This little monster trick can skyrocket your productivity

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Well, I do have more than 1 trick up my sleeves, here goes...

Rule #1 - Never perform leisure activities at the same place as you are working. Reason? You get mentally conditioned to have fun in that place. This is what is known as context-dependent memory.

Rule #2 - Never sit for prolonged periods of times without getting up and walking/exercising for at least 30 minutes. The muscles in your legs work as compressors to pump blood from your legs to your heart... If they are not working, your blood circulation starts to slow. Heck, you get sleepy and your cognition suffers!

Rule #3 - Never deprive youself of food and water. Take water frequently in small doses. It does wonders to keep yourself awake, as well as keep those annoying migraines away.

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Yeah, those were rules. Here are the tricks:

1. You need to have a "Beast" side. (I got inspired by John Carlton for this tip.) This Beast of you will never say "no", and it will always be aggressive and forceful.

You are going to use this Beast to SET DEADLINES. Now I don't care how comfortable I become when I set deadlines. The more uncomfortable, the better. How to set deadlines?

No, it's not just marking something on your calendar. You need to get an external referee. So what you're going to do is, let's say you want to film a video. Now you're going to Craigslist and you're going to hire a video camera man. You're going to tell him your exact date for him to arrive, and that is your deadline for completing everything else before that.

Get the idea? Heck, you can be creative with it. If money pains you, then tell someone else to hold your money and only return you when you complete the task at hand.

Don't have the courage to do it? Heck, you need to slip into your Beast mode. In your Beast mode, you aren't you. You're roleplaying a Beast having a control over you. You need this mode to discipline yourself!

2. When it gets too large as a task, do the following: BREAK, GROUP, SPECIFY. BGS, BGS, BGS. Too big? Break it down into parts, then group the things that can be done together, and then you make these individual tasks specific.

Once you're done with that, you're go Beast mode. Every single task will have a deadline!

3. Time-blocking as time-management. This is the deal-breaker. once you've gotten those tiny, specific tasks in a list, you need to choose specific time-blocks to do them.

You're going to get a grid like this:



i personally use Google Calendar for this. You're going to set BLOCKS for the whole week. For example, I could set "write xxx email to xxx supplier" from Monday's 1.00 to 1.30 pm.

Here are things you need to do in time-blocking:
(a) Group all the small tasks together
(b) Set at least 1-2 hours of free/leisure time everyday
(c) Have a definite time of waking up/sleeping

One reason why I like blocks is that if something crops up unexpectedly, I can go over to Google calendar and pull that timeslot's activity to another day.

4. This one is a little controversial, please research on your own. I use nootropics - these are "drugs" that are used to enhance your cognition. For example, I use Modafinil and it gets me into an extremely focused state where there is nearly a zero will for procrastination.

Disclaimer: This does not mean that I'm endorsing it. Seek your physician advice and research by yourself before doing anything like it. Also, it is helpful to understand how it feels to be in the "zone", but do not rely too much on nootropics because like all drugs, you develop tolerance.

5. Hang ONE poster right in front of your work desk. This poster must be something that you want. It must be something that you really desire. If it's your family, hang a family photo. If it's a car or a house, hang it right there. Something that gives you a reason to move on. People are more powerful when they have something they want to protect or earn.

Listen, I'm NOT talking about affirmations. What I'm talking about is a REMINDER. Whenever you look at this poster, think to yourself... "Why am I doing what I'm doing? Well, it's for THIS!"

You can do a little action to anchor that motivation feeling. I personally grip my left hand into a fist, because research has shown that gripping your left fist tightly can produce motivation.

6. Do "Adventure Working". Now what i mean by this is... try not to work in the same spot! Go to Cafes... Go to a silent park... Go to a library... Go to somewhere where you are unfamiliar with.

Why? Well, because going around decreases the chance of depression. Depression is literally a drain for any kind of motivation. "Adventure" excites you - it fuels motivation! On top of that, you're not conditioning yourself to be lazy or procrastinate.

7. Get an accountability partner. Get someone to go and work with you. Do not waste time by engaging in small talk though. What you want is mutual motivation.

Hope this post helped!

I do have more tips, but I'm sure these will do good.

James
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Chandran
    Very good post, James. I don't know about Modafinil. Red bull does it for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Fame
      Originally Posted by Arun Chandran View Post

      Very good post, James. I don't know about Modafinil. Red bull does it for me.
      Thanks for reading!

      Aha, you shouldn't drink too much of that... It's bad for the heart and health. Check this out: http://www.biotech.wisc.edu/outreach...osterltr2p.pdf

      I used to take a lot of red bull... And you know when that sugar rush ends... It ends pretty badly. I feel like a rag doll after that.

      I normally use a caffeine nap instead on days where i don't take Modafinil.

      You might want to try Bulletproof coffee too - its' on the bulletproofexec.com page. It's really good for sustaining energy.

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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    This was some really good tips.

    Thanks James
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  • Profile picture of the author tretheraider
    Very solid post. I can vouch for having a seperate work place to not lose motivation or momentum.
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  • Profile picture of the author femraven
    hi James wow, I really enjoyed everything on your post, I am going to get busy on getting up when I have been sitting to long and walk for 30 min.
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Very good tips to keep us all motivated I try to always be in beast mode
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    Sorry, I don't buy #2. That means losing half an hour every hour. Unless you want to be a hunk.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Fame
      Originally Posted by joesfortune View Post

      Sorry, I don't buy #2. That means losing half an hour every hour. Unless you want to be a hunk.
      Well, stats show that people who do not exercise lose 10 years in comparison to the average moderate exerciser. Depends on opportunity cost doesn't it?

