look up the company online. I certainly would get to know them a little bit before I went there. What I would not do is rehearse anything I would say to them Whenever they asked me a question, I would immediately I might pause for a couple of seconds. Just have some silence in space. I would then give them the most honest answer I could straight from the heart and the reason you were Hurst things is out of fear. Well, what if they ask what I've done in life that's been most important? And I say I haven't really done anything in life that's most important. That's honest. I've never done something I really felt was important. That's the truth. What if I say that you might end up getting the job out of saying that when things come out unrehearsed, there tends to be this full, honest quality to them. That's why comedians usually do so good like that. And I'm sure some of them will practice a story here and there. You Comptel they're just honestly talking about their life, and they're talking about the things they've experienced. And it comes out really funny because off that unrehearsed element to it, the funniest things usually you'll see on some of these shows like The Tonight Show when something goes wrong and they ad lib when something messes up and then they joke totally flops. And then they say something afterwards, just from the heart, like, Wow, I told the writer that wasn't going to work. And man, they were right. You know, you can some of those things. That probably wasn't funny, whatever I just said. But some of those things will come out really good and they'll be really funny. And so when you're rehearsing things the next time you're rehearsing something, remember this not on Lee is the rehearsing. Taking your limited time and energy. It's taking from the very limited time and energy you have. Not just that, it usually will lead to a worst performance at the time. If I had a speech to give to the entire nation, I would not rehearse it. And you might think, Oh my God, if I had a speech to give to the entire world, I would not rehearse it. I would simply say whatever came from the heart and it might not come out. It's polished. It might not come out as as clearly understandable, but I will bet you it comes out with a full amount of life in it. It comes out feeling honest. It comes out full of passion, and people keep saying, You have so much passion in your courses. It's not me. You have that too. When you were Hurst things, you kill them, you suck the life out of them by trying to plan for everything. When my parents would go through and rehearse all these things very often, they'd come back. My mom would come back and say, Well, I didn't even talk to the person today or it didn't even go at all how I thought it or I said this. But then they said that, and so all of it fell apart. And the mental attachment you get when you rehearse things, then that mental attachment to the rehearsal you had when it doesn't go that way, it will cause you to do worse. When you goto rehearse a speech and you screw up some words in it and then you get mad. You screwed things up after you practice so much. Then the whole speech often go down him. And so today I practiced this because I still have mental habits of rehearsing. I'll find myself before a lecture going or Lola and trying to her son as soon as I see hope . Stop. Just be silent. Sit here and stare at the screen for a minute, and I do that. I just sit there and look at the screen, and I'm blank. And then when the lecture comes on, Dennis, time to talk. But I don't need to talk between lectures. So I'm still practicing and still working on this today. And it has produced a miracle in my life in terms of freeing up time. I used to spend a ton of time and energy rehearsing. I don't do that anymore. And so this is why I put this up front in the bad habits section. As soon as you can see your rehearsing and see the benefits of not rehearsing Ah, huge amount of your time is freed up to do other things. So thank you for watching this. 26. Almost any background noise is distracting.: If you've noticed you have background noise, this can be a challenging one. What you can do is eliminate any background noise you can control. Usually, music is one of those bad habits that slows down productivity. Listening to music is something I did a lot of my life when working. I wanted to feel pumped up. I wanted to feel interested. And yet the reason I listen to music is because usually I had little joy and passion for the work I was doing. I'd be doing some paper that I felt was boring. And then I'd want to listen to music to make it more exciting. And so what you'll find when you turn off your music, you'll work faster. There's less distractions. You won't have song. They're stuck in your head that are getting in the way of putting the paper together. And I've had people ask me in my free productivity course. What do I do to get through writing this paper faster? Turn off that background noise. Turn off the TV, turn off the music, put yourself in a quiet environment where there's nothing to do except do what you're there to do, because let's look at it this way. If you have something to do, you don't want to do like write a paper. Don't you want to get that down as fast as possible? Listening to music and putting the TV on and distracting yourself will drag out the amount of time it takes to do something and lower your quality. So again, if you have something you don't want to do, don't you want to finish it as fast as possible when you have no background noise? Everything for your mind is much easier to do and focus on because it's like juggling. I can very easily handle one ball if you give me one ball. I have no need to ever drop that ball. I can move that ball from hand to hand when. No problem. As soon as you put two things to do, it requires a lot more concentration having music on having the TV on, listening to people talk. I was in a place before I had an office. I could not film these videos very well because there was always so much background noise there. People talking, running around, not all the time, but lots of times the background, noises, unpredictable, even. Be there in the morning. And then if I was making these videos, I would be making background noise for other people trying to do their work. So what did I do? I moved home. There's no background noise in the morning consistently at home. My wife's at work or my wife will take a nap or do something quiet in the morning. Even the dogs usually quiet. Sometimes there's an airplane that flies over, but this directional mike is pretty good at not emphasizing that too much. And so eliminating background noise allows me to focus on what I'm doing. When I'm focused on what I'm doing, it can do a good job. You know, when someone's distracted, you know, when they're thinking about something else, you know, when their heart's not in it. How many times you talk to people on the phone where you just could tell they were doing something else and they weren't paying very good attention. Yeah, Uh huh. Oh, yeah. What? When you're distracted, you produce that kind of work. When you're writing a paper trying to do a project or looking at data and you're putting yeah, Uh huh. What kind of work out there You're going to get those kind of results back to. So I found cutting out all background noise that I can control. That helps me a lot. It helps me a ton for my productivity. Even driving driving is one of the only places I'll listen to music. And yet lots of times I will not listen to anything while I'm driving because I can rest most completely in silence. It's hard to rest when there's music on. And if you're used to the calamity, you're used to just ah, circus going on in your life all the time. At first you might be a little uncomfortable with silence. I see lots of people they can't stand silence. When I leave a break in the videos, they just want a fast floored it right away. Damn it, Come on, say something. Getting comfortable. Silence is very important for doing your best work and for being ultra productive. I have silence in my work environment, and that allows me to do what you see me doing so if you can eliminate the bad habit of having calamity on having background noise and this might not be easy. You might have to move offices. You might have to change jobs. You might have to do a lot of things. If you want to produce at maximum capacity. Working in silence is the way to do it. And thank you for sharing this with me. 27. Feeling like you are working hard versus actually producing good work.: Have you ever said something like this? I feel like I worked all day. And yet I can't tell you what I did or I've really exhausted today and someone will ask, What do you do? I just did the same crap. You know, feeling like you're tired and exhausted and feeling like you've worked hard is much different than actually producing, then actually doing good work what most people I see consider working hard. What it looks like to me is task switching. What it looks like to me is constantly changing between things to do while actually doing very little. For example, you'll have 15 windows. Open your of your email open. You'll be trying to write something like a blawg post you'll be answering. Text messages will be on Facebook, and that's why often you'll see, bloggers can only produce one or two posts all week. It's because of working in that kind of environment. It's because off emphasizing on the feeling that you worked hard instead of actually focusing on results, results or what I track the amount of these videos I make is theory. Result I care about you could attach some dollar figure that each one of these videos on average makes me. And so it doesn't matter if I feel like I'm working hard or not, it matters. If I get these videos out, attaching feelings of working hard to productive ity will get you trapped in a cycle of behaving in a way that makes you feel like you're working hard and often will produce almost nothing. Here's why our brains are wired to do one thing really well at a time. What people talk about and saying attribute to me is simply an expression of what anyone can do in the right productive environment. Anyone in the right environment, I could sit here and make these videos. It's really easy to just talk. It's not hard. And yet why does it seem hard? It seems hard because most of us work. And most of my life I worked in an environment of task switching Well, let's try this spread she No, I don't like this. Let me go Answer this email. While I don't know what to say. I'll go do that in a minute, or here's a phone call. All right, Well, I just got a tax time to try and answer all. I'm on the phone. Oh, and I got another phone call, just like double fist. All right, hold on. Okay. I'm talking to him. I remember seeing that in bad boys and thought that was so funny because Martin Lawrence did a terrible job talking to the two women, his wife and this other woman from a case on the phone. And they both did not work out well because he was trying to do to phone calls at once. And so when you're invested in two or 356 10 15 20 open tabs at once, it's hard to actually do anything. Most of what you feel as work is often task switching. I don't feel exhausted after I do these videos. These videos are easy. They don't make me feel like I worked. And so sometimes my brain says, Damn, Jerry, you didn't really do anything that they did. You you don't feel exhausted. You don't feel like you've done anything. What have you done? Well, I have a spreadsheet that tracks it. I made six videos today. I don't know many I've made today. I made somewhere around six. So far, Those videos are production. Those videos are results off work. I don't feel like I'm working hard. This feels easy. It feels comfortable because I'm doing one thing at a time. If I tried to do this and I tried to look at another window, there are video would come out terrible. You wouldn't watch it if I was not leading by example here. You would not watch this. And so I can tell you firsthand if I tried to do anything, I can't even think about something besides focusing completely here. My mind is often entirely blank. While I'm doing this, I don't know where these words air coming from. I'm just talking. I'm not thinking about what I'm saying. In fact, the only room I even usually have for a thought is Well, what did you just say? I don't have the ability to do a good job and think while I'm doing this video it would ruin the entire quality of the video if I tried to think Well, I did this video. The video would come out bad, and I felt would feel like I worked really hard. I would feel like I worked hard and I would produce something crappy. If you want to do a good job focusing relentlessly on one thing, one thing you'll find you can do work so much better than you ever believed. You can Onley do it on one thing at a time, so I don't even remember the original topic of this lecture. But I know if you confined areas in your life where you're doing things like task switching , where you're trying to do 50 different things at once, and you can zoom that area into doing one thing. One thing you will find often in 15 minutes, you can rip through all your emails. If you'll sit there and just do your email, you can rip the raw your emails instead of spending five hours with that email window open and trying to do a bunch of different things. That's how I answer my emails when I'm ready to go do my emails, opened the emails up, ripped through them. As soon as I open it, I send some kind of reply. That way I don't have to think about it, and that way the ball's in the other person's court and so detect areas where you're trying to do more than one thing. You may likely be doing one thing across all areas of your life. And if you're sensitive, you can detect stress in trying to do two things at once. One of the easiest ways for me to detect stress. If my mom calls, I have sometimes its frustrating. I'll be doing something. I want to talk to my mom. I've got a drop completely what I'm doing. Often I'll be answering you to me questions, or I'll be doing something online with work. Or sometimes I'll be playing a video game. If I try and talk to Mom while I'm playing a video game or doing work, I will get very irritable in about 3 to 5 minutes because I feel the work my brain's doing of trying to load everything. Think about it like loading a program when your mind my mind's loaded. Right now, all of the video production routines is loaded all of the year in the studio routines. Right