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Time Management Hacks: Be More Productive Every Hour, Every Day!

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13 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. An Introduction To Productivity Hacking

    • 2. The 7 Ugly Types of Procrastination

    • 3. Do We Do Things For Pleasure Or To Avoid Pain?

    • 4. What Is The 10MIN Method?

    • 5. Diving In To 10MIN Method

    • 6. Grouping Tasks With 10MIN Method

    • 7. Curious Shoe Method AKA Fishbowl

    • 8. The Pomodoro Technique

    • 9. Procrastination And Your Core Habits

    • 10. Dealing With Setbacks

    • 11. Reviewing Habits

    • 12. Maintaining High Productivity

    • 13. Bonus 3 Minute Morning Checklist

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About This Class


Learn to crush procrastination once and for all by utilizing simple-yet-effective methods outlined in this course.

Do you suffer from too much couch surfing?  Does your day feel like it's spent watching what other people are doing on social media?  Has your to-do list become a never-do list?

You've come to the right place.

You'll learn how a 10-minute shift in focus will help you achieve goals and become more than you ever thought possible. 

Change 10 minutes.  Change your life.

Do you wonder why the most successful people are where they are?  They are worried about wasting their most valuable resource!

No, not money.  Time.

This course is designed to help you realize that you've been wasting time doing things that aren't important.  More importantly, it's designed to help you realize your potential with the same 24 hours that everyone gets.

Build lifelong skills to become a productivity genius and never waste time again!

  • Utilize 10MIN Method, Pomodoro Technique, and IFI Systems to get on track.

  • Break bad habits and develop long-lasting good habits.

  • Discover queues why you procrastinate and learn to overcome them. Prioritize or eliminate your daily tasks.

  • Create To-Do lists that actually get accomplished.

  • Get more done than you ever thought possible.

  • Use the power of positive affirmations to make your day positive and productive


Powerful Productive Techniques Await You

Beating procrastination can only happen when you become conscious of your wasted time. With higher productivity the world can be yours, but you must learn how to avoid procrastination killers!

Effective time management will help you get more things done than you ever thought possible.


Content and Overview

Everyone suffers from procrastination at some point in their life. So why do some people live ultra-successful lives while others are stuck being so-so?

They learn how to overcome their procrastination and form truly effective time management skills that boost their output while also minimizing distractions.

This course will walk you through effective productivity techniques that are designed to be easy-to-accomplish while still allowing you to fulfill big goals. Take your big goals and discover how the 10MIN Method will break down those goals into straightforward footsteps that will allow you to succeed at any project or task.

Turn "impossible" into I'M making it POSSIBLE with help from this course.

Complete with both video and written lectures, Time Management Hacks: Be More Productive Every Hour, Every Day! will allow you to dream big dreams and allow you methods to achieving things you once deemed impossible.

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Mike Naus

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1. An Introduction To Productivity Hacking: become a productivity master. Take action today through simple steps with big results. With your course instructor, Michael nods in this course, we're going to determine why we procrastinate using the seven most common forms of procrastination. And once we discover those seven most common forms of procrastination will be able to effectively tackle them and beat them once and for all. We're going to discuss techniques, toe fast, start productivity. Today we're going to learn how to set big goals like the ones driving ultra successful people like Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson and Sara Blakely. We're going to discover excellent productivity acts and methods to use them to our advantage. And we're gonna build a repeatable long term solution for intense energy, high productivity and unwavering drive. Hi there. My name is Michael Naz and I am a productivity addict. So much so that I actually wrote the book on it one foot once you simple steps to crush procrastination and get things done through countless hours have built game plans to get me productive, really productive. And that's because as much as I love productivity, I hate procrastination, you see, because procrastination robs us of our most valuable resource, which is time you cannot get time back. You cannot bank it for later use. You cannot slow down or speed up time. So when you start to view time as a limited resource, you start to see how truly valuable it really is. This course is going to help you use your time wisely with purpose and with action and this courses for you. If you are finding it difficult to get motivated and stay motivated for any length of time , you want more. You are fed up with living an average life and you've decided to get into high gear the toppling of personal and professional life with the highest achievements and the highest results. You want to make lasting changes Starting today, you know that you're a self saboteur. This course will be your key to getting rid of those habits once and for all. You know that to be the best requires time, effort and dedication for the long haul. The productivity techniques in this course will help you achieve anything you want to achieve. It's designed for anyone who wants to get things done. Are you ready 2. The 7 Ugly Types of Procrastination : Let's take a look at the ugly types of procrastination. Learn why we fail so we can succeed. Also known as the Seven Productivity Assassins. Now the seven main reasons that we procrastinate are lack of commitment, lack of motivation or interest, lack of knowledge or the complexity of the issue at hand. Lack of focus, low energy levels aiming for perfect and fear of the results. Let's take a look. Those in depth, lack of commitment. Now, where did the task or project originate? Did you come up with it yourself? Or did someone else hand you a project with a deadline? Were you asked to be something or somebody that you didn't really want set out to be? If so, you may suffer from a lack of commitment. Your level of commitment will very based on the task and your willingness to complete that task. You can even take your commitment a step further and start rebelling against the task again delaying results of a project or task presented to you. Rebellion and laziness or not actions but reactions to certain events those events causes to lose control of our motivation and of our commitment. So it's in our best interest to discover why we lack commitment towards certain events. Thinks interviewed as undesirable often fall victim to procrastination. Think of a time when you were a student. He never skipped interesting, awesome courses. You did the homework. You got good grades. Now compare your A grade. Course it to your secret courses, and an onlooker would easily see where your interest lay. So does your lack of motivation or commitment lead to a negative attitude towards that task ? If so, an attitude check is in order. Consider the bigger picture of a chosen task or project and the greater good it can bring. Can you now sit through statistics one A. One, because it will help you achieve a great degree with unlimited work options. When you graduate. By seeing the bigger picture of graduating with a great degree, we can probably bust our way through statistics. Wanna want to get a good grade in it because it will help us achieve a result. So what you wanna do is identify your reason for your lack of motivation. You should confront your attitude. You should weigh your consequences, and hopefully that will help you reshape your mindset lack of knowledge or complexity. Have you ever elected a task? Have felt utterly, completely clueless. If so, you may lack knowledge, which is another way we could procrastinate. Sure, you may not know exactly what you're doing, but your brain subconsciously builds massive roadblocks from even attempting to do it in the first place. Ah, lack of knowledge leads to an inability to make a decision, also known as analysis paralysis. Sure, it's important to spend time analysing how to do a proper job. But overthinking anything creates undue stress and wastes time. So if you're faced with a complex task, recall a previous time when you overcome something that you had never done before, if only to get you into a positive mindset. Task that you lack knowledge or complexity certainly can be broken down into smaller, manageable tasks. What's one step you can take towards completing a complex task? Remember, the largest hurdle to overcome is the very first turtle of actually creating forward momentum. Lack of focus focus is simply the ability to prioritize tasks, and the inability to focus also contributes to procrastination. Have you ever had so much to do that you couldn't even get started on one simple thing. The ability to tackle the task at hand is one of the reasons that procrastination is beat. But you have to be able to stop switching tasks or even multitasking, because it simply doesn't work. If you're feeling distracted from even doing one task, that's a road brought to productivity. Distractions air everywhere, and it is imperative that you'd learn to ignore them, even things like conversing with coworkers or cortical five minutes of TV watching derail motivation and drive towards a goal becoming the distraction that eats away at your goals. Do you have a current set of goals that you're working towards goals? Help us stay focused on tasks since you have a target to work