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The Complete Personal Productivity Course - Business & Life (part 1)

teacher avatar TJ Walker, Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      00 Personal Productivity Promo Video

      1:05

    • 2.

      1 Quick Win! Master Your Phone Now! Avoid Switching Costs!

      2:13

    • 3.

      2 The #1 Secret of the Wildly Productive

      1:54

    • 4.

      3 Embrace the Concept of Deep Work And Watch Your Productivity Soar!

      6:18

    • 5.

      4 The Real Truth About Time Management

      1:38

    • 6.

      5 The Top 10 Tips To Help Your Personal Productivity

      0:38

    • 7.

      6 Sleep Your Way to Productivity Success

      5:04

    • 8.

      7 Produce Just One Thing Each Day

      2:32

    • 9.

      8 Big News! You Need Less News

      2:06

    • 10.

      10 Streamline Your Cell Phone for Massive Productivity Gains

      2:44

    • 11.

      11 Read Books, Even Free Books

      3:55

    • 12.

      12 Fun Is the Ultimate Productivity Motivator

      2:03

    • 13.

      13 Celebrate the Easy Wins

      2:37

    • 14.

      14 Giving Your Brain Space to Breathe

      1:37

    • 15.

      15 Daily Entertainment Must Come with Limits

      3:24

    • 16.

      16 The Grandest Delusion of All Multitasking

      3:22

    • 17.

      Productivity Tips for taking this Course

      1:47

    • 18.

      Always Look for the Fast Forward Button In Life

      1:45

    • 19.

      Surprisingly, Not all Procrastination Is Bad

      4:20

    • 20.

      Personalizing Productivity Tips Just for You

      2:24

    • 21.

      Why You Will Never Say I Didn't Have Time for That

      1:06

    • 22.

      Simplify Your Way to Personal Productivity Success

      1:15

    • 23.

      You Already Are Productive, When You Want to Be

      1:41

    • 24.

      You Will Become Your Own Personal Productivity Guru

      1:50

    • 25.

      Forget High Tech and Low Tech, You Must Be Now Tech

      4:08

    • 26.

      Here Is the ONE Thing That Is Consistent Among Wildly Productive People

      3:42

    • 27.

      Why 100% Personal Productivity Is Not Your Real Goal

      1:41

    • 28.

      Avoiding This Secret Un Productivity Trap

      1:20

    • 29.

      You Can't be Productive Unless You Know Exactly What You Want to Produce

      1:40

    • 30.

      Infinite Opportunities To Be Productive Or

      2:38

    • 31.

      Simple, Obvious, Non Profound Tip That Many People Never Follow

      0:20

    • 32.

      Not enough To Be Good At Something, You Need To Have A

      4:15

    • 33.

      Coming Up With Your Own Vision Of the Productive Life

      4:26

    • 34.

      Increase Your Productivity By Doing Less

      1:37

    • 35.

      The More Fun You Have, The More Productive You Can Be

      2:07

    • 36.

      Always Look for a Fun Way To Do Boring Tasks

      3:17

    • 37.

      Why You Should Never Try To Manage Every Second Of Your Day

      2:13

    • 38.

      Produce This One Thing Every Day

      3:30

    • 39.

      Here is How To Schedule Your Daily Productivity Output

      2:40

    • 40.

      The Most Important Part of Your Day The Digital Detox

      5:58

    • 41.

      Highly Productive People Think of Themselves as Highly Productive People

      1:42

    • 42.

      Limiting This Dangerous Productivity Destroyer The TV

      1:25

    • 43.

      The 30 Minute a Day Solution

      1:09

    • 44.

      Productive People are Never 'Busy'

      1:13

    • 45.

      Building Your NOT 'To Do' List

      1:54

    • 46.

      Time Is Always More Valuable Than Stuff or Saving Money

      1:53

    • 47.

      Don't Cut Lines, But NEVER Wait in Lines

      2:49

    • 48.

      Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity

      5:16

    • 49.

      Make Sure This Is Absolutely the Simplest Way of Doing Something

      2:02

    • 50.

      Don't Add Complicated, Time Consuming Steps Just Because Everybody Else Does

      4:47

    • 51.

      Improving Your Daily Standard Operating Procedures

      2:21

    • 52.

      Figuring Out What Is the Most Productive Time of Day for You

      2:23

    • 53.

      Asking 'Why' A Lot Will Lead You to Greater Productivity

      2:31

    • 54.

      Build On Strengths, Don't Focus on Most Weaknesses

      3:30

    • 55.

      The Most Productive Social Media Platform for You Is

      3:05

    • 56.

      Not All Productivity Is the Same

      3:40

    • 57.

      YOU Can't Be Your Only Source of Inspiration

      3:24

    • 58.

      Decrease Your Work Hours to Increase Your Productivity

      5:59

    • 59.

      Stand Up! Take a Break!

      2:34

    • 60.

      The Most Productive Way You Can Get What You Want Is to Ask

      2:06

    • 61.

      The Highly Productive Don't Rely on Memory

      1:34

    • 62.

      Make It Easier for Other People to Be More Productive

      4:03

    • 63.

      Say 'NO' Daily

      2:30

    • 64.

      Avoid Lines Like the Plague

      0:56

    • 65.

      It Never Hurts To Be Reminded, Automatically

      1:12

    • 66.

      Scheduled Learning Is a Daily Habit of the Highly Productive

      2:32

    • 67.

      Why Honesty Really Is the Best Policy

      2:46

    • 68.

      More Reasons to Say No

      3:07

    • 69.

      The Personal Productivity Bigger Picture

      1:01

    • 70.

      Productivity Motivation is Overrated

      2:08

    • 71.

      Everyone Has Habits

      1:37

    • 72.

      Your Brand Is Not Your Logo, It is What You Produce on a Regular Basis

      3:08

    • 73.

      Nothing Bad Has Ever Happened By Showing Up on Time

      3:30

    • 74.

      Do This To Be on Time

      2:26

    • 75.

      Managing Your Procrastination Demons

      2:54

    • 76.

      The Highest Price of All Switching Costs

      1:16

    • 77.

      This Is How You Find Your Grove

      2:28

    • 78.

      The Lazy Man's and Lazy Woman's Guide to Productivity

      3:13

    • 79.

      Why You Don't Need a Bolt of Lightening

      2:27

    • 80.

      Creating a Productive Surrounding

      4:29

    • 81.

      Making Your Desk Make You More Productive

      3:03

    • 82.

      Yes, Home Offices Can Be Wildly Productive, If You Do This

      2:36

    • 83.

      Quiet Please! Genius Working Here

      1:38

    • 84.

      Quiet Please! Genius Working Here

      1:38

    • 85.

      Turns Out, Your Mother Was Right About Keeping Tidy

      7:34

    • 86.

      Take a Break Already!

      2:35

    • 87.

      Make It Easier for Other People to Be More Productive

      4:03

    • 88.

      Productivity Tips Come From Everywhere

      1:28

    • 89.

