I’m 99% useless, but that 1% when I’m not, I’m dangerous.
Here’s how I stay productive.
#1 What It Really Means When You Say “I’m Busy”
I’ll start with an infamous Derek Halpern rant…
The FIRST step to being more productive is this:
Eliminate the word “busy” from your vocabulary.
#2 Get Macro-Focused
Being more productive means:
Getting more done in less time.
The only way to do this is to FOCUS.
In two ways…
The first is what I call “macro” focus.
You need to decide WHAT to work on.
The problem is that most people’s life looks like this:
Does this look familiar?
It sure does to me…
Making progress on different projects feels good.
The question is:
Which project will you finish?
My most productive – and profitable – time is always when I have macro-focus. That is, I focus on ONE main project and maybe one side project.
What’s YOUR main project?
#3 Get Micro-Focused
Once you have macro-focus, it’s time to actually get to work.
That’s what I call micro-focus.
This is getting harder and harder – and it’s not your fault.
The number of distractions and interruptions most people have to deal with every day makes it almost impossible to get any real work done.
That’s why you need a focus routine…
#4 Take Back Your Calendar
I have this great talent for working until I get burned out.
It’s a real problem for entrepreneurs. I’ve been through it myself more than once, so I have some suggestions on how to fix it.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to say “no.”
It allowed me to take back my calendar and free up time for my most important work.
The question is HOW I did it… Watch this video:
#5 Stop Procrastinating
You know what to do but you’re still putting it off until… never?
Procrastination is deeply rooted in our psychology.
That’s why it’s so difficult to overcome.
Here’s the behavioral hack that works for me:
#6 Limit Yourself
Creativity is weird…
When we need to come up with ideas we can’t.
Then, when we’re in the shower we turn into creative geniuses. The best ideas just seem to pop up.
Of course, this isn’t very useful when you need to come up with creative solutions on the spot.
So, what can you do when you’re stuck for ideas?
The solution is counterintuitive. You need to start thinking INSIDE the box… Research shows that self-imposed constraints boost your creativity.
Here’s exactly how to unlock your best ideas (by limiting yourself).
#7 Learn How to Write (Faster)
Chances are you need to write at work:
- Outreach emails
- Product descriptions
- Social media updates
- Blog posts
- Presentation slides
If you could write better – and faster – would that make you more productive?
But for most people writing anything is HARD.
The result? It takes way too much time…
That’s why becoming a better writer automatically makes you a lot more productive.
Here are the 5 steps to writing better and faster (plus a free worksheet):
Want more writing tips? Check out my whole writing process and the tools I use.
#8 Eliminate Email Overload
Don’t treat the symptom.
Cure the problem.
(The best part? This works for any task that’s taking too much time out of your day, so make sure you watch the video.)
#9 Stop Wasting Time On Low-Value Work
One of my favorite quotes comes from Peter F. Drucker:
There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.
If you want to be more productive you need to invest your time the things that have potential to move the needle:
#10 Don’t Lie to Yourself
This is painful to admit but…
The biggest lie we tell ourselves is:
“I don’t have time.”
The truth is, we MAKE time for the things that matter.
I remind myself of this whenever I start feeling like “I don’t have time.”
Do you agree?
If All Else Fails, Do This
I really hope these tips will help you be more productive.
You can always use this amazing app:
It’s called “To-Do List Zero” and it works like magic 😉
Check it out: