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Maximize your productivity: 3 quick mindset strategies for achieving your goals.

teacher avatar Yvonne Lines, Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!

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4 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Productivity Series Intro

    • 2. 30 Percent More Productive

    • 3. How To Know Your Unique Values

    • 4. 3 Best Tips For Motivation

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Want to get more out of life? This productivity series will help. It’s adapted from mindset strategy videos I’ve pre-built, and will help you to...

• Set up each day to maximize productivity.

• Make sure your goals are good specifically for you.

• Keep your motivation in motion.

Enjoy your life to the fullest!

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Yvonne Lines

Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!


Years ago, I used to go home, flip on the 'toob, watch hours of mindless tv, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat. Finally, I got sick of it to the point that I decided to do something...

I read every leadership and development book I could grab. After 236 books, my mindset had changed so much, I was able to leave my steady job, build my own business, and still avoid an all-ramen diet. And now I can finally call myself a surfer and a motorbike adventurer.

I’m loving life and want to share what I’ve learned, so that you can live your best life too. 

I spend my time researching and learning nuggets of wisdom, give them a personal test drive, and if I find it useful, I’ll share it with you. My co... See full profile

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1. Productivity Series Intro: 2. 30 Percent More Productive: e warning for you. Do not start your day with these two things. These two things are super common, and yet they are productivity zappers. They will diminish your achievement by 30%. 30%. That's huge. Okay, fix yourself. You're waking up in the morning. Things kind of groggy or alarms going off. Your learn also happens to be your smartphone. I know that's pretty common. I do it. A lot of people do it and you turn it off. You realize there's some notifications on there, and it's really tempting to take a look, especially in your like morning groggy state. Now, is that you? Are you tempted? If you're somebody who gives in to that temptation that I want to explain to you how starting your day with two things that are on your smartphone can really exact your productivity's My name's evil mines and I love learning. I've read hundreds of books and consumed all kinds of media on leadership and personal development. I find useful negativism and I apply it to my own life. And if I think it's going to be helpful for others, I sure put it in videos like this, I put it on my block, and I even take that knowledge and bill courses with it on smart life course dot com. Now last weekend, I waas at a conference is called The Archangel, Some address for entrepreneurs, and I want to share with you one of the key takeaways that I got there. I've implemented this this week and it works. Now. Where's the speaker there? His name is Brendan Bouchard, and he studies the habits of high performers. He wants to know what's the difference between their habits and things that regular people aren't doing now, he said, There is actually a 30% difference just by not starting their day with these two things. So you're probably wondering, OK, tell me what these two things air. All right, Well, the first is, Do not check your email first thing in the morning, and I know you're thinking Yes, I know email causes stress, and that's probably not the best state of mind to start my day, but there's more to it. I want to show you how email can really exact you of being able to achieve Email is all about other people's priorities. Is the O. P. p other people's priorities. Now here in Toronto, we call the O. P. P. The cops, Ontario Provincial Police. They stop you from doing stuff and other bits. Priorities do the same thing they stop you from. Doing was important to you. Take email and other people's priorities. Sets up your day for busy work. Now busy work is the kind of work that makes you feel productive but is not effective. It's not getting you anywhere. It's like you're lying in bed. You're thinking about your to do list already. Oh, are you? You don't have focused. You don't have clarity. You're just taking care of things for other people. You're ignoring your own priorities, so busy work blocks you from what you really want to do. Now. Euro priorities are. It's tough to make them urgent because it seems like everything else has a deadline on it. Something that's important to you might not have that same deadline. But if you don't make it your priority and don't start your habits first thing in the morning with your own priorities, then you're going to get washed away with other people's priorities and never get to what's important to you specifically. So do something before. Do something for yourself before you get into email mode and the second thief of productivity's e give you well, gas else on your smartphone. It's social media now. The problem