      Eliminate the Clutter of Daily Activity

      3:02

    • 90.

      Complexity Can Add Value, But Make Sure You Have Proof

      1:40

    • 91.

      Measure 2 or Even 3 Times In Advance

      2:20

    • 92.

      Productive Entertainment Consumption

      1:17

    • 93.

      It's OK To Start with Baby Steps

      1:41

    • 94.

      Meetings Can Add to Your Productive, But Only When Done the Right Way

      0:15

    • 95.

      Meetings Can Be Run Efficiently

      1:00

    • 96.

      First Choice, The Virtual Meeting

      0:43

    • 97.

      Send a Surrogate

      0:37

    • 98.

      No Agenda, No Meeting

      0:42

    • 99.

      Your Meeting Needs To Run This Way

      0:37

    • 100.

      A Standing Ovation for Your Next Productive Meeting

      0:30

    • 101.

      Make It Easier for Other People to Be More Productive

      4:03

    • 102.

      Resolve to Never Make Resolutions

      1:41

    • 103.

      Plan, But At Some Point You Must Start

      2:15

    • 104.

      Fail Faster and Better

      2:50

    • 105.

      The Best and Worst Productivity Tool Ever

      7:23

    • 106.

      Delegate News Apps from Your Phone

      3:48

    • 107.

      Automation Is Here, So Use It Wisely

      1:05

    • 108.

      Here Is How You Can Have the Same Perspective As Highly Productive People

      0:33

    • 109.

      You Determine Your Own Productivity Fate

      3:41

    • 110.

      Productive People Have a Growth Mindset

      3:04

    • 111.

      Optimism and Productivity Go Hand in Hand

      2:06

    • 112.

      This is the Golden Age for Personal Productivity

      4:48

    • 113.

      The Gatekeepers Can No Longer Stop Your Productivity

      6:22

    • 114.

      A Golden Age for the Productive and the Lazy

      1:59

    • 115.

      Personal Productivity Is Very Different Today Versus Most of Human History

      4:06

    • 116.

      Learn from the Past, but Don't Be Shackled By It

      1:40

    • 117.

      Don't Let Negative News Sap Your Productivity

      9:10

    • 118.

      Meaningful Goals for You

      3:48

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Personal Productivity. It is what defines the quality of your professional and personal life.

Imagine your personal productivity skyrocketing so that you can meet more and more of your professional objectives and your personal aspirations.

Your personal productivity is not a static measurement-it can be improved, dramatically and quickly!

You can get more out of each day. Your personal productivity can be supercharged so that you can get more done in less time AND have even more time for quality recreation, vacation and entertainment.

Do you ever feel like your foot is only half way pushed on the gas pedal of life? Do you feel that between checking news, email, social media, texts and going to and from work or school your life is just going through the motions but not really going anywhere? You are not alone.  

Please note: This is by far the longest and most through course on personal productivity on this platform. It contains more hours, more lectures (500 +!) and more tips than any other course. This is a built-in personal productivity advantage for you because it means you will not have to purchase multiple courses and books on this subject. Everything you need is right here.

This personal productivity course will teach you how to take control of your life by taking complete command of your personal productivity.

Sloppy and haphazard daily habits can destroy anybody's personal productivity, including yours.

Smart and focused daily habits can make anyone dramatically boost their own personal productivity, including yours.

Instructor TJ Walker is one of the most prolific and productive authors, online course creators and trainers in the world. In this course you will learn his secrets for personal productivity plus a simplified distillation of all the personal productivity best practices.

This course is full of practical, nuts and bolts tips and tricks AND with Theory and perspective.

You don't have to be stuck on a personal productivity treadmill in life that always revolves at the same speed. Don't waste another day or even another minute of your day or personal productivity. Sign up right now for this course!

 

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TJ Walker

Public Speaking and Media Training Expert

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TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, US Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament .

Walker has more than 100,000 online course enrollments and more than 100,000 online students.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today # 1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Walker is also the author of "Media Training AZ" and "Media Training Success."

In 2009, Walker set the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Talk Radio Appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

