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Productivity & Time Management Strategies for Goal Setting & Eliminating Distractions

Patrick Dang, International Sales Trainer

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21 Lessons (2h 14m)
    • 1. Productivity Machine Sales Video Final

      2:45
    • 2. Priorities

      10:48
    • 3. Dream Big

      8:53
    • 4. The Snowball Effect

      6:50
    • 5. Smart Goals

      9:47
    • 6. Smart Goals Worksheet

      5:19
    • 7. Your Why

      10:13
    • 8. Making Excuses

      5:15
    • 9. Your Highs and Lows

      6:14
    • 10. Planning for the Short and Long Term

      7:52
    • 11. Managing Your Time

      8:17
    • 12. Batching

      4:10
    • 13. Crafting a Healthy Routine

      8:24
    • 14. Multitasking

      4:47
    • 15. Managing Your Energy

      7:18
    • 16. Dangers of Saying Yes

      5:20
    • 17. The People Around You

      7:49
    • 18. The Journey

      5:28
    • 19. Regret

      6:09
    • 20. Conclusion

      2:06
    • 21. Next Steps

      0:22
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About This Class

WANT TO GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME?

No matter who you are or what you, we all face a similar challenge…

There’s so much to do and so little time!

And as our lives become busier, it’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything, but by the end of the day, end up accomplishing nothing.

Unfortunately, most people still try to squeeze every minute out of the day and hustle themselves to death.

And this typically leads depression, physical and mental exhaustion, and ironically, can be extremely unproductive.

THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY, RIGHT?

Fortunately, I’ve created a PROVEN Productivity Methodology that will show you how to have crystal clarity on your most important and ambitious goals and accomplish them without working yourself to death. And it’s called Productivity Machine.

Unlike other courses, Productivity Machine is the COMPLETE MASTER COURSE thousands of people have used to take their productivity and time management skills to the next level while getting more done in less time.

As long as you use our proven Productivity Machine Methodology (which I’ll show you how to do step by step), you’ll be able to find the time to accomplish anything you set your mind to!

Here are some of the many things I’ll cover for you in this course that trains on how to master productivity skills:

  • We will show you the core foundations world class performers use to get more done in less time
  • How to set crystal clear goals and develop a step by step plan of execution
  • How you can unlock your full potential and accomplish your wildest dreams
  • The best way to hyper focus on your most important task while eliminating any distractions
  • How to best organize your day to get the most done with the hours you work
  • How to be productive in every aspect of your life from work, family, friends, health, and hobbies
  • The best way to design your life that will allow give you the freedom to do anything you want
  • How to make sure you always have time for the things that matter in your life

This course will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know to develop your productivity and time management skills and become more productive in your professional and personal life.

I’ve personally tested these bullet proof productivity strategies during my time as one of the TOP sales professionals at Oracle, a Y-Combinator backed startup, as well as in my everyday life.

I'm confident the Productivity Machine Methodology WILL WORK for YOU.

Now, if you’re ready to take your productivity to the next level, I’ll see you inside!

-Patrick

Transcripts

1. Productivity Machine Sales Video Final: everybody. Welcome to productivity machine, the complete productivity master courts, where you're gonna learn how to better manage your time, accomplish your most ambitious goals and finally become more productive in your everyday life. Mining's Patrick Deng and I started my productivity journey at Oracle, one of the largest tech giants in the world, and within my first year became recognized as one of the top 1% of sales professionals in North America. After a successful career in sales, I'm now on a mission to inspire others to do what they love and help them become the absolute best that they can possibly be. And since starting my journey, I've trained thousands of people across the globe on how they could achieve their most ambitious goals simply by learning to become more productive in their every day lives. Now, no matter who you are, what you do, we all face a similar challenge and that is there so much to do but so little time. As our lives become busier by the day, it's easy to fall in the trap of trying to do everything but end up accomplishing nothing, and typically this leads to physical and mental exhaustion. depression and, ironically, can be extremely unproductive. And since starting my journey to productivity at Oracle, I read all the books, took all the trading and tried all these productivity strategies and tactics myself and created the productivity machine a step by step system that's going to show you how to become more productive and effective in your every day life. And to accomplish this, we're gonna show you the best strategies and tactics World class performers used to get more done in less time and how you can apply these skills in your every day life. And next, we're going to show you how to be hyper focused on your most important goals while tuning out any distractions. And finally, we're gonna teach you how you can get rid of any limiting believes on what you think you can achieve and help you develop the right mindset so that you can accomplish your most ambitious goals. And at the end of the course, you're gonna walk away with the tools and the confidence to be crystal clear on your goals . Better manage your time and become mawr productive in your every day life. This course was designed for anybody who wants to get more done in less time and apply the same skills in your personal and professional career because it's not about working more hours. It's about getting more done in the hours that you work and whether you're already familiar with productivity strategies or if you're just getting started. I'm confident you're gonna get a lot of value out of this course. So if all this sounds good to you, I'm looking forward to seeing you inside. 2. Priorities: everybody. What's going on? So welcome to the first section of the productivity foundations. And the first thing we are going to talk about our priorities now to start things off of priorities. I'm gonna start off a little example to kick things off. So everybody has to do lists, right? We make these list of all the things that we need to do for the day or for the month or whatever the time period is. So this was my to do list back when I was in college, where I actually uses APP called any do, and what I would do is I would every day I would put down all the things that I needed to do for that day, like, do my laundry, call the bank, read a book or work on my side Visitors at the time like working on my pop up shop and, you know, emailing different vendors. And this was for a side business. And you know what? The interesting part was was that in the morning, every day when I would wake up, I would do all the easy task first, like do my laundry, Then I would make an excuse off. Oh, you know, I want to get my marketing better. So I'm going to read a book by Seth Godin. And in reality, I should have been doing the things like working on the colors for my pop up shop and emailing all the different vendors. But I did the things that literally did nothing for my business, and it was really me just being busy and checking things off. So it's not just me, but almost everybody has fallen into this trap where we make the mistake of not prioritizing the most impactful task first. And a lot of times when we make these long lists, we either do the easy ones. First, we go top to bottom without really realizing and thinking about what's the most important thing that's going to move the business or going to make a difference in whatever it is you're trying to do when you're trying to become more productive. Another kind of this was that I used all of my energy on the easy task in the morning, like doing laundry or reading books and the interesting part about energy, and we'll cover this later in the course is that you have the best energy in the morning after you just wake up, and then throughout the day, you're gonna be using your energy. And so if you use your energy on really easy task, like doing laundry or reading a book rather than doing the very difficult things, then you're just setting yourself up for failure and that it was literally what I was doing when I was checking things off on my to do list. And the last thing I'll say about to do list is that it's easy to get caught in the illusion of just checking things off to feel productive. But the reality is the secret to becoming more productive. It's not just checking more things off when your to do list, it's actually doing the things that are actually important to whatever it is you're trying to do, and that is what prioritizing is all about. It's prioritizing the most important thing, and so let's go ahead and define exactly what prioritizing is. So the first step is you want to identify what's most important to your success, whether it's career success, family success, being successful at a sport, wherever it is, what is going to be that one thing that is going to move the needle. The next part of prioritizing is you want to relentlessly focused on that one task, and the reason is because you don't want to be bogged down by all. These random has like doing laundry, a reading books. You want to do that? One thing that's incredibly important. That's going to move the needle in your business or your personal life. And you have to know that everything else that is not that one thing or in your priority list is a distraction. It does not matter. Leave it for the end of the day. You have to do laundry, but you don't have to do in the morning where your energy is your best. You can do it late at night where you can just turn off your brain. And lastly, it's really easy to make long lists of random task and check them off. But it's very difficult to get the most important work done, and this is where most people get it wrong when it comes to productivity. Because most people get in the trap of trying to find these productivity hacks toe check more things off their list. And really, it's not doesn't even have to be that complicated. It's just understanding. Usually what's the one most important thing that's going to move the needle? It could be one or two things that's going to move the needle in your life and then just focus relentlessly on getting that done and forget about everything else. And that is how you're going to become more productive and accomplish the things you want to get done. So I'll give you an example of this. So typically like the to do list that I showed you earlier. We have things that are important and not important. So as you can see here, it's like not important, not important, important, not important important. So we just randomly put it down, depending on when it pops up in our mind. So instead of having this type of to do list where you have a bunch of things down, you want to change it into your priorities. So instead of having a long list of things that you should do, have a priority list where you just have the number one most important thing or maybe you have two things whether the two most important things that you need to get done. And so rather than being so distracted and having this long list and feeling like you have to just check all of them off, break it down and understand and be mindful of what is actually the most important and critical in your life that can actually improve it. And just make a short, short list of that meaning literally just one or two things that are very important and forget everything else and you want to price or ties this and forget about all the busy work that most people get trapped in. And to further explain why this makes so much sense as we're going to go over the Pareto principle, also known as the 80 20 Rule. So this Preta principle, or 80 20 rule was popularized by Richard Koch in his book The 80 20 Principle. And it goes like this. The majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do, so that means the majority of your success or your wealth will come from the minority. The little things that you do so an example of this is 80% of your financial success will come from 20% of the work that you do. I know this was true during my career as a sales rep, where 80% of my financial success actually only came from 20% of the customers that I were talking to, and it could be of a different variations that doesn't necessarily have to be 80 20. It could be 75 15 where 75% of your success comes from 50% of the work that you do or 65 5 so there are different variations of it. But the most common and what's going to be like, almost like a universal law or rule of thumb is going to be the 80 20 rule. Another example of just like a random nature example is in the earth's surface. 80% is covered by water, 20% of it is covered by land or the fact that majority of the wealth in the tire world is controlled by a small percentage of the population. So the Pareto principle, it's not just for productivity, but it's just this fundamental rule of thumb that applies to all types of thing. and human nature or nature in general. So how we're gonna use us to become more productive is instead of doing all these random task instead, you want to keep doubling down on that 20%. So when you find that 20% of a certain thing that you're doing, it makes you 80% of let's say your income. Just keep focusing on that 20% and expand your income rather than just having 80% of it wasted on random task. And so the interesting part is, we all have the same 24 hours. So how is it that people who are successful can accomplish so much more? When we're all human beings? We all have the same amount of time is what's what's going on here. How do some people get more done than others? That's the question that we all want to figure out, and that's why we want to become more productive and the secret. The foundational secret to all of this is that you need to prioritize your most important goal, and normally you can just narrow it down to one thing you might think, Well, one thing is it's a little bit like, how can one thing lead to the success of everything? Well, let's go ahead and give you an example of this using the Pareto principle or the 80 20 rule . Let's say you have a to do list and you just write down 25 things that you need to do that just come up in the top of your head. So applying the 80 20 rule, let's break it down, taking only 20% and you only have five things. So these are the five most important things that you need to get done so that you can move your life forward and become more successful in life. And it could go even further and further until you break it down to one. So 20% of five is going to be one. So you started with a list of 25 broken down to 20% and then you got five things and in 20% of that is one thing. So then you ask yourself, you know, what is that one thing that I need to do that will move the needle Ford in making my life more productive and making it more successful. So again don't trick yourself into believing that you have to check like 25 things off your to do list. You can always narrow it down to that one thing because, like we said before using the 80 20 rule, 80% of your success is going to come from the 20% of work that you actually do. So let's just keep breaking it down all the way to It's all the way to the point where it's that one thing that you can do that will lead to all over your success. And so an example of this is actually Dr Dre. And so if you listen to hip hop music, you know that he is a legendary producer where he was a producer for end of you and you know all these different artists. And his focus was becoming the best producer that he could possibly be, because if he was just an incredible producer, all the business side will work out because he has that talent that everybody loves, and he can make incredible music if he can make incredible music, which is just one thing everything else starts to form. So he started his own label aftermath entertainment. Then he produced for M and M, one of the biggest rap stars you know in history. And then he also produced for Kendrick Lamar, who is also one of the biggest rap star in current modern history. And not only that, but he started a company with Jimmy I. V in and started beats by Dr Dre, which sold for a huge amount of money to Apple. And so, by becoming the best music producer that he could be, which was the start of his career starting a record label, producing talents, starting a technology company. Beats by Dr Dre. All these things were only possible because he was an incredible music producer. Had he not focused on that literally one thing, all this would not happen. And so if Dr Dre focused on one thing and all the he could built this crazy a successful life around it, I don't see why we can take the same principle and do the same for ourselves. And the reality is you never want to say that you're busy. You know everyone I talked to you, I asked them What are they doing over the weekend? You know what they do last week. Basically, I busy. I'm busy. I'm busy before and then are there never specific with what they do? They're just doing all these mindless busywork just pushing papers around. But if you got dreams that you want to accomplish or you're ambitious person and you have something that proved then instead of saying you're busy all the time I recommend saying that you have priorities and you tell people if somebody asked you, you know, what were you doing last week? And your you could say I was busy working on my priorities Or I was busy working on my dreams, which was two, you know, build whatever, whatever, whatever. So instead of being busy, have priorities and focus and narrow it down to one thing because that one thing going to be super important in terms of becoming more productive and this theme of one thing and long term planning and understanding what your long term vision is and what you need to do on a day to day that's gonna be coming, you know, as you continue throughout this course, But in this section, I just want to show you guys how it's so important to the to apply the 80 20 principal focus on one thing that's going to lead to the majority of your success, and then we will continue from there. So what? That said, let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 3. Dream Big: everybody of what is going on Some of this section we're gonna teach you all about dreaming big and why dreaming big is going to be so critical when it comes to being productive is because once you dream big and you have a vision on exactly what you want your life to be like and what goes you want accomplished, you can work backwards from there and do the things you need to do today to make that dream a reality. But explain this even further. I want to start out with a little story. Back in high school, I went to a school called Mark Temple High School, and during my freshman year, we had everybody had to take this class called Career Pathways. The goal of career pathways was to teach freshman students in high school about all the different types of jobs that existed so we could start thinking about what kind of career we want to choose as we entered college and onward. And so in that class when the projects that we had to do was everybody had to pick a career on what they wanted to do in the future, and then they would have to write a report and present it to the class in front of everybody and detail ing on what occupation they chose, why they chose it, and exactly what you need to do to become Bester in occupation. So this was really exciting for me, because at the time what was really cool at my school, some of the coup occupations were becoming a doctor or being an engineer or being a lawyer . And these are the ones that were perceived as high paying, very respectable and very stable. And so, with that in mind, I thought that being a doctor was what I wanted to do my report on. But I looked on the Internet to see what it would take to become a doctor, and I saw that it would take four years of being ah, bachelors, another four years and more and more schooling and was expensive. And at the time, I wasn't necessarily the best student. And so when I looked online on what it would take to become a doctor, I literally just told myself, while this is way too hard for me, and then I just decided that was not going to do a report on becoming a doctor because it was just too difficult. So I thought to myself, OK, so what is the next best thing? And I just came up with the idea of becoming a dentist, because that's in the health profession, and it's kind of like being a doctor. But then I thought it might be a little easier cause you're just dealing with teeth. And then I looked online to see what it would take to become a dentist. And true, it's a little easier than becoming a doctor. However, it seemed extremely hard because you needed so many years of school after high school, and I thought that was going to be too difficult for me. So I decided not to do my report. I'm becoming a dentist, and instead I thought to myself, Okay, well, what's the next best thing after a dentist and I decided that I was going to do a report on becoming a dental assistant, literally the person that helps the dentist do whatever they need to do when they're working on teeth, and I looked online to see what it would take to become a dental assistant, and it didn't seem like it would take too many years of school and the pay was decent. And so that's how I made my decision. And what was really interesting is that when I talk to my friends who sat around me, everyone thought it was cool and nobody said anything. So I did my report on what it would take to become a dental assistant. Why I want to be a dental assistant. And I went in the front of the class and I gave this whole presentation, and at the end everybody clapped and everything was good. Or so it seemed, because looking in hindsight, it was really strange to think that nobody ever questioned why I want to be a dental assistant. Nobody questioned why I didn't go for becoming a dentist or becoming a doctor or choosing a more difficult career path that maybe had more rewards. But and I'm not saying that becoming a dental assistant is a bad thing at all. I'm just saying that from my perspective, I thought I want to be a doctor, but then I didn't believe in myself and so I just kept going down the chain until I found something that seemed possible. Looking back, I wish I had people in that class telling me that maybe I should shoot higher and again. Not that being a dental assistant is bad, or I'm not saying that there's any negative connotation to about. All I'm saying is that Why not just shoot for the stars and dream big instead of choosing occupation? Just because you feel confident that you can actually pull it off versus doing something that is challenging? This is where I really learned about the lesson where in life you get what you ask for. And so during that report and doing it on becoming a dental assistant. If I asked life for my group, have to become a dental assistant, that is exactly what life would give me. There's no way life would just hand me the option to become a doctor or to become a dentist , because if I never asked for, I would never look for the opportunities to actually get into that occupation. So if life is going to give you exactly what you ask for, you might as well dream as big as possible because most people like I was when I was younger, are too afraid to dream big because they're afraid to fail. I was afraid to fail when I thought I want to become a doctor and then I didn't. And then when I I was afraid to fail. When I die, I want to become a dentist and then I didn't. And then I did a report on becoming a dental assistant. Basically, I just kept going down until I found something where it was highly unlikely where I would fail. But the thing is, dreaming big gets you in the mindset to start thinking about how to make your dreams a reality. So because I didn't even think about becoming a doctor, was is a possibility at even think about what steps I would need to take toe actually get there. I just kind of Googled it real quick and said, Oh, that's too hard and I moved on to the next occupation. But instead, if I really dreamt big, I could have said things like, Well, what do I need to do to actually do that? Is it really that hard? Do I have the chops to get there and said I just took the easy way out, and I I just didn't have that mindset where, you know, I was just dreaming big and looking. In hindsight, what I believe I should have done was just a dream as big as possible and figure it out and not be afraid of failing and just going after what I care about. And reality is, no matter how big your dreams are, whatever it is that you're going after, there are going to be points of failure. However, if you're not even thinking about doing it and understanding that is a possibility, you're never gonna take the steps towards doing that and you just never going to get there . And so with that said, I actually have the exercise for you to kind of demonstrate this. So I want to get too close your eyes and think about one big dream that you would like to accomplish within the next 10 years. And I want you the dream as big as possible, whether it's to become someone famous or singer or rapper. Oh, to be a millionaire. Whatever it is, dream as big as possible, a goal that you want to accomplish within the next 10 years. of your life, and I want you to open your eyes And you know, instead of going directly to the thought of saying, Oh, that's impossible. I could never do that. And most people will get into that mindset and start doubting themselves because that dream is too big. I want you to try asking yourself, Okay, If I were to do this, where would I start? And so we're completely flipping that mindset from instead of dismissing your dreams because you don't believe it's possible. I want you to just think about, okay, let's just believe it's possible for a moment and entertain the thought. Where would I start? So if your goal is to become a famous singer, you want to be world famous and you wanna have hits and be on the billboard Top 100. You got to think where what I start? Well, I got to write my first song. I gotta recorded. I gotta put on soundcloud. See, people like it. So whatever your dream is, think small and think about what you need to do to actually make that a reality. It and then your mind starts thinking and just start to come up with ideas of how to make something possible. And the reality is, once you believe your dreams are possible, the little details will always work themselves out. Because the most important thing, actually is to have that vision on what you want your life to be like. And then all the little details on what you need to do on a day to day basis, a weekly basis, monthly yearly or even five years, they're gonna work themselves out. Because once you have that long term dream, all you really have to do is work backwards to understand what those steps are to actually get there and why this ties directly into your productivity is because if you don't dream big and you don't have a vision on what you want your life to be like, you might find yourself trapped doing all these menial task and just pushing papers. And that's essentially where you going to do all day and you're just not gonna few happy because you're not going after what you care about. And so when it comes to productivity, the most important thing is have that mindset have that mindset of understanding what you want your dreams to be an understanding that it is believable. And once you believe in that dream, you can actually work backwards and believe that you could take steps today to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. And that's how you're going to get massive results, because when you aim high, you're gonna shoot high. But if you aim low, you're gonna shoot low, and you're not going to get much done. You may be doing a lot of busywork throughout the day, but if you're thinking too low and your dream too low, you're only going to get these little things done. However, if you want massive productivity and you want to do things that actually make a big impact on your life, the first step again it's you dream as big as possible and then work backwards from there and take the steps to actually get there on a day, the day basis. And throughout the course, we're going to give you some tips and tactics and strategies on how you can do this, like managing your schedule, how you should spend your time, how you should avoid things that steal your productivity. We're gonna handle all of those things. But the first thing I want you to get down is that I want you guys to have a mindset of dreaming big and going after whatever it is that you want to go after without the fear. Ah, failure. So what? That said, Let's go ahead and move on to the next section so that you can make your dreams a reality. 