now, it's loaded, all of that. If I go load another program like talk on the phone program, it loads all of that on top of what I've got here and So when you're multitasking, what you're doing is repeatedly loading programs or your in your email. You your brain loads. Okay, here's all your Gmail routines. Here's all the things you need to know how to do to use Gmail. Then you switch over to Facebook in your mind loads. Here's all the things you need to know how to do to use Facebook and you get a text message . Your mind loads. Here's all the things I need to know about text messaging this person. You go back to Gmail, your mind has to reload all those things. Here's all the things you need to know about using Gmail and you switch back to Facebook. Here's all the things you need to know about using Facebook. That is exhausting. That takes a lot of effort. And what did you accomplish? You probably put up some half hearted status euro half of an email and you've written half of a text message and you haven't even produced anything. And yet you Oh, my God, I'm exhausted. I'm gonna need a drink later or Oh, man, I can't wait to get out of here. This job sucks. And what did you do you made it suck you major brain load. Gmail, Facebook, text messaging, Gmail, Facebook test meth. You made your brain do a lot of work and you didn't accomplish anything out of it. And that's normal. That's how most people work. And yet how the most productive people work, the people that do the things you say are amazing, that things that consistently produce creative work, they work like I'm telling you how to work. I know from experience. I've done it. I've done it the bad habit way. If you want to be really productive, you'll do your work like I'm telling you, or you won't be really productive because the mind is designed to do one thing really well at the time. If you try and do two things at a time, you can expect about 30% on each task, and you can expect it to suck to be frustrating in the meantime, so thank you for listening to this. Thank you so much for all that. You've listened to me talking here in my house, in the office by myself. So thank you for being here with me. 28. Notice any time you try to avoid something or task switch.: in line with trying to do the most and in line with thinking about that last lecture where I talked about doing one thing at a time. What you want to do is avoid task switching, and that comes in the form of avoiding avoiding so breaking the bad habit of avoiding things. This works in all areas of life, especially, and for me, when I'm in pain now, the worst thing I can do is avoid it. There's almost nothing I could do worse than trying to avoid it or shove it under the rug. What I do is face it. Why am I am pain? Why am I angry right now? What's hurting? Let's take a look at this just like your parent might have done. If you're crying, what's wrong? Let's take a look at it. And so this comes out in productivity like this, you'll get an email. You'll be checking your email and you'll be trying to follow my tips like, All right, Jerry said to just do my email. So I'm just going to do my email and so you'll be in your email and then you get an email and you won't know how to respond to it. And you don't think I don't know how to handle this and almost assumes you have that thought. You will unconsciously switch to something you know how to do better to switch over to Facebook or you switch over to YouTube. You'll avoid doing something you don't like to do, and I've caught myself doing that a lot. And you have to be fast at watching what you do to catch yourself doing that. You have to know yourself to catch yourself, avoiding things. I'll notice even with my you to me lecture sometimes off some lecture I don't want to do. And so I go make another one and then I'll wait a minute. Why? Why didn't I just want to do that? One? I'll go do it. The solution is to do it is to face the discomfort. That's their you know what? Maybe I don't know how to do this, and sometimes, yes, I realize you'll need to do something. You'll get an email you need to do something between responding to that email and whatever it is you need to say in it. So, for example, if you have clients, you do work for. They might ask about something you're doing for them. You might have to go check whatever you're doing for them before you actually responding them. Now that's not avoiding. That's doing the work in front of you, which is a good habit. But here's what will happen. You'll get something. You'll go check into it and you get uncomfortable and then you go take some tangent. You go slip off into something else. For example, I get a client Hill email me. I have one Google AdWords clients. Still no email me to take a look at his campaigns. So then the first thing I have to do is go look at his campaigns. So then I'll go look at his campaign's. Now if I'm doing a good job doing the work in front of me, and I'm not doing the bad habit. Ah, look at his campaign's consider whatever he said, make whatever changes. I'll immediately then respond to him. Okay, here's the deal, and it all be over within about five to 10 minutes. Now, if I'm following the avoiding bad habit that I would do most of my life, here's what would happen. I checked the email, read whatever he has to say realize I'm gonna have to do something else and then going to checking my Google AdWords campaigns unconsciously. Oh, I'm wondering how that thing I'm doing yesterday and then from there I go into my YouTube and oh, I wonder all that video is doing all the time. My brain already loaded the Google AdWords routine. It already loaded the email in from the other client. Now I just loaded another thing on top of it. So then it be 30 minutes later I'd come back from a break and realize Oh, I need to get back to that client. So I go back to the clients email. I have to reload all that room. OK, all right. They go back into go and words and take a look for the client. Then something would confuse me a little bit, and instead of dealing with it what I did, then I'd switch over. I'd look something up into Google AdWords help. But then, unconsciously, I gravitate over in the Facebook. I gravitate over and start looking at people's photos on pace book identity gravitate over to my page. I start reading comments on my page. And so now it's an hour later, and then finally are after I finished something on Facebook that at all go back over to the clients Google AdWords account. But that then I forget what exactly they want me to do so that I have to go back and check the clients email again. Oh, okay. They wanted me Look at this. So then back into the clients Google AdWords account. Then I'd remember I looked this up on help. I never found the answer because I went and screwed around on Facebook. So then, Oh, Facebook. Then I go back and screw around on Facebook again. And then so another hour later, hadn't accomplished anything. Riel, Back to the clients. AdWords out back to the help tab as I was going to close it back to their AdWords account back to their email, back to the help tab back to Google. AdWords God, this is frustrating. Finally, make the change for the client and then go to write them an email. Go back to the AdWords account. Not short to say, Oh, I wonder how that things doing that I created before to distract myself from doing this back to my advert, so about three hours would go by. I'd have done a couple of things I didn't need to do, such as make a new AdWords campaign post something else. I'm Facebook. Respond to a couple of comments on my page. Those are good things to do in and of themselves. But I didn't need to do them while I was doing the clients email and if I would have done them individually. This is how I used to work if I would have done them individually, which I do now. Usually things don't take very long. The comments on Facebook could be done in 15 minutes. The clients work on AdWords could be done in about 15 20 minutes. The new AdWords campaign could be done in about 15 20 minutes, but instead that stuff will drag out in the three hours if you're trying to do it all the same time. And so whenever I'd finally go to send that email back to the client, you know what? I'd be aggravated. Got hate working for clients. Hate doing Google AdWords. I'm so annoyed right now and then I need a way to change how I felt. Oh, maybe I can't do something fun later because this really sucked. And the only thing that went wrong was me avoiding something I didn't know how to do me having to face something I didn't know how to do me having my ego negatively respond. Do you're not as good at Google AdWords You think you are better go over in the Facebook where you're really comfortable, and that happens. And if you can see yourself doing that bad habit, it comes across in a lot of different areas of life. It happens in all kinds of places. In relationships. Someone will bring something up you don't like, so you avoid it by bringing up something they don't like, and they'll avoid it by bringing up something you don't like. And all the sudden you had a big argument. No one remembers what the original thing Waas. If you would have just answered the question you didn't like to start with, then everything would have been fine. This happens is so many areas of life a little bit of pain faced in the moment will not blossom into a huge thunderstorm of pain. What often happens, you'll see something. You don't want to do it work or in what you're doing. You'll get a bad attitude about it and then all of a sudden will get blown up in this big thing. I had this for a while with my you, to me comments and questions. I would avoid them. I was trying to figure out ways to get other people answer them, and what it came down to was often people ask questions. I didn't know the answer. Too often, people ask questions I would avoid I'd be uncomfortable with. I wasn't sure how they respond. I couldn't give them a good answer. I didn't look good when they had asked me a question. I'd say I don't know. I don't know the answer to that. I didn't like that feeling and so I'd avoid answering questions and so I'd go days without answering questions. And so then people get frustrated, post more and they leave negative reviews and it just built into this thing and I finally looked at it and said, I'm here to be of service to people. I'm here to help people. I am honored when someone takes the time and energy to ask me a question. I know that takes courage. I know that with me, I've taken a lot, of course, and I've very rarely post questions. It takes a lot of trust to feel safe posting a question out in a community of a bunch of other people. And I'm here to honor that. I'm here to thank the person first sharing that I'm here to be of service to people in the best service I can do Once I made these videos is to answer those follow up questions to listen when someone shares something about my course. And so I had to go through the whole bad habit with my you know, me questions for a while, or go week will go by and I wouldn't answer him that all this Jamion guilt get Bill topping all these things. Finally. Now you know what I do? I take about 15 20 minutes, sometimes an hour. I sit there and I answer every single question almost every single day now and sometimes I'll do 15 minutes in the morning, 15 20 minutes, at night, every day. That's all my questions. And when I just sit there and go through when someone posts the question. Here's my thing. If you post something, I will answer it. I'm not promising. I'll give a great answer. I'm not promising. It will be a perfect answer. I will answer it. Someone sends me an email that I've been having a conversation with. I will answer it, you know, as long as it's not like a thank you. This is finished or something. I will answer it. And so knowing that I will finish it encourages me to not avoid it when I know I'm going to finish it. When I know I'm going out to my unit, Me questions. Then I dive right into them like last night. I dove right into them, and so today, the next chance I get, I'll dive right into them. And when you don't avoid things, you'll be amazed at how much more time and energy you have. You'll be amazed how easy it is to do what you're already doing if you remove all of the avoiding things you don't like, I've removed about 90% of avoiding things I don't like, and it's amazing how much more I can do today in the same amount of time. So thank you for watching this. I appreciate you being here, and I hope this is useful for you in your productivity. 