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Waking Up Your Productive Genius: How to Improve Your Productivity and Time Management

teacher avatar Sarah A.D. Summers, Passionate Health Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:52
    • 2. Redefining Success

      2:49
    • 3. The Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Story

      2:34
    • 4. The 80-20 Rule (The Pareto Principle)

      2:26
    • 5. The Myth of Multitasking

      3:01
    • 6. Preparing for Bigger Goals: How Can You Move a Mountain

      1:48
    • 7. What is the Secret of Insane Productivity?

      2:04
    • 8. How to Build Healthy Habits

      3:28
    • 9. How to Effectively Avoid Wasting Time

      2:53
    • 10. Conclusion

      1:54
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Productivity for Creatives

Waking Up Your Productive Genius: How to Improve Your Productivity and Time Management

Thank you for joining this class, I am excited to have you here focusing on becoming your most productive self yet. In this class we’ll talk about productivity and time management. How to organize your time effectively, prioritize, focus on one thing at a time, build habits, avoid procrastination, reduce stress and overall increase your work-life balance. If there’s one thing to take away from this class, it is how to create a Productivity Mindset and wake up your Productive Genius.

So whether you’re a student, freelancer or a professional – you’ll get an overview of the productivity fundamentals that you can apply to your personal and professional life. It all starts with developing a Productivity Mindset that will simplify and improve your life.

Class Content:

  • Intro
  • Redefining Success
  • The Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Story
  • The 80-20 Rule (The Pareto Principle)
  • The Myth of Multitasking
  • Preparing for Bigger Goals: How Can You Move a Mountain
  • What is the Secret of Insane Productivity?
  • How to Build Healthy Habits
  • How to Effectively Avoid Wasting Time
  • Conclusion

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Sarah A.D. Summers

Passionate Health Entrepreneur

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Hello, I am Sarah and I want to help you, busy people, maximize your nutritional intake while minimizing your efforts. Design a lifestyle with The Diet of Common Sense!

 

I am a passionate healthy living coach coming from the business world and designer of The Diet of Common Sense - a healthy living approach for entrepreneurs, busy professionals and people with active lifestyles.

 

Over the years I looked into evidence-based research and natural approaches to healthy living, experimented and simplified them to match my ideal lifestyle. I understood the importance to fuel our bodies right for good performance, energy, and mental power, and I encourage like-minded individuals to be the healthiest version of themselves.