4. The Snowball Effect: everybody, What's going on? So welcome to the section where we're gonna talk about the snow Ball effect, and this is going to be one of the most critical elements in the productivity foundations because it's going to show you how you can have a long term vision and what you want to accomplish. And then we're gonna break it down into actionable steps, and you can figure out exactly what you need to do today to make that dream become a reality. So with that said, Let's go ahead and dive right in. There's a book I really enjoyed by and Lamont and is called Bird by Bird. And essentially, it's a book about writing. But there was a really good story that I want to share a few guys in this book, and it really relates to productivity. So there was this boy and let's go ahead and just call him to me for the sake of this explanation. So he had a project where he needed to do a report on birds, right? Not just one bird but multiple birds. And so Timmy, being a kid like he is, and I definitely guilty of this when I was a kid waited to the last minute to actually finish the report, and he only had one day to do the entire thing when he per Cassin ate it and just waited to the last minute instead of doing it, study you month by month, he literally waited for the last day. And so Timmy, sitting at his death kitchen table at the death, was just confused and crying because he just didn't see how he was going to get this done in time. And you just used bawling and he just not sure and confused. And, you know, I'm sure we all felt like this at some point in their lives where we have this ambitious goal and then we wait till last minute and then we feel like we don't have enough time, and then everything falls apart of the end and we just don't feel good. And that happens to the best of us and in and to me too. So his dad, being a good father that years, came to to me and he said, Hey, buddy, don't worry about it. You want to just focus bird by bird buddy, just take it bird by bird. And so what do you mean exactly? By that is before to me, had all these birds that there's so many. He wasn't even sure where to start. But if you just broke it down from bird by bird and really just doing at one bird at a time , he will eventually get his project done. Because even though from a high level perspective, it's a really big project on doing so many reports on these birth, if you literally just take it down and break it down into pieces from one bird at a time, suddenly it becomes very easy because what if you just have to do a project on that one bird? You'd get it done in 10 minutes and then just do the next one. That's another 10 minutes in the next one, the next one and the next one. And so Timmy just took it bird by bird, and he was able to finish the entire project in one day, and just a moment ago he was just balling and crying because he wasn't sure how to figure this out. But by taking it, bird by bird broken down the pieces and made it something that was reasonable and easy to understand, and he just executed on it. He's only a child, but this lesson can be applied to everything that we do on a day to day basis. So the thing I want to really cover if you guys again, is you want to take things bird by bird. And this is something I always constantly remind myself as I work on whatever products that have in the future, when I feel like something is just daunting and it is a lot to do, I literally just break it down into one simple task at a time. And I take it bird by bird. And I literally say that in my head a question that you might be wondering at this point is , how do I figure out what the first hash should be? Right, because you might have a long term vision on what you want accomplish. But what is that first step that you need to take to make it a reality? And so in this section, and we're gonna go deeper into what that first step will be, and how we're going to do that is we're gonna introduce you guys to something I like to call the snow ball effect. So have you ever seen a snowball rolled down a hill? Essentially, if you get this little small snowball, you roll it down, and then eventually it gets a little bit bigger and bigger and bigger until it's something huge, right? And it's not only just getting bigger, but it's getting bigger exponentially in that as it gets bigger, it's going to grow bigger, even faster, until it's this massive snowball. And so you want to think of productivity like this, You start with one little task. You wrote a little snowball down the hill, and then you get more done and more done and more done and more done. So one little task that you do today will influence what you would do tomorrow will influence what you do for the month for the year five years, 10 years in that you can see that you're really breaking down a long term go into something actionable, which is that small snowball. So, like I said in the previous videos, you want to prioritize your most important go, and typically you can always narrow it down to that one thing that's going to really move the needle in making your life more successful. So from there you want to plan two steps to achieve your goal bird by bird, and start with that little small snowball. And so, like Timmy did having all these things that he needed to do. The high level goal was to finish his project. And all he had to do was take it bird by bird, and he got that done in no time. So for this section, I'm gonna use myself as an example, and I'm gonna show you the process that I took to build my business. And so the first question I asked myself was, What's my most important priority again? You just narrow it down to that one thing that's going to move the needle and making your life more successful. So that priority for me from a long term perspective, is to build a profitable business that allows me to travel the world and inspire others. It doesn't necessarily say exactly how I'm going to do it. There's no step by step plan, but it's just that one thing that I need to accomplish for the long term, then I break it down to the midterm Go. So to actually make that long term go reality. What do I need to do? Well, I need to create a new course by the end of the month, right? And that it could be this course that you're seeing. So I got to create this by the end of the month so that people can see it so I can accomplish my long term go. The short term priority would be to record one video lesson for the new course, right? So if I'm trying to complete the entire course in one month, the first step is to make one video lesson, right? And then even breaking it down into smaller pieces in that. Okay, what does it take to make one video lesson? Well, I got to write it. Well, I got a record it, you know, like you break it down to as granular as possible until you get to the very last variable. And then that's the thing that you need to do right now to accomplish your longer again. You know, we start from the long term priority, build a profitable business, then midterm, Go create a new course and then short term go create one video lesson. And throughout the course, we're gonna go into more deeper detail on how you can do this. But I want to give you a high level understanding that all you're doing is going from long term to short term, having a vision and breaking it down into a step by step plan like it just said. Start with a high level goal, then break it down into actionable steps. And again, something I want to really share share, if you guys is that a dream without a plan is literally just a dream. It's just something that comes and goes and you never get it done. But a dream off a plan can change your life. And I know for me it absolutely changed minds where I am still on the journey. But in the sense I accomplished my goal and that I'm creating products that people enjoy all around the world, I could travel anywhere I want, and hopefully this content inspires you to want to become more productive. So with that said, remember, have a long term vision of what your biggest dreams, our dream as big as you can, even if you feel uncomfortable doing it. And because you might fail literally. Dream as big as you can work backwards from long term midterm to short term goal and then work at it Bird by bird. And I'm telling you, if you actually do those steps one at a time, you will accomplish anything that you want to happen. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the next section. 5. Smart Goals: everybody, What is going on? So in this section we're gonna talk all about smart goals Now, the reason why this section is going to be incredibly important is because this is a framework that you can use to set your most ambitious goals and then really have a plan, like a concrete plan to make it a reality. And the purpose of it is to really just defined exactly how you're going to make it a reality now to explain to you exactly what smart goals are gonna start off of little story on how even discovered this entire concept. Now, like I said before and throughout the entire course, life will give you whatever you ask from it. So if you ask for something small, you're gonna get exactly that. However, if you ask for something grand and big and you're dreaming huge, that is exactly what life is going to give you. But you need a concrete plan to actually make it a reality. So starting to sorry. I remember back when I was in high school, I remember my class took a trip to the University of Southern California. It was just a little school trip where they want to show us what this school was like to get its inspired to get us applying for colleges. So again, I was a junior at the time. That's a time when you start applying for colleges. And so me and my class, we took a walk around USC. I remember thinking to myself that Wow, you know, this school is so beautiful. It's so nice, man. I'm never gonna get in here, you know, it's too good for me. And so that's exactly what happened where I didn't believe that I would be able to get to school. And so when it was time to apply for college is, I didn't even bother to apply when I was high school because I literally believe that I was not good enough. I believe that so much that I didn't even try. And the part of the reason for that was because I wasn't necessarily a great student either . You know, my GP A was 3.17 out of a 4.0, which is OK, but it's not that great. And my city score was 16 40 out of 2400 and I was honestly not that great at all. And even for the writing section of the S A. T actually scored below average. And English is my only language. So I don't even know how that happened. And so I wasn't. I was in a great student, right? So anyways, because of my grades were low. I wasn't really doing any extracurriculars. I literally did believe that USC was a school for high achievers and I was not one of them . So back then I want to get into the school called U C. Irvine. And the reason was because I felt like USC was too much of a long shot. And so u C Irvine, with the grace that I had, I didn't really have a great chance at it. But it would be like a miracle to get in. And if I got in, then Oh, I felt like my life is great. I will never ask for anything for the rest of my life. So apply for U. C. Irvine and a couple other lower to your schools. And the thing was, I actually did not get into my quote unquote dream school that I believe, was it something that was actually obtainable, and I just didn't get it. And so what happened was I settled for school. It was the basically the only school that accepted me, and it was called U C R U C Riverside. And what's really funny is that a lot of people that go to this school, we have this inside joke where we call it, you see rejects because this is the school that people go to when they don't get into UC Irvine or they don't get to USC. And so, yeah, you know, I spent my first year, you see rejects or you see right now and I'm not hating on you. See, Argue. It was cool school. But that's just I'm just joking around. And that was the reputation that kind of has in California, at least So again, No. Hey, if you go to use, er, you know, I went there just culturally, it is what it is. So anyways, moving forward, you know what's interesting about going to UC Riverside was that I read on the Internet that you could apply, and if you get good grades at UC Riverside, you could apply to UC Irvine and get in within two years. So I was thinking, OK, well, if I do get a riverside, I could apply that I could go to UC Irvine, which is my dream school at the time when I was in high school, and so I was like, OK, that sounds like a good plan. As I spent my first year at UC Riverside, What actually happened was my roommate. He told me that one of our acquaintances, his sister, actually went to UC Riverside before, And then within one year, she transferred into USC University of Southern California, which is a school that I walked around as a junior in high school and I said that I'm never gonna get in here. What was interesting is that someone similar to me where they only got into UC are they were able to transfer to one of the top two schools that I thought I would never be able to get in. And so I just see observing her. No, I didn't even know where personally, and she has no idea who I am, just knowing the fact that it's possible that actually inspired me to want to transfer to USC as well So instead of transferring and getting into UC Irvine in two years, I was like, Well, she got USC, and one year I'm gonna do in one year to and again, I didn't know where at all I just I just heard this random story. Then I googled it and I realized that it was possible and I said, Okay, this is what I'm gonna do. This is my goal. And so at the time when I was at UC Riverside during my first year, I was also depressed and sad, and I didn't really like my environment and blah, blah, blah, blah, just making excuses and complaining. And I really need to get out. If I didn't get into a good school after one year, I was literally gonna drop out of UC Riverside and figure it out, because that's how unhappy I was. This one of the first critical moments where I really dreamt big. I just dreamed big and to me at the time, dreaming Big was getting into USC because at one point in my life, I thought that was impossible. Goal. I would never be able to do it. And so that was my new go. I want to get into USC and that was it. This is where I started to read about smart girls. And I read it somewhere randomly on the Internet and basically a smart goal. The purpose of it is to define what your goals are and to really ask yourself, how realistic is it and exactly when you want to make it happen. So going down, we're just gonna break it down. So you get a better understanding of this, and then we're obviously smart goals, its acronym. So the first letter being s is specific. What do you want to accomplish? And for me, I want to get into the University of Southern California and transfer out of UC Riverside is immeasurable. So that's the second part. How much or how many? So if it's a dollar amount or something like that, if your sales person and you have a CEO school, that makes a lot more sense. But for this specific over me is immeasurable. Well, it's binary whether I get in or I don't get in. So so Yeah, yeah, yeah, they get in and you don't Number three is achievable. How realistic is this? Go and this was a critical one because I knew that acquaintances sister did it. So I knew that because she did it that I could do it. So yeah, it's realistic. Someone did before. Okay. Makes sense going on to the four. For relevant as this gold matter to you. Hell, yeah, matter to me, because if I actually got into USC, which completely changed my life time about when will you accomplish this goal? One year, right, Right. Not two years. I wanted to do it in one because I want to get help of UC Riverside and get into USC by breaking it down. I had my smart, so I knew what I want to do. I knew it was achievable. I was relevant to me. It would change my life. And I knew the timeline. I want to get it done breaking down even further. The long term goes again to USC and how I was going to get into USC was have a killer application and get in, right? And how do you have a killer application? Well, I read on the Internet, and as you could tell so far in this course that I learned a lot of things on air in it. The midterm priority was to get straight A's. So if I got straight A's in all my classes, then I would have a killer application to apply to U. S. C. And it would increase my chances. And how do I get straight A's in all my classes? Well, my short term priority was to get A's on all of my midterms and all my finals. And so from there, that's a long mid and short term plan, breaking it from a dizzy. That's exactly the strategy I used to, you know, plot my execution into getting into USC. And so what I did was I literally just worked extremely hard, as hard as I ever did in my life, and I literally got straight A's in all of my classes. My GP A was a 3.93 I only got one a minus, and I just killed and I got in in one year and was really interesting. Is that my experience? I you see, I was right. It completely changed my life. The people I was around was completely different from what I was exposed to, that you see are really opened my mind to believing myself in all the opportunities that existed in the world and being part of the Marshall School business was really beneficial. And so it was just a fantastic experience. And what's funny was that back when I was in high school, I wouldn't have even dreamed of getting into USC. Didn't even think it was a possibility. And a few years later, I graduated from USC and I actually graduated with honors and you could see the little tassel around my neck. That's what you get when you are on the honor list. So crazy how throughout time I completely change so much from being someone that didn't even believe in himself to being someone that excelled in this kind of academic environment . And so what was even more interesting is that I actually my brothers were actually worse students, and I was in high school, and basically when I gone to USC, I basically just sat him down and I said, Hey, look, you can apply to all these like random, like colleges aren't that good, like UC Riverside and all these other ones, or you could just go to a community college, get Serie A's and transfer the USC and one year and they thought about it, and that's what they did. They literally didn't barely even apply to any college. Is my younger youngest brother. He didn't apply to any college, is at all, went straight to a community college. Gosh, raise like we planned. And then he gone to USC in my the middle brother. He also gone to USC. And so we all graduated from USC and were these kids that didn't even believe that it was possible at one time, and we all did it. You know, it's not genes, it's not luck. It's literally having that belief in yourself and having a dream and what you want to do, and then breaking it down into actionable steps and making it a reality. So, like I said before at the beginning of the video in life, you're going to get what you ask for. So if you think small and you're only gonna do these small, whatever things, that's exactly what life is going to give you. But if you dream big and for me and my brother is getting into USC, that was big dream to dream big and actually have a plan to get their life is going to give to you if you put in the work. But you gotta put in the work, right? So after you make that ask of whatever big dream you want, you have to break it down into a concrete plan. Because if you do the first part and you don't do the second, a dream is just a dream. But the dream of inaction can change your life. So don't you ever go and you could obviously use a smart girl like I did. The only thing left to do is actually put that plan into action and do it. And so the whole point of this productivity course, especially this section with the foundation this dream big, understand what you want your life to be like, what is your vision and then break it down into actionable steps? And if you have that framework in mind, you can literally accomplish anything. So with that said in the next lesson, what we're gonna do is I have a work for you guys to help. You better understand what your priorities are, and then we're gonna help you utilize the smart goals and to figure out exactly how you're gonna make your dreams a reality. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the worksheet in the next video. 