29. Try to do everything up until the last minute causes a lot of stress.: How many times have you tried to cram every single thing in tow? What you were doing that day and then got really stressed because you were late and frustrated. I know this has been one of my biggest productivity challenges. I try and cram too much into my day, and this is a consistent challenge for me. I try and actively notice what I'm doing and accept doing a less. For example, yesterday I could have made one more lecture before I went to the gym. I was thinking of this and I said, You know what? I've done enough. I'd rather not have to drive fast and rush to my appointment. And so I did not make that next lecture. However, I ended up answering a couple of you to me questions. And so I've got my you know, me questions on very quickly, but I still ended up getting the gym a couple minutes late because I took the time to answer those you to me questions. So this is still ah, productivity challenge for me today. It's still a bad habit, however, I'm aware of it, So every time I'm going to do it, I have the chance to do a little less and I'm getting much better then I have been because there's an optimist. It's challenging. You consistently plan too many things to do. You feel like you can get so many things done. So you throw in all these things to do. My mom is just even worse than me with it. She's always throwing 10 times as many things as she has time and energy to do into her day , and then she gets frustrated when she can't do them. So if you see the habit and this is a more recent thing I've been on, I see that I over plan all the time and what it does. It feels suffocating and it hits all that shame trigger for me of not being enough. And so yesterday I felt really shamed right before I went to my meeting in afternoon because I again I did too much house answering. My you know me questions again at the last minute and I got all my questions answered and I answered them twice yesterday during the day and yet I hit that shame trigger of not being able to do enough and I got to where I was going a couple minutes late. However, that's a big step ahead of the way used to be. I used to just skip doing things that I'd said I would do because I didn't want to be late . Now I accept that I will still go to things late and I will not Russia while I'm there and the next best thing to do is tow, not try and do so much so that I don't have to mitigate the need to rush somewhere. What I've been doing with really good lately is not being in a hurry to go places. When I'm late, I drive the same way I usually do, and that is a huge improvement. So if you can see you're trying to stuff your day full of everything, then you have the chance toe work on eliminating that bad habit. And now with me, this is a tough one because the more I eliminate things, then I put things into them. So it's this constant challenge with this particular habit. Once I've eliminated something, then I put something in its place. So what I'm going to do today, I'm going to make sure cut my work off at least 10 minutes earlier than I usually do. I have a meeting I go to every day at 4 p.m. I often put it up to the very last minute. I'll work right up until 3 50 then I'll get there a minute or two late. Then I feel bad about it. And so I've more than ever. I've actually went early. In the last several months, there have been more days and everywhere actually went early. And so today, in a limiting this bad habit, the key thing to do is do what I can today about it. So I'm giving you my word here that today I will cut off my work at the latest at 3 40 And then I will go the meaning and be there about 10 minutes early. So then I don't even have to mitigate the need to hurry. I can go there at a nice, relaxed pace. And so I'm working on this productivity habit. I've done better than ever already, and I'm continuing toe work at it. And what you can see in eliminating the habits, just continuing the notice and actually do something about it. Then you can amazing results in your life 30. Planning for the worst case scenario is almost always a total waste of time.: When you plan for the worst case scenario, it's almost always a waste of time. And so, thankfully, that's a bad. Have it I've almost completely eliminated from my life. I used to be an apocalypse planner. I literally still have gas masks in my closet. I used to get all excited about all these bad things that could happen and think about what I would do. And I got that from my parents. My parents were worse. Case scenario planners. How many people do you know in your life for They're always talking about, Well, worst case scenario or the worst thing that could happen, or if all hell goes loose, er, anything similar to that worst case scenario. Planning is almost always a waste of time because you can rarely see the exact worst case scenario you're going to face now. I don't mean having regular simple to do things in place. For example, having an emergency kit in your car is not exactly worst case scenario planning at something easy you can do having battery backup on my computers. It helps when the power goes out for me, not lose power, and so that gives me peace of mind. That is a useful, simple enough thing to do have to battery backups. And now none of my equipment loses power when the occasional power outage. That's much different than trying to plan out every single worst case scenario, having a little bit of reasonable protection in place for things that have actually happened. That makes sense Now. If you're trying to get up every morning and you're setting a bunch of different alarms because you're afraid you're not going to wake up, then that's an example of worst case scenario playing. You're doing all of this extra effort because off something you're afraid off and usually the results. Not that bad. I know my parents mainly did this in terms of talking. There would always talk about the worst case scenario. You know, if you say this, you say that and you're going to get put here and then you have to do that. All those things tend to be a gigantic time waster. The reason is, usually the solution in a situation like that will be easier than you ever imagined, and usually the worst part of a worst case scenario is, however you feel it reflects on you and all of the energy and motivation to do all the worst case scenario. Planning is usually that I don't want to look bad. I don't want to look stupid. I don't want to look un prepared. I don't want to look like an idiot. And almost any worst case scenario planning related to those objectives is a complete waste of time. And it will suck a lot of the life energy out of the things you do when I put these videos up. If I thought of worst case scenario all the time, I wouldn't do them. I'd have to have a script you can see. Like most of the TV stations, they have all these scripts because it's all this worst case scenario. Well, if we say this, we could get soon. If we say that what you get fined and so everything this phenomenal extra level of work that comes along with worst case scenario planning. So if you can eliminate that from what you're doing and accept that usually the worst case scenario, things will take you completely by surprise. Several of the worst case scenario things that I've got hit with this year took me completely by surprise. I did not see it all that those things could happen. For example, someone hit me with the YouTube copyright strike on a video that I hadn't taken anything they owned. Copyright to that took me completely by surprise. It was one of the more challenging professional things I dealt with this year, and yet it was helpful if I would have sat there and tried to plan everything I did around . Not having that little problem would have been a fantastic waste of time, and more than likely, I would have never seen that specific thing coming. I'm more than likely we have missed that from my worst case scenario planning because it was so obscure. You can see a lot of my videos or just like this or similar, so I don't worry about copyright. I'm not stealing other people's videos. It's a lot of the worst things you get hit with will tell you completely by surprise. So that way, the good news is you don't have to plan for them anymore. 31. Trusting yourself and others will eliminate 80% of your wasted time and energy.: trusting yourself and trusting other people will eliminate the majority of your unproductive time. If you trust yourself and trust other people, it's the simplest thing you can do to eliminate the majority of your wasted time. When you trust other people and you trust yourself, you don't have to do all of this over the top work to verify trust. You don't have to do all of this over the top planning. You don't have to go in and research a lot of these things in depth. For example, if I trust that I will do good work, which I do, I don't need a script for this course. I trust that when the time's right, I will say when I'm supposed to. And then I trust you that if I didn't do a very good job on one part of the course, I trust you and ask you for help to let me know which part I can do better. For example, some of the lectures before you might have noticed I really talked longer about them. So if you don't like that, let me know. I trust that I did the best I could, and I do the best I can, and I will do the best I can at the moment. And I trust you to give me ways to do better. So you can see that eliminates the need for me to make a script. It eliminates the need for me to even watch my videos. And you might think, man, you put these up. You don't even watch them. Yes, I don't watch them. I just sat there and made the video. Why would I need to watch it? Or if you said something? I trust that you'll tell me if I said something horribly stupid. I'll go in and refill mint. I've re filmed a lot of my lectures. And yet here's the thing. If I don't trust myself and I try and go in and overly edit my videos, if I try and go in and put everything perfectly so it sounds right. It strips the alive feeling out of it. It starts feeling mawr artificial now. Yes. Five to blow my nose but video Ah, dog gets to barking a lot in the background. A big heavy playing comes over then yes, I will edit that out of the video and I remember that I leave a long silence to handle that , and whenever something like that happens, then I just get quiet. I can easily looked through the video and take that out and so trusting myself allows me to make this course in probably 1/3 to 1/10 of the time. Most other people would have to work, and it's simply because I trust myself and I trust you. So this is a perfect example of how you conduce you so much more. I see, and I think it's funny. There are companies that have huge amounts of staff that have tons of people working on things, and they put out about the same as I do. And the reason is that they have to go through and verify everything that the environment is not of trust. Everything has to be double checked. Everything has to be well verified. Everything has to be approved. That adds a lot of time and here's what you don't hardly get anything better out of it. You get often something that's a little bit better. Some of the videos you see. Yes, there's lots of great polished fund videos out there and that's good. There's lots of videos that have been put through the creative process that air successful , and at the same time there's lots of raw, barely edited videos out there that are getting watched way more then even some of these new movies Hollywood puts out. And so if you can eliminate all the distrust and fear if you can replace it with honesty and trust. If you trust yourself and trust other people and you're honest and what you do and makes things ridiculously easy, it eliminates the majority of unproductive and time wasting habits. So thank you for sharing this with me, and I trust that if you think any part of this course is better, you'll let me know by posting a discussion in the course. 32. First things first. Do what is most important first thing in the day.: adding the habit of first things first is incredibly powerful for productivity. When you know what your number one priority is and you act on it, then you don't mess up the number one priority. My number one priority is to take care off my self. That means to take care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That is my number one priority. Nothing that ever happens is evermore important than that, because no one else can take care of me as easily as I can take care of myself. The whole rest of the world could make grand efforts to take care of me. And yet with a little bit off effort every day on my part, I can accomplish what the whole world could not accomplish. For me, the number one priority means that nothing is ever mawr important than that. No project I'm working on is evermore important than taking care of myself. No relationship I have is evermore important than taking care of myself. And here's the thing. I have a wife. I have a child coming. If I cannot take care of myself, how am I supposed to take care of my wife and child. If I'm saying I'm putting my child first and then I'm not taking care of myself physically , emotionally, spiritually and mentally, what is my child going to get out of that? They're going to get a parent who's irritable, restless, discontent, angry, frustrated. They're not going to get very good care. And so number one priority in my life is taking care of myself. And Number two is taking care of being a good husband. That's number two, and number three is being a good parent because my wife and I parent through our marriage. If our marriage is not good, we will not do as good of a job being apparent. We are a team together, and so, in order to serve our child, we must each take care of ourselves. And then we must each be there to serve each other. And then through that unity, we conserve our child. That means that knowing my top three priorities, nothing gets in the way, especially of number one. That helps me make all of my decisions in a productive manner. If it comes down to, should I try and work harder on this project, or should I take care of myself. Take care of myself if I'm hungry and I want to finish this project, which is more important, I'm hungry. That's more important if I'm hungry in my child's hungry, which is more important. I need to eat first because if I am hungry and I'm trying to feed my child, I'm not going to do it. And his good of loving manner as if I have something to eat even very quickly. Even if it's just a banana, I have something to eat. Then I can help my child out from a place of being full. I can give my child food from a place where I'm already taking care off. If my wife needs something and I have to do something for myself and they're of equal importance now that it's all, you have to do your best with things. If I'm taking care of myself each moment, then I am in shape to be there. If something emergency happens if, say, my wife gets in an accident or she needs my immediate help or the baby's about to be born, if I've taken care of myself every moment, I am automatically in shape to do whatever my wife or my child or whatever you need. Then my work comes down and maybe around the fourth or fifth or sixth priority, because if I haven't taken care of myself, I've been taking care of my marriage. I haven't taken care of my child, and I have been taking care of my responsibilities as a friend and family member. I am not going to do a good job making this course with you. For better or worse, I cannot do good videos While I'm mad at my wife, it sabotages. It destroys all off the peace and serenity here. You see, if for some reason a man at my wife, I have to drop everything I'm doing and get to a place where I'm not mad at my wife if I'm mad at my mom or something the same issue, I have to take care of myself. I have to be of service to the other people, and so that helps me be more productive. It's funny how I see people. I mean, it's sad, it's sick. Also, you see people that are out there trying to put on there doing something so much at their own expense, and what's rarely happens is good work. What rarely happens is high quality work when people are working at their own expense. That's why slave labor doesn't work. You've got to take care of your workers. If they're going to do good work, you've got to take care of your employees if they're going to do good work. If you place employees in a loving good position, I'll do good work. So first things first. That's