with social media is it gives you a comparison. Itis is a disease. It says. If your day with a really poor mindset, that's not how you want to start your day. What I first heard of this, I thought, You know, that doesn't really apply to me. I go onto Facebook and Instagram. I see everybody's great life that they're having in their pictures. And I have a great life too. So I'm happy for them. There's no negativity there. But I thought about it a little bit deeper and I thought, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. I see all these people with massive followings and they post something and they are magically get hundreds of likes and comments engagement. I don't get it to that level. And yes, I suffer also from comparison idea. So I had to dig a little bit deeper to see where that occurs for me. So I want you to also think could you possibly have comparison ideas? Is that a possibility for you? And if so, admit it and get away from social media when you start your day. So since this awareness I get on social media later in the day and I have to tell you just automatically, I started spending way less time there. I get on, I read a few things, communicate with a few people, might post something, and then I'm done. I'm not hanging out there wasting my time and energy anymore. Somehow, later in the day, I can talk about no problem, but yet it was sucked into it first thing in the morning. Okay, so now you're thinking no email. First thing in the morning, no social media first thing in the morning and switching gears. What did I switch it to? Anything that is significant to you. You should know your values. No your goals or set them up and make sure you got habits in the morning that are aligned with your values and goals. So maybe it's that you want to exercise more or start meditation, or maybe have breakfast with your family. Walk the dog, have a gratitude. Practice started personal project. Whatever. It is a bit significant to you. Build the habits, but you're going to start first thing in the morning and make that happen. Now this week, now that I've switched gears myself, I've noticed a tremendous difference in my productivity. I it could possibly be 30%. It's hard to measure for me, but it has definitely being a significant difference. So I encourage you to give it a try, and I want to hear from you. In the comments below, please let me know how you're going to start your day tomorrow. 3. How To Know Your Unique Values: Hey there. Do you always make great decisions and can you do it fast now? I used to really struggle with decisions, and it used to take me a long while. But since I've started using this method, I have really been able to make great decisions that I've been really happy with, and I've done it quickly, so I want to share it with you. So here's the trick. If you know your values, you've got those set up ahead of time. Then you can use them as your guiding principles. Every time a choice comes up, you refer to your values, and that is really going to lead you in the way of choosing this or this, and you'll make a great decision, and you can do it quickly. So the real question is, have you set up your values? And do you even know how? What is specific to you now? Love People say family and health and career relationships, spirituality All those things are really important. But if you dig down a little bit deeper, you'll know what parts of those values are specific to you, and that's what's going to help you make great decisions knowing those bias that air duct down a little bit deeper. If you want to live your best light, then you need to be able to create opportunities. And in order to do that, you've got to make great choices that are going to lead you in that direction. And how are you going to get there if you don't know what the direction is? Knowing your values is going to give you that direction. My name is the phone lines, and I am constantly learning. I've read hundreds of books and listen to all kinds of other media, all on leadership and personal development, and I've learned so many nuggets of wisdom. Many of them I have applied to my own life, and if I find it really useful, then I want to share it. I'm sharing it in things like this Video are on my block or even build courses from this knowledge on smart Life course dot com, in one of my courses is called values based decision making. It goes through various different methods of figuring out what values air specific to you, and there's many different ways to get there. You could look at priority so you could brainstorm a whole bunch of different values and then put them in a list. And the ones that rise to the top are going to be the values that are more specific to. So, for example, I really value experiences over stuff. If I've got a spending decision, I will definitely spend more on it in experience and less on stuff. So that makes it an easy choice for me when I've already got those guiding principles. Another way to do it is to look at opposites. Sometimes what really frustrates you in society. If you see someone doing a certain thing, it's likely that you value the opposite of that. So, for instance, if I see somebody watching mindless TV for hours on end, like I get, everybody needs a break. I do