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1. Intro: Productivity for creatives. Waking up your productive genius. How to improve your productivity and time management. Thank you for joining this class. I'm excited to have you here focusing on becoming the most productive self. Yet. In this class we'll talk about productivity and time management. How to organize the plan effectively, prioritize. Focus on one thing at the time to build habits, avoid procrastination, reduce stress, and overall increase your work-life balance. If there's one thing to take away from this class, is how to create a productivity mindset to wake up your productive genes. I've caused them to try to make my work and life more effective. I brought productivity books and looked into several kings and habits, successful people, and apply those lessons to my own life. In this class, I'll be sharing some lessons, keep some tools that helped me decide and more productive life. So whether they're a student, freelancer for professional, you get an overview of the productivity fundamentals that you can apply to your personal and professional life. It all starts with developing a productivity mindset that can simplify and improve your life. So let's get started. 2. Redefining Success: Redefining success. What does it really mean to be successful? Or let me ask you the question. How does success look like to you? There is no right or wrong answer. No. What time is the definition of success can change on a personal level? Priorities change and with more knowledge and experimentation. So that's your definition of success. Is a classical definition of success, is attaining wealth, prosperity, and faith. With this old in life. Think about these two phrases. Success, the ability to achieve wealth, prosperity, and FAPE. And success lies in achieving the goals set method to humans and most personal, professional life goals. For most people in our modern world, money is first think, can sometimes, the only things that measure success is it life. It comes is faster cause he can homes, fancier trips, and so on. What is your case? Is money and failure only definition of success. Because financial measures and status do not effectively represent well-being. If you're unhappy. If you work long hours and lack of personal life means time to redefine success in your life. Today we suffer mood, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. In today's, effluence and abundance are not always increasing or life satisfaction. At least not on the long term. You can't have it old, were almost 0. But not all. To get more clarity on sulfation of how you want your ideal life to unfold this year to be. Ask yourself, are you happy with your life right now? With what you've achieved so far? What are the things that the men that can we conclude here, long term success tool kit. So start by defining what success looks like to you. What is your personal vision of success? Joins the discussion by writing your comments below. 3. The Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Story: The rocks, pebbles, and sand story, an important lesson on prioritization and time management. There is a popular stories that can help with organizing your time productivity efforts called the rocks, pebbles, and sand story. Understanding these concepts can help you make better decisions about how you organize your time and priorities. It's an old stories that was popularized in part of a speaker and management experts, Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, uses metaphors to organize your personal and professional life. A university professor wanted to make a point about the importance of prioritizing how we spend our time. He stood before his class with a large empty char. He fills a jar with large rocks and asked his students if the child was full. The students said that, yes. So John was full. He then added small tables in the jar and ask the gym is a char was full. The students agreed again, that's a jar was full. The professor is an added sent into the jar and asked again if the jar was full. The students agreed that the jar was finally for. The professor explained that the jar is an analogy for our lives. So rocks, other big things in your life, such as family, health, relationships. Is a pebbles represent the other things in your life, such as your work, school, and house. The send, represent the small stuff and material possessions in your life. You start with putting sand into the germ. You will not have space for rocks or pebbles. So prioritize a big rocks first. Take care of your health. Spend quality time with the people you love. The rest is just pebbles and sand. They will always find some space. Uc system to keep track of your progress with your work and life goals. 4. The 80-20 Rule (The Pareto Principle): The 80 20 principle or the Pareto principle, is one of the most US concepts for setting priorities and time management is suggested 20 percent of your activities will account for about 50 percent of your results. It was named after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, backing PQ 95. She discovered that 80% of the wealth in Italy was controlled by 20 percent of the population. We can apply Pareto's 80, 20 principle to almost any situation. This will help you prioritize your tasks and get an overview of your most important goals on the long and short term. Before I begin working, ask yourself, if this task is a top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80%. Let's take some examples. How can you apply the 80, 20 rule to weight loss? 80 percent real food, rich in nutrients and allow yourself cravings and Moreland healthy foods for the remaining 20 percent of the time. How can you apply the 80 20 rule to your work? Put first things first, 20 percent of your tasks will print 80 percent of your results. So focus on the 20 percent first. Use the 80 20 principle to prioritize any project you're working on. 20% of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales. 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits. Identify them and prioritize them. We'll talk more about prioritization is the next chapters of the class. 5. The Myth of Multitasking : The myth of multitasking. Multitasking seems a great way to get a lot done at once. Examples, driving, listening to music, driving, and talking on the phone. Taking notes during the presentation. Responding to emails by talking on the phone. With research shows that our brains forum built multitask become focus on more than one thing that the time when we think we're multitasking, we're actually reaching. The brain is simply shifting the focus from one place to another. We think we're being productive. However, we are being busy. Being busy is different from being productive. But most frequently happens is that we end up working more. What is cost of multi-tasking of this kind of mental juggling between activities. The American Psychological Association has reported that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cause as much as 40 percent the productivity. That's almost half of your working time. Why is a cost of multitasking so high? Because our brains would never meant multitask in the first place. Multitasking is also correlated with negative cognitive outcomes. Anytime the brain multitasks versus focusing on one thing at a time, is a brainpower goes down in the form of IQ, emotional intelligence and more. The key is to accept that fundamental fact that the mind can only do one thing at a time. Our brains were not designed for multitasking. So convinced only doing one thing at a time. This is why it is important to develop strategies to prioritize your work and focus on one thing at a time. Because we're not computers. Learned people. In why we can't eliminate multitasking completely. We can learn to have more ordered in our work to prioritize tasks battle. We'll talk about this in the next chapter of the class. 