how I make all of my decisions today. Nothing ever is more important than number one. Nothing is ever more important than number one. I am here to be of service to other people. I cannot be of service if I am not in service. If I'm hungry or angry or lonely or tired, I can't help anyone. All I will do is hurt others. If I'm not taking care of myself and I've learned this the hard way, the absolute hard way. I when I'm not taking care of number one priority, I will bring hurt and pain and suffering into everyone else's life. And so I'm grateful that I've learned this when I'm taking care of myself. I have the ability to be a good husband have the ability to be a good parent. I have the ability to be a good son, brother, friend, family member. I have the ability to do these videos if I'm not doing number one. If I haven't eaten right, if I am not sleeping good, and there's a difference between getting a certain amount of sleep and doing my best to take care of my sleep. If I'm doing my best to take care of my sleeping myself, then I can do everything else. If I'm not, I can't do good videos here with you. Some of the day's the worst videos I made were when I tried to make one, even though I wasn't taking good care of myself. It's amazing how bad those come out. And so thank you for sharing this with me, and I hope this is useful in seeing what you can do to be most productive and most of service 33. A little work every day beats doing a lot in one day.: doing a little bit of work each day is fantastically powerful on whatever it is you're trying to learn or produce. The reason is that your long term memory really gets to come into play, and it's just like the tortoise and the hare. Taking small steps every day tends to add up to a lot more than trying to take big steps. Occasionally, for example, there's a 20 mile march principle you might hear in traveling. If you wanted to travel, say, a long distance on foot the way you would get there. The fastest is with a disciplined 20 mile march every single day. If you had days where you tried to do it, just freestyle, for example a day were you? The weather was bad. She went nowhere another day where the weather was great, you went 40 or 50 miles, and then you got so wore out the next day you can only go 10 miles. You'll see that over time, doing the same. A little bit of work every day tends to add up gigantically, and I can give you a great example today. I only had an hour this morning and I said, Well, What should I do? I asked for help, and I did. The principles do the next right thing. Don't make it worse. And after asking for help, I saw I have an hour. It's time to practice the principle I of of doing a little bit every day. Doing just a few videos today is a powerful contribution even to this course. She'll notice I only it looks like we'll have done about two videos for this course today, and that's a lot better than doing none, because what I've found forgetting courses produced the fastest. If I will work on it every single day, I will finish a course very quickly. If I will sit there and do at least some lectures every day, the course will be done. Before I knew what happened, by contrast, the first you dummy course, it took me months because I sat there and binged it. I worked 12 18 hours or so on it one day, and I was so burnt out that I couldn't stand to go look at it for months. I couldn't stand to put much more effort in it for months. What you've seen on you dummies reflection of this principle. I do a little bit every day. I don't usually have days where I do that much. Occasionally I love a day do 10 or 20 lectures. Usually they're shorter lectures. Or usually I'll take the next date off. And so taking a day off occasionally is also good. It seems to be most effective to me to do a little bit every single day, because usually if I just have an hour, I can do some really good work in that hour if I try and do lectures all day, for example, if I try and do seven hours of lectures one day, the quality of my lectures usually goes down significantly. After 45 hours, fatigue sets in my body and mind like toe have some variety in the day. My body and mind enjoy doing things different. My body and mind generally don't like to sit there and try and force creative work hours on end. What I do have is very good energy to do a little bit of my best work every day. So if we're looking at my best work, I have about an hour or two of my best work I can do every single day. So if I want to produce the most, I can produce anywhere from about seven to realistically 10 hours of my best work every week. And then if I try and do that in one day, I can only do usually an hour or two of my best work in that day. And then if I try and work 7 to 10 hours in one day, I get burnt out. Then I won't want to do any work the next day. And this is especially for creative work. If you're at a factory sitting there, putting in a nail in place in the same spot every time you're checking something every time , that might be different. I'm talking about being productive in terms of doing the work that requires your mind work that requires creativity with creative work, especially. It's very good to do a little bit every day. But even with hobbies and projects, would learning something when you let your long term memory kick in doing a little bit every day, like if you want to learn a language, what will happen if you sit there for around eight hours and one day trying to just learn everything. You get all stressed and frustrated, then you won't do anything. If you spend an hour or two learning the language every single day, you will learn it remarkably fast. I know when I learned German, I would use a little German almost every day because I lived there. I learned the language very quickly and with minimal frustration. And so if you do a little bit every day, it tends to add up to a lot more than trying to do these binges. And even if you'll just do a little bit every day, it adds up to a lot more than having 3 to 5 days a week where you try and do a ton. If you see the raw number of hours of video I put out, it's shocking to me. I look at how did I make thes many videos? I make anywhere from about 10 minutes to an hour of video, every single almost every single day, probably about six days out of seven, and that adds up to a lot. And so give that a try. That's something you can try. Set up your life so you could do a little bit on whatever is really important to you. Every day. It works miracles with relationships. What I see as a husband when I try and do a little bit on my marriage everyday things to go really well. When I try and bulk do eight or 10 hours on my marriage one day and I ignore it for several other days, it doesn't go very good. A few hours of rigorous attention and love in my marriage every day works a lot better than trying to have Ah, couple days on the weekend where we spend all day together. So thank you very much for sharing this with me. And I'm practicing this today. Here with you. I just had an hour this morning and I've done three videos, One inspirational and two for this course, and I will show you by the end of the course. How fast I was able to make this whole course practicing the principles I share with you here. Thank you. 34. The amount of time you have is enough. Do what you can with it.: adding The habit of the amount of time I have is enough or I have enough or I have nowhere else to go. I'm right where I'm supposed to be, adding the habit and productivity idea that you have enough now who will help you maximize what you do have. The idea of not having enough is very destructive for productivity because it lends itself to excuses. Well, I don't have enough fans online, so I can't do this. I don't have good enough equipment, so I can't do this. I don't have a good enough job, so I can't do this. I don't make enough money, so I can't do this. I don't have a good enough spouse, so I can't do this. I don't have enough kids, so I can't do this when you have enough, you will do the most with what you have. And I know for me with time especially this is challenging to feel I have enough time today . I have the amount of time I'm supposed tohave today I have all the time I need today I don't have all the time I want. I have the time I need I have the time I need. That means I don't need any more at the time. I need to do these videos with you. Have the time. I need to take care of myself, have the time. I need to do a good job and be of service today. I may not have time to do all of the various things my mind suggested today and that's OK because, God willing, I'll have more time tomorrow and I know I will have the time I need for all of eternity because I've had in all the time I've needed up till this point. So why would anything else be different? Having enough time is one of those shame triggers for me and replacing it with the idea of I have enough. I'm doing what I need to do now and asking to know what the right thing for me to do is adding those habits in has allowed me to feel more than ever, like I have enough time and that's a miracle because I've got a lot of shame about not being able to do enough about not being able to be enough and man, that really kicks my butt sometimes and I feel bad and so then I have to deal with that feeling bad when I don't try and act like I have all the time I want and I act like I have the time I need then I'm not trying to rush around and do more than I'm capable of. Then I'm not over planning my time with more things than I can handle. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do and that's all. And that makes life relaxing. And if you really want to do your best, it usually comes in a place of peace and relaxation doing these videos. If I do them in a place of peace and relaxation, everything comes out really good. When I start getting stressed and anxious and egotistical, they come out really bad and I'm grateful. I consistently get reviews. People like the honest, down to earth way. I deliver these videos and so I do it within the lens of doing what I need to each moment I do the next right thing in front of me. I do the work I have in front of me. I do the best I can with the time I have. If I had an infinite amount of time in one day than I could do an infant amount of things in one day. And if I look at all of time and eternity like that, I Oh, I have time to do everything I can possibly imagine. Maybe not in this particular body, but in all of time, in space and everything that can possibly happen in all the different scenarios I have all the time I need, I have all eternity. So the key is to match what I need to do and just do that and to let go. Of all the things I think I ought to do, I think I could do, for example, I've been thinking today I want to go finish this entire course. I don't know if I have the time to do that. Today. I know I have the time. I need to do what I'm supposed to today, and I know that if I don't finish the course today, I can finish it tomorrow. It's not a big deal. I have the time. I need to make this course and there's other things like I have ideas like going to the gym playing some video games, talking on the phone. I will have time for all the things I need to do and so that allows me to not stress and not over planning as I've shared before. Stressing and over planning is a big challenge for me and so feeling like I have enough time that I will arrive when I'm supposed to arrive, I will get there when I'm supposed to get there. I will do what I'm supposed to do when I'm there. It's all founded on trust and this is just a different way of speaking about trust. I trust that what I'm doing now is enough. And I trust that what I've done before is enough. And what I will do is enough and so that why don't have to feel ashamed like I'm not good enough like I'm not good enough to do what I'm supposed to do. I can humbly asked to have the tools I need to do what I'm supposed to this moment and then from using those tools. I can do my best to serve you each moment, so thank you for being here with me and is always I value your feedback on anything in this course, and I value learning about what your biggest struggles are and what you're most successful habits are in your life. 35. Work and school productivity tips that will allow you to do more in less time.: thank you for enjoying so much of this course with me. This section now is dedicated specifically to work and school productivity tips that will allow you to do more work and do higher quality work in less time. The idea that these air focused on school and work does not mean that they're not also useful at home. The section is intended to be most useful at work, and if you can apply the tip successfully at work or school, then you can apply them also to your personal life. 36. Do the work in front of you to minimize task switching.: a simple phrase that helps me is Do the work in front of me do the work in front of you means to not avoid doing any work around me, to do whatever is right in front of me and to not go somewhere else to try and do something else when I have something I can do in front of me. This minimizes task switching task. Switching is whenever you start doing one thing and you swap over into doing something else . Most people are used to the pain of tax switching and associate the pain of task switching with a feeling of doing work when you are doing good work, it shouldn't have the pain of task switching. It should feel comfortable, like doing the same thing without any distractions. Now most workplaces are built on an environment of feeling like work is getting done being mawr important than the work actually getting done. Now, maybe not in a factory setting because everything set up to produce the actual product, but it almost any office setting. The feeling that people are working is much more important than any of the actual work to get done. It shocks me to see that. And yet, once you can see this, then you can see how to hit amazing levels of productivity and anything you do when you do the work right in front of you. Then you don't use all that energy from tax switching. And that's why I'm able to do so much in so little time. I'm able, Like yesterday, I made more than 10 video lectures. I wrote 1000 plus word email announcement toe. All of my students answered all my emails, all my messages, all my questions and I saw had time to walk the dogs twice and go to a meeting for a couple hours and talk on the phone for a few hours and be there and spend a little bit of time with my wife and