towards I. Otherwise, you might just get the feeling that you're just drifting through life. Ever feel like you've wasted years of your life, so set big goals with clear steps to achieve your dreams, and you'll find that focus is no longer an issue. When you're dealing with procrastination, you can also utilize the 10 minute method that will cover later in this course to create short, simple tasks that build towards your bigger goal completion. Finally, prioritize and set aside time where you can actually feel distracted for a few minutes and then get back to work. Things like phone dings or email notifications should be turned off. If you want to become ultra productive and focused, Are you feeling like a sloth today? Simply can't get anything done Well, low energy is a leading cause of procrastination. If you lack quality, sleep or have poor eating habits, you can feel sluggish and tired throughout the day. The lifestyle you lead can cause your body and mind to like the energy you need to get off the couch and do something highly productive. Low energy levels would keep you from being physically fit, which in turn will keep your motivational levels low. Have you ever thought about changing your diet, your sleep pattern or your fitness routine to find something best suited, optimized for your daily schedule or even flirt with a fresh new routine? As an example for myself, I found that my best most productive Dave's happened when I get a training routine done first thing in the morning within the 1st 2 hours of Weiqing. I tend to avoid sickness by consuming a large amount of vegetables and attaining all my recommended micro nutrients. And these are just two of the ways that I help maintain higher levels of energy. There are certainly thousands of ways you can boost your energy. Those air to that have worked really well for me. If you suffer from perfectionism and may be a cause of your procrastination, you'll decide not to do something unless you know you can do it perfectly and be totally satisfied with the end result. And this is especially difficult when you're tasked to do something totally new to you, since trial and error will be a major part of the process. So instead of trying you pass on the project altogether, you should know that there's nothing wrong with making a mistake. What's wrong with a mistake is allowing it to stay a mistake rather than fixing the mistake . The want to do something to be your highest potential should never hold you back from starting the task in the first place. You should be very proud of your work, that kind of work you want to attach your signature to, and it should be a motivating factor in all activities you perform. The issue with aiming for perfect is that you will often find you're asked to do a task beyond your comfort level. So rather than do that, it's easy to do nothing at all. What you should do is try this instead, aim for your own perfection and no one else's, because your idea of perfection is different than everyone else's idea of perfection. When you try to be your best and you're satisfied with your performance output at the end of the goal, it is a time to celebrate a win, not holding off on doing it, because you expect to do it right for every single person on the planet. Fear of the result is the last form of procrastination, but certainly not least, this extra ties in with aiming for perfection. Except you fear the consequences of achievement. So whether you feel the spotlight of achievement or you think that there may be is more expected of you, your goals never materialize. If you can identify your procrastination has caused by your fears, you could deal with it and get on with high performance. I have a question for you. What does your daily schedule look like is full of random appointments that you keep from doing productive things. Often we built a quote unquote busy schedule to feel accomplished, but in reality we're building roadblocks to doing really productive work. Your full schedule is like the culprit of doing meaningful work during the day, and you may be feeling that schedule because you fear the result. Well, you should know that everyone fears something at sometime, and one of the reasons that successful people are successful is that they know that everyone fears something, but they do not let that get in their way to accomplish their goals. Trust me, big goals are worth accomplishing and you're more likely per to pursue the result. If you could overcome and act in spite of your fear. Did you know excessive stress can also be a deterrent and being highly productive? Your to do list can be large, and instead of trying to take on one task at a time, your mind feels with the stress of the entire list, prioritize the tasks that are most important or that are most time sensitive, and you can also lower your expectations to help de stress on large to do list. Try tackling a few quick, low priority tasks, from realist to both. A. Eliminate them from your list and be from your mind because a single track mind will have a single track. Focus again later in this course will cover the 10 minute method, which will help US d clever remind toe help boost our productivity. And there you have the seven ugly types of procrastination. Hopefully, one of those, or more than one of those, resonated with you as the reason that you currently procrastinate. Now let's figure out how to crush them. 3. Do We Do Things For Pleasure Or To Avoid Pain?: do we do things to seek pleasure or to avoid pain? To accomplish any goals, we need to understand that the big reasons behind our motivations, the big question of why in 14 in psychology, the pleasure principle is this the instinctual seeking of pleasure and avoiding pain in order to satisfy both our biological as well as our psychological needs? The pleasure principle is a driving force guiding our ID, which is our uncoordinated, instinctual trends. Driving pleasure to avoid pain can be a cost for the inability to conquer not only daily tasks but also life in general. In essence, we're wired to do things that either gain pleasure or to avoid pain. So, for instance, do you crave chocolate mousse for dessert? Well, you probably associate pleasure with eating chocolate mousse or with food in general. Do you avoid either running shoes sitting at the front door? Your brain creates pain points for walking or for running if you want to tackle a particular task you've been procrastinating on. Consider writing down a list of both the pleasure points as well as the pain points of that task on one side of the sheet of paper, right pleasure and on the other side, rape plain and split it with a line down the middle. Now list reasons you want to do a task under pleasure and reasons you're avoiding a task under pain. As an example, let's make a list together of the pleasure and pain points of a 5 a.m. workout. So some things we could list under pleasure would be what would have an increased cardio endurance. We likely gained muscle mass and or strength. We would certainly see some kind of fat loss. Working out first thing in the morning might add to our mental calmness. Overall, we could get a ripped body if we really keep at it. And we could get those envious abs that you see on the cover of many health magazines. However, some pain points to consider. With the 5 a.m. work, it would be, Well, you have to wake up early. You may have some sore knees or short back, or you might tweak your neck or something like that. You'll dread that you look the same tomorrow, so why even try today, depending on where you're working out, you might have a longer commute into work. You might have forgotten your lunch because you're trying to get out the door to get to your workout. You won't have any time for family before work because you're trying to work out. And then maybe getting to the office, you certainly miss out on missed morning cuddles. Now your pain list may actually be longer than the pleasure list, and it's important to remember that we want to focus on the pleasure side of the list so that we actually want to do the task you should consider your pain. Points are different actually, than someone else's pain points. Pain is simply an emotion that you alone uses a self roadblock to productivity. Somewhere someone is doing things from your pain list because it actually brings them pleasure. And that's something you have to recall that pain is in the eye of the beholder, and again, someone else's pleasure might be derived from your whole pain list. Do you think you should get nerve when you're about to make your first cold call? Yes, absolutely. Should those first few seconds of terror be the sole reason you do not pick up the phone and die Elish complete strangers number. What's the absolute worst scenario? Well, the absolute worst scenario is that you'll get hung up on. However, the best case scenario is that you would sell maybe product, a widget, B, C and D exception to that one person who then gives you a list of potential clients for your products as well. So there is. Ah, there is a downside. Of course, there is a bit of a pain point that we have to overcome. But there may be some kind of pleasure point that we're seeking in its place. And that's what we should drive us towards actually doing that thing and picking up the phone and etcetera and for this reason you're painless is an even more valuable to you as a resource for the things that you once realized that you could not do. One by one, those reasons of pain will be crossed off the list, and productivity will be higher than ever. Now doesn't that sound like a win 4. What Is The 10MIN Method?: What is the 10 minute method you ask? Well, the 10 minute method is designed to be a list of tasks that are complete herbal and an allotted 10 minute window. These tasks should be neither time sensitive or out of your control. For example, the day the garbage is picked up, the list should be made of things that are important to you and accomplishing your big goals. The use of physical lists with the 10 minute method is mandatory, and it is psychologically beneficial, and it is possible to combine 10 men goals if they separately, do not take longer than 10 minutes to accomplish. I like to use an egg timer dot com e dot g timer dot com, or you can use it kitchen timer to count down exactly 10 minutes. Now, if you think about the task you're trying to accomplish, the chances are slim they'll end up doing them. That 10 minute method drives on being tasks that are brain free and items that are easily done. If you were trying to learn a new song on a guitar, for example, it would not be a good 10 min task. However, if you have re stronger instrument numerous times and you know what you're doing that 10 minutes spent doing that, Arkan something that you would definitely consider when you're utilizing the 10 minute method. When you're using the 10 minute method, you should use items and list items that are not date or time sensitive. Such an upcoming Children's play, a doctor appointment or friends barbecue party. Now, when we talk about the use of a physical list, there are many positive benefits to using a physical checklist, and it is mandatory with the success you'll find with the 10 minute method. Now, as a side note, I actually use an app on my phone that's called Evernote. Some people have heard of it. Some people haven't. I build a list there, but I still do write it out so that I can get it from my mind to the paper. And again. A checklist is a great place to brain dump ideas, taking that idea for my mind to the paper, your thoughts, your goals and your to do items that have been otherwise stored and cluttering your mind. Another benefit of a checklist is that you can group tasks together to allow for performance. Some go hand in hand. Others don't try and sort your list into a logical, productive order so that your tasks flow into each other and become a habit. Of course, you should make a list of importance, and there is no point naming for high performance if you're not doing things that matter to you and getting your things done, your list to contain items that help you get closer to your big goals. The line objectives to help your productivity not create a list simply to feel like you're keeping busy or filling your calendar so it looks like you have a lot to do when you're combining 10 minute tasks. Complete your 10 men methods one task at a time. However, if time allows, you can complete two tasks in the same time block for even more productivity, make sure you're not becoming overwhelmed and to keep a close eye on the countdown clock. Once you reach your 10 minute allotment of time, it's important to stop what you're doing now. If you don't get everything done in that 10 minute allotment instead of being mad at yourself for not completing your task, pat yourself on the back for doing one thing consistently. For that time 5. Diving In To 10MIN Method: Let's take a closer look at that 10 minute method. The 10 men method is designed to work when you have all the proper ingredients in place. In order to complete a task in the allotted 10 minute timeframe, for example, you can use a 10 men to bake a cake, provided you have the following things that are ready for you. You have the enquired ingredients, pots, pans, dishes ready and waiting. Any pre prep necessary is already done such things as peeling apples, cutting carrots, cracking eggs, etcetera. The prep time does not exceed 10 minutes. Your recipe is handy and you desire to actually bake a cake. A majority of the time spent pre 10 min will be on the pre prep, and it is required to get those things accomplished before you begin your 10 minutes of baking. The preparation of the ingredients is not really part of your task of baking a cake. However, it is required to get the recipe right. If you're writing a book, your pre prep would include things such as have a pen, a paper or laptop, a word or document program, and you'll want to rate in an actual book. If you're cleaning your living or of your pre prop items that would include a vacuum, maybe a duster or window or glass cleaner. So do any preparation necessary before you begin a 10 min to allow for the best, most productive workflow. If you do not have the required pre prep items, you can either compensate on your desired outcome, such as I don't have a glass cleaner with me. Today. Soldiers vacuum or you can head to the store and get your ingredients you require for your productivity. The 10 men method is fairly simple. When you do the following things you visualize your task is a series of individual steps. You write down those steps in the series of events that you envision that they will happen in you. Visualize how things will actually happen right down that vision, and you write down all your ingredients, all the things you'll have to buy or collect to make your task a success ahead of time. Finally, you'll have to break down your steps into simple 10 medicals. Next, we're gonna take a look at grouping 10 min tasks together 6. Grouping Tasks With 10MIN Method: it's now time to take a look at grouping tasks using the 10 min method. We all have certain tasks that require a certain location and ingredient in order to get accomplished. Creating this course, for example, required my computer the proper technical equipment, such as a microphone and a distraction free quiet location like my kitchen table during the day or from creating sides or in my office in the afternoon or evening when I'm recording. Therefore, if I were to make it list of 10 mins that included editing a lecture, for example, I would require access to my computer and, ideally, a good productive location. In that sense, it should be noted that I will group all my 10 minutes that require that item, which will be my computer and my location, which would be the ideal workspace together so that my task list will become useful to me. So therefore, I would organize 10 mins based on the location. It should also be noted that location isn't the only reason I should be grouping tasks, but it helps when you're in the right spot. That context of my list would refer to any resource that I were required to complete the tasks that I have. For instance, I would group items like clean dishes and boil eggs together, since they would both happen in the kitchen. My list of things to do on my computer can be a long list, but it may not require a specific location like my office. That context and ingredients may vary greatly, though, depending on the tasks. While I need access to my computer to write a book, I do not need access to the Internet. I would, however, needed to publish a blawg post. With this method, you can see that you can break down goals even further. In it. Multiple 10 men lists. Computer work can be broken down into online and offline groupings. Kitchen working were grouped into morning and evening work, and you could designate time on Saturday as outside house work, if you please grouping. Task also has a great work full benefit, so it's important to break these items down. If it's Tuesday, you don't wanna have to worry about Saturday's outside house. Work until your view and prepare the ingredients required closer to the date. Alternatively, it will be unproductive to edit a YouTube video. Get up and do laundry, then come back and send an email because you can do both 10 men's while you're sitting at your computer. So I would recommend that you complete them first and then go do other work found on another group. 10 Men list, so group computer tasks together kitchen test together, car main and tasks together and so forth. This will allow you to move from checklist to checklist and from task to task without interrupting workflow by grouping tasks together. You also prevent procrastination creep from coming into your mind, the thinking process that often gets in the way of the actual doing process. By having a group task list, you merely finish off one item glance at your list and then move on to the next item on your list. By continually breaking down larger list into smaller, concentrated tasks, it becomes easier to both see how they fit into the overall accomplishment of your goal, as well as turned them into easy, actionable and complete herbal steps. 7. Curious Shoe Method AKA Fishbowl: Let's take a look at the Curious shoe, also known as the Fish Bowl method. The idea of a curious shoe method, or CSM, is simple. Place a list of tasks individually into a shoe or hat, or pull and pull them out randomly. When you want to do a 10 min. Method similar to a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, CSM adds an element of surprise and a routine change to your day. The CSM method utilizes a list of 10 men items but are not organized within parameters such as location or equipment. There are a few pieces of advice when choosing to organize a portion of time to doing a CSM . First, Make sure CSM is known to those who may interrupt your methods, utilizing a physical shoe, hat or bowl to do this method requires it to be in an uninterrupted place, so make sure it's out of the reach of your kids. Your spouse is aware of your tasks, and the cleaning lady doesn't common accidentally clean it all up on you for consistency. Keep the container in a similar spot in your house or in your office. The idea with the CSM is that you're constantly adding non time sensitive tasks to it about having invisible and consistently in the same spot. It will help you actually do the tasks that you put inside your bowl or your shoe. And again, I strongly recommend that you use a timer either. Ah, watch timer, kitchen timer or e dot g timer dot com to count down the 10 minutes that your allotting to do the work. Now, if you're struggling to find ideas to put in your fish bowl or your CSM, well, here's what works for me. I