6. Smart Goals Worksheet: alright guys. So, like I said in the previous video, we're gonna go over the priorities and smart goals worksheet, and it's gonna be a pdf that's gonna be attached to this video so you can directly download it from there. So once you download it, we're gonna move on and you want to feel it out. As we continue this lesson, just go ahead and watch the video, understand how to use it and then download the pdf and then fill it in so you could download it and just write directly on the pdf on your computer. Or you could actually just print it out and write on it with pen and paper up to you. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the worksheet itself. Alright, guys. So now we're actually in the Priorities and smart Goals worksheet. And so the first section of it is actually going to be the priorities. So essentially this entire work, she is going to be a two page worksheet, very simple. And first we're going to figure out what your priorities are. And after that, we're gonna get that party, and then we're gonna create a smart girl around it so that you can actually make it into reality. So let's go ahead and dive into the first part. So priorities, so number with there's number one, number two, number three and number one in the area below. Write down all of your goals. You feel like you want to accomplish and remember to dream big. Like I said in one of the videos in the previous sections, Sometimes we have this to do list where it's like 25 things long. So in this section, I want you to write as many things as you possibly can about all your big dreams, whether it's to be a senior, a wealthy person to have, ah, beautiful family, whatever it is, Maybe it's to be healthy, you know, Put it down here. Doesn't matter how longest is just put literally put everything in here and again. You can just type directly into this pdf itself where you could print out and write it by hand. So once you put down all your things, I recommend putting at least 10 things probably 20 closer to 20 but at least 10 things of your most ambitious goals that you want to accomplish so from there in number two, what you're gonna do is you're gonna look at your long list of 10 or more things and then in the area below, you're going to narrow it down to your top five priorities. So what are the top five things that you want to get accomplished in your lifetime again? This is your most ambitious goal. So from there, when she near it down to your from 10 or 20 toe five what you're gonna do it? Number three is You're going to narrow it down to your number one priority. So that's gonna be your one. Go. So, out of all these things, you're funneling it down into one thing that you want to accomplish well again, whether it's to make a $1,000,000 or to be a senior, a rapper or to be an athlete, whatever it is, that is your one go. And again, I don't want you to have, like, five here. I don't even want you have to. I want you to have one priority, that it's so important to you that that's the thing you need to get done, and it will completely change your life. So have that and put it down here. So once you have your number one priority, where we're gonna do is we're gonna go to the second page of the worksheet, and this is where you're gonna craft your sparkle. And in this work, she What you want to do is you want to take your number one goal from your priorities work she and create That's Marco. Like I just said So again, going over the smart girls like we covered in the previous video is a specific. So whatever this thing is, write it down here. You know, what is it that you want to accomplish? And maybe it's to build a business where you are financially free. You could travel the world, so let's just go ahead and use that as an example. So what do you want accomplished? Put it down here. Is it measurable? Yeah, you could put how much money your business wants to make or how many days off you a year you want to travel, so be as specific as you can in terms of defying your own success. Evan, for here achievable. How realistic is this skull and to kind of explain what that means is you just gotta think is possible. If you actually put in the work in time, can you actually make it reality? Go on the Internet, see if other people are doing it because of other people can do it. They're just human beings with the same 24 hours. I don't see why you can't do it either. So go ahead and put that there and then relevant does his gold matter to you. And if it's something like building a profitable business that allows you to travel the world and live life the way you want, Hell, yeah, it is going to matter to you. So whatever your goals are, everyone's gonna have a different goal. But is it development to you? And it's important to ask that because you don't want to do things that you don't care about. For example, some people, a lot of my friends and build successful businesses. They're successful entrepreneurs, but they're doing business is that they just literally don't care about, and they trap themselves into a job and they just end up miserable. And entrepreneurs are one of the most miserable people because it's a tough route. So again it's gonna be It's got a matter to you, right? That's gonna be very important and know that you're define your own success. Don't compare yourself to other people. This is not a stick measuring contest. You get to define your own success. So if you think it's important, maybe it's to be the best mom possible. Then that's gonna be here. It's relevant to you, so that's all that really matters. So the next thing is time. When will you accomplish this? Go and you want to be concrete about it. Whether it's 10 years, five years, one years, half year again, you define your own timeline. No, I recommend being ambitious with it. So if you want to get this done quick, put it down. Be ambitious, will fit. And if it needs to change, that needs to change its OK if you don't always hit your goals, but you want to aim high and try to make it as real as possible. So with that said, but that's everything. For the smart goals again. Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant time. You could write directly on the pdf or printed out and read it by hand. But once you finish this video again, you really want to put on your priority, narrow down to that one thing. And with that one thing could have really define exactly what that goal is and make it measurable, making achievable make it relevant. Making you put a timeline to it and then with their what you want to accomplish, is gonna be so concrete. It's gonna be incredibly easy to do what you need to do day to day to make that goal reality. And throughout the course, we're gonna show you exactly tips and tricks and tactics on how to do that. But the first step is to actually write down that go. So with that said, I'm gonna go ahead and let you take time to felt this worksheet. And once you finish it, I'm going to see you guys in the next lesson. 7. Your Why: everybody. What's going on? So welcome to the section where we are going to talk about your Why now why the section is going to be incredibly important is because when it comes to productivity, having the tactics and strategies are very important. But if you don't understand why you do what you do, everything else is literally does not matter. So that is why we're gonna cover exactly what it means to discover your Why now that start things off. Like I mentioned before in this course, my mission in life is to inspire others. So right off the bat, I'm telling you guys exactly what my wife is. I want to help other people live the lives that they want to live. And so what? This said. A lot of people, they come up to me or the email me and they asked me questions. And one of the things I get a lot is Patrick. Where do you get your motivation from? And that's a really good question, because they see me out here, me making content, trying to help as many people as I can. And they wonder Where exactly am I getting this, Dr Wise that that I want to do what I want to do. Any reality was, I really didn't even know this from the very beginning. In an actuality, this is something I discovered recently within the past few years and how it all started. It was after I graduated from the University of Southern California. At the time, I was a fresh graduate, very confident in myself. I was on the honor row for the business school and everything was going good. I'm you know, my resume looked really good on paper. Now, some of the most popular jobs when it came to graduating from USC as undergraduate was the 1st 1 was consulting. Most people went into the consulting world after they got a business degree or they got into account sing or they got into investment banking. And so these were the really the three big jobs that most people were getting after they graduate from college, and they're a group of people who were interested in startups. So you got all these random people who are just joining startups for whatever reason, and the thing for me was accounting, consulting and investment banking even started at the time weren't something I wasn't necessarily interested in. So in actuality, I just didn't apply for any jobs after I graduated from college because I was confident in my ability that I could get a job if I actually applied myself. But the thing was, there was no sense for me in getting a job just to get a job in just joining that 9 to 5 because I was in the fortunate position where I wanted to take some time off and figure out what I really enjoyed rather than getting a job just for the sake of getting a job. The challenge for me was I didn't exactly know what I wanted to do, just like most people who were graduating from college instead of taking a job in letting life passing by. What I did was I sought out an answer, and where I have looked first was books, and so I read all types of books After I graduated from college. Like I, I was interested in real estate. So I read a book, a couple books on riel, say agents. Then I read about startups was 0 to 1 that I read about communications and a smart cuts like life hacking productivity, and I thought I might want to go into the music industry. So I started reading music industry books. And then I started reading more venture capital books because maybe maybe starves was what I wanted to get into so eso instead of complaining and letting life pass me by, I just kept reading book after book after book, and in about six or seven months, I literally read about 60 or 70 books looking for my answer. What was really interesting was a friend introduced me to this book called Before Our Work Week by Tim Fares, and it's fairly popular book internationally. And this is actually the book where I found out my life's purpose or really not necessarily found out, but crafted it on my own, using inspirations from this book. So in the book itself, there was this one chapter where they were talking about what was the purpose of working, you know, why is it that you do what you do, and it didn't really state this directly in the book, but what I got from it was, my purpose in life is to love and be loved, which essentially giving love to other people. And hopefully they would give me that love back, not that expected in the second thing, which is where I crafted my entire business around. And that is to inspire others because they're all my entire life there. People that inspired me. And what brings me great joy is inspiring others, and right now it's through the form of education and teaching you guys how to become more productive. So that was my court. I figured it out. I literally figure it out from reading this book and really reflecting on my life in my childhood, and I came to the conclusion that I was going to, and I am dedicating my life to inspire others. And so that really shaped everything in my life where after I figured out my life's purpose , which is to inspire others, I joined the company Oracle to develop my sales skills because I knew one day I wouldn't want to start my own business, and having the ability to sell it is going to be critically important. And that's what led me tactically to join or co as employees and at Oracle, because my mission was to inspire others. That's when I first started teaching and consulting, and I created my own Silly Generation course at the company teaching people how to use linked in to generate leads. And it was a smash it where a lot of people really enjoy the content I had put together, and they really enjoyed my presentations. And I'm not necessarily at the end of the road. Yeah, I'm really just. And back then I was just starting out. Even now I'm still on the journey. But my mission in life is to inspire others. And because I enjoyed the journey so much of helping people, I feel like I've already won. And that's why every day I get a wake up and I feel incredibly productive and motivated because I'm living the life that I wanna live, even though I'm not even at the end of the rainbow quite yet. And so through that mission to inspire others, I have been fortunate enough to be able tohave students all around the world where I get to teach some my content, whether it's productivity or sales or lead generation business development consulting. I teach a lot of different subject, and it's so fortunate. I've been able to in some way inspire other people all around the world through the form of online education. So when it comes to productivity, understanding why you do what you do is key. Because, like I said before, my why essentially is to inspire others. And then once I figured out the vision of what I wanted my life to look like in the future , I've been able to make the right moves from joining Oracle's starting to teach sales training, starting to make content online and starting to get into the e learning business and teaching people how to be more productive or start their own consulting businesses or whatever other courses that I teach my. Why it's it's always gonna be there and it's the core, and that is to inspire others. So once you figure out what your core is, everything will build around that core function, and you just got to figure out why you do what you doing, what you really care most about. And most people when they get to this stage or once you watch this video of the first thing they're gonna ask is, Well, where do I start. Everything sounds good, but I don't know what I want to do. I don't know what I'm interested in and blah, blah, blah, blah. And I totally get it. Because at one point, not too long ago, when I graduated from college, I was in the exact same boat where I didn't know what I want to do. So here's a simple way I want you to visualize figuring out your wife, basically the entire global economy. And you know what people do on a day to day works like this. On the left side, you basically have who you are as an individual. Now, I'm not necessarily talking about business. I'm talking about you personally, who you are on the other end. It's going to be who we are becoming. So essentially everybody in the present moment is a version of themselves, and they have an idea or picture in their head of who they want to be. So the first question to figure out what your why is is figuring out who do you want to become because in life we're gonna go through stages of evolution and understanding where you are currently and understanding where you want to be is going to help you visualize what exactly your why is, and so when it comes to productivity. Actually, productivity is is really just that gap between who you are and who we are becoming, and so the productivity side of it is the work you need to do to actually become the person that you want to be. So the first question again you want to ask is, Who do you want to become? And for me it was to be a person that inspires others, and it doesn't necessarily have to be so specific, like a job that you know, it's defined and created. It could be as vague as just the ability to inspire others and help people live the lives they want to live. But it could be more tangible, like things like being a top sales rep, or maybe something like being financially free, where you never have to worry about money or living a lifestyle where you get to travel all around the world, being wealthy, helping your family being healthy, that could also be something that you want to be having a healthy body and just living life , enjoying who you are, or you maybe even family or rented where your life revolves around your family and you want to be the best mother or the father or best family member that you can be so getting to the bottom of exactly who you want to be. And again, it's not going to be easy. You have to do a lot of deep reflection on what you actually care about. And I recommend looking at your past, your childhood and how you came up. And if you still get a little stuck, you could still talk to different people who you admire or you read different books that might give you some inspiration, like it did for me on exactly who you want to be. So the first question again is, Who do you want to become after you ask the question of who do I want to become? The next question you have to have really figure out is Why do I want to become X and X is gonna be the variable of whatever it is that you want to do. So for me it would be why do I want to be a person that inspire others and my answer to that is because other people inspired me and they help me live a better life. And I just want to do the same for other people. And so once you get very clear on who you want to be and why you want to be that person, I understand your wife is going to be so much more easier and it's gonna help you become so much more productive because when you when you get out of bed in the morning, you know exactly why you're doing what you're doing. And all the laziness just kind of dissipates because you have a mission and you know why you're doing what you're doing on a day to day basis, and that's how you gonna become more productive. And that's where you gonna get that motivation that other people seem to be lacking and just fall in. Let life pass them by. And the last thing I'll leave off for you in this section is that if you don't have a purpose quite yet, make it your mission to find one and this is rare is really important not making excuses for yourself, because a lot of people will say that they want to start a business or they want to do this . They want to do that, but they just don't have an idea or they don't have a purpose. I don't have a mission, and and you just make a lot of excuses. If you don't quite know who you want to become yet and why you want to become that person, make it your mission. To find out who that person is that you want to be and really just spend a lot of time on this because if you don't figure out why you do what you do, everything else is not going to matter. And a really silver in question that you should ask yourself as you try to figure out what your mission in life is is on a weekly basis. Ask yourself how many hours you put in into finding your mission in life, and most people that I talked to who haven't figured out the answer for themselves. Usually the answer is 00 hours, and if you start putting in the time and the effort into discovering who you want to become and why you want to become that person. It's basically going to be an inevitable before you find out exactly who you want to be. So again, if you don't have a purpose in life quite yet, make it your mission to find one. So with that said, we're gonna go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 8. Making Excuses: Hey, what's going on? Everybody and in this section, we're gonna talk about making excuses. Now, this is when it could be one of the most common pitfalls when it comes to something that kills your productivity. And that is when you make excuses for why you are not doing what you should be doing. And honestly, once you figure out your why, you pretty much know exactly what you should be doing at all times. But sometimes we may fall into the trap of being a little lazy. And so in this section, I want to show you guys how to avoid the pitfall of making excuses and what to do in its replacement. So with that said, let's go ahead and dive right in now to dive a little deeper in this story that I told you in the beginning of the course where I quit my job and I, you know, traveled to Thailand to try to start different online businesses when I was actually in Thailand. Honestly, I spent the 1st 2 months just kind of playing around and and you really just enjoying my time off and you know, that's me over there when I when I traveled up a mountain in Chiang Mai and I jumped over a little river and took a picture on this rock. And, you know, honestly, everything was great. I was taking a lot of trips, but the reality was I honestly was not working as hard as I should be in the challenge was that I was living off my savings, and if I was not generating any income than this dream, life would come to an end at some point. But the thing was, instead of putting that pressure on myself and you're taking four responsibility and understanding that was not making any income, even though I was having the time of my life, I was telling myself I am not making money because and I would just put any rant of excuse that I can think of on the spot. So I would say I'm not making any money because I haven't had time off, and I just want to enjoy my time. I'm not making money because environment and Thailand is in as ambitious as it is in San Francisco or whatever excuse that I could think of. I would just literally just say it and and that was really preventing me from my growth, because instead of actually taking responsibility and learning from my mistakes, I was just making excuses in and I was basically stagnant and not growing in and more importantly, not making any money to sustain this lifestyle. And so clearly to visualize what I was doing was that whenever I would have a problem, I would blame it on any type of external factor and what those external factors were or whatever was convenient at the time, whether it's the weather. Or maybe it was a chair that was not ergonomic or the Internets too slow. Whatever it is, I found something to blame. And like I was saying before it, productivity tactics are effective and we're going to show you some of them later. But having the right mindset and understanding that when your understanding when you're blaming external factors when you should be actually blaming yourself and take responsibility, understand this concept is going to be extremely critical when it comes to becoming a productive machine. So the moment you start blaming anybody else but yourself, it's basically over. You're not gonna get any done anything done if you're gonna blame Facebook Or if you're gonna blame the figures, book algorithms or you're gonna blame instagram algorithms or you're gonna blame the weather or you're gonna blame your spouse or your loved ones for taking up your time or whatever it is, it's over. You're not going to get anything done at all. So what do we need to do? The changes. So rather than it blaming external factors, we're gonna adopt this mindset where everything is your fault. Now, this may sound a little harsh arm. I feel like having this kind of mindset, maybe too much responsibility. But when you start understanding that everything is literally your fault, that his when your productivity is going to skyrocket. And so instead of blaming external factors like blaming the Internet, the weather, your girlfriend or whatever it is you, what you want to do is you want to say, Okay, this is the situation I'm in, and I put myself in this situation. So I got to get myself out. So if I'm not making any money that it's 100% on me, not my environment, not Thailand, not the Internet, not the weather. Not that I'm vacation. It does not matter because everything is your fault at the end of the day. And if you want to take control of your life, you have to take the responsibility for that because the one of the most critical skills when it comes to becoming more productive is you want to learn to take four responsibility to break the habit of making excuses. And so the productivity machine is all about. Develop that mindset where you're not blaming any external factors anymore. You're only taking responsibility over your actions. And even when things don't seem like they're directly your fault, you know that you can always do something to make your situation better. So in life they're going to be a lot of negative things that happen. And you have to realize that regardless of how they happen, sometimes just dumb, like you have to take responsibly and pulling yourself out of that hole and becoming more productive and becoming a better person. No one else is going to do that for you got to do it for yourself and the most amazing thing about what happens when you take four responsibility and you have that mindset where everything is literally your fault when you know that everything is your fault. Everything is also in your control, and that is the beauty of the productivity machine. Because once you assume that everything is your fault, no matter what happens, you take full responsibility. You could have done something better. That means that everything in life, no matter what it is, whether it's something random negative that comes into your life, you have the power to make that situation into something that benefits your life in the positive way. So again, when everything is your fault, everything is also in your control. And when things are in your control, you can literally do anything. And so if you want to be productive and you want to get your stuff done, whether it's a start of business or have time for family and work or whatever it is, know that everything is your fault and know that everything is also in your control. 9. Your Highs and Lows: Hey, what's going on? Everybody. So in this section we are going to talk about your highs and lows, and now, So in this particular section, we're gonna talk about exactly what it means to understand what your highest version of yourself is and what that lowest version is. So you know, let's go ahead and just dive right in. So you get a better understanding of what I'm talking about here. So, like we've been doing the entire course, we've been setting your goals and helping you guys. I think as big as possible, meaning dreaming, big understanding what you're most ambitious goals are and crafting a plan, a step by step plan to actually get there. So, of course, it's fantastic to dream big. But the thing is, even if people dream extremely big and believe that they can accomplish anything because, you know, maybe after we watch Gary V video on YouTube or receiver motivated or we see of motivational speech and we're feeling pumped up, sometimes I feeling doesn't always last. Even it can kind of dissipate, and we may not be are productive Selves anymore. So most people are actually once they feel that rush of energy. They go back to their lazy self as time goes on. And for the most part, I would say most human beings on Earth feel this where there are moments where they get really hyped up and excited and they want to get as much done as they possibly can. And then sometimes we go into waves where we just don't want to do anything that we feel lazy and feel tired. And we asked ourselves What's even the point? And so in this section, as we dive deeper, we're going to show you exactly why this happens and what you can do to counter it, so that you make sure that you could be your most productive self that you can possibly be . So you want to imagine yourself here right in the middle and at the top. That's going to be this line over here, which represents your highest version of yourself, which is going to be your maximum. This is when you feel pumped up. You feel you're productive. It's when you are getting stuff done and in the bottom over here it's going to be your lowest version of yourself, which is your minimum and that's gonna be the phrase where you were really lazy. You don't really want to do it anything, and you just don't care about anything, frankly, and so everybody has this. We have the highest version of ourselves, and we have the lowest versions ourselves. One, the highest version is going to be your most productive, and the lowest version is going to be your least productive. And so here's the interesting part about this. You're actually not the average of your highest and lowest version of yourself. Most people believe that they think the highest version in the lowest version, and they kind of combined it, and then they get an average. But that's actually not true at all. You are actually the lowest version of yourself. And so let me explain to you what I mean by this. The highest version of yourself is what you believe is possible. It's basically in your head, your vision of how big you can actually make your life and how great it can be. So it's more of a mental thing of believing now that Lois version of yourself is what you actually do on a day to day basis, So let me go ahead and give you an example. Let's say you're living in apartment, and on some days you feel really clean and you clean everything up. And some days you feel lazy where everything is just everywhere, right? So you can't necessarily take the average of the highest version and lowest version and get this middle, where you're somewhat clean and somewhat dirty. It's more like if your if your room is messy, it's almost binary, where it's messy. No matter how much you believe you're a clean person. If your room is just messy, you are literally just the lowest version of yourselves because it's binary. It's if your room is messy or not, and even comes to productivity. There are days where you could work like 10 hours a day, right, But there are days where you only work two hours a day. I mean, you could take the average of them and say These are the amount of hours I worked over the course of a month, But the thing is, on that day to day basis, if you only work two hours a day, you literally only work two hours a day and that's binary. And that's period. You're not taking the averages. You literally only work two hours a day. So you are actually the lowest version of yourself. And if you're only working two hours a day, then you're working two hours a day. You can take the average is you can't like massaging numbers so that you could say, Oh, I work 10 hours on this day, I'm going to combine it with this two hour day and suddenly everything's okay. It doesn't work like that because you want to make sure that you are consistent in your productivity on the day to day basis. So what do you need to do to make sure that you can become a productivity machine? Well, what you want to first do and we've been doing this throughout the entire course, is you want to keep increasing and raising the highest version of yourself. You wanna imagine what your life could be when you're dreaming as big as possible and push that limit as far as you can. And when you get to that limit where you feel a little uncomfortable and you wonder whether or not you can pull it off, you keep on pushing because the higher you push yourself and that that more you believe in yourself, the more you actually get done because your day to day will change based on that high level vision of what you want your life to be. Now at the same time, what you want to do is you want to constantly increase the lowest version of yourself. So you not only do you have that mental stamina and mental vision of who you want to be at your highest version, you want to make sure your day to day is constantly being pushed up. So if you're only working two hours a day, you want to bump it up. 23456 and you want to hit those minimums. So instead of saying one day, I work 10 hours the other day, I work, too. You want toe, always make it so that minimum you wanna work eight hours a day, and that's period. No excuses, no averaging, no massaging any numbers. You want to keep a consistent lowest version of yourself and you want to keep raising that bar because once you understand that you can believe and you could do anything you want and you raise your lowest version of yourself. You can actually do the things you need to do on a day to day basis because you're not massaging numbers. You're not trying to make it sound like it productive. You are literally productive because instead of averaging things, you're taking that lowest version, and you're increasing that standard. It's literally one of the greatest productivity hacks, because instead of believing that you're the average of your highest or lowest version, I always imagine it like you are always the lowest version of yourself, and what you do on a day to day is literally how you live your life. So you gotta pay attention in the present time and keep raising that lowest version of yourself and be mindful. And be honest with yourself whether or not you're actually working hard and you're being productive and getting things done or just being that low version busy version of yourself . And so with that said again to summarize it always constantly increase the highest version of yourself and at the same time increased that lowest version of yourself because that's practically how you're going to spend your life on a day today basis. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 10. Planning for the Short and Long Term: everybody, What is going on now? Welcome to the section where we're going to talk all about planning for the short and long term. And of course, this lesson is going to be critical, just like all the other lessons will be. And the reason is because it's not enough just the plan for the short term and execute on a day to day basis. You also gotta have a long term vision in what you want out of your life in what you're trying to become productive in. So without further ado, let's show you how you can plan for your shirt in long term not only for your life goals, but your business goals as well. Now, if you guys watch Alice in Wonderland, there was his one scene once Alice entered the fantasy world and she first encountered this cat. And Al is obviously being lost like she was. She asked a cat, Where should I be going? And the cat replied, Well, where do you want to go? And Alice responded with, I don't know. And the cat responded back by saying, Well, then it doesn't matter which way you go, so why bring up this lessons because in this story, Alice doesn't really know the direction that she wants to go in her life and she's completely lost. But there's no end destination. And so if Alice is asking directions from the cat, even if the cat knows exactly where everything is in this entire world, if Alice is a know where she wants to go personally, how can the cat help her? Because he can only guide her to where she wants to go. But where she wants to go, she has to figure out that for herself and bring it back to our lives. In our reality, it's exactly the same. And sometimes we can't expect others just to give us the answers and how we want to live our life, because we have to be the ones that decide how we want to do it ourselves. And we can't search for the answer externally. We have to dig down deep inside to understand what our long term goals are. Only then we can understand which direction we should go. And so, like I was saying, if you don't know where you're going, how can you even take the first step and understanding where you want to go will allow you to take that very first step in the second. Then the third, then the fourth. Evan, you're on your way to accomplishing whatever it is you want to accomplish. So you want to start with a vision, then build the plan to make it reality. So it's not enough just to dream about what you want. You gotta really understand that concrete, Lee, what that vision looks like, whether it's five or 10 years out. And then from there you want to build a plan step by step to actually make that vision of reality. And so how we're going to do that is we're gonna apply the Pareto principle, also known as the 80 20 Rule, and just to give you guys a refresher in one of the Pareto principles examples, I said that if you have, ah, to do list, that's 25 things long. You can narrow it down by 20% and bring it down to five, and then you narrow down by 20% again and you narrow it down to one. So from 25 things that you thought you had to do, you near it down to one priority. One priority that you focus on that's going to be critical in moving your business or life further. And so just to remind you what the Pareto principle is, it's basically saying that 20% of the work you do will result in 80% of your success. So that's why you want to narrow all your things down and distillate into one priority that you can focus on, which will lead to a majority of your success. What you understand what that one priority is, whether it's to make $10 million by a certain age or to be a famous senior or to have financial stability so you can travel the world. Whatever that one priority you have in life is focus deeply on it, and this is how you're gonna do it. So, essentially what that one priority is. You want to think of it like a dream goal, or if you want to make it a little bit more tangible, you could put a year on it and say It's the 10 year ago, and that's usually how I recommend people planned their things out. You want to think 10 years ahead sometimes it would take longer. Sometimes you could accomplish things quicker. But as a rule of thumb, let's go ahead and use 10 years. Then whatever that dream go is, let's say it's to make $10 million within the next 10 years. So if that is your goal, then do you say OK, so that's my goal. $10 million within the next 10 years and then you want to break it down, step by step. So once you understand the 10 year goal, now you gotta ask yourself, What's the five year ago? Where do you have to be in five years so that you're in the position where you can accomplish whatever it is you wanted to accomplish within a 10 year time span? So in five years, you might say, Well, if my dream goal is to make $10 million I want to have at least $5 million by year five, and so you break it down even further. What's your one year goal? Well, in one year, you may not have a $1,000,000 but you could say OK, in one year, I want to create a business where I get to generate passive income every single month at a rate of 10-K per month, $10,000 per month. And so when you break it down like that, you really make it into concrete cells because you can say OK, in one year I want to build a business that makes 10-K passive income per month. And I'm gonna invest that money so I could make more money. And then with that money that I'm investing, I wanna have five million in by five years and then by 10 years I'm gonna have 10 million. And so, as you can see, you start with a vision and you start breaking it down step by step from 10 years to five years, Then one year and then we're going to even go more narrow than that. And we're gonna go into your monthly goes. So based on your one year goal, what's your monthly go that need to achieve to make that one year go possible and that So let's say I'm going to use myself as an example, and I'm making my money through teaching people with online courses. So my monthly go would be to create a new online course for the month. And if I create that new online course, then it's going to help me get closer to that one year ago that we talked about and which was to make 10-K a month passive income per year. So that could be your monthly. Go then you break it down into your week ago. You look at your weak and say, Okay, what do I need to do this week to achieve my monthly go, which will accomplish my yearly go, which will accomplish my five year ago, which will accomplish my 10 year going? You see, we're working backwards from there. Evan. Finally, you break it down into the daily go. What are you going to do today To accomplish that weekly glow, which will help you accomplish that monthly Go and someone So as you can see, you want to narrow it down from 10 years, five years, one year monthly, weekly and daily. And so that's exactly how you're gonna figure out what you need to do on the date of day basis, because if your goal is to make $10 million there's really no excuse for why you don't know what to do today to actually take a step to get there, because if you really break it down like this, you know the exact plan to get there, although obviously things are gonna change as you move along your process. And that's totally fine, because you can always change the plan to adjust to the market or whatever situations you're in. However, I want you guys to stray away from making any type of excuse is the same. You don't know what to do or you don't have a business idea or you don't know what actions to take. Because if you break it down from your 10 year, five year, one year monthly weekly and daily go, that should not be an issue. And you want to even apply this snowball effect as you think about these long term and short term goals. Because, like we said before, the snowball starts at the top and it rolls down the hill and gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and it's getting bigger exponentially. So the main lesson here is that what you do today is going to affect what you do in one month, and that's going to affect what you do in one year, it's going to affect the five year and 10 year. So you want to think of it like every single day. Every day does count because it does contribute to making your 10 year go or your dream go a reality. And you just got a to get one step at a time road that snowball and rolled it down the hill and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and you're going to see that you're gonna be accomplishing more things and taking on more ambitious challenges. Because all the game of productivity is is just getting that star and building momentum and staying consistent is in whatever is that you do. And eventually you're gonna build that giant snowball that's going to just destroy all of your goals. And you're just gonna crush it to recap everything when it comes to short term and long term goals for your long term goals. Have that vision for what it is you want to do, bully it down to that one priority and then set a go for your dream goal. And I recommend going 10 years out and then breaking down to your five year ago, one year monthly and daily goals. And then you're gonna know exactly what you need to do from a long term perspective. And you have a clear vision on what you want in life. And you also know from execution perspective what you should be doing on a day to day monthly and yearly basis. So what? That said, I'm going to see you guys in the next lesson. 11. Managing Your Time: everybody, What is going on? Welcome to the section where we are going to show you have the better manage your time. So for this particular section, a lot of people have been asking me exactly how they should structure their day to day, especially when they understand what their long term vision and the understand what they need to do on a day to day basis. But how do you even break it down? And the schedule it by the hour? How does your calendar look like? How much time should you be spending on creating? How much time should you be spending on managing other people? So what that say? We're gonna cover all of those questions within this section. So the first thing I want to say to you guys is that most people have long to do lists and get trapped with busy work. And I know a lot of people like this who work in large companies where essentially they might have a general business job or they might be an analyst or consultant. But in reality they're really just pushing papers around. They're getting information from one area. They're giving it to another person That's literally what they're doing all day and you want to stay out of that trap. And even if you're entrepreneur or you have your own business, there's a lot of things that you could be doing that will move the needle in your business and can generate you more revenue. However, if you get trapped just doing the things that don't really matter and yours busy for the sake of being busy, you're working long hours, but not thinking much money, that's not going to be good. So we're gonna cover exactly how to stay away from these long to do list that don't get you anywhere and how you can actually focus on the work that matters. So how we're gonna teach you guys, that is, we're gonna use something called the Paul Graham's maker schedule. Now Paul Graham is a notorious investor for one of the founders of Y Combinator, and this is how he recommends all of his founders who are part of his incubator, to schedule their schedules. And this is how some of the most productive founders handle their schedule on a day to day basis. So the Paul Graham's maker, scheduled to give you a high level overview before we dive in. You are basically categorizing your time into two buckets. The first category is going to be your maker category, which is with the time you spend to create things. And the second part is manager category, which is to oversee and direct other people Now to give you a better understanding what that means it, Let's say, for example, you are a coder who is working on a start up. So you want to spend portion of your time categorize in making, which is coding and other half of it. You want to make sure you are managing the business properly, making sure your employees are happy and you're making sure that you're hiring new people. Those kind of pass would be manager tasked. Clearly, there's a really big difference between Maker, which is creating something, and manager, which is more administrative. Both are important, however, use one of the Vij er of time in this way so that you can spend a long duration of time doing one thing and then the rest of the aeration doing the other so maker time. Basically, that's when you're coding creating painting, whatever it is, that is, the form of creating. It requires huge chunks of time, whether it's from coding generating leads for business development or to just develop new ideas to make the business even better, or even if you're creating a new product wherever it is. The maker category takes a lot of time because sometimes you need to sit down and you need a few hours to get creative and come up with good ideas. However, the manager time is a lot more straightforward. You're really just telling people what to do in overseeing operations so you could divide that into increments of 30 minutes or even hours or one hour, two hours, because this is just really overseeing things and having