organized a couple more courses. So I was able to do all of that yesterday and most of it without feeling hurried and most of it without task switching. Oh, and I uploaded an 11 hour video to YouTube yesterday that I've rendered and put together. I'm able to do all of that in one day because I do one thing. Finish it to another thing finish it, and even making this course is helping me practice these principles better. For example, I opened the email yesterday. I was a little uncomfortable with I switch over to Facebook, and then I caught myself and immediately switch back to the email and wrote a response and answered it. That's the power of doing the work right in front of you. When you do the work in front of you, if there's something a little painful about it, you face it and then you deal with it and you move forward on what you get. Is that thing handled within just a few minutes instead of it dragging on and being there in the background all day? I don't want to work in an environment of pain and frustration because I can't do a good job teaching these courses. If I'm in an environment of pain and frustration. My pain and frustration is very transparent through these video lectures, so I have to be taking good care of myself or makes these courses undesirable toe watch and sometimes just the material makes some undesirable, so there's no room for error and so I'm grateful that I've been forced into doing good productivity. I have had to learn thes productivity habits so that I could be here and be of service to you. Now if you can learn better productivity habits and you might be in a situation similar or you might just want to learn, and once you learn better, you'll be amazed at how much more you can do. Doing the next right thing in front of me makes life a lot easier. I'll give you one more example of this. For example, I come home and I've just got back from the gym and I want to shower and eat as soon as possible. Doing the next right thing in front of me dictates that I essentially clear a room the way you might imagine for some kind of hostage situation training. When I come in, I walk straight in. I take my clothes off because the hampers right there when I come in from the door, the next easiest thing to do. Then I go straight into the shower and from the shower, I go straight into the bedroom and get dressed. And then from getting dressed, I go straight into the kitchen and prepare my food and eat. Once I'm done, then I'm able. I use the restroom and I exit the house again. What this does is minimize the transition time. If you notice someone who does not have good productivity and who's always task switching what you'll notice they do in the same situation that come in the house, wander all over, get a little bit of the food set up to eat and then go into the bedroom, take off some clothes and then be going around checking a phone, are answering a message and then go back and take more clothes off and then go eat or try and eat, but not finish it and then getting a shower and then come out of the shower. Put some underwear on, go eat, finished whatever they're trying to eat, then go bag and then put some more clothes on. Then try and go to another room, go to the bathroom, then come back, finish getting dressed and then leave. That takes two or three times as long and is usually a lot more stressful than doing what I do. Usually if I come in from the gym, I can in about 20 to 25 minutes. I can walk in from the gym, shower and eat and then be back in my car in about 20 to 25 minutes. And I do that then with minimal stress, because all I'm doing is the next thing in front of me. I'm not worrying about when I'm going to get there, get done, because I know as long as I do the next right thing in front of me, I will do everything there is to do fairly quickly and it doesn't matter anyway because I'll arrive there when I'm supposed to arrive. So I'm very grateful to have the chance to share this with you today, and I hope this is useful for you next time you're trying to decide what to do. 37. Work and school productivity tips that will allow you to do more in less time.: if you discovered when we're talking about noticing your equipment, if you discover your phone, your computer or other equipment you're using is holding you back, it's going slow. It's not doing good work. Then by all means buy something new. Buy it new. I know there's resistance. They're like, Well, I already have a computer that works well, my phone. It works good enough. It causes me to laugh so often and how entrepreneurs online, especially work. You're doing all of your work on this one computer, and then the one computer doesn't even work good. And then you're frustrated because you're busy and you can't get anything done well by and you're spending. It's amazing to see what entrepreneurs will spend money on and what they won't spend money on. Oh, I'm to spend all this $1000 on ads. I'm to pay this expert. I'm not well. I'm not buying a new computer and wanna have is good enough. I've spent $5000 on the computer. I'm filming right now, and I got it financed. I didn't have $5000. I'm paying 500 something a month for a year, and so I Yes, I'm paying about 500 interest. I spent that money because the single biggest bottleneck I found was my equipment, and I tried. I spent 1500 on a Mac laptop. I gave my old laptop away because it was so slow, even though it was from 2010 and it was top of the line in 2010 it was slow for doing these videos. I couldn't make any of these videos traveling, and I bought the Mac laptop tested out when. Turns out, the Mac laptop worked way better than my more powerful Windows desktop. And so I bought an I Mac in this. I'm AC is incredible for rendering video. I can literally sit here and bang out video almost as fast as I can talk. I make this video I save. I put the title on. I rendered it often for a 10 minute video will take about one minute to render on my Windows computer. It took 10 to 20 minutes to render a video that long. When you see your equipments holding you back, that's one of the best places. It's one of the best ways you can spend your money invest in better equipment because you use your equipment all the time, and so you might think it's fine. I can get by with this laptop. If you waste a minute 15 times every single day, that's 15 minutes. Every day you've wasted due to your equipment. If you multiply that outside the 300 plus days, that's around five 1000 minutes. Your waist And how many hours does that come out to be? Round up a little bit? You're talking. You wasted around, ah, 100 ish hours in a year, Ah, 100 ish hours. You've wasted 15 minutes a day. You're looking the waste around 100 hours in the year. How much money could you make if you could work for those 100 hours? Even if you're working at $10 an hour, which is great in many parts of the world? Not so good and others That's $1000 you could have made extra in those 100 hours. That's enough to buy something new, But realistically, you're probably wasting more time than that. If you're equipments not working. Not just that. You're probably getting aggravating, frustrating. Realistically, from what I've seen, people using computers like I was often a waste. An hour a day on slow equipment, things not loading fast, having to restart the computer, having to close all the programs or having the only have certain programs open at once. And now you're talking some serious money, even a $10 an hour you're looking in. One year you might waste a Muchas 3000 plus dollars in productivity, and so it's worth it to buy a new computer. If you are using one that's not doing things at a very fast rate. I was wasting around 20 minutes to an hour every day that I had that Windows computer and was trying to do webcam. I tried to avoid it by just doing screen capture. But for some things, Webcam is the best, and I find I love making the Web cam videos even better than screen capture lots of times. And so it's likely worth 10 to $20,000 for me to be able to do more of these videos because videos are my bottom line product. If you can see what your bottom line product is, that bottom line thing that you're really worth, then you can get equipment intended to help you, and that's exactly what I did. I shelled out the money for it, even though I was already in a lot of dead at the time. I spent the money to get a new computer, and that works out really good for me now. And so have the courage to buy equipment that will help you work more effectively. And you'll be amazed at how much frustration you eliminate from the equipment you're using . You'll be amazed at how much those few minutes you free up from things working better. You'd be amazed how much they add up. I can now make a full day of lectures in an hour or two on this computer. Where is it used to take me along 5 to 6 hour day to make them on my windows computer and not even make asses many of them. And so the equipment I can testify for you. It's one of the best things you can spend your money on is toe have equipment that works for you 38. When you read an email or a text message, respond to it right away.: in applying the do the work in front of you. One of the most helpful specific areas I find for work in school in terms of do the work in front of you is especially coming to answering email or messages. If you get email or messages, this often could be a gigantic time waster. If you're checking your email on and off all day, I limit my email checking the two or three times per day at most with many days. I only check my email once. The reason is, I don't want tohave instant messaging type of conversations via email. I want to encourage people leading by example to send me everything in one email one well thought out full email that makes it a lot easier to deal with. Then, having these back and forth one line email conversations. I do not get any of my email on my phone. If I want to get it on my phone, I have to manually sync it up, and I only have my personal email on my phone that I can manually sync up. I limit my email to my office, and the reason I do that is because email is a gigantic time waster, and the best thing I do to manage email is whenever I go to do it, I go all the way through it. So I'm either. Most of the time I'll respond to a message. But if a message is junk or something, I'll just delete it or market red and move on. If I have messages to respond to, which I usually do, then I sit there and finish that message as soon as I open it, because I learned the hard way. When you've got a lot of email, you have to just handle the message in front of you. If you try and juggle messages, your mind will tell you how difficult it is. You've got all these emails to answer. It's exhausting. You looked at that one. You don't know how to respond. It's so stressful. If you open one email at a time, an answer that one email and then you go on to the next email. You answer that one email. You go onto the next one. You'll be amazed at how fast you can roll through your inbox, and when you combine that with the habit of just checking your email once or twice per day . Then you can encourage fast and efficient email communications. And this applies to anything such as you to mean messages. I do the same thing with my you to me messages. Same thing with my you know me questions. Once I see a question, once I read a question, I immediately respond to it. Once I see a message, I immediately respond to it. And I do that by noticing any time I try and switch off. Now, sometimes a response require switching tax. For example, If I get an email about something on you to me, then I have to look and go from that email over to you, to me to check it and come back. And that's risky because sometimes I can get lost between the email and you know me and coming back to the email. I can get lost in some other tab. So I try and set up my communications where everything's unified. If people want to talk to me about you know me things, I get them in the habit of messaging me on you to me. Please don't sit there. An e mail me so that I have to task switch. It's much easier than all I have to do is respond on you to me while I'm already on. You know me that way it's easy to sink everything up. If there's a guy named Aaron asking question on my Facebook ads course that doesn't have a profile picture or last name, and then that same Erin sends me a message just a lot easier to deal with then if I'm getting a message via email. So I try and set everything up for consistency as much as possible. Now, I realize you may not be working in a system with quite as much flexibility as I have. I have my own company and I work on you to me. So I have the abilities set up a lot of things at the same time. There's lots of things I don't control, though, and I don't focus on the things I can't control, because if work demands you check your email all day. Well, you can't control the expectation your boss has that you have to respond on email every 30 minutes. There are a lot of things you can control, though especially if you're in school. Rarely will you need to check your email more than once or twice per day, and now you can do that by timing it, especially with school. If you notice your emails about things tend to come in the evening. You could check your email at night, although I recommend checking in the morning if possible, because in the morning I usually check my email as soon as my most critical work is done. Because email gets in the way of critical work getting done, email uses creative energy. Thes videos are my number one task. So I do these videos before I do anything else before I check messages before answer questions. Because I can often answer messages and questions and email effectively when I'm not at 100%. When things aren't perfectly quiet around me for these videos, I need, ah, good silent time, where I'm at 100% full energy and so I usually do these videos. As soon as I wake up, eat breakfast, pray and then feed the dogs, I usually do the videos, then occasionally I'll do them after going to breakfast with my wife or something like that if she's home. But usually I do these videos pretty much first thing in the morning when you sync up your productivity, especially with email and messages. When you minimize the time they take, you'll be amazed at how much extra time you have. And as long as you focus on the choices you do have, as long as you can see what you can choose or what you can do about your situation, then you can have a chance to be more productive. For example, if you have a boss that gets upset if you don't check your email. My wife once had a boss flip out on her because she didn't check her email on Sunday. I would have quit that job a long time before she did. If you have a situation like that, you may need to quit the job in orderto have your sanity. You may want to find a job where that's not an issue. I know for me. I enjoy checking when I'm doing most every day. But that's because I only work usually 3 to 6 hours every day, so that adds up to a lot less than 40 hours most weeks, and so you might need to make a real change to the things you can control, saying things like, I can't control this. I can't control that. It takes away from saying what you can control. You might need to get another job in a different section. If you have a boss that makes your life difficult, and you can see that through your inability to even be productive with your email, then there might be a good opportunity. So the idea is that your email and messaging productivity is huge. You can literally waste an entire day just messing around with email and not do anything else. I've wasted lots of days where all day ultimately what I was trying to do is respond to my emails. And then I didn't even get it done. I was tasked switching all day, and then I felt drained and, like I worked really hard, so do your best. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Let me know how much faster it is to just knock out your entire messages, all your questions or whatever it is you have to do all at once without switching anything else. 39. You do not have to smoke to take breaks!: If you're not a smoker, I have great news for you. You don't have to smoke to take nice breaks every day, and especially if you're at work or school, where you feel like you can't step out of the office for a little while to just get some fresh air. You absolutely can make thes breaks for yourself. In many countries, there are laws which allow workers to have guaranteed breaks. The thing is, people usually won't take thes breaks unless they have something like smoking. To do what you can do, you can make just about anything to do or not do. During a break. You can go outside and just sit there and smell the fresh air and look around. You can do something peaceful to give you a really rest in real break from workers school. I know I take consistent breaks and what I'm doing. I rarely work straight for more than hour, two in a row. I almost always will stop Go the kitchen, get a new cup of tea. Pat the dogs Brakes are really important for top productivity because whenever fatigue sets in, your performance drops liken en ville, it doesn't drop a little bit. It dropped rapidly. Ah, lot of the bad videos I've made. I've been a little tired. I've been a little fatigued. I would be doing 10 20 videos at a time, and if I didn't take enough breaks, I'd be a little fatigued by the end of them. Anything you do requires changing positions. So now I'm very active. I stand up to do my videos, but I still have to go take breaks. If you're sitting in a chair, it's absolutely essential to stand up. Walk around, go take some breaks just to get your circulation going. If you're at work or school, you absolutely do not need toe. Wait for a lunch break to go do something like this. It's just most people who don't smoke don't want to go take the same break they're entitled to as a smoker. If you did smoke and you are entitled to that break, then you are also absolutely entitled to it. When you are not a smoker and you can tell people you can call it whatever you want to, you can say I'm going to take a smoke break and they might say, Well, you don't smoke, you say? Well, I am breathing some fresh air in, but I'm going to smoke if I sit here any longer and then I will blow up. The point is, if you are willing to make that effort to give yourself a break, people will usually accommodate you. Smokers are willing to make that effort to take the break they're entitled to, and so people accommodate them. People who don't smoke often will not make that effort to get the brake they're entitled to . People who don't drink coffee often will not make that effort to get the brake they're entitled to. I know I didn't smoke or drink coffee in the last office job I had. I made sure to get up and take breaks all the time because I thought I was gonna lose my damn mind if I didn't at least get to walk around. So I'd go walk around the office, just walk and take a look at things and say hi did people and that helped keep me sane because I was really close to losing it. Then taking little breaks is a huge thing you can do not just for your productivity, but for your health. Your body does not want to sit for a long time in one place. In a lot of health. Conditions come from sitting in one place for a long time. Your body likes to move around and be active. That's what it's programmed to do, sitting in a cheer for a long times unnatural. Getting up and taking a walk around can reduce a lot of those effects that you'll get from saying in a chair for a long time. So try it next time, years anywhere. And I'm going to have this in mind. There's a class coming up I'm taking with my wife on Saturday. You can bet I'll be getting up and taking some breaks. If I get fatigue saying they're in the classroom. I don't care if I have to get up while the lecturers talking, you might say all that's rude or isn't the point of me being in a class to learn a smoker would get up and leave? If they didn't get a break, they would get up and go smoke. I know I've seen lots of smokers and long classes just get up and go smoke with no preamble and so taking care of myself, his number one priority. And if I'm not able to pay attention, then there's no point in me being there. All and so breaks help me to go pay attention. You can see schools are usually built in with breaks. Schools usually don't run much longer than an hour class. At least the schools I'm in when I was younger didn't run much longer than our without getting a 5 10 15 minute break between classes and now college. Lots of times you'll get thes three our classes. And if the professors generally the type who doesn't smoke, they often won't give anyone a break. But you'll notice people will get up and take breaks on their own. And so there's no reason you can't be one of those people that gets up and get some fresh air wherever you're at, whatever you're doing, 40. Eating the minimum to be full allows me to not fatigue after lunch.: one of the biggest productivity drops I saw at work in school came in relation to eating. I saw an interesting survey for judges giving sentences out in the courtroom. It showed conclusively that sentences were most harsh before lunch and most lenient after lunch. Why why does that happen when you have a huge meal and you don't eat for hours on end? It's like the stickers commercial. You're really not the same person. I know that about myself, and that's why I make eating such a priority were not in most places in the world right now in a position where we don't have food, Most of us have all the food we want all the time. And yes, I understand there are places where people are starving. If you were starving, I'm sorry. I'm going to bet that you're not starving and that you have the ability to eat as much food you can handle almost all the time. You then have the opportunity also to not get hungry all the time. If you have all the food to eat that you could possibly want, which almost anyone in most developed countries in the world hasn't even now in lots of developing countries. If you have access to that food, it's your responsibility to eat it and not just to eat it. Once or twice a day, you'll find if you eat little meals all day, you'll find that you don't have those big productivity gaps related to things like lunch. So what I do, I snack all day. I often will eat 567 different times throughout the day. I rarely have a big meal. I rarely have a meal over 1500 calories. That's a gigantic meal now, and that really slows me down the main place. That happens about once a week. I go over to my wife's parents house, and usually I will have only had, like, 1000 or so calories that day because I know they serve up a big meal and I like to enjoy each part of the meal. And usually by the time I enjoy each part of the meal, it's at least 1000 calories between appetizer and the main course and side dishes and dessert. And how do I feel afterwards? I usually go sit on the couch and don't feel like doing absolutely anything and I remember back to being at work in school, where I often did the same thing. I would eat first thing in the morning, but then it be 67 hours, lots of times until I'd have lunch, I'd be raving hungry and a raving lunatic before lunch. I'd be rush rush. Got to get there. Gotta go eat lunch than I'd eat lunch, and I'd be seeing their frustrated after lunch. Oh, I just don't want to do anything right now. I'd be sitting in class often when I was in school. Oh, I hate this class. I just want to take a nap. And that happened because I ate too much. Now what I do have these little snacks all the time and I eat light food like fruits and vegetables that go through very easily cereal. Or if I'm going to eat something heavy, I'll have one hamburger and maybe a hot dog, and that's it. No chips, not anything else. Maybe a little fruit, but nothing else have be with it. Just a hamburger and then sometimes a hot dog or just two tacos. I don't eat big meals because my productivity slumps a ton After a big meal and the whole point of this course, I try not to ever let my productivity slump. The idea is to maintain myself at maximum productivity. It's like a car. If you take good care of your car, you consistently drive it at a good speed without having a lot of bad things happen. If you don't take care of yourself just like your car if you don't get it serviced. If you don't keep the parts in good working order, you will consistently find your car's not working. It will be frustrated and you won't get there's fast. Your body is just like a car and it needs to be taken. Care off and you don't go the gas station and over fill your tank of gas and spray gas all over your car and put some gas in the back seat. You don't go do that. You put just amount off fuel you need in the tank, and often you'll put less fuel than the tank will take. Food is the same way. I try and put just what I need in my tank, and I try and stay away from getting hungry because when I'm hungry. I don't do good work. When I'm hungry, I get irritable easy. And there's no reason for me to get hungry when I'm at home all the day. And there's no reason for you to get hungry when you're at work or school all day. There are lots of little things. Like I've got some down here. These I love these meta fast bars, oatmeal raising crunch bars and I've got some other cinnamon roll crunch fires. Thes are 110 calories. They are loaded with good nutrition now. Yes, there about $2 each. Is your productivity worth maybe 4 to $6 a day for you Do not have those slumps. Almost any job or school work you're doing It absolutely is. And you confined cheaper alternatives, I'm sure than what I just showed you. I have these. I know I'm a lazy person. So I have these literally right below me at my desk. And these aren't props that I've brought you to show you for this lecture. These are literally right next to my hands all the time. Are making these lectures laziness, then works in my favor. If I get hungry a little tiny bit before I know what's happened. One of those bars air in my mouth and I'm drinking some water with it and I'm full. And then those bars give me a lot of energy when you eat right and don't have gigantic meals you're eating will give you energy. Those bars I showed you were loaded with vitamins and minerals. And, man, I do not eat those before bedtime. They give me so much energy. They give me a much or more energy than having a cup of tea. And so I use things like that all day to keep my maximum energy level. That's one of the most consistent questions. I get it. How do you have such a high energy level? This whole course? Everything I do in it is designed to keep my energy level at the peak. And, yes, things happen you can't control. Like last night. My wife's pregnant and the dogs got some flea infestation. I'll be taking him to the vet. We didn't sleep that good, and yet I have 100% energy right now because I had a nice filling and yet light meal this morning and a cup of tea, and I started fresh immediately into the day before. I've done anything else. So when you apply, especially these eating tips, you'll notice you don't have that after lunch slump. It's not about lunch. It's about what you did. If you go stuff, ah, whole bunch of calories in your body at lunch, you get an after lunch slump. If you have several snack, she'll find you won't need to have a big lunch. If you eat a couple granola bars or bowls of cereal, which can be a great opportunity to take those little mini breaks at work, you can say I'm going to eat real quick and people might ask, Who cares what people ask? It doesn't matter. It's about you taking care of yourself. And it doesn't matter what other people are saying and what you'll actually find. If you take really good care of yourself, especially in terms of getting, people will start copying you. When people say that you have energy all the time and you don't get horribly full after lunch, they'll start asking, What do you eating? It's almost unconscious thing that other human bodies realize that eating is a big part of energy. And so, people, if you lead by example, you will inspire others. So you have the chance to inspire your whole office to be more productive, your whole school to be more productive, especially in terms of eating. So I'm honored. You've spent this time with me, and I hope this is at least fun, if not useful. 