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Productivity Masterclass - Step 1: Declutter Your Life

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    • 1. Intro: Productivity Masterclass - Step 1: Declutter Your Life

    • 2. The Stone Experiment

    • 3. On Decluttering

    • 4. What to Declutter

    • 5. Skillshare Project Step 1

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I will show you in 7 simple steps how also you can bring clarity to your inner and outer chaos! This class is on step 1: Declutter Your Life.

This course helps all entrepreneurs

  • to get ahead of their every day to dos
  • and have clear priorities on what to do
  • and to develop a simple system in order to see the greater picture
  • and thus to work efficiently on the most important task (at any time)

A clear desktop and a clear mind are the direct consequences of this simple system!

- and lead to more leisure time and improved usage of all resources

This course addresses entrepreneurs but will also be of great help for employees or students and the like.

Step 1: Declutter Your LIfe:

Decluttering from everything that you do not need right now will save you a lot of work with steps 2-7. Decluttering is very relieving and saves you a lot of time!

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Meike Hohenwarter

Business Coach. Video Creator. Online Instructor.


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1. Intro: Productivity Masterclass - Step 1: Declutter Your Life: Hello and welcome to my productivity masterclass. It's a program in seven steps, and my name is Mikey Hoon Bata, and I'm very productive. I would say I'm very active and them very creative at a lot of online courses and other online product. I do a lot of business coaching, and I'm also an only mother to my two Children. So often people just ask me, How do you manage? How can you do all these? And sometimes they're asking me if I have some time management secret they don't know off. So it's an answer to this question. I started to record some courses on productivity. The 1st 1 is from vision to reality, where it shows you how to set in the chief goals than 1/2 a time management course. And now we're in the productivity course, and this is a seven step program, and you can find all these courses on this platform. So what will you learn here about this Productivity? Productivity is all the things that keep you busy all day, and it doesn't matter if you're employed or if you're self employed or if you're a student or maybe just mother to some Children, all of us have so many things to do, and we just seem not to have to keep on track with them. And I help you and the other show your seven steps how to make life easier. And now here this is course number one severe in step number one. And what will you learn in step number one? Step number one is all about de cluttering. So what dusty, clattering mean? Decluttering? Of course you should also the planter your desk. But that's not actually what it's all about. It's that we have so many tasks and so many goals and everything that we just come get a head off everything. So before we start organizing in the bigger way, it's the best to first start decluttering and to get rid off all the things that we don't need any more in our lives. So this is step one in this productivity master cloud class, how to declutter your life and from their own. You don't have that much to do to do the rest, to get more productive. So enjoy, have fun. And I'm looking forward to seeing you in the class 2. The Stone Experiment: So hello and welcome to this new section. And in this section I'm going to talk about why most people do not gather had with their protective I day, half their ideas on what they really want to live in your lives and what they really want to fulfill and still just do not succeed. Just always do not important stuff, unimportant stuff in their lives on have I want to start This with a story by Stephen Kobe . So I'm just voting. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point , used an illustration I'm sure those students will never forget after I shared with you. You'll never forget it either. As this man stood in front of the group of high powered overachievers, he said, Okay, time for a quiz. Then he pulled out of Angolan white mouth Mason Char and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist sized rocks and carefully placed them one at the time into the charm when the Jarvis filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, Is that Char fool. Everyone in the cloth said yes. Then he said, Really, he reached under the table and pulled out a packet of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the char, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the beak rocks. Then he smiled and asked. The group wants more. It's the chart room. By this time, the class was onto him. Probably not one off them answered good, he replied. And he reached under the table and proud, brought out a pocket off sand. And he started dumping dissent in, and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks into gravel. Once more, he asked a question. What is the point off this illustration? One eager beaver raised his hand and said, The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can Overstreet some more things into it. No, the speaker replied. That is not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is if you don't don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get the minute all. So what are the big rocks in your life? A pro? Check that you want to accomplish time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your finances, a cause, teaching our mentoring. Others remember to put these big rocks in first or you'll never get them in at all. So this was the story I was quoting by Stephen Kobe, and I hope it impressed you the same day as it always impresses me. It's, I think it's just so very true. So to illustrate it once more, I also did the reverse things. What is what most people toe. Most people take their char, which is the lifetime, and the first fill it up with sand and maybe some gravel. And then they want to fit in the big stones and find that there is no more space left because there will always be sent. And so they're shoveling the way through the sand there, shoveling and shoveling, and there is always more send, and do you think, wants to stop shovelling sand? Then they will be able to take care of two stones, but they're still shoveling sand, or in other terms, they have their to do list, and they're checking off the to do list, and they think they just have to work harder or be more disciplined or work faster, and they're checking