meetings. And that's not as creative. And an example of that is for meetings. You don't necessarily need a huge chunk of time like four hours toe. Have a meeting. You really just need to maybe 30 minutes or an hour to get everyone on the same page. But for maker time, which is when you're creating, sometimes you literally need four hours or more just to do straight coding or straight creating or straight creating a new product, but for manager time, you could really divided into pieces. How I recommend you guys schedule your time is that if you're in a business where you are making and managing, you want to make sure that your maker time is in the morning and your management time is in the afternoon and onwards. And the reason is because you want to make sure that you, when you wake up, you're at your bastard at your highest level of energy. And that's what it's gonna take to create the best product or service as possible. And then from there you can just spend the rest of the day managing other people and doing the things that aren't necessarily creative. But are the things that keep the business running? This is how most people spend their day. They will spend 80% of day doing busywork, which is like moving papers, having meetings and you know those kinds of things, and then they'll save 20% at the end of day to do the most important task, which may be generating leads or hiring new employees or creating new product. And this is how most people they fall into the trap of just being an operator and operating their business on a day today basis without doing the important task of pushing and innovating and making something new. And so this is how most people do, and we want to switch this. We want to make sure that if you want to be productive and you want to make sure you're doing the important things every day, you want to spend 50% of your day doing the most important task. And then 50% of the other day doing the busy work that just has to be done. Two things I want to mention to you about this new, productive day is again. You want to schedule a minimum of four hours per day on your main priority. So, like we have talked about throughout the entire course, there's this idea of having one priority, whether it's a five year goal or 10 year going, you just hard core focus on that, and you try to make that a reality, and you want to make sure you spend at least four hours per day, and this is assuming you're working at least eight hours a day, so you want to spend at least four, which is half of it on doing the most important task, which is usually making and doing something that pushes the needle in accomplishing your dreams. And then you want to save the other half for doing all the other busy work that you just have to do whether it meetings, making sure everyone's on the same page or writing email to make sure and everyone knows what's going on. So those kind of busy works. You want to save the end again and focus on the most important thing in the 1st 50% of your day. However, once you get really good, you'll start realizing that if you're only doing the important task that lead to the majority of the result, you might as well bump it up and put 80% of your time throughout the day doing your most important task. And this is exactly how I planned my personal calendar, where I literally spend 80% of my day doing one thing. Whether it's to create new videos for my course or doing marketing for it or whatever it is , I usually to one thing per day that's going to push my business to the next level. And then I leave the end of the day that 20% of the day to do the busywork, like sending wiring money to another bank account or writing an email to make sure my entire team is on the same page. And because those things aren't necessarily extremely critical or time since that they just need to be done and as only to get them done by the end of day. It's fine. So you want to use all your energy in the morning and just go hard and doing that thing that's going to take you to the next level and just forget everything else? Because if you focus on that one priority, everything else is gonna You're gonna realize that it does not matter, because if you're a senior and you spend 80% of your time creating the best music possible , then if that music is actually good, people are going to gravitate to it, and you don't have to do as much marketing. You don't have to have as much meeting people are gonna want to work with you because your music is good or if you creating a product if you just spend your time focusing on creating an amazing product and everything else is gonna come and gravitate to you. And so when you're thinking about business, you can literally point and down to one thing that is going to be extremely critical. And again, I recommend doing at least four hours per day focusing about one task. However, once you get to that love weaken, bump it up and actually bringing up to 80 and if you're really good, you can get it to 90. And you realize that this is how the most productive people plan their day because you rather do that. One critical thing that's going to change the game, then do 100 things that aren't really gonna move the needle at all. If there's anything that you remember from this lesson is that focus on your priorities and everything else will not matter. I promise you guys this, like, if you really do focus on the things are going to be the most important. Usually you can boil it down to one priority that's going to be significantly more important than everything else. The rest of your life will just fall in place because that priority is going to care for you very far. And all these other things do not matter. You might feel like they matter now. And you might have this long to do list of all these things that you just need to get done . But I promise you, if you boil it down using the 80 20 rule, boil it down to that one priority and then just hard core focus at least four hours per day . On that priority, you're gonna make any dream. You want a reality. So what? That said, I hope you guys really take that to heart and really understanding that you're focusing on one thing does pay off in getting more things done. And now we're gonna move on to the next lesson. 12. Batching: everybody, What is going on? So now we're gonna go into the section where we're gonna talk about batch ing. Now, the first thing I want to talk to you about batch ing is that the more you switch tasks while working, the less productive you will be because of switching fatigue. And what I mean by this is that throughout the workday, obviously you're gonna have different types of tasks, whether it's going to be your one priority or all the type of busy works that you have. And sometimes you're working on something very important. And another Corker just comes up to you and ask you to do something, and suddenly you're stewing one thing that you're doing another thing, and the next thing you know, the end of the day and you haven't got anything done. And so the problem with this is that the more you switch tasks throughout the day, the less productive you're gonna be. Because every time you switch tasks, there's this thing called switching fatigue. And what that means is that basically making your mind switched to a different task. It reduces the amount of productive energy you have throughout the entire day, and that's why you want a batch, your work up. And so, if an example of this is that, let's say we're focusing on one priority and I'm gonna use myself as an example. So this is literally the process of creating this course. Essentially, I have to first write the course, and then from there I got a film it and record it. And that's what you're hearing now and after. I feel that I have to edit it and put it all together now. Before, when I first started making courses, I would go through this process where I would write the course filming edit. Then I move on to the next video right from Ed it. And then I go to the next video bright film and edit. So as you can see here to create one video, and that's how I used to do it, I would have to switch task twice before I actually got a video edited, meaning I would write it. Switch task film. It's which has edited all of the's three different task, take different skill sets, and every time I switch it's going to take more of my energy and this is not an example of matching. This is actually just constantly switching task, and it's very not productive it. So what you want to understand is that batch in your work save your energy from switching fatigue, meaning you don't have to keep switching to get something done. You can actually just focus on one thing at a time. And so let me show you what I mean by this. So the process of creating, of course. So instead of doing what I did before, which was right film edit right from edit and I would do one video at a time instead, what I do now is I spent a couple of days writing the course, putting it all together, making sure that everything looks great. And then I'll spend the next few days filming. And I would just film all day for the next few days, and I do it day after day after day, and then after I film it, I would spend the next few days editing everything together. So instead of doing things where I'm writing it, filming it, editing it all in one day to create one video, I was spending one entire day writing and then later on all spend entire day filming and then later on has been an entire day editing. And so that is an example of matching because to create. Of course, it does require a lot of processes, just like creating anything, whether it's coding or creating a product or providing any type of service for someone. If you just patch up your work and you're literally boiling it down to one priority per day , and for me, it could be, you know, my priority for one day might be writing the next they might be filming, and the next day might be editing. And that's how I put myself in the position to succeed because I can spend a majority of my day doing that one priority. And now just do it day after day after day and I stay consistent and eventually out Crete the course. However, if I put myself in a position where I have to constantly right film edit and I constantly have to switch tasks and it's going to fatigue my brain, and I'm just not going to get as much done is gonna take ah lot more longer to complete my goals, and it is gonna take a lot longer before I complete a course. But by batch ing it, it's significantly takes time because I don't lose any of my energy on a day to day basis from switching fatigue. So with that said, you gotta look at your life and understand in what areas can you categorize and bachelor work where you're only focusing on one priority per day. And if you do that, it's going to help you become infinitely more productive because you are not switching tasks throughout the day. And you also want to make sure that other people aren't bothering you and asking you to do certain things that will make you have to switch tasks. Remember, you gotta block out at least four hours per day, doing that one priority and then save the end of the day for the busy work. And that's where people ask you for things or customer service or whatever it is. Save it to the end, and don't even worry about it focused on that one priority and focus on it hard core and do that day by day, and you're going to get whatever you want to get done 13. Crafting a Healthy Routine: everybody of what is going on? Welcome to the section prayer. We are going to show you how to craft a healthy routine. Now, why This is gonna be extremely important when it comes to becoming the most productive that you can be is that most people, they focus on the work that they have to do. But we sometimes we forget to take care of our bodies and our help. And so in this section, my goal is to show you guys exactly why taking care of your help is going to be critical in becoming the most productive that you can be. You know, one of the things that people tell me all the time is that they are too busy to exercise. They just don't have time because they got to drive the work in the morning and they gotta work than their tired. They want to drive home, and then they just want to chill when they get home. Not only that, they also say that they don't have time to eat healthy zehr always eating fast food, and they even say they don't even have time to sleep. So I mean, this is a majority of the people that I know, they don't exercise, they don't eat healthy and they do not get enough sleep. As you're even thinking about this, you may even ask yourself whether or not you fall into the same buckets as well. And the people that told me this, What they don't realize is that they're setting themselves up for failure in the long term , because when you're going at such a fast pace, you're borrowing something, and that's usually borrowing against your health. So a lot of people who think of themselves as very ambitious they're always go, go, go! So you go the work they work and then the afternoon where they just crash at home. And then that's the process that they have. Maybe it's five days a week for like, 12 hours a day, and you do it over and over and over and over. When you ask these people if they're exercising or if they're eating out the or they're getting enough sleep, they don't. And you know, there are a lot of people out there that I know personally that tell me that the only get five hours or four hours asleep because they're so quote unquote busy working that they just don't have time. But the thing is, when you're going at that fast paced meaning, you're just focusing on that, getting your priorities, that you're not focusing on your health, your borrowing against something and that something is your health. And if you borrow against it for too long, you're gonna feel the effects of it long term. And this is how I want you guys to think about your body. You want to think about it as if it were a machine, literally a living machine. So when it comes to the three pillars of health, it's essentially how you e how you exercise and how you sleep. So you want to think of these three elements as inputs. These are things that you're putting into your body, and how are machine operates is that your inputs, the things that you put into a machine will directly affect your outputs. So if you're not eating healthy, you're not exercising and you're not sleeping well. That's going to affect your performance, obviously, because you gotta ask yourself, How can you perform your best if you're always feeling tired or if your body hurts. If you're literally sitting at your desk trying to get some work done working in your dream business and you just feel tired and your eyes feel like you can't even open them and you're aching all over and you know your heart is hurting in all of these issues. How can you actually perform your best? You just It's just impossible because you don't feel at your 100%. And the problem isn't that people don't have enough time. It's that they don't make their health a priority. When it comes to health, you have to make time for you. Can't just say you don't have time for it because it's the inputs that you put into your body that directly affect your output. And so what we want to do instead is you want to craft a healthy routine so that we make sure that you're eating healthy. You're exercising and you're getting enough sleep, and you're not making excuses to why you're not getting thes things down. And I'm gonna use a personal example for me and how I craft my routine and you can use as inspiration to craft your own and that basically I'm going to divide it into three sections . It's gonna be the early morning, your work day, and then it's going to be everything after work. And so, for me personally, in the morning, I like to wake up a little early so I can meditate. Really, all home real spending 5 to 10 minutes just sitting with my legs cross and thinking of nothing and making sure that I'm in the right mental states a tackle the day. And obviously there's gonna be a lot of benefits to meditating you community. If you want. I recommend it. But if that's not your thing, that's totally fine. After meditating, I'd usually go into breakfast where I'm getting some eating healthy breakfast. Usually it's a yogurt parfait and some Jews, and maybe some tea. You want to make sure that you have a nutritious breakfast with that you have energy throughout the day, and then after I eat breakfast, usually I spent time with my loved ones, and usually that's my girlfriend. And because the reason why you want to spend time with loved ones, whether you have ah, girlfriend, a wife, a husband, boyfriend or, if you have kids, is because you want to remind yourself why you're working so hard for whatever is that you're doing, and that's going to give you even Mawr energy. So in the morning, you want to just charge yourself as much as possible. And how I do it is. First I meditate, I get my head right. Then I have physical energy from breakfast, and then I spent time with loved ones, and that just gives me that internal energy to give me that push that I need to get the hard things done throughout the day. So after this early morning routine, which typically only takes, like maybe an hour, move onto the work day, and so in the beginning of my workday, what I like to do is I spend the 1st 10 minutes just planning my day, understanding exactly what I'm going to do for that day, and then I just go, and how I usually do it is I just focus on the priorities for the majority of the day, meaning all the thing that's going to be important in moving my business and my life forward, and then I save the last 20% of it for everything else, whether it's just any emails to my team or just staying on top of something. And so that's isn't how I planned my work day, and it's usually around 8 to 10 hours and the after work. What I like to do is I like the exercise de stress. Get my body going and really it, making sure that feeling good after exercise. I usually just like to relax with my girlfriend after work. Maybe watch a movie, whatever it is, and for me, I don't necessarily have to work 15 hours per day. That's not necessarily my style. I like to stay a little more balance where I have time for my loved ones that have time to relax, have time to eat. And then I always get at least eight hours of sleep, day to day basis because there's a lot of studies that show that you do need that sleep so that you have energy throughout the day because they're off this entire time. And when I have my meals and during breakfast and lunch and dinner. I'm always eating healthy and I'm not eating like junk food every day, and I'm not making excuses to why I can't eat healthy because it's very simple to just pick any type of restaurant that sells a healthy foods or if you make it at home and you have to really craft out time to make that reality. And so my philosophy is that it's better the carve out time making sure that your body is healthy so that when you work the hours that you work your making sure that you maximizing those hours because you can work it 15 hours a day. But they could all be low quality hours, meaning you're not producing the highest quality of work. And if you're working 15 hour there was a day doing that, then that's just not gonna lead to a happy, long term life. However, if you're working, you know, let's say a hours a day and you're sleeping hours a day and you're meditating. You're exercising, you eating healthy and all of this. Those eight hours of work that you do per day could actually be a way more productive than actually working 15 hours where they're bad hours where you're just feeling tired and so that's why you want to understand that maximum output, what do you need to do to set yourself up for success so that the hours that you do actually work, that they're gonna be the most productive that they can be? Because it's not about the hour she work. It's what you get done during the hours that you work and done during the day and what you can accomplish. So by making sure that you have a healthy routine for yourself, that's going to take you extremely far and getting the most per hour. And the key to all of this is that you want a plan in visualize your daily schedule, and the easiest way to really break it down is tohave. Is it breaking down by the early morning? Your work? They even after work just three simple categories where you can understand in each category what you're doing it essentially. I only have nine total variables throughout my day, and it's a very simple and so for you guys. You want a plan to visualize your daily schedule, and again, you don't have to have a schedule like mines. Maybe you like to work at different hours, maybe like to exercise in the morning versus after work, but it doesn't necessarily matter how you plan your day. You just want to understand and have a visualization of how it's going to work so you can plan accordingly. And don't fall into the trap of doing things when you feel like it. Just set a time and put it into your calendar and just do it. So if you if you want to go to the gym, just set the time and and make sure you just go. If you said it for 6 p.m. After work, just go. No matter how you feel. Because if you wave to do things when you feel like it, you just literally never going to get it done. If you just make a habit of scheduling time on when you're gonna do things and you consistently do them, they're going to be so easy once you actually build that have it internally. And then when she when she got that, then you're on your way to building a bulletproof healthy schedules. So again, it's not the hours that you work. It's what you do during those hours, and to maximize those hours, you want to make sure that your body is as health the as it could be. Eat well, sleep well and get plenty of exercise. And I promise you you're gonna get a lot more energy. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 14. Multitasking: everybody, What is going on? So welcome to the section where we're gonna talk all about multitasking. Now, A lot of people out there believe that they're great multitaskers, meaning they can do multiple things at once, and that's how they're able to be so productive in their everyday life. However, I wanted to debunk this and really give you the truth about multi tasking from a scientific perspective before even getting to that. I remember back when I was working at work. Oh, and I remember we would sit in rooms like this and we have team meetings, and I remember there would be people at this table who would literally be on their computers while somebody is talking. And they believe that they're listening to that person that doing some type of work or some type of email. And they're doing two things at once and not just one person. But there are a lot of people that I have encountered who did this in any workplace, actually, whether it's at work hole where I start ups or literally anywhere, and you could always find these people because they believe that they can multi task by the really interesting part about that is that in the 2009 Clifford Nass from Stanford University, he conducted a study and he discovered that human beings, just like you and I are terrible at multitasking. And this is not something that I just made up. Where I heard someone said, This is a really study done at Stanford and that he was studying to see whether or not multi tasking was a real thing. And he found that compared to people who focus on a singular task, meaning just focusing on one task at a time, multi taskers who tried to do multiple things at warrants were outperformed on every single level. And this is just a scientific fact at this point where your is not gonna be overall productive if you're trying to do do things at once. So going back to the example where I was in the in the meeting room with my co workers and they were on their laptops while trying to listen to where was speaking, the reality was they weren't really listening to that person, and whatever work they were doing probably wasn't that high quality. They were probably just rearranging things on their calendar or sending quote unquote an important email when in reality, if they really just want to be productive, they could have just then the meeting got it done quick and then go back to this and do all the things they need to do at a high level of 100% of their focus. But because people multi task and they believe this illusion that they can actually do two things I want, ah, high level. They actually are just less productive overall and do everything at a lower level. And so that's a really important thing because many people out there fall into the trap of multitasking. But the reality is, if you focus one thing at a time, you're gonna get things done so much more better and faster than you would have if you try to multi task. And here gonna be some multitasking examples. You know, sometimes you're at your desk and you just working on Excel, she or working on something and someone comes up to you and they start talking. Some people will sit at their deaths, and they're literally try to do their excel sheet. While that person's talking to them. The reality is they can't necessarily focus on what that person is saying and do something as complex as an excel she at the same time. So in reality they're just wasting everyone's time where they're not really listening to the person and they're not getting much work done. Instead, they could just listen to the person first, spend about a couple of minutes there, get that information and then just go back to whatever it is that they're doing. But even if that's the case, there is also the concept of switching fatigue. Because even if you do one thing at a time in that sense, meaning you're working on Excel, then you switched ass and you're talking to someone taking in information, giving information, and then you go back to doing your Excel. She every time you switch tasks, the costs of switching that task costs about 35 to 100% of meaning. You're going to be 35 to 100% slower when it comes to actually getting the job done for, So the first thing we understand is trying to do two things at once is just no go. You're not going to be able to focus on either, And that's just a waste of productivity. So we are really understand that now when it comes to you another level multitasking where you do one task, which to another talking to somebody switch back to the excel sheep Every time you switch, it's gonna cost you 35 200%. So what you need to do is when you focus on that one priority per day and you're spending at least four hours per day on it, you want to make sure that you have no distractions, and you want to be in an environment where no one's bothering you. And you just want to focus deeply on that one thing for a long duration of time. Because every time you have to switch tasks, talks to somebody or when somebody needs a quick minute, you're losing 35 to 100% of your productivity in terms of speed. So focus on that one priority one at a time, bird by bird. And then from there, that is how you're gonna be truly productive. Don't try to do many things at once. Don't try to do two things at once. don't think you can do one task, which to another switch to another switch to another. It's which you another do one thing. Focus on it deeply and then save the rest of the busy work for their end of the day. And if you plan your schedule in that way, you're gonna save your energy from being wasted on switching task, and you're gonna be 100% focus on your one party, which you need to get done so that you can accomplish your dreams. 15. Managing Your Energy: Hey, what is going on? Everybody, welcome to the section where we are going to talk about how you can manage your energy and managing your energy is going to be extremely important when it comes to your productivity , because each individual is going to have a finite amount of energy per day. And if you know that your energy is limited, you want to make sure that you are spending it on the most important priorities. So they kicked things off. Let's go ahead and dive into a story. Now, back when I was at USC in the Marshall School of Business, obviously we had midterms and finals, and we had projects and all these things that we have to spend a lot of hours studying and working for. So at business school, I remember I would have a group of friends who would always study together, and we would go to this place called Levi Library, and we called it Club Levy as a joke because ah, lot of us would go here after class late at night. And this place was open 24 7 so you would find people here at like 11 a.m. or 2 11 PM or 2 a.m. Just like studying or working or whatever it is. So we just made a joke like this is club Levy. You know, that's where we come. Chill and you do our thing. And it was almost like a party where people would bring snacks and Candies and blankets and pillows, and they would just all go to this club Levy A and just worked throughout the night after class at a first class. This doesn't necessarily seem like a bad idea because you go to class and everyone rallies together. You buy all the snacks and you bring your blankets a pillow. Then you go to club, leave you a k a levy library, and then you know, my friends would book a room and they would study together. But the problem was that for the most part, they were just really playing around and hanging out instead of actually studying and getting work done because they were fatigued throughout the entire day of hard core day of class. When they actually got to studying and having to do long durations of work, they ended up just not doing it and just talking gossiping most of the time and really just playing around, they would literally be there from let's say, if they start at 8 p.m. They would be there all the way to, like, 2 a.m. and think, Oh, they were there for six hours. I was a great day or a great night of study. But the reality was they really didn't just get much done. And after I did this a couple times, I realized that this was ridiculous because these guys who are doing this like every other day, are not getting any results. They're just wasting your time at the library. And I didn't I had no intention of living at the library, turning my college days. So instead of going to a library late at night with my friends, why I did is I decided to just recharge my batteries, and what I mean by this was instead of going to a library, what I would do is I would just go home and sleep early and set un alarm for early morning . Everybody needs to sleep no regardless, so I knew that if I got in a good amount of sleep during the night. I could wake up early in the morning and get work done. And when I woke up I would be recharged and refreshed and I wouldn't have been tired from class. I would be doing studying or doing that project first thing in the morning before class and I would be at my 100%. And that was just incredibly more productive than trying to just do everything late at night from a P M to 2 a.m. Like eating candy and snacks and just talking and gossiping with friends and which ended up just being a distraction. So I never went back to doing that at Club Levian. I just did this process where I would just go to sleep, wake up in the morning with study on my own. Just get that thing done quick. Here's the lesson that I learned from it. It's all about managing your energy. Like I said it before in the beginning of this lesson, we all have a finite amount of energy throughout the day, and we use it throughout the day and you want to think of your personal energy is similar to a battery, the more you use it throughout the day, the more depletes. So if you go to class or you goto work and you're using a majority of your energy during the day, whenever you're finished at night, you're gonna have a lot less energy than you did at the beginning of the day. So that's why it's very important. And this is my recommendation to you guys is you want to focus on the most difficult task first, because that's the thing that's going to take the most energy. And that's the thing that's going to require the most energy for you to get it done. If you wait for the last minute after, use all your energy on the things that don't really matter, that it's gonna be a incredibly difficult to get that thing done. It's gonna take a lot of hours when it could be done in a short amount of time. Had you just manager energy better and focus on that difficult thing first in one of the slides I showed you guys in a previous video, there was this thing called the New Productive Day, where essentially you're spending at least 50% of your day doing in a. The important task, your one priority that's going to help you move the needle in your business or your life or in school. And then you want to spend the other half on the unimportant task. All the busy work, right? And so, like I said before us, four hours per day on your main priority, and you want to make sure that that most important thing is at the beginning of the day. So I've been using this strategy since I was in college, where studying for my midterm or final was going to be the most impactful in terms of getting a good grade in the class. So what it would do is instead of trying to study and cram everything late at night, and I literally never did any all nighters because I didn't feel like I needed to, because if I just went home, got some good sleep, woke up early in the morning, maybe like 3 a.m. or something like that, and be fresh and recharge, and I would just get all the work done I needed before class started again or before my mid term, and I would just kill it that way you want to do the most difficult task first, and you want to block at least four hours throughout the day to do that important thing and again. And when it comes to your renewable energy, the reason why you want to do the most difficult things first is because the activities that take the most energy you're gonna want to get them done first when you're at your peak . And here the things that dream the most energy and things like building new habits, doing things you dislike, hiding your emotions, trying to oppress others or taking tests. These other things. I just literally drained the life out of you. And if you leave them at the end of the day, it's gonna be so difficult for you to navigate and do a good job when it comes to execution . However, if you get a good night's rest in your at 100% in terms of your battery, meaning your personal energy, it's gonna be so much easier to build new habits. Do things that are just hard or you just don't like and just be aware that when you suppress your emotions or if you're trying to impress others that's just also going to completely drain your energy. But when it comes to productivity, you know, I want to focus on building your habits and doing things you don't like. The hard things are usually of things that moved the needle in your life and business. So that's why you want to prioritize them and do them first thing in the morning because it once you like, build those habits of doing the hard things. Things are going to be so much more easier and you're gonna build so much more momentum for yourself. And people are gonna wonder how you're able to become so much more productive than they are when you started at the same place. And sometimes it's just as simple as managing your personal energy. The last thing I'm gonna leave you guys with is that you want to protect your time and energy at all costs, because no matter how much money, you have time and energy as something that is finite. You. We all have the same 24 hours per day and we all have a certain level of energy per day and it gets drained throughout the day. so because these are things that you can't buy back, you want to make sure you protect them at all costs, because when you have nothing, these are things that you have every single day. And when you have everything, you still have to protect these things because it's literally your life. It's how you spend your time and how you spend your energy. This is literally everything. So as you plan your day as you manage your time and you manage your energy, you just want to think to yourself, Don't fall victim to another person's schedule because your time and your energy is literally how you lived your life on the day, the day basis. So what? That said, Let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 16. Dangers of Saying Yes: Hey, what's going on? Everybody. So we're going to go into another productivity pitfall, and this one is going to be called the dangers of saying yes, because a lot of times when you say yes, when somebody asks you for a favor or request, sometimes I can actually take up a lot of time and can derail you from doing your number one priority. So in this section, we're gonna delete to find the dangers of saying yes and what you can do to get yourself out of those sticky situations starting these off of a story I remember one time I was sitting at my desk just working hard on my one priority. And then I get a text measures from somebody and somebody from Vietnam that I've met and misses the first language. And English is their second language. So they're trying to improve their English, and they texted me and they say, Hey, Patrick, can you help me with my English homework? Evan, this person sent me a screenshot of his English homework, and he wanted me to help him out and explain exactly how to do it. So I'm thinking to myself, Well, he's a nice guy. Maybe I should help him. But then I realized that I have a dream and I'm trying to make it a reality. So this English homework is kind of inconvenience, because here I am working on my one priority, trying to make my dreams rial, and this guy's asking me to help him with English homework, which has nothing to do with my dream. So obviously, I'm in the sticky situation where I don't want to say no to the guy because he's been so nice to me. But at the same time, I just don't have timeto help him with his English home, where he should find somebody else to do that. What I like to do as I like to do something called the Oprah Test And I asked myself, Well, if you are Oprah, what would you do and why? I say it sounds kind of funny at first, but let me explain to you why I say like this. Imagine if your ambitions are to make a difference in the world. There's just so huge and you want to impact millions of people and help make the world a more positive place. OK, so These are some big dreams. Is there some Oprah level dreams? Now, when you compare that to helping an acquaintance with their English homework, that is not going to be a priority, Right? Image homework seems so small when it compares to actually doing something that impacts millions of people around the world. And this is why it's so important to say no. And the thing I was asking myself was was, would this person ever asked Oprah like literally Oprah to help him with his English homework? No way. This person would never in a 1,000,000 years asked Oprah to help him with his English homework because obviously he understands that Oprah's a busy person. She's trying to make a difference in the world and they get a better place. Why would she take time to help someone with their English homework, where that just not gonna have much effect, especially if they're only acquaintances. So if this person is not gonna ask Oprah, why is he asking me right? And so you want to think of it like your time is valuable. You don't have to be Oprah to value your own time with that said, if you value your own time and your time is energy is one of those things that you have to protect at all costs. Saying no becomes so easy because you just have to think with this person as Oprah. No. So even if they're asking you, what would Oprah do in this situation? The Oprah would kindly say no. Because Oprah has dreams, and at the same time, you have dreams and you have goals and that what you want to do in your life? So when anybody asks you to do a favor or to do something for them to help you with this or do something for that, you just got to think, What would Oprah do? And usually the answer is, Oprah just doesn't have time for these trivial things, and neither do you. So now that you understand that, you got to say no, that the person, how do you actually do it? And I'm gonna use an example where people ask me all the time. They said, Patrick, can you help me with sales training? Right? You know, you know, I'm a sales consultant and I help a lot of companies out, and they want my help, and a lot of times they want it for free. So here's how I say no to them. The first way is I redirect their requests from another person who may be able to help them . And so there are other consultants that I know. And I was just like, Hey, you know, I could introduce you to this person and I don't have to do with that person anymore. The second way I can say no is I can ask them a question that will inspire them to solve the problem themselves. So I can say like, Hey, you know, I could help you of training. But have you read these books on sales training to actually get you started? And then if they say no, then I'll say, Okay, well, you know, that's a great place to Sorry. And so by doing that, I'm recommending a solution without having to be the solution myself in the last way. I liked you can actually say no, that somebody is. You can make a suggestion that doesn't require you to help at all, meaning you could say, if somebody asked me for sales training, I could say, Hey, what Do you think you can actually just improve on top of your head? And then they'll say, You know, I could do this. I could do that. I could practices. I could record myself and record my calls and analyze it. Baba block. In that sense, they're solving their own solution, right? You know, you could kindly just make a suggestion that where they can figure it out on their own and whatever solutions that they come up with, you could say OK, well, you do that because you already know the answer to your own problem. And you know nothing about seeing saying no is that you always want to say yet promptly and you want to say it kindly. Don't wait to the last Don't like, drag it out. Don't wait a week before you tell him. No, just hell, no. Right on the spot. And you don't necessarily have to use the words. No, you could do it in these three different ways. So you want to make sure that you say it kindly. You're not being disrespectful. You're telling them no, right? When they ask you so they don't, you don't leave them on and your redirecting them or you're getting them to soft. He answered themselves because essentially, if you don't have time to help them out directly, they're gonna have to figure out their own situations for themselves while you go work on your dreams. So with that said, those are the three different ways of saying no and just remember. And if anybody asks you for something, you just got to think, What would Oprah do? So with that said, Let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 17. The People Around You: everybody. What's going on? Some of this section we're gonna talk about the people around you and how that is going to directly affect your productivity. Now, this is saying where you're the average of the five people's your closest wolf and you know , for the most part, I find that to be very true where energy and mindset, the people around you will literally directly influence how you think and how you live your day today. So obviously you want to put yourself in the best situation so that you could be as successful and productive as possible. Now, back when I was at UCR, I remember UCR is known to be a party school. So everyone was in the city serious about business or their academics kind of just want to party and have fun and just enjoy life at being young. And that was that was okay there. But it wasn't necessarily the scene I wanted to be around. I wasn't necessarily happy, so I knew I had to get out of there. So eventually, after a year, I transferred to the University of Southern California, where there's a lot, it's a lot more difficult to get into the school and because of this, a lot more difficult. They're going to be people who are a lot more ambitious. And so the people around me actually up lifted me literally. The people in my environment, they helped me think more differently. They expanded my mind. They made me more ambitious. They made me question myself, and in the beginning they were very challenging efforts. But then this was the environment. I really need Sabian to become the best version of me that could possibly be from there, You know, instead of having a negative environment, which was UC Riverside, my outlook on life and just who I was as a person was constantly going up when I was at USC , and then from there it led me to Silicon Valley, where everyone is like working extreme crazy hours, and they're very ambitious and they want to change the world. And that again, the people around me directly influenced me to want to be something similar where I wanted to make it impact on the world. I believe people around me believed it was possible to do things like become a millionaire and make a positive impact. All around the world and I start to believe in myself. And then I could do that and that became my reality and I started doing it, and so that was a great experience for me. However, again, Like I said before the people around, you really influences your outlook. And when I was in Silicon Valley, something I noticed was that a lot of people around me, even though they had this positive mindset, they want to change the world. A lot of them were just doing it for the sake of doing, maybe for the money or the procedure, whatever it was. And that just made me sad because I was just surrounded by people that are very ambitious, which is great in the beginning. But later on it felt very empty because people were just working just the work. And I was just like, This is not where I want to be anymore At the moment, nothing is immune wrong with Silicon Valley. It's just as you grow and you progress in life. Your mindset changes. So even though even now as I make this video, Silicon Valley is still a place of innovation and it's a great place to be ambitious and start companies and meet people who are like minded. But you're also going to find a lot of people who are just working for the sake of working . And I just didn't want to be in the environment anymore. So I changed my environment and I decided to live a nomadic life where I get to travel the world and I get to work on my business online and everything is good and it's been great. So I'm being uplifted once again and like I have been saying, you know, you are the average of the because people and as I started to surround myself, different people with different mindsets all around the world that come from something different from an American culture, it really opened my eyes and open my eyes to how big the world actually is instead of seeing it from my bubble. And instead of just like working hard and grinding, I started to think more about lifestyle, design and having freedom and a lot of the people that I've met while traveling. They also have that's similar mindset where it's not enough just to make a good living and support your family. But it's also important to live the life that you want to live, because essentially you only get one life and you might as well just live it as big as possible as free as possible. And so I said it started surrounding myself with people like that. That's when my mindset start to change like that. And I have been starting to go upwards in that direction ever since. The point that I'm trying to make here is that the people that your round is going to directly influence how you think on a day to day basis. So when I was in the riverside, everyone was partying. They didn't care about their academics, and that was really affecting me and making me feel sad. And so that's why I had to leave. And then my life was a lot better at USC, where everyone's ambitious and I saw you become more ambitious myself, leading me to Silicon Valley, where I became even more ambitious but changed my environment once again because I wanted to live a more free life. Now I'm in the in the space where I get to live a very free life at the same time have a very big impact on the world. And that's just something that makes me very happy on a day to day basis. And so I want to share with you guys that you know what you guys think about who you guys surround yourself around and how they're influencing you. Are they helping you become more ambitious, or are they pulling you down and making who do things that you don't want to do? And these are things you really have to challenge yourself with, because when it comes to productivity, who you surround yourself is really directly going to affect how you think and what you do on a day to day basis into that effects your data day. Then you learn through this entire course that your day to day affects everything, especially your long term goals. And so you just want to make sure that the people around you are supporting you in whatever it is that you're trying to do. And the thing I want to show you guys is that also, there's no such thing as a perfect environment because as you've seen through my story, I constantly have to switch my environment from different schools, different cities and different continents and because I was always changing and always evolving it and not saying one is better than the other. But you as a person are gonna have a directional how you want to live your life and things will line. And some things won't lining. Be constantly have to adjust it in. Of course, you got to find the right people that align with your priorities. And of course, even if you have a long term goal, those priorities air gonna change depending on what you learn and just new information that you take in and the people you meet. So just know that your priorities will change even if you have a solid 10 year plan right now about may change tomorrow. And if it changes tomorrow, you gotta make sure the people around you are people that actually support your vision, who you surround yourself. Wolf may change throughout your life, and for me, it's going to constantly change, and I still consider myself young. And it's probably gonna constantly change every few years because what I want for myself constantly changes as I evolve and learn more about the world. But the thing I always remind myself is that I'm always grateful for the people that I have known the past, whether or not they are still my friends now or maybe we don't talk as much anymore. But I'm always grateful that people that have known because they have shaped me to who I am now and even in the present time, I'm very thankful for who I get to experience my life with on a day to day basis, because this is not the passing of the future, like who you live your day to day wolf and your friends that you hang out well for your significant other. This is your life, and you have be thankful for them just being there. And that's been able to help me a lot in understanding myself in helping me shape my future . And not only do I understand my past, my present, but I'm very optimistic of who all meet in the future. So I'm not a closed book where, you know, some people are very no new friends where they've been hanging out with the same people for so many years. But for me, I understand that my mind will change and the things I want will change. And I'm always grateful for the people that I've known. I'm always thankful for the people that I I experienced life wolf. But I'm also very optimistic and how I will change and the people that will come into my life in the future. I really recommend being appreciative for everything that you have past, present and future. And by that you're you can always shape your environments to fit whatever it is that you want, whatever your vision is, just make sure that the people around you again are aligned with that vision and they don't have to directly help you. But they support who you are and what you do, and that it could be as simple as that. So I want to end this lesson off with just the idea that you got to be very mindful with who you surround yourself with, because they will literally affect your mindset and just how you perceive your daily life and know that your friends will always change throughout your entire life. Some people will have the same friends for the entire life's, and that's fine but that if you are constantly changing and evolving and you're constantly creating new visions for yourself, based on just what you've experienced in life than just know, it will change. And that's just a natural process. That's everything that we have to cover on this lesson. And I just want you guys to be very mindful and who you're spending your time with. So with that said, let's go ahead and move on to the next lesson. 18. The Journey: everybody what is going non? So in this section we're gonna talk all about the journey and throughout the entire course have been talking about different strategies and tactics when it comes to productivity. But I want to touch on something very important, and that is focusing on the process, not necessarily on the end result. Now the start things off. I want to share a story if you guys wear back. When I was working at Oracle, I remember my first year men. I was working extremely hard every single day. I would obviously come to work early and grind us much as possible. Then after work, either I would be reading different books on sales or communications, and I was going to Stanford to take more courses, and I was just on that grinding, even on the weekends. I would always spend that time trying to learn new skill sets, whether it was negotiating Lee generation. Whatever I need to do at the time for sales, it's become the best sales person I could possibly be. I was just grinding and it was a very tough year, and I didn't really spend them any time for my friends But I loved the grind because I was constantly becoming better and better as a sales person. And I remember when I was working at a startup after Oracle, I really hated my day today to be honest and again, I have nothing against the company. It's a great company. It's going to do well. But personally for me and what I was doing it, the situation I was in, I was depressed, man. I hated my day to day and and it didn't matter how much money they paid me. I just couldn't take it. And so I left. And I sure if you guys this before I went to Thailand to become essentially a digital nomad and start my own online business. But the reality was during the first year, I literally did not make any money. As an entrepreneur. I didn't you know, I had money. You say that from commission. My first year I lived entirely on those savings and I did not make a penny. And actually throughout the entire year, as you know, as I was being a digital nomad, traveling, trying different businesses, I literally lost thousands of dollars, actually moved them from my parents. There was a point where I was laying in my bed and I was wondering men like I'm broke. I used to make all this money, working in tech sales and blah, blah blah. Should I go back and do a normal job? But the type things back with the story, even though I was at my lowest points, I loved every moment of it. And I gotta tell you, like a lot of it was fun, especially in the beginning when I had a lot of money and I was traveling and living in Thailand. But towards the end of it, it was hard. I literally lost thousands of dollars living with my parents and just trying to make things work and even at my lowest points when I was selling in my bed thinking about whether or not I should get a normal job again because I could instantly go back to making money. I just love trying to figure things out myself. And the real thing was, I was in control of my own destiny, and that was the most amazing part of it. No matter how much money I make or lost, I knew that every day I controlled how I lived my life and because I enjoy the process of playing the game so much, I knew I did not want to quit. And I was just going to keep going. And remember, during the end of the first year, I was down to my last $200. I had thousands of dollars in the bank a year prior to this, and I used everything from traveling and and just made everyday living expenses. And I was down to my last $200 I didn't ask for money. A for my parent and shoot man, I really did not know what to do and to kind of tell you how that story ended there in those days. During my last $200 what actually happened was actually just started making money. And, you know, I went from having $200 to having thousands of dollars and having that grow and grow and grow. And now I've been able to sustain a lifestyle where I can travel the world and make a living inspiring others. And throughout the entire experience, we're going high and low, high and low. The most important thing is that at the end of the day, it's not about the end result of what you have. It's the journey that counts. So it doesn't even matter how much money I have in the bank. It's all about being able to play the game of entrepreneurship and inspiring others and traveling. Those are the things I care about most. So who cares how much money for me personally, I don't care if necessary, how much money I make. It's all about being able to play that game into sustain that lifestyle and make a difference in this world. And that's why I do what I do, and you don't necessarily have to have the same reasons for why you do what you do. But you have to understand that it's not necessarily about the end goal in mind. And of course you have the entire course we've been talking about, How toe have that vision, what you want your life to be like in work backwards From that, however, I want you to know that even if you never get to your goal, playing the game is going to be the most important part, because if you don't enjoy the day they process of what you're building and what you're doing. The whole thing doesn't count. Doesn't matter what the end result is, because once you get it, you're gonna ask yourself what's next? And if you don't really know what's next, then your life becomes empty. But if you have that mindset, where it's all about the process and all about the journey and you're enjoying the day to day from the ups and downs like I was, you're gonna you're already successful And that's how I feel about myself, where even if I lost everything again, I know that if I get to play the game of entrepreneurship and I get to play the game of creating content that inspires others than I've already want, I I already feel like a millionaire because of the fact that I get to play this game regardless of whether I get there or not, and confident I will. But even with that said, it's not about the results. It's really about the journey. So as you think about being productive and accomplishing your goals and achieving your dream goals in your 10 year visions, know that you've got to enjoy the day to day because that is what makes account and your day to day is literally your life and really be mindful that because that is going to be extremely important and just know that when you enjoy your day to day and you just enjoy the process that much, the results are just bound to happen. It's just a matter of when. So what? That's a again. I want you guys have really understand that it's not about the end result. It's about the journey that really counts. 19. Regret: everybody, what is going on? So in this section, we're going to dive deep into one of the greatest human motivators, and that is regret. Now that's our things up. I have a quote from one of Konya songs called I Thought About Killing You and It Goes Like This yet yet yet season We obey. We was, ah, born dot dio weight and when d away that actually sends for dead on arrival. But the line, But I really want to emphasize here is we was all born to die dio a. The reason why I want to use this because Kanye as artist is one of my biggest inspirations , for sure. And not only does he inspire me, but he inspires a lot of people in the hip hop community and fashion and even from the mainstream world. With his easy is what he's been doing with Adidas now, his own brand Easy. So why Kanye is such a big influential factor for me is because from the outside looking in right, obviously I'm coming from the perspective of being a fan. I don't know him personally, but he's somebody that really speaks his mind, and he is somebody that really does whatever he wants to do, whether or not people see it as something good or bad. And if you've been following the news lately or you know, whenever you're watching this, there are a lot of things that Kanye West you kind of just search on YouTube. There's a lot of things as he's done that really made some people mad. That was really controversial, and some could argue you had the potential to just completely end his entertainment career . But he does those things because he speaks his heart. And not only that, he actually does the work and he doesn't just talk the talk. But he walks the walk that he makes his dream a reality. Rather, it's fashion or music or what he believes in. The reason why I find Kanye West so inspirations because he's somebody that just speaks his mind and he does what he wants to do, and you know, sometimes that does come at the cost of offending other people. But the thing is, we were all born to die, right, essentially every human being that is born. Eventually one day we will die, and so something that I've been really thinking about lately is that in life there are no rules. You can literally do whatever it is that you want to do, and the reason why we are afraid to do what we want to do is because the procession of other people were afraid of how other people will perceive us. We're afraid to fail, were afraid of being shunned from society. And Kanye West is someone that defies that, and he does what he wants to do. And he just makes everyone who studies him believe that whatever it is that you want to do is actually possible. And where I want to take this is that I want you guys to know that there are an infinite number of ways to measure the success of your life, whether it's financial success, how happy you are with your family or how successful you are in your career, or maybe how many people you've inspired in the world. Whatever it is, they're just an infinite number of ways to define that success. So if there are an infinite number of ways to define success, you minds will define it your way and live the life that you want to live, and that's why it's It's so important to do this, because when it comes to productivity in getting stuff done, you're gonna understand that whatever your goals are, know that they're your goals and nobody else controls you. Nobody else should be telling you what to do because you get to decide how you want to live it. That's how you want to live it. And the thing is, people get so caught up in what other people think of them that has a lot of times they'll pick goals that their parents want for them or their peers want for them. But the reality is you can do whatever it is that you want to do because they're literally no rules in this world. And whatever success is men, we're all we're all going to die one day, so you might asshole. Just do whatever it is that you want and define success your weight, and put yourself in the position where you can always win. And like, as it was saying, we all have a limited time of this world, we're all literally going to die. In the beginning, I talked about regret, where a lot of people, especially as they get older when I talked to my parents or, you know, my my grandma, who recently passed away, or anybody who is older and has more experience than me. The thing that I always do is they look back and they talk about the things that they wish they would have done all of the's regrets. Maybe they should have created this business. Or maybe the chef done this well with their life, be like if they lived in another country. So as we get older, we get all these regrets and we think that it's too late to do this. Or maybe it's too late to travel the world because we have kids or it's too late to start a business because we need that stable income because we had to take care of our kids and they've got to eat somehow in. I mean, if you're watching that, you got to really understand that we all have a limited time in this world and there's never too late for anything because that's just a human made up concept. And reality is we can write our own rules. We could define our own success, and we can do whatever it is that we want to do, because when we get older, it's so much better to look back at your past and laugh at all the crazy things that you did. Then look back and regret all the things that you didn't do. And that's just the truth. I mean, for me. I plan to live my life where when I'm older, I just want to laugh and look back and be like, Wow, I can't believe I failed all those businesses. Oh, I can't believe I talked to this girl and got rejected and whatever it is, man, I would rather we live and laughed and live in regret because that's just the truth of it. Because when you really think about how much time we have on this Earth, it's really sure. And so if it's sure there's no point in living life for other people, you have to live it for yourself, and you have to live it the way that you want to live. And when it comes to productivity, it's not about the strategies and attack is that we learned throughout the entire course our import in But the real important thing is to understand what you want your life to be like when you're older. What? What are the things that you actually want to do and just do them? Because because when you get older, regret is going to be a killer. And so if you have the opportunity of time and energy to do the things that you want to do today, you mind. So just go all out and all these productivity tragedy intact, like they're going to be great and helping you get to where you need to be. But you gotta understand that when you really get put this in perspective and it becomes a life or death situation, you're just going to get the things done that you really need to get done. So So like I said again, it's better to look back at your past and laugh at all the crazy things that you did. Then look back and forget all the things that you didn't do. And when you really see things from that perspective, this is going to be the most motivating factor and getting you to do the things that you want to do in life and again just live life for yourself. Do the things that you want to do and the productivity will come. Trust me when you know that one day we will have to leave this world that's going to motivate you so much, be more productive on a day they basis and to live your life. So that said, I really hope you guys took that the heart and really think about what you want your life to be like as you get older. And as you get to that age where you might have to leave this world because we only get one life, you might as well make account and do the things that you want to do. 20. Conclusion: everybody, What's going on? So now we are diving into the conclusion, and the first thing I want to say to you guys is congratulations on completing productivity machine so that we have everything that we learn. First, we talked about the snowball effect and how it's important to have a vision for what you want to do and breaking it down to your five year ago. You're one year ago. Your monthly. Go to your daily go and know that as you roll that snowball down the hill, it's going to get bigger and bigger, and it's going to get bigger, faster, and you're gonna build momentum to be unstoppable in getting the things done that you want to get done. We also learned about the importance of prioritizing and making sure that you save your energy and do the most important task at the beginning of the day, and you want to spend at least a minimum of four hours per day doing that. And if you get good, you can actually spend 80% of your day doing the most important task while you're leaving the last 20% for that busywork and towards any we started learning the importance of having no regrets and living that life of no regrets where there no rules in this life, and you get to define your own success u minus we'll to find it your way and do all the things that you want to do in life and touching on that point of regret. You want to make sure that you focus on the journey and understand why you do what you do and trust me, the productivity from there is gonna be a byproduct. Because when you have a vision on what you want to accomplish in life and you're looking from the perspective where you're older and you don't really understand that you want to do the things that you want to do instead of living life in regret, the productivity is just gonna come naturally, and you're gonna have the focus and the energy to do exactly what you want to do on your terms, because you're gonna be able to define your own definition of success. And, of course, if you need help during your productivity journey, feel free to reach out to me at any time. And, of course, if you got a lot of value out of this course. Make sure you leave a five star review because every review does count. And I read every single one. So again, if you got a lot of value out of this course, go ahead and leave a five star review. So with that said congratulations once again on completing the productivity machine, and I will see you guys in the next one. 21. 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