that, too, But if you're if I feel like somebody's wasting their life, that's a trigger to me to know that I really value trying to get the most out of life. And to me, learning is part of that. So looking at the opposite things, such frustrate you is another way of figuring out what specifically important to you and one of my favorite methods for figuring out your values is called the Five Wise. So basically it is a vote, starting with a simple statement and then peeling off the layers and digging down to figure out you know what is really important to you? You ask, but why? Five times and keep going further and further into something more and more meaningful until you find a value that is significant for you, I think you'll find the five wise method useful. So I've taken a clip from this course and I'm going to share with you now. In it, you'll see me take my own example, a simple statement. I like running. I don't even like running that much. Just kind of like it anyway. We'll dig down deeper and deeper by asking why five times until you see how it could turn into a meaningful value that is specific for me. And then hopefully with my example, you'll be able to do with your own simple statement and turn that into a value that maybe you didn't realize you had and in in a significant team. So here's the clip with number three, the Five Wise for this one you take a simple statement for me. I like running, You know don't value. Really. I wouldn't put it around my values list, but I do like running. So then I asked myself, Why do I like running? It's because it makes me feel good. It makes me feel fit on. I like feeling fit. So then I asked myself, Why do I like feeling fit? And it's, uh it's a level of energy that I like. I like looking fit as well. But the feeling of fit is more important. It's that energy that really you know, it brings me stamina. I feel like I'm able to do more. I can keep up with people. So why do I like that? Well, I'm really playful. Enjoy my leisure time. I like surfing. I like dirt biking. I like playing baseball like hiking. All things take energy. And if you're not a certain level of fitness, you're not. You know that running brings me that. But I can't keep up with everybody on my baseball team or can't go dirt biking for a like the time that I want to. We're surfing like that. Oh, she that z gonna beat you up. You want to have the strength to keep doing it. So it's That's what I'm uncovering as I'm digging deeper and deeper into why I like running so simple. Statement go deeper and deeper. So for me, it's the sensitive adventure and the energy that comes with it. A lot of people would say that they like doing a certain exercise because it gives them the energy to play with their kids, you know, and that's a That's a really important value. Do you want to be a playful parent? Be able to chase around the backyard of the playground. So there you go. That clip was from value space decision making, and I hope you find it useful. Obviously, Once you know your values, you can use them to set up your life, create better opportunities for yourself, and you're going to have more direction. So, no, your values is really important. If you want to know more, you can find it on smart life course dot com, and in it will look at both your values and your goals. Put them together, and that will help you make your best decisions. Now I would love to hear from you in the comments section, please share with May. What is a value that is specific to you? I look forward to hearing from you. 4. 3 Best Tips For Motivation: goal you're trying to hit, You know you can do it. You know you should do it. But will you do it? If you're struggling a little bit with motivation, I want to show you how to stop making excuses and trigger action. So whether you're looking for motivation to maybe hit a healthy weight goal of fitness goal Or perhaps you're trying to rebuild a relationship with a family member, maybe you're trying to hit a career goal. You know, you gotta do some networking, but you don't really feel like it. This video is going to help. Now, before we start, I just want to make sure that the goal that you're trying to hit is a good one. So ask yourself, Is it in line with your values? And do you have a strong reason why you want to hit that goal? If you can answer yes, then I've got three tips for you that are going to give you that extra push when things get tough. My name's Yvonne Lines, and I am on a mission to share useful knowledge with people like you. I read hundreds of books and consumed all kinds of other media on leadership and personal development. When I find nuggets of wisdom, I'll get a test drive will try it out of my own life. If I find it useful, then I'll share it in places like this video or my blawg or only been building into a course on smart life course dot com. Okay, here's motivation. Tip number one It's so simple. Just show up. If you put yourself in the environment where something could happen, things will happen. It was Woody Allen who coined the phrase showing up his 80% of life. Now he's an actor director is not a scientist, so I don't know how they came up with that 80%. But think he instinctively knows that the biggest part of making something happened. It's so simple, it's