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1. 00 Personal Productivity Promo Video: imagine yourself accomplishing twice a smudge in half the time getting Maura, Maura, the stuff you really want to accomplish in life and having more free time to relax and have fun. Isn't that really what personal productivity is all about? Hi, I'm t. J Walker. And for more than 25 years, I've run a successful international media and presentation training firm. Now, on my side time, my spare time, I run a six figure online training business right here from my home, where I reached students all over the world. Now that's not the impressive part, at least to me. The impressive part is I also have time to spend three meals a day with my daughter and my wife at home. So I'm not running myself ragged. I'm trying to lead a productive life. This course is going to give you tips so that you can lead a more productive life. Go ahead, sign in. Now 2. 1 Quick Win! Master Your Phone Now! Avoid Switching Costs!: Let's dive right in with some quick wins. Hyper productive people aren't any smarter than you are, but they do some things very differently. Quick tip number one, focus exclusively on one thing. Stop with the multitasking. Right now. You're in this online personal productivity course. What I need you to do is turn your phone off. Closed the other pages on your browser. Someone text you someone's incident just ignored. Just focus on this right now. Don't check Facebook. Don't check you too. Or instagram. Just focus on this one thing. Tip number two Highly productive people write things down. They write their goals down. I want you right now to just take a couple of sentences and right in the question and answer section of this course the Q and A section. What exactly are your goals for this course? Be specific. Hold me accountable. Don't be one of those people that just buys a course. Does a couple clicks, watches for 30 seconds and leaves. So write it down automatically. That will make you much more productive than about 97% of the world and of the other students in this course. So write down your goals for this course, The third big tip. Just finish, or at least finish a big chunk. Productive people know anytime you switch from email to a phone toe call to talking to someone starting new project, your brain gets in a jumble. You're much better off doing things in large batches focused on one thing. I need you to really focus on this personal productivity course. Right now. You can't finish the whole thing. That's OK, but at least focus on this for a full hour. That's the only way you'll get benefit. And that is a way of really building a skill that's gonna make you more productive in every aspect of your business life and personal life. 3. 2 The #1 Secret of the Wildly Productive: this course is going to give you thousands of tips on how to be more productive. Some of them will sound like common sense, and they are common sense. But you have to ask yourself, if it's so common, why aren't you following them? I want to give you one big overriding principle. You can forget a lot of particular suggestions and tips, but if you focus on this one thing, you will dramatically improve your personal productivity. I have studied every single major productivity guru in the world I've tracked to improve my own productivity. Here's what I felt. If you focus on doing one thing that you're good at that you enjoy and that other people appreciate it, that's gonna make you wildly productive. That will crowd out all the other distractions. If you're a fantastic sculptor and your sculpting, you're not gonna be tempted to check Facebook every two seconds. If you are a world class chef, you're not gonna be tempted to take every single phone call from every friend every two seconds. So we'll get more deeply into this as we go through the course. But for so many people, it's not about the perfect app are the perfect reminder on your cell phone or finding the next guru to tell you the way. It's about finding something that you really, really enjoy, and it doesn't even have to be for business where you're paid for it. It could be a hobby, finding something that you're truly passionate about that will focus your energies. There's gonna be thousands of other tips, but if you can try to figure out what that one thing is, it's gonna automatically eliminates so many of your own personal productivity problems. 4. 3 Embrace the Concept of Deep Work And Watch Your Productivity Soar!: Do you really want to cut to the chase quickly? If you embrace this one idea, you will see massive, massive improvements in your own personal productivity. I realize it sounds like hype, but it really is true. All you have to do is embrace and implement the concept of deep work. Deep work. Now, this is not my idea. This is the idea of an author and computer science professor, Cal Newport. He has a book on the title. I'd recommend the book, but you don't have to read the whole book. Here's what he found is that if you carve out a certain section of time on your schedule and you eliminate all distractions and you focus on the deepest work you do, meaning that which challenges you the most creatively and intellectually and you spend that time to create, really concentrate, think, focus. You may be creating books. You may be creating more manuals. You may be creating more business plans, but whatever it is, you do the highest level thing you dio that which gives you the most feedback money, compensation, status, personal, whatever it is. Focus on that and that means no emails, no looking at emails. No Facebook, no phone calls. No quick check up at news dot com or the New York Times dot com or or the dredge report. It means none of that constant back and forth and clicking. And yes, what? No responding to friends text during this period. Now what he found was that for the most highly productive people in the world, they do, at most a little more than five hours a day. That doesn't mean they only work five hours a day. This is not including the time where you return phone calls. Return emails, pay. But all the other things we have to do is a part of life, part of business, a part of our careers. But it's a matter of carving out an exact precise time where you know I am on Lee going to focus on doing this most important stuff. You've got to make it sink with your own personal time, clock and body rhythms. We'll talk about all of these things in more detail later in the course, but for now I need you to really give thought to What is it you do that you would categorize as deep work and carve out time for. For me, it is creating new online court researching new online courses. Creating the videos for the online courses than building this course is it's basically three things. I car about 8 a.m. to noon every day. I try not to take any phone calls. Then I try not to respond to emails text and try to ignore all of that so I could just focus four hours, and what I found when I switched to that is I could do more in four hours than I could going back and forth and multi tasking over a two week period. MAWR work would get done in that four hour period. I could create 50 pages of notes for my next course in four hours, whereas if I just went back and forth and multi tax the way most people do in the way I used to dio it would take a couple of weeks to come up with 50 pages of notes. So that's the big concept. It's easy for me to say it. You can come up with a 1,000,000 excuses. Well, my boss expects me to return e mails within 1/2 an hour. I'll be fired. Okay? You've got to figure out some point of the day when that doesn't happen. Your boss comes in at nine. Maybe you have to get in. It's seven and you have 7 to 9 where you can do the deepest work. President Obama was a big fan of this process. And when you're the president, you've got so many crises, things emerging coming at you right away every day, all day long for him. It was late in the evenings. If you are an emergency room physician or surgeon, you've got body parts, heart attacks coming at you all day long. You may have to carve out a time. 6 a.m. It maybe midnight if you are trying to write your novel or if you're trying to write a manual on how to have the best practices for your emergency room personnel. But you've got to carve out this time If you do this, it solves basically all the other modern productivity problems for individuals. So I'm gonna be coming back to this throughout the course. If you get distracted if you feel like you run out of time in the scores just focus on this one thing, carving out on your counter that put it on your calendar, your deep work time and stick with it. Five hours is too much for me. I find four hours works for me. You might want to start with just 30 minutes, but start with something and try to build on it. Now, if you try to do 10 hours of deep work, unless you're Isaac Asimov, you're probably not gonna be able to sustain that. You'll get burnt out. There'll be a backlash and you won't be able to do anything productive for three weeks. So don't get greedy. If the best experts in the world can't really do more than five hours, don't try it more than five hours. My recommendation. Start off maybe one hour, maybe two hours, but truly be committed to it. Just focus on doing the deepest thing you can do with your intellect with your brain, your creativity to learn and create. Do that and your personal productivity will soar 5. 