off and checking off. But somehow this magic to do list never finds an end. As soon as the A Z, everything is checked off their already knew things on your to do list because this to do list will never stops the very big mistake that many people do. The big error in thinking is that they think that one day this list will be finished, but it will never be. Just think of what we were already talking in this course. Think of all the little things that you have to do, and this is our only son. Some examples. They're so much more so many more things that you have to do. And there will never be all the clothings Ireland and all the light bulbs exchanged and old accounting dumb and stuff and stuff and stuff. There will never be a day where this is all done and nothing more is on your to do list. And if you're waiting for the day that this will happen until you start really dedicating your lifetime to your life goals, then you can wait forever. And this is, I think, very important. But I hope you're not sad because we're working on a solution and you find out more about it in the next videos. 3. On Decluttering: So let's start on the first step off the seven steps to more productivity, and my step number one is de cluttering because decluttering brings clarity in your life. So what does that mean? Decluttering? Let's go more into detail. What brings you to book a course? Some productivity but brings people to think that they should be more protective. It's mainly because they feel like in the hamster's wheel, people feel that their active the whole day that they're spending the whole time doing something, working, something, being active on something, but still that they don't get a hats, that they can't go anywhere, that they never find time enough for themselves and their really important things in their life. This is what makes people think that they should be more productive. Today, life has become very hacky hectic, and people are doing all the time and always trying to achieve more and trying to be more and tomb or a typical week often looks like that. It's it's full for with appointments for with duties, for forward things that you have to do. And so it makes people think that they might be close to burnout. My tip number one is that really should start decluttering and the autistic clattering mean decluttering doesn't only mean to declutter your desk or your your wardrobe or Teoh. Maybe your basement decluttering means that you really get rid off all the things that you do not want any longer that you do not need any longer that interfering with your huge a plan with your vision. And so we want to reveal go more into detail in the next videos. 4. What to Declutter: so Okay, let's get started on de cluttering, might it? I put decluttering first because everything you got rid off everything you skipped from your life won't have to find a place in your to do list or on your calendar or wherever everything that is declared it is gone from your life and freeze you and gives you more clarity and more free time. So there are many things you should declutter. So I just want to point out some main things. And so why do I do that? Because people who want to be more productive often thing if they just get more productive than one day, they will finally have worked out all their bullet points on their to do lists. One day it they will just get ahead after a to do list and they will finally complete it. And this is something that never will happen. You never will complete your to do list. As long as you live, you will always have things to do. So what you can do is that you make sure that this list doesn't get bigger and bigger all the time, and it gets bigger by more things that you put on your agenda. So one thing you should make sure is that at least it stays even that there are not more bullet points on your main agenda. And the best would be if you even could declutter your life and get rid off all the things that do not fit into a life anymore. So what, you're Vitti clatter. One important thing is that you regularly declutter your goals. So as you already heard from me, I'm very into goal setting, and I think it's very important that you have goals in your life. But on the other hands, you kind off always set goals just as you go. For example, your listen to beautiful piano player and he decide I want to learn how to play the piano or you go to Spain and you're hardly can speak to anyone. So you decide. I want to learn how to speak Spanish, and this happens all the time. Big things and little things. But you always set new goals, and often it's more in this up conscious level, but its longest. You do not learn how to play the piano or how toe speak Spanish. There is some something in the OPEC that always natural issue, that you still haven't fulfilled this gold. So it's very important to set goals. Why is it that important? Because, as Stephen, Kobe say's if you don't set goals, you might just climb up the career ladder all the time. And finally, when you reach our renmin, you reach the top. You finally find out that it was leaning against the wrong wall, so it's important that you really no, what you want to do and want to be in your whole life. And one exercise I already recommended in the in the goals class in the goals course is that you should write your own eulogy. This might sound a little bit veered if you're just hearing it the first time, but it really does help you to find out what kind of person you want to be in the long run , who do you want to be once that you are at the end of the life? And if eulogy is just too strange for you? Didn't just take your 80th birthday or something like that? What do you want people to talk about? You? What do you want to that remains. What should people keep in their minds? But you didn't remind you off. What kind of person were you? What did you do? What was your relation to other persons? What did you accomplish? What did you achieve? And once you write that down and the really recommend doing you didn't writing, you get much closer to what goes you want to reach in that year and what goals you want to reach in that decade. And maybe you want to learn how to play the piano. But you can decide, OK, I want to learn it, but there's no place for it right now, but I want to put it on my list for next year off for in three years over, and I get retired or when the Children are out of the house. So there's always you can. You can set your goals for a certain time period, and this way, by sweeping out ago, was you can't achieve anyway. You get lots more off freedom right now in what you what you ought to and what you should do and what you just cannot do right now. The next important thing on decluttering is that you declutter all your commitments and all your duties. They also get more and more all the time. And there are many commitments and duties you were never really asking yourself. If you want to do them, you just do them because you want started on doing them and nobody else does it. So you just do it all the time, like bringing away that. That's the bean empty been. They are like washing the car or doing some errands or some some helping neighbors or whatever there so many things. And often it's even not that you ever started on doing that. But it's just a common habit in your family that all the people do that here, like you have to cook a big meal every Sunday or you have to go to church every Sunday. Or you have to, um, invite the whole family once a year or whatever it is. So the important thing is that you go over there and think, Do I really want to do that? Is that really what I decided to do? That and one exercise that helps you a lot? It's one exercise I shoulder in the time management course, it's that you think about your life's roles. What are your most important roles that you play in your life? And that might be being a mother or father that might be being a partner to your to your spouse. It might be being a good child to your parent parents, but of course, there are several things in your shop, at least one, and then maybe you have some due December a church or in any any kind of community and so on. And then you list all your roles. You often get a high number of different roles you're off fulfilling at the same time. But as Stephen Kobe said, you should never have more than seven roles at the same time. Because if you really want to be good at them, you have to at least work at them on a weekly basis. So you should do it. Something's on euros every week, and as soon as it gets more than seven rolls, you just can't accomplish something for each of those rules every week. So this makes you feel like you should do and you ought to do something, but you've never done it So this is also lots of clutter, lots off things on your to do list that make you feel bad because you haven't fulfilled them. But still, you don't erase them because you think that's what you ought to do. And rolls have a lot to do with people. It's a lot about relationships because you're like helping people or you're engaged with several people and I understand that it's quite hard to say OK, I do not want to be in this club anymore. I do not want toe like bring all the Children to the basketball whatever it is. But you just have to think of yourself and that the commitment to yourself should be the biggest one. Because if you cannot live the life that you want to live, then how can you make a big change in the life off others? You always have to take care off you first. This is not an egoistic thing, but if you want to contribute to the life of others, you have to take care that you are feeling well and if you have too many roles than you can't fulfill them all and you have too many to do is on your list, and you just get completely thorn in several directions and feel like a hamster in the wheel. So this is not an easy task toe. Really say, okay, I do not want to have to share old anymore in order to fulfill my other rules in accidents . But this is just a way you should erase it. And it's of course not something that you do from today to tomorrow. But this is a lifelong process that you always just be conscious about. What roles? Your full feeling right now on foot rolls you actually really want to fulfill. The next thing is your relations. It said that if you take the five persons you spend most of your time with and you write them down and you think about their average of age and their average weight that you are just that you're just the average of the five persons. You you half around yourself. So what does that mean? It just means that you should have a good look at who you want to be with. Because if you want to become overweight of close course, go for it and just, um, be around overweight person settled. But for example, if you want to get a certain job or if you want to fulfill a certain task, the best thing that you can do is just to find people and toe really spend time with them. Because if you're your environment is positive and uplifting, then you will be will also get this positive feeling and will be uplifted. But if people are bringing you down and not believing in in you and to tell you okay, you will never achieve that. And these are the most important people in your your life, then this might fulfill as well. So in orderto achieve new go once, it's always good to find new people and to make them sort of a mentor or a t least some some bodies of some peer. So if you, for example, have somebody who loves to play piano and you want to learn how to play the piano, then just spent more time with the person, it doesn't even mean that you're playing piano together or that you're talking about it because you will feel about this person thinks about music because music is part of that. That person's life. Another thing you should take, Lotte from its your subscriptions. We tend to subscribe, and over a lifetime we have lots of subscriptions for books and magazines and papers. Nowadays, you also have all these RSS feeds, all these different kinds off Elektronik subscriptions. And so you end up having all this stuff, it home and all is crying out loud. Hey, read me. Hey, take a look at me. You bought me. You spend money. So now you have to find time to take care off me. So one thing is, of course, how you can manage to read the things that you must read or that you want read. But the other thing is that you already started right from the that you already Hendley differently right from the source, and stop subscribing so many things. And next is your stuff. And this is, of course, a big one. Because today it's so easy to buy new things and we all can afford all different kinds of devices. And the clothes are really jeep and and furnitures, Jeep and um yeah, all kind of deco stuff and you rather buy it new than have old things repaired. So what happens? We get more and more stuff, but stuff doesn't really make us happy. If you have lots of stuff, you usually also over waiters, a deregulation within because it all binds us. It all makes us. I'm free all the things. So what can you do? First of all, of course, Don't bite it much. Think over it twice before you buy something. Another good thing is that each time you bring one item in, you have to bring one other item out. This is also a great thing. I just think it's not only that you have the things if you ever really dick lot at your whole basement, you know how freeing