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Dean Yeong

Entrepreneur & writer on DeanYeong.com

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Sample Class Project

What is the biggest productivity challenge?

Lack of motivation and consistency in practicing new routine. Easily drift off to something else while working, for example watching YouTube video and checking out new business software. Lack of focus.

How higher productivity helps me?

Get more work done during my working hours, so I am able to completely switch off from work when I am home. I can then use this time to workout and play with my kids.

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HACK #1: RECONNECT WITH YOUR WHY

Why am I doing this at the first place?

I started my freelance business in the first place to create more freedom of work and time. I want to support myself by doing things I truly love.

Why am I doing this now?

My business growth has been stagnant for five months. Many say, if the business is not growing, it is dying. I think it is the right time for me to bring my business to the next level, not just to keep it afloat, but also elevate my game.

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HACK #2: THE BRAIN DUMP

What note taking platform I’m going to use?

I prefer a physical notebook. However, I like to try out Workflowy too.

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HACK #3: TASK QUADRANTS

Urgent but not important

  • Replying emails
  • Paying bills
  • Answering phone calls

Urgent and important

  • Client design revisions
  • Client complaint
  • Attending customers’ urgent request

Not urgent but important

  • Set up a FAQ page on website
  • Workout every morning
  • Building team communication system

Not urgent and not important

  • Watching YouTube videos
  • Criticize colleague's work
  • Complain about how bad the client is

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HACK #4: THE ONE HAT METHOD

What are the roles I have in work and life? And the 3 tasks for that role.

Designer

  • Upgrade my design skills
  • Work closely with my team
  • Deliver result-oriented design to my clients

Athletes

  • Push my physical limits
  • Grow my strength
  • Participate in powerlifting competition

Son

  • Communicate with my parents
  • Work closely and help out my brothers and sisters
  • Allocate a budget for my parents’ retirement

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HACK #5: THE IVY LEE METHOD

To-do list for tomorrow

  1. Do the research for my new article
  2. Write a new article for my blog
  3. Pitch two publications for guest posting opportunity
  4. Answering questions of my class students
  5. Update my progress with my mastermind group
  6. Reply important work emails

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HACK #6: MANAGE YOUR ENERGY

7AM - 10AM: Focus and driven

  • Decide to spend these time on non-work related tasks such as exercise, meditate and read.

10AM - 11AM: Creative

  • Write with the flow of creativity.

11AM - 12PM: Creative and focus

  • Participate in Quora forum.

2PM - 4PM: Curious and hungry

  • Do research on related topics.
  • Approach colleagues and influencers to learn new things or open up new opportunities.

4PM - 5PM: Tired

  • Take a nap

5PM - 6PM: Refreshing and focus

  • Review my work and business progress
  • Get into CEO mode to brainstorm some ideas to improve my work and grow my business
  • Plan to-do list for the next day

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