just showing up now. I posted this tip a while ago on my block, and my sister has used it to get herself motivated to run regularly. She says she no longer thinks about running. She just puts her gear on and goes outside when she's there. You know the wrestlers happens. She's not going to just stand there. She actually does run, and I use this test was felt like once my gear is on, I don't think I've ever missed a run. This could work for other goals as well. If you want to meet new people than just show up at a club or association or an event where you're going to meet like minded people, if you want to be more fit, go to the gym, I promised. Once you get there, you're not just going to stand there. You going to do something? I want to be a better parent show where your kids are. Don't worry about what will happen next, because you can't control that anyway. Just keep putting yourself in the right environment and trust that that environmental trigger action and things will progress. If you just show up, you've already done the hard part. Okay, here's motivation. Ship number two is called kaizen. It's about breaking things down into stock. Tiny action, small actions so small that you cannot fail. Here's light works. Our brains are programmed to resist changed. We've evolved over time to be conservative with their energy when we're doing repetitive tasks. So when something new comes into the picture, our brain goes into a reaction mode. You've heard a fighter flight before, and instead of putting our energy international thought, our brain puts all their energy into just reacting. So if we've taught our brains crave, say, a 3 p.m. chocolate bar, then to do something different, to take that away is going to get rid of rational thought and just go into reaction mode. And then that makes it really difficult to resist that. Three PM chocolate bar. So the trick is to tiptoe around that automatic response and make tiny changes that our brain is just not going to notice and then make it repetitive until it feels normal. So taking that three PM chocolate bar as an example, let's say they're six pieces in this chocolate bar for the next week. Instead of having all six pieces have five pieces, do it for entire week. Remember, repetition is really important. Here is well, you want to train your brain to expect five pieces instead of six in the next week, go down to four pieces in the next week, go down to three pieces. If a week isn't the right timing because you're still craving that six piece or something then do it for a little bit longer. Or if it feels really normal right away, then you can do it for a little bit shorter. But remember, repetition here is key your building on acknowledgement in your brain that this is normal. So that's caisson, tiny changes that are so small your brain won't notice them, and they lead to big results. I want to thank author Robert Mauer for that inspiration in his book. One small Step Can Change Your Life. The Kaizen Away. Okay, here's motivation. Tip number three. It's a go on. You're going to like that, I promise. It's sleep. Get more sleep school one. Right now, motivation and willpower is like a muscle. When it's arrested, it can do great things that superstrong. But once against tires say later on in the day, then it just becomes weary, and it becomes really difficult to use that muscle. So if we can schedule our day so that any tasks that need motivation or willpower, self discipline are done when we get up in the morning and that muscle is strong, then we'll have much more success that accomplishing that task, let's say one of your goals is to have a great family meals together. And you're thinking, you know, I just wanna have a nice family dinner where everyone sits down. We have a conversation, and we've got some great bonding together at dinnertime. Think about it a little bit differently. Shake it up a little bit. If that's a difficult time for you. What about breakfast? Can you have a great family breakfast ready? Have that bonding time when it's first thing in the morning, when your motivation is stronger and the meals a little easier to cook. A swell schedule your day so that you can hit your goals while your motivation is strong. Now here's an extra little tip on this one. If you can take in that, that gives you a bonus time of day where you can do another motivation task because your mind will be refreshed again. Now I know it's hard to schedule it a nap, but if you can do it, kudos to you. That tip is inspired by Laura Vanda Cans Book what the most successful people do before breakfast. Okay, let's do a quick recap. It's number one. Just show up. Simple right, 80% of what you're trying to accomplish will happen if you just in the right environment. Number two kaizen break it down into tiny, repetitive steps that are too small to fail. You're gonna trick your brain, work around that fight or flight response mode, and number three schedule your time. Schedule your task around sleep so that your motivation muscle is strong when you're trying to accomplish what it is that you're trying to accomplish. As always, I would love to hear from you. Please comment. Which of these steps are you going to try and what goal are you going to try it on? Can't wait to hear it.