4 The Real Truth About Time Management: Would you like to learn how to manage time or effectively? How to really save time? Well, I've got bad news for you. There's no such thing. You cannot save time. You cannot manage time. Everyone has exactly the same 24 hours a day. There's only one thing you have control over what it is you do. You can manage your actions. You can manage how you operate in this world. You can manage what you do or don't do. That's all you could do. You cannot manage time. All you can do is manage your own actions. And that's what this course is about. Is to teach you ways of choosing your actions, to get better results because everyone manages time. It's just that some of us manage it by procrastinating a task and watching YouTube cartoons for four hours in the middle of a work day that is managing time. But it's using time poorly, so I realized this is not a profound thought. In fact, every personal productivity guru, every book on the subject mentions this, but I do think it's still worthy of just a moment of your time to reflect on it. You can't manage time. All you can manage is what you are doing every hour, every five minutes, every minute of the day. That's gonna be the focus of this course. 6. 5 The Top 10 Tips To Help Your Personal Productivity: for the rest of this section. I'm going to give you my top 10 tips on how to enhance your own personal productivity. These were gonna be quick, brief, something you could dive in, get some benefit and get out. That way, if you don't have time to do the whole course, you've still gotten surreal benefit. Now, if one of these tips really intrigues you and you want mawr, there's gonna be plenty more fleshing out all of these concepts later in the course. So don't accuse me of being superficial. These air gonna be quick here, but they'll all be dealt with at a much deeper level later in the course, So right now, let's hop in. 7. 6 Sleep Your Way to Productivity Success: get more sleep. If you tell yourself you're just one of these people who get by fine on five or six or even seven hours of sleep, chances are you're lying to yourself. Let me ask you, do you need an alarm clock to get up in the morning? If so, by definition, that means you're not getting enough sleep. Here is the practical tip to get more sleep. This isn't a popular tip, but it's wildly successful and it does work. First of all, think of what time do you actually fall asleep most nights. If you're like a lot of people, you maybe watch a movie, a sitcom, Netflix or TV. Then maybe you watch the local news, then on opening monologue from a comedian, unwind before you know it. It's 11 40 at night. Then the alarm is going off. 6 a.m. and you've got six hours and 20 minutes sleep and you're feeling tired. Here's what I want you to dio. Look at the time you actually fall asleep for you. It may be 1 a.m. go back two hours starting tonight. At that 0.2 hours before you normally fall asleep, I want you to eliminate any TV screens, any video screens, your cellphone removed, all Elektronik stimulation. And then I want you to just read something on paper. Book a magazine. Stay away from news. Stay away from anything that's gonna agitate you. Could be a novel. Could be work of nonfiction. Read something that's interesting to you and eliminate music. Eliminate all outside stimulation, preferably don't read in bed. But if you have to even read in bed, here's what I want you to just read until you get tired. And when you find your eyes are starting to get heavy, go to bed. Now it may be for you. It still takes two hours. Here's thing you'll get a more rest ful sleep. You will sleep much better even if you fall asleep at the same time. Now for most people, I can't guarantee this for you, But for the vast majority of people who do this, what you find is after about 1/2 an hour, you're going to get very sleepy and you'll actually fall asleep an hour and 1/2 sometimes two hours earlier than you normally did. What's the downside of this? Well, people might make fun of you for being old. Oh, you go to bed at 10 o'clock at night. You're a loser, but you wake up at six after eight hours of sleep and you've been getting by on six or 6.5 , you are going to feel so wildly productive. You're gonna feel like you can conquer mountains. Now everyone is different. I realize that. But there are some general trends the general trend everywhere in the Western world, the industrialized world, the wealthier parts of the world, trying not to offend anyone but the vast majority of the world. People are not getting enough sleep ever since the advent of electricity and lights. Now that we all have smartphones and tablets, it is 1000 times worse. When you don't get enough sleep, you end up crabby. A bad mood your brain doesn't function is well. You are not going to be as productive. So I want you to try this for one week, just not saying you can't watch TV and movies. Watch them, but two hours before you're ready for bed, cut off and let's see when your body's actually ready and willing to fall asleep for so many people, it's actually more like 10 oclock at night. It's not 11 30 year 11 45. Even if you've been going to sleep at 11 45 for the last 20 years, you're artificially keeping yourself up that late. If you can't keep your eyes open reading a book with no outside stimulation, it means your body is ready to go to sleep. So here's the assignment. Number one. Try this for one week to get two hours before bedtime. Just do nothing but read paper. No screens whatsoever. The second thing I want you to do is write down in the Q and a section right here on this course what your nighttime routine is. What time do you actually go to bit? Are you watching TV or videos on YouTube or on Netflix before? Are you doing email up to the last minute? Are you checking text of the last minute? I want you to write in the Q and a section right now. Just a brief summary of What are you doing before you go to sleep? 8. 7 Produce Just One Thing Each Day: big tip focus each day on accomplishing just one thing that's really important, something where you could say, Well, I was productive today. Now I realize you may have jobs, careers where you have to do 20 things. But I still want you to focus on accomplishing one thing that's going to give you a sense of accomplishment and to pick something that you're good at and you like doing, and that is important. So for me, for example, today I am committed to making 75 videos finished videos for this course on personal productivity. And I know for a fact that other instructors might take six months to make 75 videos. My commitment is to do that today. Now the challenge is I have other things I have to do today. Just got off a conference call with a prospect in India. I have other emails and calls. I had to respond other students already today, and to top it all off, I have to leave today by 3 10 to picket my daughter from school because my family we're going on a little vacation starting this afternoon. So I had added pressure. What that means is I'm not even gonna be tempted to look at Facebook other than once briefly at 7 a.m. Today. I'm not gonna be tempted to go back to favorite news sources. I'm not gonna be tempted to check in on YouTube. I'm not gonna have time because I'm focused. I'm getting my 75 videos done today. Now, you might not make videos ever. Doesn't matter. My point is, rather than try to micromanage every five seconds of the day and just being generically mawr productive, I want you to focus on one big task that you can really sink your teeth into and be excited about and focus on, get it done. If you do that, that solves so many other productivity problems and issues out there. So that's my challenge. Here's what I'd like you to dio right down in the Q and a section right now. What is the number one thing you would like to accomplish tomorrow and be specific. Don't just say be more disciplined. I want you to talk about a specific thing you want to accomplish. Rate that down in the Q and a section now and then tomorrow focus on it and accomplish it 9. 8 Big News! You Need Less News: this type is going to give you thousands thousands of hours back for the rest of your life . It's gonna cost you nothing. Here's the tip. Reduce the amount of news you consume 2 30 minutes a day or less if you're like the way I've been most of my life and the way so many people are. When we have free time, we get up in the morning at night, lunch free. We're watching news. We're reading news. I'm not asking it a tune out and not know anything about the world, but limited focus. If you're not a full time journalist or you're not in the news business, you don't have to know every single news story. My recommendation. Find one or two or, at most three trusted news sources you respect in a text format because it's so much faster and saves you time and limit your news consumption to just 30 minutes a day. This is gonna free up massive amounts of time for you to be more productive at work at home . Your personal life exercise. You're gonna have so much more time. You have more time to read. Learn new things for your career. for your passions and for your hobbies. So for right now, limited to 30 minutes a day, take a moment. Reflect on your current news consumption's, I really think of all the times you look at news during the day and the things that come zooming in through text and other gizmos on your phone added up. Think of all the news sources you go to in today. I want you to write those down in the Q and A section. How much time? An estimate. How much time you spend consuming news right now, And what news sources are you using? Write that down now in the Q and A section. 10. 