41. Helpful home and personal life productivity tips.: thank you for watching the work and school productivity tips or skipping to the home and Personal Productivity Tips section. And here I'll give you some tips that are especially helpful for me in my home and personal life. Now, since my office is at home, everything's blended together from me. I've separated them because most people's lives have that separation. And so what I share in this section combines well with the work productivity tips, and I think some of the tips in this section will be easier to learn at home than to learn at work. But to get the best result, you combine them together. For example, in the last section I shared about eating and I just had one of those cinnamon bars and I what I am about to share, I just did some of that, too, in the form of exercising, and I even got wet. So thank you for watching this. And here you are home and personal productivity tips 42. Exercising gives me nearly unlimited energy during the day.: if you want to be productive and have energy, almost nothing. Substitutes. Once you've handled your negative habits for exercise, exercise is fantastic for keeping the body alive and vigorous and active. And if you want to be productive, you ultimately need a body that's alive and active and vigorous. I'm inspired. I have two friends that are over 70 years old. They both lived a fairly rough life. And yet both of them, despite all their differences, they have one consistent thing they do. They exercise an hour at least every single day. The one guy's crazy about even exercises fees sick. He exercises more than I do. And he's a role model and inspiration. I just took my dog two dogs for a walk right before this that burns. 150 calories, 30 minute walk. I will do some other kind of exercise today. Later I have another friend. He has cancer. And what does he do? He goes out, walks in our first thing every morning. Three miles. You might think God, why would he want to do that? The pain must be awful. The pain is awful form. But once he gets through that walk than the rest of the day. He tends to feel a bit better. That walk helps invigorate him and giving the maximum amount of energy. And so these two men that are my friends in there over 70 they're still living today. Exercise is a big part of that exercise. If you don't exercise, you will suffer a lot more simply because you're not exercising. Your body gets used to whatever you do and I find when I exercise, I have just fantastic energy almost right away. Especially if I exercised one day the next day have more energy. The only time I generally take a breaks when I'm sick, and then I will not exercise when I'm sick. However, even some people exercise a little bit, even when sick. It's important to get the heart, especially pumping and flowing, and get it mawr than just the normal resting heart rate. I know I have a personal trainer, and she's helped me a lot with doing s'more weight lifting, weight lifting and cardio combined produce a very powerful exercise routine that doesn't take very long. I do 30 minutes of late weight lifting two or three times every week, and I'm getting in the best shape of my life. I do that, and I combined with an average I trying to at least 300 active calories every day, which translates to an hour of walking or about 30 minutes on the elliptical for a more intense cardio workout. I have a pool. I'm grateful for that, and I go swim in the pool. I try and exercise every single day because if it works, when you have cancer, when you're over 70 if it works when he had weight issues and you've lived a rough life, if it works, then it's probably important. I do it now so that I get there. Getting old is not for sissies. And if you want to get old, exercising is a very powerful thing to do. If you want to be productive, you've got to have energy. How productive do you feel when you're all tired and dragging ass? And just That's the feeling that comes with not exercising and you can get used to that feeling. I am used to having a lot of energy now on my body gets very uncomfortable. If I don't exercise, it wants to exercise In fact, it feels lazy to me to exercise, and I have been exercising him in the habit of it so long that it feels normal exercise. And I feel I feel bad. I feel wrong. It feel like it takes more effort to not exercise. Now it's taken a personal trainer and over a year of focusing on taking care of myself to make exercise daily normal and what I do have an app on my phone on Apple, there's the health app. I put my active calories in every day and track that I use it like a game. That way I'm motivated. I want to put some numbers in there every day. It's much more useful then, doing something like Clash of clans or Star Wars commander or whatever the latest viral game is. I know that when I'm putting those active calories in every time, taking care of my body and my life, and therefore I'm giving myself an opportunity to be really productive, so that little bit of energy to track my active calories gives me the accountability that every day exercise is important and so exercise is the first thing I've included in this home and personal tips, and this is an easy area to make excuses. Oh, I don't have time. I'm too busy. My wife's pregnant, has a full time job, and she still makes time to be active, even if it's not. Every day she'll go, the gym shall take a walk with the dog shall go in the pool. My wife has been in good shape all the time. I've known her and most of her life, and she's active. Her family lives a long time there, active. If you're not active, bad things are going to happen. If you are active, you can be productive and do amazing things, so exercise an area. No excuses. When it comes to exercise, you work with what you have. You make the best out of what you have, even if you have to do push ups at your office. Or take a walk five times a day for 10 minutes around the office. Even if you use your smoke breaks just to take a little walks wherever you're at whatever you're doing, you can exercise and it will be fantastic for your productivity 43. Vitamins and fruit are awesome for energy any time.: vitamins, especially those from fruits and vegetables, are really helpful for having a lot of energy throughout the day. And even those bars I showed before in the work section they're loaded with vitamins. Those could be really helpful for energy to they work really good for me. I have natural sugar cravings. I want sugar, my body. If I eat too much on the side of protein and non sugar carbs and fat, my body wants sugar. My body wants a balanced diet. It wants fat. It wants carbs. It wants protein, and it wants some sugar as a type of carbs. Also, it wants all those things that wants well rounded because it has good things to do with sugar that it likes, and it doesn't need a whole bunch of it. What I've done now, I realized my body wants something, so there's no point in depriving it of that my body craves my body, wants what it needs. If I'm perfectly in sync and sensitive, it wants when it needs and often, after all, have a meal, something say, like tacos. They don't have much sugar. It's mostly that protein and a little bit of carbs. then my body often will want some sugar after the meal, some kind of dessert or something sweet. So what I do? I have fresh fruits and fruit and vegetable juices around my house all the time. Those have a lot of sugar in them and because I'm a lazy person, at least when it comes to I'll eat whatever eyes around me when I have those fruits and I have those juices like I'm drinking some carrot juice Right now. I was thirsty, and I've only had, like, 500 calories today. So I'm having some carrot juice and it's loaded with vitamins and it has some sugar in it, and that feels great to me. And now you might sell. I don't like the taste of certain fruits and vegetables. Find the ones you do like the taste. I'm sure there's some fruit or some vegetable. You will like the taste. I know there's plenty of fruits and vegetables. I don't like what I do. Like I like, especially I like bananas. I like pineapple and then strawberries. There's lots of other fruits I like toe have sometimes, and I find I try new fruits. I find more fruits I like. BlackBerries are good. Blueberries, air good. I like watermelon if it's already cut up, and that's an important part of it is to work with my laziness. I like fruits that are already ready to eat. I don't like to have to do a bunch of work to prepare my fruit to eat. The thing is, that works with lazy foods like ice cream. All have to do is take the top off and stick a spoon in it. I want my fruit that easy to eat, so I make the fruit and vegetables around me. Easy to eat now. Some things like carrots. I'm not going to sit there and straight up eating carrot. I don't like carrots. However, carrots have really good things in them. So what I do, I buy carrot juice and I can drink carrot juice. And now the taste of the juices may not always be ideal. Carrot juice is not something that's just explosively good. It does taste just fine, though, and I know perfectly well how to drink something for effect. I drank alcohol for most of my adult life because I wanted the effect. The taste generally was pretty nasty outside of the effect. Beer, disgusting liquor, disgusting wine. Even more disgusting. And yet I drank thousands tens of thousands of drinks for the effect. So I'm grateful. I don't poison my body anymore today, and I still have the skills to drinks things for effect. So there's no reason I can't drink some carrot juice for effect. I like the effect of it, and the taste is not offensive like alcohol. The taste downright disgusting. My body said. Don't drink that. It's nasty. My body doesn't say that with carrot juice. It doesn't put up this flags and celebrate, but it doesn't say it's nasty. And so I brings me joy and I'm drinking something that's good for me. And so I buy fruits, vegetables, and then I don't buy all those sweets. I don't buy all those things except in moderation, occasional by doughnut. Occasionally, I'll by a little thing. Ice cream. Usually I just keep it, especially at home. Strictly healthy foods to eat Home is the easiest place to eat terrible work. Often you can manage things a little bit better in school. Home is the easiest place to eat. Terrible, because home is a place where lazy eating happens if you have to go out to eat. If you have to prepare lunch for work, you're often likely to put more effort into it. When your home you'll find things like bag of chips suddenly disappear. Cookies candy suddenly disappear. So what I do is I have healthy fruits, vegetables and juices around so that whenever I am desire ing something that my body needs something. Now there's a difference between craving something. Craving is a mental thing, like I'm craving a hamburger. I'm really craving some sushi. That's a mental thing that is desire and want. So when I say the word, I mean more of my body is telling me it needs something in me. And those are usually basic communications and not specific and need sugar. Need some fat needs some carbs and these some protein. Those are normal messages. Your body wants to live and wants to sustain itself. So especially I you do a good job consistently with the other thing. Sugars of one thing. I generally have to eat mawr intentionally. I don't eat a lot of foods by default with sugar, and so then all the fruits and vegetables have all this sugar in them, and then it's natural you're not dealing with a bunch of processed and added sugar. And so the body my body loves having these fruit juices. It loves having fruit. It gives me lots of energy. It took a while to set this up, though I was in the habit of freestyle shopping. I was in the habit of having junk food around all the time. Chips, cookies, candy, ice cream, doughnuts. I was in the habit of buying that stuff all the time, and so now if I go over there my wife's family's house, I can have a piece of cake. If there's a special occasion, I can have some dessert and then I don't want very much because I'm not in the habit of it . But when I've got the food around, the house is the most important thing I do for my eating. And I used to not buy fruits and vegetables because I didn't like them going toe waste. Now that might sound stupid, unless you understand, I used to hate throwing fruits and vegetables out so I wouldn't buy them at all. Now I accept sometimes off to throw them out, and it's a lot better to buy our bunch of them and have them around in abundance. So I eat them all the time and occasionally throw some out. It's much ready to do that. That is to go the storm by some ice cream and know that I will eat all of that and know that. Then I'm putting a lot of bad things. Not bad things, as much individually. But I'm putting excessive fat and sugar in my body, especially fat. I eat enough fat normally in my diet. Sugar is about the only place that I usually get a message from my body. Like, Hey, we want some more sugar and vitamins, so sugar is a great thing if you use it in the form off having some fruit and vegetables. We've been doing that humanity collectively for millions of years. We've been eating fruits and vegetables are bodies, know what to do with that very few artificial or unnatural ingredients. Very good, smooth, clean food to process. Now that said in all this things I'm no doctor. I'm no whatever you want. This is just me giving you what I do so. It's always up to you to make the best decisions in your own life. Of course, this is what works really good for me, and so I thank you for sharing it. 44. Having less makes staying organized easier.: part of productivity. Home, especially, is staying organized. If you can't find where all your stuff is at, how are you supposed to use it? I love my mom so much, and she has a lot of stuff at home. She has a four bedroom house all to herself, and it has two stories and the whole house is loaded with things and she can't find things . Very often she ends up spending hours looking for things, misplacing things, and that's a perfect example of why I share this with you. I rarely have to look for anything because I have fewer things. I try and get rid of absolutely everything I don't need, because then I only have the things I need around me. I gave my old Xbox 3 60 away. Now my wife still has another one that's in the living room, but I had to Xbox three sixties in an Xbox one. I just simply gave the other one away. I had a mini fridge. I gave that away an extra food time, gave that away. I gave a bunch of my clothes away because I had too many close and I would go in the closet and sit there and try and decide which. What should I wear today? And then all the shirts and everything will be scattered throughout. Sew the shirts I wore every day would be scattered throughout all the shirts I didn't wear , so I went through. I gave all the stuff I don't normally wear away and how I did that. I set up a rotation T shirts, thes shirts and workout shirts and then dress shirts and everything. I don't wanna wear butts for special occasions in the back section. So the first half of my closet is what I call a rotation of my favorite clothes. And I got rid of most everything that wasn't able to be in there that I didn't