it is to get rid off things. But it's not only having the things it's also like when you get things you often have to read instructions, and then when they're broken, you have to find somebody to fix it. So lots of the things that in your house are not in any use anymore. Just you. Maybe you got them for a press and from someone, or maybe they are out of order, and you just do not need them anymore. but you don't want to throw them away because you think they're still worth something. Maybe you found something better or got something better. So de cluttering yourself off things is really, really a great way off having less to do and having less to care for. And the last thing that I also recommend you to Dick Lotte in order to have less on your to do list and especially to have more free time are your soft addictions and not nothing like alcohol. But for example, one big soft addiction is watching TV, and I don't have a TV at home. And also my teenage Children cannot watch TV, and it's just great. There's nothing in our living rock room shouting all the time. But how do we get informed? We all have laptops, and today you can find everything you can have YouTube and Netflix and Amazon prime and all that. So via even watching Siri's before there are broadcasted on Austrian TV because we're watching them in English and we're pro actively looking for what we want to see. We're not just switching on the box and and you just take anything in that it's only now, and we also don't have to drop all the things we're just doing at a certain time, because now our movie starts, we can all choose it. So we're watching it. But we're watching it proactively at our time, The same about social media. You. If you read the news fit, it's your own fault. Do you really want to know how the people's talks are involved? People eat for lunch and where they are on vacations. I don't care about most of the people and the people. I do care. They are on my messenger on my notifications. I get the messages of people I really took here and the rest. I just don't want to learn what they what their life is like. And one last thing also, that also takes lots of time and also make Silla, if not easier, is gossiping. I'm not talking about meeting an old friend and just just talking about your life and your experiences and really having a good time. I'm talking about this kind off chat that happens on a regular basis and very maybe talking a whole hour on the phone or in person, and you already know before what the other person will say and what you will say. You will find some constant on politics or on football or whatever, and there's nothing new. And you're just talking maybe about the neighbors or something, maybe even talking with bad tongues. They're maybe just, yeah, just talking about things you can't change anyhow, and you do this on a regular basis. Every time you meet that person, it's ground hawks that you have the same talks, and you should really stop on that because this is just wasting your time. It's not good for your soul, and it just doesn't take you anywhere. That surely doesn't take you closer to your goals. So these are some examples where you should really start decluttering your life because all the things you d clotted from your life won't be in your way For your time. Management won't being on your to do lists won't bother you, and we'll bring your free time and more flexibility right away. 5. Skillshare Project Step 1: congratulations. You have made it to the end off this course, and I hope you have enjoyed it and that there is a lot you can take with you. And, yeah, there's some final information I want to give to you. First of all, at skill, share this rating system with thumbs up and thumbs down. So I want to invite you to review this course in the hope it will be a guess. You find this part just above your video and when you juice when you picked the yes, the following happens, there's a pop up that looks like that, and you see there's three Yes, marked already. You also have the opportunity to give give it, give you rating specifics, like to tell me by exactly you liked it and not only tell me, but it because it's a public review. So you can tell everyone who is in the course of maybe just wants to decide to get into the course. And you also have the opportunity to give me private information if you want, and then you just click submit. So I invite you to do that and further on you have the possibility to share the course. Underneath the video, you find this the share button, and there is the same. You can always leave a review here and there. Some more settings here. And if you click on this share button, there's also pop up and what you can do. You can share it with your friends if you liked your course. And if you think of somebody specific that what maybe half a great advantage of watching my course. Just go for it and inform your people at the same time you're sending a link that to get the premium for just 99 cents for three months, and if the joint the premium program, you will get one month off premium for free. I think this is a great deal, and so you can send them for email. Or you can just take the link and put it wherever you want to. You can share on Facebook or on Twitter, and the last information I want to give you is that skill share is very project orientated to each course. Has a little project toe make you actively do the things that just learned so that you really can adopt them right away. So under your video, you you will find this bar and the communities all the sharing Zolder, all the off a book people are saying about the course. The ballot is about the course, all the information and he in the middle. You have your pro checks and old projects. And if you click on your project you will find the project description and you will find out what exactly assignment for the course is. And underneath you have to possibility toe load up your project if you want to, child. And ah, here, with all projects, you can find old project that half have been sent in so far, so you can see what other people have done. And now I want to invite you to join the project of Discourse. So and here's the task for your project for this course. So all I want to know and want you to ask to share with me and with the whole community of this course is that you tell us, what do you want to the platter first? So what is it that you want to get rid of first? Where do you think you have to declutter most. What do you really want? Toe clean up, tidy up in your life too? Big perch. So I'm really looking forward to you sharing this with us so that we all see what you are up to. And I hope to see you soon again. Maybe in part two, off this class.