10 Streamline Your Cell Phone for Massive Productivity Gains: What a massively boost your productivity. Take your cell phone out right now, find every social media app and hit, delete and look at my phone right here. You won't find Facebook. You don't find Twitter and you don't find any other social media app. It's not because I don't like social media. I am active on social media. I have more than 10,000 followers on Facebook. I've had, collectively millions of views on my YouTube channels. But here's the thing. If it's on your phone and they're sending you alerts and that's what you go to every time you have a spirit minute or a lunch break or coffee break, it corrodes your brain. It distracts you. It destroys your productivity. Now, if you were a social media manager for a major corporation or institution, okay, you get a pass. But I'm assuming that's not your job. And for most people, that isn't. I'm active and social media, but if I'm not looking at something for four hours or eight hours, nothing really bad happens to me, my career or my business. I carve out a specific small set of time early in the morning where I look at Social Media , and I try to limit it to just once more. And I can do that on a PC or laptop a desktop, and it's more controlled when it's on the cell phone. It's just too easy. You're on the phone with someone else. You look at it, you're taking a lunch break. You look at it. You are about to do something. You want a diversion from an important task. You look at it and now you're swept in in some debate on Twitter. Now, if you are a full time political commentator pundit and you need to get into fights on Twitter, battle means do it. I'm assuming that's not your full time job. So you're going to save massive amounts of time de clutter your brain, and you're going to prepare your brain to just be much more productive if you don't have all this clutter. So I'm begging you, your friends will forgive you if it takes seven hours to respond or hit something like on something they put on Facebook. It's not gonna matter to them in the long run, but to you, it's going to dramatically boost your productivity. Please delete all social media apps please post in the Q and A section right now. What social media app, sir? On your phone. And are you willing to delete them? Please post that now. 11. 11 Read Books, Even Free Books: Do you want to become smarter? Do you want to know more about your niche than your colleagues, your clients, your customers? Do you want to be on the cutting edge of your field? Well, there's a very simple way of doing it these days, and it didn't exist for most of human history. It's called Read Free Books. Every spare second you have on your cell phone, and most time it costs nothing. You can go to Google, play there more than a 1,000,000 books, some of them great that you can get for free and you can read it on your cell phone. We all have free time when we are waiting for a bus, a train, commuting, eating lunch, what most of us do We fill our minds with clutter, reading, garbage news and celebrity nonsense. You could be reading books about areas of interest to you could be about your existing profession, your career subjects you work on. It could be about your next career. What do you want to do after your current career? If you spend every waking second that's free, that's not busy doing other stuff. Instead of looking at news and celebrity gossip on your phone or a tablet reading books. You can get much more substance. Your brain will grow, you'll learn more and you will develop as a person. You will develop your expertise and you'll be more useful of people. Typically, this means you can charge more. You can ask for raises. You can get hired more. You create more value because you know more now. Admittedly, it's easy. Teoh. Get out of this habit and to go back to looking at Facebook. And don't do it any time I'm doing a course on a new subject. What's the first thing I dio? I get every book on the subject for free on Google. Play another great resource that it cost a tiny little bit of non asking for any commissions here. Believe me, I'm not selling anything but Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, for I believe it's less than 10 bucks a month. You have unlimited access to another 1,000,000 books and you can check out 10 of the time. A lot of these books are short, so if you have an interest in a new topic that's related to your field, just quickly check out 10 books, skim through them, read, then delete them and get another 10 books. And you can read 50 books on virtually any subject in the world, and that's gonna put you in probably the top percent top 1% of experts on that subject just by reading 50 books. And you can do that just in a daily commute in a month. If you switch over from reading garbage to reading actual books, the beauty of books, even a bad book, is it tends to be focused. It tends to go more in depth than just on article. It tends to be about something real and not just the ephemera of the news. That's why I am a big fan of books as opposed to magazine articles. BLAWG Post. There could be great ones, but books I do recommend that you read actual books the most productive people in the world . I find a hot time reading books, whether you are a fan of Bill Gates or Oprah. They read dozens and dozens and dozens of books, if not hundreds of books a year, you can, too, and these days it is free or near free 12. 12 Fun Is the Ultimate Productivity Motivator: huge, huge tip. I'll be spending more time on this later in the course, but find something fun to do for your career. Doesn't have to be this overwhelming passion that you've just been dying to do since you were two years old. But you've got to find something that you do professionally that you find fun, rewarding, interesting. It's some level. It's so much easier to be productive when you are excited about going to work. Warren Buffett talks about how excited he is it his advanced age. And he's close to 90. The day I'm recording this, that he's skipping to work and is excited to get to work as a high school kid. He has retained that excitement for what it is he does, which is something most people would find boring. He reads financial reports all day long of companies he's thinking of acquiring. You've got to find something you enjoy doing. I love speaking, and I love teaching people how to speak and how toe navigate their careers more successfully with communication and things like productivity. That's really easy for me to hop out of bed and start making more courses. You've got to figure out what in your daily job. It's fun and figure how to do more of it. And if you hate your job, then you need to spend every second of your free time learning about a new field. Whether it's computer programming, whether it's making music videos, you got to spend every second of your free time figuring out a new career so that you can spend whether it's the second half of your life for the final 30. Real life doing something that's fun. I won't toss around this term passion. You can't have your passion for everything, although that's nice, but you've got it enjoy at some level if you want the productivity to come easily. 13. 13 Celebrate the Easy Wins: big productivity tip. Give yourself an opportunity to celebrate Cem Easy winds. You need to build some muscle memory as a highly productive person. Not every day is gonna be a day where you get up and the first thing you do is climb Mount Everest. There is a whole line of thought out there that says you should always start by eating the frog. Doing the most difficult challenge possible than everything else is easier. I don't want you to procrastinate on the big important task, but I do think that it is important to build certain things into your daily life, your daily schedule, where you can accomplish it, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment. And they're not that hard. But there's still things that are good for you. For example, I lift weights every day before you get too impressed. I only lift weights for six minutes a day, but you add it all up the end of the month. I lift weights a lot more often and more minutes per month, and almost anyone else I know my page in my line of work. I go running every day before you get too impressed I only run for one minute a day on the treadmill, but it gets my blood pumping. Now I do walk for an hour a day, and I try to get 12,500 steps in every day. My little counter here, and that does give me a sense of a conflict. Is it the most important thing in my ignoring friends and family just walking around staring at that would be sad, but that's not what I do. I try to incorporate into my life walking as much as possible. So the end of the day when I take my watch off, I see 95% of the time that I've met that goal, and that just gives me another sense of accomplishment. No one of these things is that important, but it builds. It gives me an overall sense. I have goals I can meet thumb. So not everything has to be a major career Go. I'm going to write a New York Times bestseller or have an online course that does $10 million a month. Not everything has to be a huge goal. Sometimes they could be small personal goals, and when you reach them, especially on a daily basis. It gives you confidence, and it gives you a sense of yourself of being a highly productive person. 14. 14 Giving Your Brain Space to Breathe: we live in an era of the Internet of things, everything's on the Internet. We are all highly connected every second. Here's a tip for you. If you want to be like really highly productive people, you need a daily digital detox a lot more about this later on in the course. But just briefly, you need to either meditate, go for a long walk, do something where you're not even close to a cell phone or a computer. I'm personally not a big fan of meditation, but many of the most successful, highly productive people in the world meditate. And when they do it, they're not checking their email and their text. All the electron ICS are aware in it clears the brain, and it makes you so much more productive. I personally go for a walk each day for at least an hour. I leave this at home, and I'm forced to. Actually, I think you want to boost your productivity for your professional life, your business, your career and your personal life. Give yourself on interrupted time to actually think with no digital Elektronik zapping in your brain for at least an hour a day, it seems like it's a hard thing to carve out. It actually will make every minute the rest of the day you have much more productive. 15. 