simply walk around a house with a no pad and jot down any ideas that come to mind. That came to me was I walked from room to room. So, for example, for rooms like my office, I put organized file folders in my living room. All right, practice my guitar and in my basement I include things like Clean. My Childs player is after Time will get used to seeing the bull of your hat in its usual location, and it's filled with things that you want to actually accomplish and and after time and even better, you'll get used to pulling 10 men tasked out of your bull because it allows for both randomness as well as excitement to your daily routine. Well, you have to recall, is that these are things that you actually want to get done. We have walked around your house, you've had ideas put into your list, and you put that list into your bull. So there's really no reason to shy away from this method of productivity, especially when you're doing things for only a 10 minute allotment of time out of time. 8. The Pomodoro Technique: similar to the 10 men method. The Pomodoro technique is a procrastination crusher and is a good next step in productivity building techniques. The Pomodoro technique expands on the 10 minute method by working in 25 minute workloads, followed by short five minute breaks. And after doing this cycle of work for four cycles, which would equal to ours, allow yourself a longer 20 to 30 minute break. There are several fantastic reasons that the 10 min method is a good pre Pomodoro technique tool. First, it sets you up to doing a scheduled task for a set amount of time. If you have become accustomed to doing 10 mins on a regular basis, simply try expanding on the time spent on a task to a longer 25 minute segment. Secondly, like that 10 men method, once the timer goes off, you're able to get up and walk away for a short period of time. Knowing the value of both work time and downtime is important to productivity, because chances are that long work times where you don't have a downtime will lead to less and productivity over time. This method will allow you a short break in your schedule so you can get freshened up and back to work and back, motivated, more productive than ever. Much like the 10 Men method, the Pomodoro technique doesn't work for every situation or for every job. For instance, taking five minute breaks while working doesn't work well. If you're a firefighter, it doesn't work well. If you're in the middle of cooking a large meal and say the oven is on, for example, however, it works well, if you spend your time on a computer, for example, if you're writing, you can write in longer, focused blocks of time. Or if you're answering emails, for example, is in a great way for me personally to concentrate and push out work. And, alternatively, stretching a task like yard work for that extra time will turn your house into an envy of your neighbors and a source of pride for yourself. So again, the Pomodoro technique can be considered an extension of time for any 10 men task you set for yourself. So whether you're studying a new language or you're breaking bigger task into smaller tasks , setting aside a slightly larger block of time with the knowledge of built in that you'll have a break time can be a big boost in your productivity. Also, in a similar vein that 10 Men Method and the Pomodoro technique differ in the task you set out to do with the 10 men method. You choose to break down bigger task and a smaller one shoot a time type of tasks so that we would be more willing to get off the couch and actually do the work. However, with the Pomodoro technique, while we're still breaking down tasks into manageable sizes, the overall goal is a longer time spent working on a task, so it helps us achieve our bigger goals. Since most of our days spent working out larger, more time consuming goals, I would highly suggest trying this method of work to see if it could be of service to you. And when you're feeling that like taking a break from the Pomodoro technique for productivity, throwing a 10 minute into the equation so you don't get too far off the productivity trail and going back again, remember that a 10 min is designed to get you off the coach in doing not over analysing and procrastinating 9. Procrastination And Your Core Habits: now that we've discovered two great techniques to boost productivity, the second half of the equation is your habits. Charles doing explains three aspects that are involved in creating habit. They are the cue, the routine and the reward. The queue is something that triggers your brain, their routine, maybe a mental, physical or emotional routine, and the reward helps the brain decide whether or not the habit is worth remembering. Your brain is led by your habits. Once you acknowledge the Q, you follow your routine and you receive your reward habits. Are life altering even if the reward we seek is something we know that is bad for us? Therefore, it is important to retrain your brain to break bad habits because it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. When you understand how habits operate, you can quickly realize that habits, while sometimes hard to break, can actually be unbroken. If you understand how habits work, it will give you greater insight into breaking bad habits and forming good new habits, that kind of habit to give us back our life. So how do we break the cycle of bad habits well to form new good habits and break old bad habits. Try this. First, you need to identify your bad habits such as you smoke. You hit the snooze button too often. Re binge Netflix on Tuesday evenings. Next, you want to determine the queue. So, for example, you smoke when you drink coffee. You hit the snooze button on the weekends. Run Wednesdays. You binge on Netflix when you grab an after dinner snack from the fridge and you settle in the coach experiment using different rewards. So, for example, you could drink your coffee and do push ups instead of smoke. You could snack and listen to classical music or any kind of music that you find productive and relaxing. You could set the alarm early and get up and watch the sunrise. So what you're doing there is you're creating a new habit plan. Maybe you want to form the habit of exercising more, especially in the morning before work, which is my own personal favorite. Your new Q is to roll out of bed, put on your gym clothes and head of the door. Next, you want to experiment, using different post workout rewards like you reward yourself with a large coffee or a nutritious smoothie from the gym. Somebody will help you get motivated. Excited when you complete the