6. Preparing for Bigger Goals: How Can You Move a Mountain: Preparing for bigger goals. How can you move a mountain? Sometimes our goals are so big that they look like mountains. Think about the weight-loss mountain, the marathon mountain, or the starting the business mountain. It looks almost impossible to achieve. But still, people who lost so much weight and there are people who run marathons regularly. Does he want started from scratch to so how do you move a mountain? By breaking it into smaller pieces and carry one rocket at time. 0 Gen goals are broken down into smaller steps that can be achieved over time. It lost mountain is American mountain. And starting the business mountain. By exercising regularly at the PCs that are suitable for you, you can gradually increase in intensity. Capitalized, and consistency, which are the long-term, can lead to big results. In the future, you will be able to proudly look back and see what the big mountain you have moved to these challenges like a marathon, not a sprint. What the quantiles have you moved his past and you're proud of? And which ones do you plan to move in the future? Joins a discussion by writing your comments below. 7. What is the Secret of Insane Productivity?: What is the secret of being seen productivity. Warren Buffett's best productivity heck, is a symbol to this system. The billionaire has a simple method for deciding what to spend his valuable time on. They say that one day Buffett went up to his pilot named Steve and jokingly said to him that the fact that you're still working for me fills me and not doing my job. So he taught him his simple to list system. This work, write down a list of 25 tasks you want to accomplish. Circle your most important five goals or tasks from the list. These are your priority. Then forget about the 20 tasks. You didn't circle. It's a Messiah. They're not your priority right now. At least until you complete your five most important goals, give circle. So use the power of elimination. Most people get productivity wrong. It's not about figuring out how to do more. It's about figuring out how to do less so that you can have greater focus, an undivided attention on the things that matter to you. The most. Prioritization is firstly about elimination. Breaking through the clutter. Make a to-do list, eliminate first, and then prioritize the most important five things on the list. It looks simple. You only need to make sure you prioritize the right things. 8. How to Build Healthy Habits: How to build healthy habits. What our habits? Cohabit is any act or engaging in automatically. For example, having breakfast, drink, coffee, exercise, checking your emails in the morning. Good habits, sometimes hard to milk, and bad habits, sometimes hard to break. Like a tree. Strong good habits. Keep your life grounded. What is the key thing in building habits? Consistency. Showing up every day. They say it usually takes 21 days to build a habit for break one. Others suggests 90 days or even longer. If you don't do it on a daily basis. It's repeating a task until it becomes automatic over time. While at the same time, leave space for creativity. How do you build habits? Setting mindless around them? For example, I need to exercise today. You can put this reminder on your phone or Outlook calendar. Sometimes infinite posted on your desk. The best reminder is once it's completely automated, you set it and forget it. And with the modern technology then reminders about the problem. The real challenge is to show up, making them committing time and energy to work on them. Exercise, develop the habit of saying, no, BZ does not equal being productive. We may often fall into the trap of saved yes, to please others. At the expense of your energy and your own mental health. Nurse to be more assertive and saying though, you can say no with respect, we can say promptly. And you can really make the task someone who can say yes. Setting boundaries. If you don't have to feel guilty about prioritizing your own life health issue or a people to exercise a habit of saying no more often. Especially if those things you dislike good Don't bring you too much value. What habits do plan to build or greatly, SIR? 9. How to Effectively Avoid Wasting Time: Not all the time wasted is wasted time. Tiny, enjoy wasting in you do it with purpose is not wasted time. For example, taking time off to balance your energy and creativity levels. Your brain and body need a break sometimes to life is living, right? We spent not verbal lives sleeping. In this wasted time. As long as it keeps you healthy. Sleep is paramount to your life, energy and well-being. So here's how to balance the other two-thirds about a time when you don't sleep here, three years to make the most of your time and efforts wet steam productive. Number one, treated all distractions. Distractions are one of the biggest time waster. If you work on your computer, close all the screens you don't need or find his tractive. Clean your desk, your home, your office, a cluttered environment, entertained, cluttered mind. Social media is also a big time waster. Try social media detox number to make a to-do list. Physical one, not one-year head. I feel soaring lift after I put my thoughts on paper or in my phone. It leaves my MySpace for creative thinking. And I feel relief that they don't have to worry that they would forget it. You some tools to organize your mind and activities. This works for groceries and other day-to-day activities that you must do. Somebody has to pay the bills to write. Focus on one thing at a time. Minders at multitasking does not work. So in order to stay productive, you must focus on one thing at a time. Avoid wasting time by creating more space for important things. 10. Conclusion: Conclusion. Thank you for taking the time to complete this class. Remember, we all have 24 hours in a day. In how you make use of the time is totally up to you. A good life is built on good habits in it requires some effort with if you learn what works best for you and learn how to optimize your energy and time. You will be more productive in this and she's an overall power, happier life. If there's one thing to take away from this class, it is hard to create a prolific in mindset and wake up the productive genius. Why? We enjoyed writing life, how they focusing peer high level priorities. Remember to redefine success on your own terms. And you have a variety of tools to organize your time effectively. Friendly face, build habits of width of destination. Reduce stress, no parole. Increase your work-life burns. A pleasure. And activities fundamentals to personal and professional life. It all started with developing the productivity biases. Give the productivity tools that will best for you in use them to build habits. Focus on simplicity. And one thing at a time. Start making your life more conductive today and start creating your best habits of tomorrow. How do you prioritize and manage your time effectively? Jaws a discussion, a shutter best tips.