15 Daily Entertainment Must Come with Limits: final Really big quick tip in this initial go through. It relates to something I said earlier about limiting news consumption, but this is more specific. I want you to limit yourself to no more than 90 minutes video entertainment per day. Now some of you may think, Well, that sounds an awful lot. If I want to be productive, I'll never watch any TV. Yeah, that sounds great in theory, but that's like going on a 500 calorie a day diet. It might work for a day or two. It's virtually impossible for most people to keep it now. You might think that you don't even watch that much video entertainment, but if you added up each day, you may find that first thing in the morning. You may watch a couple of funny videos. Someone said she may watch a few videos on YouTube or Facebook. At lunch. You might play some kind of video game. You come home during dinner. After dinner, you watch a sitcom, your spouse or someone puts on a movie. Then you're watching local news, which really is entertainment. Add it all up and so many people are not spending 90 minutes a day on video entertainment. It's more like 2345 sometimes six hours a day. This is robbing you of most productive time. You have not necessarily to be out cutting grass or doing more memos for clients, but to do things that arm or important to you than simply sitting back passively watching video entertainment. Now I like video. Entered it. I like watching movies. But one reason why I say 90 minutes is that gives you time to watch a full movie. If you tell yourself you're only gonna watch roughly 90 minutes of video entertainment today, it forces you to be more selective. You'll spend time looking for the highest quality of movies. You're not simply gonna turn on Episode one of some mediocre sitcom on Netflix and just mindlessly go through and binge watch and gosh has started at six o'clock and now it's midnight and you ruined six hours again. I don't want to say you can't have entertainment. You can't watch video. You can't watch movies when I'm suggesting, Let it be selective, and this will free up so much of your time to do other things. Read more books as I talked about earlier. Study. Create things. Do your own writing create your own movie, or at least a script or your own stand up comedy or something where you're creating rather than passively sitting back watching mindless entertainment. Take a moment right here and put in the Q and A section. What is an example of some form of video entertainment where you could just give it up or reduce it and it wouldn't hurt the quality of your life? Adul just take a moment. Reflect on that and right that in the Q and A section I want to know what show are you willing to give up? Write it down. 16. 16 The Grandest Delusion of All Multitasking: Hang on. I'll be with you in a minute. Yeah, You. What did you say? That that's what you've got to stop doing. If you truly want to be productive, highly productive people realize it's a fantasy to think you can multi task. There is no such thing is multi tasking. Your human brain can really focus on one thing at a time. We can tell ourselves were great multi taskers. We're not effective. Productive people focus on one thing at a time. They finish it and they do the next thing when the human brain goes back and forth between writing this memo, being on this call, answering this text, they're switching costs. It slows you down dramatically and it destroys your basic competence. The quality of what you're doing plummets now. There's been so much research on this, and this is not an academic textbooks. I'm not going to give you 1000 footnotes. You can google it yourself, but if you want to dramatically improve your effectiveness, your productivity, you're gonna have to realize there just is no such thing as effective multitasking. If you doubt may look at all the people dying on the highways because they think they can text and drive at the same time. Everyone thinks they're great at multitasking and texting and driving until they run into someone else and kill themselves and the other person. Your brain can't focus on more than one thing. And of course, there may be things that are just truly unimportant, where you're doing two things at once. I do brush my teeth when I'm in the shower, and I am multitasking in the sense. But it doesn't really matter if I do one of those things less than perfectly because my teeth will get brushed. As long as I get the soap off of me, the shower will happen. But for anything important for your business, for your career, for communication, for talking to a client customer prospect for creating something of lasting value, you need focus. Now. They're gazillion APS that will turn off your access to Facebook and other things, but you don't need a 1,000,000 APS. For starters, just turn your phone off, put it away. Close all the other websites that you're gonna be tempted to check what's new at the Huffington Post in the middle of writing an important memo just right. The important memo put everything else away. Highly productive people do this. Put your phones. Tell people you're not available. They will. I understand you don't to be unavailable for two months, but for 30 minutes at certain points of the day, make yourself unavailable. Focus, Focus, Focus. Tell yourself I'm not a multi tasker. If you do that, your productivity will soar. 17. Productivity Tips for taking this Course: This is a long course Now it's a personal productivity course. You might be thinking, Well, is it personally productive to spend the dozens of hours that we take to go through this? Course? It might be it might not. Here's my tip for you. I already gave you the one about fast forwarding the video. If you can still absorb what I'm saying 25% faster than do that or 50% faster. The other thing you can do is really spend a moment reading the entire table of contents, the whole curriculum, then pick and shoes the lessons that you think will be most helpful to you. By the way, this is what I do in reading books. Very few books have essential information on every single page. There's a lot of padding there. You're selling a book and you've only got 50 pages of great ideas. A publisher is gonna make you fill it out to least 150 so that it looks and feels like a book so quick. Productivity tip. Be highly selective with your attention, and just because you start something doesn't mean you have to go in a linear way all the way through. That applies to this course as well. So that's your homework right now, if you haven't already done so, really examine the entire curriculum. I've tried to be as descriptive as possible. I've tried to let you know what the benefits are going to be for listening to any lecture, investing your time in that. But do that and don't just automatically do auto play all the way through this course or any other course. Be selective. That's the way to be more productive with your time. 18. Always Look for the Fast Forward Button In Life: another quick tip. Always look for easier ways of getting important things done in half the time. For example, watching me in this course, you can go down to the bottom left hand corner of the video and change the speed. Now I speak relatively slowly, in part because I have students for more than 190 countries around the world, many of those that most speak English as a second language. So I put in slightly longer pauses than usual speak slightly slower than usual to make it easier for you and many other fellow students around the world. But let's say you understand me perfectly fine. You can save time by clicking on that speed, but you can make it 25% faster, 50% faster, 100% faster so you can finish. This whole course in half isn't if you can understand it now it may just sound like a chipmunk. Wrap it up, but this works amazingly well for podcast for YouTube videos. Any time you're having to listen to someone, check the speed button, I do it for many podcast because I just don't want to spend that much time and It's a way of saving time. So if you want me faster, click now. If not, look at everything else she do, especially with your technology, and see if there's a quick fix for doing things twice, a so fast at half the time, as long as it doesn't impede on what you're trying to get out of it. 19. Surprisingly, Not all Procrastination Is Bad: okay, I've been procrastinating on dealing with this next topic. It is procrastination, you know you're not supposed to procrastinate, but everyone procrastinates on Something's Not all procrastination is equal. Adam Grant, the famed business writer and best selling author and Ted Speaker, has a whole Ted lecture on how many of the absolute best inventions, the best papers. The best thinkers are notorious for procrastinating his theory, and I think there's a lot to this is by procrastinating your brain. Your subconscious continues to play with the challenges. You continue to seek new solutions. You come up with mawr innovations. Where is the person who just says, Oh, that's the assignment for the next semester. End of the semester. Let me start now and finish it and check it off isn't going to have asthma, such creativity as many new insights because they're subconscious, that rest of their brain will not have been playing with innovations and new ideas for as long. So sometimes procrastination can be great. Mark Twain I stopped writing the adventures of Tom Story for a couple of years. He kind of lost interest in it. They lost his mojo, his steam. He waited for more inspiration to come back. Then he finished it and wrote a classic that is still read so many years later by schoolchildren all over the world. In English speaking world so procrastinating for two years on something you would normally say That's a horrible idea, worked four. Mark Twain. You've got to distinguish between areas it's gonna help you or hurt. If you procrastinate, brushing your teeth for two years, your teeth will turn black and fall out, and it will have extraordinarily negative effects on your health. But sometimes, whether it's a great novel, a great business idea solution to a major societal problem procrastinate. E means you're just giving yourself more time to think, and you can actually make it better. But let's not kid ourselves. For most of us, procrastination deals with task We know we should do, but we just don't want to get around to it. We know we should send this memo to this client is expecting it, but it's boring. We know we should go through the database of calling our clients five or 10 a day, but we just don't like doing it because we don't want to bother people. We know we should clean out our email in our inbox, but we don't get around to it. Next thing you know, it's this long. There's so many tasks in life that it's not critical that you do it this second this moment this morning or even today. But if you procrastinate too long, there are serious negative effects, and that's where you've got to decide what's important and what isn't. You tell yourself there's no time for it. Not true. All you're doing is saying this isn't important for my time. Always time for anything that's important. My advice is you gotta look at the task at hand and ask yourself, What's making you not want to do it? Maybe it's not really important. Sometimes you can procrastinate and a couple of months go by and you realize what you thought was important wasn't. But sometimes that can just dig you deeper the hole. If it's paying your bills and you procrastinate, you haven't solved any problems by procrastinating. You now have extra fines tossed on that will make it even harder to pay your bills because you now have late fees, so you got to be rational about this and figure out. Is this something I can delay without penalty? Is this something I can delay and make better? Is this something I can delay? And maybe it won't end up being important. But for everything else, you've got to figure out. When do we need to do it and just do it? 20. Personalizing Productivity Tips Just for You: this course is gonna have a lot of general guidelines to help you be more productive. But one thing that wildly productive people do is they look at any general guideline and they sort of try it on for size. And they see, Does this work for me? And if it doesn't, they throw it away. I need you to do that as well as a general rule. I don't advice people to drink three bottles of wine a day or 2/5 of booze a day. But there have been some wildly productive people who do that. Winston Churchill drank tremendous mounts of alcohol on a daily basis and was one of the most protective people in the world. Forget all of his political accomplishments. Just the sheer number of books and articles he wrote would have made him one of the most wildly productive people of his day or any day. And he lived. Ellie was 90. The journalist Christopher Hitchens drank incredible amounts of liquor. President Grant as a general and his president was known for drinking tremendous amounts of alcohol. Am I advocating that you drink a lot of alcohol? No, I'm not, but I give these examples to you to make you realize that you've got to try and test all of these techniques to see if they work for you. And you've got to figure out what's best for you when you have something that works when you have a way of shipping a lot of product, whether it is software, books, cabinets that you make, whatever it is you do, whatever it is you create. If you are creating a great deal of those things and you do it from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and everyone else thinks you're crazy cause you sleep all day, you may have to ignore what other people say and do what works for you. Now this is different than just saying I do whatever I want whenever I want and you're 39 years old living in home in your parents basement. You've never had a job. That's not what I'm advocating. You've got to figure out what rules apply to you, what general systems can apply and were You need to break thumb. That's what this course is about. It's a journey to help you do that 21. Why You Will Never Say I Didn't Have Time for That: heres something you never hear productive. People say I don't have time for that. Oh, there just wasn't time. No, There's always time for anything that's important. And the only difference between you right now and extremely highly productive people is a very clear sense of what the hierarchy is. If they didn't do it, it just means it wasn't, ah, high priority. There's all these time for anything that's important. All of us have exactly the same amount of time. So don't kid yourself if you're telling yourself there's no time to clean the garage or play with your kids. What you're really saying is it's not important. So part of our task together in this course is to figure out how we can get in alignment, things that are really valuable to us and what we do in a typical day infused, um, so that were the most productive in the things that really matter. 22. Simplify Your Way to Personal Productivity Success: I'm making this course today. This is well before the course has been launched. There's not a single review yet. And yet I know some of the reviews are going to say this course gave simplistic advice. Well, guilty as charged. I am trying to simplify life and break things down in as simple a terms as possible. Simple step by step processes Here's the secret about wildly productive people. You heard me mention this before. They're not necessarily smarter than most people, but they are more disciplined about doing really simple things. So I'm trying to be a good instructor. I believe good instructors demystify things. They don't shroud things with fancier labels. More and more acronyms, big new words and concepts to dress things up. They clarify things and make them so simple that anyone can do it. So that's what I'm trying to do in this course. If you're in a particular lecture and you think I really know all that, my advice just fast forward really quickly, or just go to the next lecture or the next section 23. You Already Are Productive, When You Want to Be: you may be thinking to yourself, Well, teach. I'm just not a productive person. It's just not who I am. I'm not wired that way. Let me challenge you. Think about the last time you went on a nice vacation. Whether it's one week vacation, a two week vacation, think of how you operated the day or two or even the afternoon of that last day in your office. Chances are you were incredibly productive. The most common thing people say is they did a week's worth of worker, at least four days worth of work in that last six hours at the office, you've probably felt that yourself. I know I have. Here's what I want you to do the next time you are going on vacation, record yourself, put a laptop or on an iPad and video, record yourself the whole day, or at least take detailed notes of What did you do that day? What, did you just speed things up? How did you go from taking normally two hours to go through the email, the more into doing it all in 10 minutes. Because anything you did that day before the vacation, you could probably be doing on a daily basis so all of us can be highly productive when motivated a certain way. So that's my challenge for you. Think about, reflect upon and certainly the next time you go on vacation, really analyze in record. What is it you are doing differently in your day, and then we'll figure out How can we do that on a regular basis? 24. You Will Become Your Own Personal Productivity Guru: I want to stress right now. I don't need to be your productivity guru. You don't need me to be your guru. So many people who feel like they're just not as productive as they should be in life are constantly in search for the latest bestselling book, the latest Consulting firms technique. A star speaker who's got the best acronyms, whether it's smart goals, whether it's the McKinsey Weathers, all these different experts who are monetizing their expertise by selling their productivity techniques. And hey, I'm guilty of that at the moment as well could, because this is a paid course, but I want to demystify this process for you and not add in a lot of snake oil. You don't need any one person's system. You don't need to learn any new acronyms. You don't need to hire big fancy consultants to come in work with you for years to make you personally productive. What you need to do is organize your own daily life in a slightly different way and pay attention to what motivates you. Mawr. That is what is going to solve most of your problems. This course is gonna have thousands of little tips all of them, I think, will be helpful, or at least many of them. But there's no one tip you have to follow. There's some people who swear by you have to have a paper calendar or your life. Is it? No, you don't. Others say, Well, if you ever watch TV and your career is district, well, that's just not true. A lot of successful people like to watch TV, so I want you to be aware of the one size fits all Our my way is the only way when it comes to productivity gurus. 25. Forget High Tech and Low Tech, You Must Be Now Tech: productive people aren't necessarily high tack inventors. You don't have to be a high tech and vendor, but you do have to be in the technology of your era. You do have to know how technology works. Imagine if 10 years ago you're in business and you're trying to call someone on their cell phone, they tell you why Don't have a cell phone. Imagine if five years ago you're telling an important vendor or consultant someone working for you, you're trying to reach them. And you, the tax them some information, they So I don't do texting. What would you think of that person? Not very impressive. I remember my first job more than 30 years ago and everyone was excited. On the second floor, there was a fax machine. No one never had one before, and it was really exciting to use it. And then after a decade and 1/2 everyone had a fax machine, and now nobody has a fax machine. So you don't need tohave fax knowledge anymore. You've got to know what works in your current era and how people that you care about your family, your friends, your clients, your customers, people, you work with. How do they like to use technology? The single biggest productivity tip I have for you right now, if you really want to get just a little bit ahead of the game, is to use video. Just pull up your cell phone and use video more often. There's not a day that goes by without me using video to communicate with clients. Customers. I'm communicating with you that way through video right now, and the beauty of video is it's often faster than typing or handwriting and finding an envelope and a stamp. When you reach out with people on video, they can see you. They could hear you. They can re watch it. Research shows people under 35 actually prefer consuming information by video. You have a website and you have text on it. That's fine, but anything you have with text you should do with video as well. You don't have to hire a big production crew. Just talk to your own cell phone, and that will make you more effective. It saves me a massive, massive amounts of time because I can do something once Aiken send a prospect video. Put it on my website and use it over and over and over again. I can put an answer to a client's question on a video on YouTube. People can watch it every day for the next 10 years. So I believe we have to certainly know how to use computers and keyboards and cell phones. But if you want to get just a little bit ahead, get comfortable. Using video on a daily basis will be more about this further in the course to give you practical tips. But that mindset change of rather than typing speaking on video and will save you massive amounts of time. By the way I mentioned earlier in a productivity tip. Eliminate distractions. Don't try to do everything at once. Did you hear that? That's because I violated my own principal didn't have volume off on my computer. I just now turned it off. I hope it didn't distract you too much, but that's why I want to make this a learning moment. If you're trying to do something, eliminate distractions and do that one thing right now I'm making ah video for you on how to be more productive. So shame on me. I shouldn't have had my speaker on, which would then give me alerts to downloads going on with my computer. The other big lesson there. Nobody's perfect. Don't beat yourself up if you're not 100% productive all the time, because I'm not either. 26. Here Is the ONE Thing That Is Consistent Among Wildly Productive People: I've had a lifelong fascination with highly productive people. I've studied them my whole life. I've tried to figure out what is it they do? What's the commonality among wildly successful, productive people? Whether they are in the world of politics, finance, engineering, technology, what's the one thing that is remarkably consistent? And what I found is it's not getting up early. It's not about being a teetotaler. It's not about going to bed early. It's really one thing that I found is remarkably consistent. And that is the ability to communicate effectively, especially toe larger audiences. If you aspire to be so highly productive that you become a CEO or a founder of a major company or a major political party or head of government, then if you really want to be productive, you've got to be a great public speaker. Now this isn't a public speaking class. You didn't sign up for a public speaking class, but I just wanted to share with you what I find the number one secret that other people don't talk about. It's that great communicators, great, productive people doesn't matter if it's Anthony Robbins in the personal development space , doesn't matter if It's Steve jobs in the high tech space. People who are really successful learn how to give speeches. Why is this so important? Because the ultimate and productivity is when you can get your ideas to the masses. You can't do that. Just sending one email at a time. You can't do that having a one on one meeting with different people. You can't do that just by having one person to time. Come to your home or come to your business. You have to speak to large groups of people, so I know some of you don't like public speaking. You tell yourself you're not a public speaker. If you want to radically improve your personal productivity to help you in your business life, your professional life, every aspect of life, I urge you become a better public speaker and presenter. Now, later on the course and the bonus section, I'll be giving you Ah lot of videos and training just in how to be a better speaker. But for right now, I want you to think about this because quite often that is the quite elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about when it's time for you to be reviewed for a promotion within your company. You might actually be productive getting to work on time, filing reports, properly, working with others nicely. But if you cant speak on behalf, the whole organization to others, that could be What's destroying your productivity in the long haul for your career? So start thinking now about how to be a better communicator in a better speaker homework assignment right now. If you really want to get ahead, go ahead right now. Record a simple talking head video. Really describe your career ambitions in your personal ambitions? Where do you want to take this personal productivity that you're learning in this course? Where do you really see yourself as far as your career, your civic, like professional life and personal life? Make a short little video posted on YouTube or Facebook and then post the U R L right here in the Q and a section 27. Why 100% Personal Productivity Is Not Your Real Goal: confession. I'm not 100% productive. I don't really know anyone who is. But that shouldn't be the goal in your life. I think if our better goal is, can you do something of significance? Can you create something? It doesn't have to be a world famous novel or a startup that becomes his biggest Facebook, But can you create something of lasting importance that could be another mark of your productivity on Earth? So, for example, there's some people who die at their desk, and they put in 14 hours a day till there were 90. Do you want to be like that? I don't J. D. Salinger wrote Catcher in the Rye, one of the most famous popular books in the English language for the last 60 70 years. And yet he didn't really do much of anything the last 50 years in his life. He wrote a few more books, but nothing in the last 50 years of his life was at a productive life. Well, he created something of beauty that gave great joy to millions of people all over the globe every year, his entire adult life, and now that he's gone as well so you've got to decide. Don't focus so much on being productive every second the day as creating something that has lasting productivity. Now I try to do that with my books and with my more than 100 online courses of hoping that this course creates something of joy and usefulness for a long time to come. What do you creating? 28. Avoiding This Secret Un Productivity Trap: There are a lot of ways of being unproductive in life. You could just stay in bed, pull the sheets over your head and hide all day. Or you could sit, watch TV, watch YouTube videos and smoke pot all day, play hookey from school or from work. But there are other ways to in these ways. Sometimes we fool ourselves. You could show up for work. 10 meetings be there, answer emails. But you're kind of sleepwalking. You're not all there. You're not really initiating. You're just reacting. That's a type of being really unproductive in the long run as well. If you do too many days like that, where you're just showing up, that's unproductive. That's personally unproductive. That's an unproductive life. For the purposes of this course, I want to define being productive as how you use your time doing the things you do to create the greatest impact in a positive way for your business, for your career, your livelihood, your personal life, your family and for your joy. That's it. We're after how to create the maximum benefit of the time you spend doing things 29. You Can't be Productive Unless You Know Exactly What You Want to Produce: What is it you want to produce? If I get up early on a Saturday morning and I washed the car and I raked the leaves and mow the lawn and I paint the side of the house and I do all of that by lunchtime. Was that a productive morning? Maybe, Maybe not. If I hate doing those things and I could make a lot more money in an hour than it would take to hire someone to do those things, I would say that's not a productive morning. That's wasting time Now. If I love doing those things, they are my hobby. I enjoy them. It's a passion that that's, Ah, highly productive use of my time. It all depends on you and what it is you actually value. Many people spend all their time on home repairs, and it turns out they don't really like living in a home. They'd much rather live in a rented apartment. Well, all that time doing home repair is essentially is wasteful is watching TV. If you don't want to live in ah home so productive people are great at stepping back from it and asking themselves, What is it they want to produce Just being busy. Just doing activity that other people say is productive is not enough. So ask yourself now. What is it that you're trying to produce in terms of more sales? More business or happiness? More love? What is it you're trying to create in your life? 30. Infinite Opportunities To Be Productive Or: we live in an era of infinite choices. Anyone these days, as long as they have a cell phone and free Internet connection somewhere can make in create books and audios and music videos, negativity and podcast is an infinite number of things t