good habit. Now, as a side note here, I would stress at the beginning of forming a new habit that you make the post whatever reward an ultra productive or an ultra good reward. And the reason is that you'll actually in the beginning want to do it and get ahead and get to that reward stage. And before long, your reward system will help you pull out of the bed and out the door and get to the gym for that early morning workout, which is helping you build your new habit along the way. 10. Dealing With Setbacks: creating a plan to break about habit can sometimes have setbacks, and it's important to not only tackle setbacks head on, but also to expect that things won't go perfectly. Every time When you have a setback, for instance, you miss a workout or you binge on ice cream, you have a cigarette or you watch too much TV one night. It's important to evaluate what went right and what caused you to derail finding the things what right are important because you want to catch yourself doing the right things. Determining the sequence of events that triggered your setback is also very important to note. When you start down the same path in the future, you'll be more ready to get back on the wagon, which is beating your bad habits for good. Habit forming assistant like the 10 min method will come in very handy. Why you ask. Doing small positive tasks associated with your overall goal versus trying to tackle a complicated goal all at once will help get you moving in the right direction one small step at a time. Good habits form with an increase in productivity and will happen over time, adding a 10 min to your habit forming sequence will help you fuel motivation towards the larger, more permanent changes that you seek as an example. Let's review your email inbox. If you happen, have your push settings on high. You'll get a notification every time you receive an email. For some people, that could mean hundreds of interruptions every single day. Even if you did not immediately open that email, your subconscious will still be thinking about it, distracting you from your work. Did you finally cave in and check it? You distracted yourself from your work. Once again, it's probably best for your productivity to turn off your email inbox, turn off your smartphone, close your door and even put on its set of earplugs. Even with everything off, the temptation will still be there to check things out. It's a nasty habit that we're trying to beat. Remember, after the initial change, you're going to start feeling a sense of calm and reduce dress from this simple switch of turning things off. If you're able to streamline your work and prevent constant interruptions, you will have improved productivity, which is the aim for this course 11. Reviewing Habits: Let's review our habits formed over the years to best determine where we're coming from so we can properly determine where we want to go. You can break down your habits into the following categories to better understand them health habits, emotional habits, money or shopping habits, work habits, productivity habits, geographical habit, impulses or urges. With that list of habits, ask yourself the four W's of who, what, where and when. If you're determining that triggers used to get yourself into an ingrained habit. If you're looking at your health habits, for example, you can ask yourself these kinds of questions When I binge, What food store attended shoes? Where am I want to eat the best foods and the worst foods? Who triggers my healthy habits? Who's around me as I'm engaging in unhealthy habits? What kind of healthy or unhealthy habits rub off onto me for emotional habits? You consider the following when you think negatively, what's your reaction? Where are you most satisfied or happy or productive? When does this occur? Is it a time of day? It may be just worked out. Is it? After having an extra large black coffee? Ask yourself these important questions to help yourself better understand the W's of how you go about your habits, and it becomes incredibly important to help you better those habits. As an example, I'll review my habit of rating. I am most productive when isolated from noise I'm writing at my kitchen table or in my home office. I'm usually drinking a cup of coffee or tea, and I usually put some coconut oil, and I blend it. The mornings or late at night are my most creative times to write. Worth just seemed to flow from my fingers into word. I'm least productive when I get distracted with email. I have a TV on in the background, usually in the afternoons or when I'm generally tired. I'm also least productive when I still in that couch with my laptop or I try to work in a coffee shop. Simply writing out my writing habits shows me the things that should do what I'm most productive. What are your productive cues and what are you doing to monitor them 12. Maintaining High Productivity: I'm sure you're aware of the same. If you fall off the horse, get back on starting it with the 10 men Method and other productivity ideas in this course is rarely an issue. That challenge for many people, including myself, is to maintain product of measures, especially when everyday life starts to creep back in dear routine. You know when things that need to get done, but you also have a full inbox. Unbeknownst to you, an event is scheduled. You decide to check out the latest season of Orange is the new black on Netflix and you miss a weekend of productive time. Whatever the distraction, sooner or later it will happen. Sometimes it's not even an outside distraction. Our to do list includes challenges we aren't even willing to try. We used a CSM with curious shoe method, and we keep avoiding the same task. We keep putting it back in the bowl and hoping not to pull it the next time we let menial tasks take the place of important ones. So how do we combat are productive momentum? I like to propose another system, the EFI system. Remember how we nurture good habits and crush bad habits. The EFI system is designed to instill a good habit, get back into a good routine by using an if I if you feel derailed. The EFI system is a simple concept, and here is a good example. If the urge to check Facebook hits us, I use one of the following good distractions. I decided to attend Min. Instead, I do a set of 15 push ups, 15 sit ups or 15 squats. I write down a new idea or review my to do list instead, or I do another unrelated, productive distraction. While this plan is overly simplistic, it is also extremely effective. My go to if I is a brief workout, since I'm fairly health conscious, but yours might be a different one to me. I'd