want to just blindly wear what I do know. I reach in and just grab whatever shirts up next. If I wanna wear one of these, whatever colors up next, I want to wear a T shirt. Whatever T shirts up next, it minimizes decision making. It makes it easier to stay organized, choosing what shirt you wear takes riel Decision. Power takes really energy, time and attention away from things you could be doing that are more useful. I don't want to spend time trying to decide what shirt I'm going toe, where all have to do is decide one of these Air T shirt. And then there's a color up next, and I've heard of a lot of other productive top performing people that do the same thing. Eliminating BS choices from your life will save you a lot of time and energy. The easiest way to do that is to eliminate the things you have from your life that you don't use and to understand why you keep all these things around. For example, I just went through and did some of this in my car throughout a bunch of old CDs. Yes, I still the CD player in my 2006 Toyota Corolla. I still use CDs and most of the CDs and a CD player I realized where the same is the clothes. I wasn't listening to them, and then they were a pain. Whenever I didn't want to switch between the two CDs I listened to on my six dis changer, I would have to go through some of the other ones I didn't listen to. So what did I do? I took the ones out. I didn't listen to the ones that are nice. I'll give them away, the ones that are just burned off my computer. I throw all of them out, and I realized I had a book from my mom. I sat there like I don't want to throw this out. Why, when my mom gave us to me already listened to it. Are you enlist to it again? No. Throw it out. I threw it out. Having Mawr things takes more time to manage shoes. I have three pairs of tennis shoes and one, maybe two. If there's one hiding pair of dress shoes and then I have a couple pairs of boots that main things I Where are those three pairs of tennis shoes? And so those are all out in an easy, accessible area that one's for special occasions and then hidden away in the closet. That's all the shoes I need. If I were going to buy a new pair of shoes, I would have to throw out one of my existing Paris. That's exactly what I did. Last time I bought a new pair of shoes I threw out one of my existing pairs, and that's how I look at my life. Now. If I want to have something new, I must be willing to throw out something I already have or give it away. I don't want to accumulate any more than I have right now, especially with having a child, and she's accumulating all of her own things. I want to have less. So I consistently look for ways to get rid of things. And sometimes I threw out a vase that my wife's grandmother, who's passed away, gave her and my wife wasn't very happy with that. But then she realized it was funny because her grandmother did the same kind of thing, so she would have liked that probably. And so that's how life works best in terms of time and energy. If you don't have so many things, then you don't have to look through all the things you have to get to the things you want. Ah, simple life is an easy life. Ah, life filled with things is complicated and challenging, and the more things you have, you can eventually grind yourself nearly to a halt. I find, like with video games having a few games I like is ideal. I usually only will play one game at a time. The morgue aims. I have the more of a burden. I feel the play. Those games. I start feeling like I ought to play the game. I start feeling like I don't have enough time. The more things you have, the more of a burden. Life starts to feel. The fewer things you have, the fewer amount of time and energy. Then you need to invest in order to manage those things. So I try and get rid of things. I try and have fewer things, and I try only to replace things I already have. Or if I buy something new, get rid of something old that's not related specifically. This helps fantastically with productivity. Thank you. 45. Notice and fix the biggest annoyances you have as soon as possible.: being productive at home might not seem as important as being productive at work. In fact, it might even be more important, if especially, you work at home like I do. But even if not having, ah, home that runs smooth, especially if you can't relax very well at work or school. Home is a good place to be of peace. And when your home is a place where you can be peaceful and rest, it gives great energy to everything else you do in your life. One of the easiest ways to disrupt your peace and rest at home is to have a lot of annoying things that take a lot of energy and time that you don't attend to. For example, I had a leaky roof and I had to leave a bucket under it. I was always worrying about what would happen as a result of it. And yes, it costs $1800 to fix. It was expensive, and yet I let it go for quite a while before I repaired it. All of that aggravation could have been mitigated if I repaired it. Now, in most things, I shell out the money immediately to repair it. For example, the pool pump had some issue and died, and I immediately got new pool pump. Having a pool and having it sit there without a pump is really aggravating. And the longer you let it go, the harder it is to clean it up and fix it. When I have little things like taking the dogs outside, I invested $700 to get a dog door cut into the side of the house. You can't imagine how much time and energy that saves. I tell you what. It's a lot easier for me to make $700 than it is with all that energy. Essentially, if I use all that energy, it's really easy to use a fraction of the energy to take toe. Let my dogs in and out of the house 3456 plus times every single day to use the backyard. All day I have to do is leave the dog door when they can take care of it themselves. Setting life up like that allows me to have a life where I don't have all these little annoyances all the time that are dragging me around mentally, physically and then I have that time to put into doing good work. If you're at home and all you're doing is trying to maintain the status quo and you're trying to keep everything moving, it's can make it hard to bring any productivity and energy into your work and school. For example, one of the areas I noticed was yard work that I was not doing very well with. I was often out Sunday morning or I'd go out during the week and I'd spend hours on the yard work and it wouldn't even look that good. I'd be all sweaty and hot. I'd be thinking for a week in advance what day could actually do the yard work, and then I'd get sunburned. I get bit by bugs and I'd be aggravated and it wouldn't even look that good because I liked among the long. But I didn't like doing the weed whacking, edging for $180. I have a guy. He comes every week for an hour or two. Most along trims all the trees. Everything looks absolutely beautiful and it's $180. I probably air spending five plus hours a month on that, and having that energy to make more videos and do my work online makes me way more money and takes off aggravation out of my mind. I work to strip all of the things my mind complains about so that my mind can be blank and fresh and so that when things do come up, then, like the dog needs to go. The vet. I have time to take the dog to the vet because I have very few other things I need to do. My house is set up in a way so that it mostly runs itself. The dogs take themselves out to go to the bathroom I have. The pool is easily accessible to exercise in things air relatively clean. Most of the time, all my wife and I have to do is vacuum and clean some of the bathrooms and sinks and faucets and then do some laundry. There's not a lot of chores to do around our house, which is made easier because we don't have a bunch of things everywhere. It's easier to dust when you don't have a bunch of things all over the place. So I set my home up to minimize aggravation when there's problems, I generally fix them pretty quick. And if there's things that are very expensive to fix, I try and wait till the right time to fix them and then get them fixed. Having ah home set up where your entire time and energy is not spent. Trying to manage and move around things in your home will generally give you the ability to earn a lot more money than if you take all the time to be cheap on various things, like the dog door, the $700 I spent on a dog door. I've probably made thousands with all the time and energy that's freed up my would life and time, especially, doesn't usually get eaten up by, ah lot of big things. It gets eaten up by all kinds of these little chores all the time. And so when you eliminate the 20% of the chores, you do that take up and make up 80% of your time and aggravation. Then you have that time and energy much more free to do things like this to be ableto work online or the rest and relax or toe have some fun to feel like you have time to do what you want to do. And so looking at your home is a place that's a big part of your productivity can really be useful for you. And I hope that the way I've shared it with you is effective As always. I pray to do the next right thing, not make it worse. And I trust you to give me the help I can use to make this course better. 46. Reading inspirational books gives me new ideas to try.: I've made this course because I know for me reading other people's and sharing other peoples inspirational content like videos, podcasts, especially from me. I read audible audiobooks that has given me a lot of the ideas I've shared with you today. Ah, lot of what I've gotten was not my own idea. Cleaning out the closet was an idea I got from reading the Happiness Project and most of the other Dia's I share with you our things. I tried at some point, and I found they worked. In fact, Scott Adams. He gave a lot of dieting advice I found really useful in his book, even though it wasn't at all about dieting. He just happened to slip some of that in, and that inspired me. Oh, maybe people would benefit. I live very happy, wonderful life. Maybe people would just benefit from knowing some of how I live my life and how I'm able to have what so many people want and work so hard for is just peaceful happiness and joy in each day after I lived that life of suffering before and that, thankfully amazingly, to be liberated from that. At 30 years old, 31 now is a great, immeasurable gift. And so I make all of these things I share with you largely what I share, I've drawn from somewhere else. I'm just packaging it in my own words. Most everything that's created is done that way. Most all of the things you hear anywhere repackage from somewhere else. There are very few things that are completely, totally original because human beings are pretty smart and we've had a lot of time on this Earth. People have thought of a lot of things already. Even these new inventions, you see, they're usually or 10 or 15 competitors who failed to get it right earlier. And so what you can take from this is that you if you keep reading and learning and doing more things like you've done in this course, and you can do a lot of with me and you can do a lot of everywhere else in your life, the more things you do and try that more of these little tips you actually try. You will find you can build a life that fits together very well, and it's full of happiness, love and joy. For each moment that gives you the power to be super productive to doom or in less time than you ever imagined. So I'm honored. You've spent so much time with me here, and I hope the thing is in sharing this with you in the home section, the easiest place usually is in your personal life. Toe. Listen, all these inspirational books and take inspirational courses when you're at home when you're driving somewhere. Although I wouldn't watch this while you're driving. But I've listen to you Timmy courses while I've been driving before and I found that worked out really well. So if you can make time in your personal life, make 30 minutes or so. That's about what I do on average. Maybe a little less. More recently, maybe a lot mawr. In the past, I make time to listen to other people's ideas every day so that I get some fresh ideas so that I have some new things to try. So as long as you're making room in your personal life and home life and work life in school to toe, listen in, try other people's ideas. You can always be expanding and continuing your education. I will keep sharing Mawr and I thank you for spending so much time with me 47. More tips coming to the course! Share your own to help us all!: thank you very much for going all the way through this course. You're now in the concluding section which has bonus materials, as I add them, which will include retired lectures. If you tell me there's any I need to replace and then I replace them and it will include any more bonus tips or tutorials I have. Your feedback is critical in making this a good course, and I've asked for it a lot. The best way you can give it is in the discussions. And if you're one of the first people to take this course, leaving a review is a very powerful thing you can do toe let other people know. Rather this course is worth taking or not. I appreciate every minute you've spent here with me. I work each day to serve you in all of my courses, on you, to me and thank you very much for enjoying this course with me. I would love to hear your story and your experience is related to your own life. The discussions of this course is where the ongoing value really happens because you're part of a community here with everyone else like you, who's taken the course, and I find my best learning happens when I can talk to other people honestly about what's going on and what they've done in their lives. And so when you take the time and courage to share that, you can then help other people. You can give people a different perspective that might include an overlap, some with mine that might be more helpful and useful for another student. So the time you take to share discussions in this course is really valuable not just for me , but for yourself to be accountable toe what you're doing and for all the other students here. So if you really want to get started and apply everything you've learned, the discussions is a great place to be accountable to yourself to say, Look, I'm going to at least explain of other students when I'm doing, maybe it'll help them and show that I really tried some things in this course. So I'm honored. You're here and I will answer and talk with you every single time you post a discussion in the course