rather do some quick reps than be sucked into the social media vortex, losing precious time in the process. So now I've turned on productive distraction into a productive distraction. Here are a couple other methods of using the if high system as a distraction. I can turn off the TV and read a book or even a good magazine is better than TV. I could reach for a celery stick. Next time I crave chips and dip. I could stop shopping online and stand barefoot outside for two minutes. I could try to play more. I could work less. I could focus on today not where I've been or where I might be headed. The EFI system is also helpful. If I've been away from my work for a while, say on vacation for a week. Coming back from a vacation or even just work for the evening is always difficult, but getting back into the groove is important to get back to where you left off. So if the work day ends, I review what I accomplished in a short list. I planned tomorrow's tasked based on work, completed or not completed to date, and I leave that list where I will notice it first thing in the morning. If I is a simple system that allows you to consciously get back on track, try it today to get back on track. 13. Bonus 3 Minute Morning Checklist: Hi, everyone. Course instructor Mike NYSE here. I just want to say thank you for taking the time to take this course and learn how to boost your productivity. Now, I'd like to spend a few minutes walking you through one of my bonus lectures. And that is my exclusive three minute morning checklist. And what my three minute morning checklist is is Ah, simple checklist. I used every morning to make sure that I'm productive and I'm on the right track to have an enormous day. So let me walk you through it here for a minute, and it's available in the next lecture as download. So the first thing I like to do is less my top three items to do today. And those would be my top overall. Things that I want to get accomplished. Everything after that is gravy. These won't necessarily beat 10 men items, but they will be something that I would spend longer time with. Maybe a Pomodoro technique kind of item or a project even larger than that. We're just depending on the date, something have to remember like I have to go to a wedding or something like that. Those would be the kind of things that would add in that first section. Next, I'm going to ask myself, What am I going to learn about today and because I want to be constantly learning? And usually I'm learning something over a course of several weeks or months. I just want to remind myself that hate in the back of my mind. I want to be able to spent some time today toe learn how to do something to better myself. Next. I want to give three people silent love and gratitude because when you give love, you get love. So who are those three people? And they don't have to be people that I'm necessarily gonna walk up to and actually say, I love you too or say thank you to. But maybe it was some random stranger the other day who helped me with a flat tire on my car or held the door open for me. Or was my boss who gave me that extra time off to go take my son on a field trip, for example, just three people that would give silent love and gratitude to next. I want to make sure that I've brushed my teeth today. Did I have a cold shower again? This is something that's important to me. It's been studied over the last several years that adding a cold share will help you get boosted and we get woken up in the morning. It's generally a good idea for me. So that's why haven't all my checklist next. Did I make my bed now? This is important to me because it's one of the first things that can do in the morning and right away can cross stuff my to do list as having accomplished something right away as a bonus. When I come back to my bed at the end of the day, my beds already made. It looks great. I'm ready to hop in it and get a good night's sleep. How many times do the snooze button today again? Says, just getting me up and ready and raring to go in the morning. It's a personal thing elect to track that I want to make sure that I'm up and ready and energized and wanting to get out of bed and getting going. How many minutes did I meditate again? This is just a personal thing. Some people meditate. Some people don't. If you haven't tried it, I suggest you do. It sets your mind into a really great state of calmness and mental clarity. It's something I've recently added to my routine, and I can't believe I lived this long without it. Did I stretch or exercise this morning? Yes or no? Again, this is just a simple checklist, but I like to feel fairly active. I like to feel fairly fresh and by either stretching or exercising in the morning, I feel like I'm getting my day started, right? Who inspires you today? This could be a who or what, but it's just generally one person that look up to as a mentor or as someone to keep me motivated and keep me focused on the daily tasks I have next. I want a list three ways. I'm awesome. Now this is a personal thing again, and I could list things like I said a personal best when I was biking the other day, and I wanna write that down because I have set a new personal best. I sold X number of courses over the last week and again, that's something I'm really proud of that makes me awesome. So all listed in that section, next to last myself. If I'm wearing pants, how are you going to be someone's hero today? And I like to answer that, and this requires some thought, but it's usually again giving some gratitude or some thanks to people but actually doing it in person. So what I want to do here is not necessarily look for thanks or look for gratitude in return. But these would be things like smile at someone or hold the door open for someone. Or maybe if I know someone that needs help with something, I can contact them and offer my services for help. And finally, I want to list three ideas that I have. Right now. It's important to flex the idea muscle of your brain, and we're jotting down three quick ideas in the morning will help me thinking about great ideas throughout the day. So I hope that you used a three minute morning checklist. I like to use it. I think I've added some great things here that help me set the day in a productive manner, and I sure hope that it helps you to. I will be delighted to hear from you. However, if you want to get in contact with me, you can certainly check me out on Twitter at Mike Gnaws and a us or you can email me you to me, mike at michael naz dot com. Once again, thank you for taking my course and keep crushing procrastination and get things done.