      This is all based on valid research: U.S. study quantifies the effects of exercise on life expectancy

      Also, it boosts circulation and aerobic respiration, which has a large range of health effects on your body. Sustained energy? You can bet that. Reduced atherosclerosis? You bet that.

      If we never needed exercise, boy I would love to have an extra 30 minutes. But your body doesn't work that way. We aren't capable of sitting 24 hours a day without developing some kind of pathology.

      It's up to you, but personally I prefer a higher quality of life with sustained energy, lesser health problems and a longer life. Just for 30 minutes a day.

      Certainly not buying your claim either.

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      • Profile picture of the author dutchguy
        Kind of worried by the taking drugs for alertness advice.

        I often start working on internet marketing things after a full day work and spending time with my kids in the evening.

        I'm usaully a bit tired and unfocussed when starting the working evening and part of the night. My tip for this is to start with a few easy tasks while play up tempo music.

        I prefer to google for "youtube live concert <rockand>" and minize this browser while playing, this will get my adrealine live back up and get in action mode.

        Depending on the task to be done I stop the music after half an hour since I'm already focussed and from there onwards I can focus better without the music.

        Not sure if this works for everybody, but this routine works for me 5 days per week without taking drugs and just drinking tea and water
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        • Profile picture of the author James Fame
          Originally Posted by dutchguy View Post

          Kind of worried by the taking drugs for alertness advice.

          I often start working on internet marketing things after a full day work and spending time with my kids in the evening.

          I'm usaully a bit tired and unfocussed when starting the working evening and part of the night. My tip for this is to start with a few easy tasks while play up tempo music.

          I prefer to google for "youtube live concert <rockand>" and minize this browser while playing, this will get my adrealine live back up and get in action mode.

          Depending on the task to be done I stop the music after half an hour since I'm already focussed and from there onwards I can focus better without the music.

          Not sure if this works for everybody, but this routine works for me 5 days per week without taking drugs and just drinking tea and water
          I actually do not advocate having any form of music play while you're doing mental work. If it's a task that's manual and does not require much thinking, then yeah, adrenaline could help.

          Research has shown that you will experience divided attention and scores suffered when performing any form of cognitive test. For me, I prefer playing "white noise" or "isochronic white noise tones" in the background. Even baroque music does not do it for me.

          Evening is one of the worst times to start doing any work, but if you do not have a choice I would give about 1-2 hours after eating a heavy meal before starting on any productive task. Reason for this is that blood flow to your stomach and intestines increases to absorb food from the intestinal tract and we more often than not, drop into a stupor.

          Either that, or eat a smaller dinner. It's healthier to eat a leaner dinner anyway. Breakfast should be the biggest meal. Personally, I eat 6 small meals - it maintains metabolism and it gives continuous sustained energy.

          As I said, I'm not endorsing drugs.

          However, I've found it very useful to use as a gauge to measure your productivity. I'm not someone who holds back things that has worked for me just on the basis of it being controversial. If it works, it works.

          On top of that, the side effects of Modafinil (2-(benzhydrylsulfinyl)acetamide) are usually minimal, however, there are exceptions so it's advised to check with a physician before use. The US military and airforce are all using them as contingency plans. Besides, it's non-addictive with

          But yes, you can obviously make up for this without the use of drugs by some alternatives like the following (google them):
          - The Caffeine Nap
          - Bulletproof coffee
          - Isochronic tones at either Alpha/Beta frequency depending on your task at hand

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  • Profile picture of the author eldib3
    I can see this post as something that will truly change my life. Thank you
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    Great post, thanks James !
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  • I love Rule #2. I've been looking for a way to integrate yoga into my work schedule. Now I have the perfect excuse to do it =)
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  • Profile picture of the author malcsimm
    I'm sure it's a good idea to separate your workplace and your leisure place.

    I work from home and I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, and my work often overlaps my leisure activities – because I like being on the computer.

    So it makes me wonder how much my concentration is affected by doing both activities from the same chair!

    Maybe I have to try getting different chairs

    I'll have a think.

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  • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
    excellent advice. I have an app on my iphone called stand app which reminds you to stand up after a certain set time if you are always sitting down. It is a great app and it is free!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    Great post.

    My number one self management tool is a spreadsheet with Date Hours and Task.

    I make sure that I log a minimum of 40 hours per week of solid ACTUAL work. Not in the car, or on Facebook, etc. Real actions that I know directly produce income.

    40 hours of actual time that is tracked to specific tasks. For me, it is a challenge to fit in that much real work. I need to put it all in a log so I can challenge myself.

    Plus then I get to see how long everything in my business takes. For instance, I know I have been posting on the Warrior forum for 1 hour today : )
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    • Profile picture of the author James Fame
      Originally Posted by dndoseller View Post

      Great post.

      My number one self management tool is a spreadsheet with Date Hours and Task.

      I make sure that I log a minimum of 40 hours per week of solid ACTUAL work. Not in the car, or on Facebook, etc. Real actions that I know directly produce income.

      40 hours of actual time that is tracked to specific tasks. For me, it is a challenge to fit in that much real work. I need to put it all in a log so I can challenge myself.

      Plus then I get to see how long everything in my business takes. For instance, I know I have been posting on the Warrior forum for 1 hour today : )
      Yes, that definitely could work. And yes, you get to measure how long you spend on non-goal oriented tasks!

      I do prefer a flexible version so I make do with Google Calendar. It has a ton of super useful functions too.

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    Wow, these are some awesome insights. Thanks for sharing.
    Best wishes and regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author mpollak450
    I would also add to it to set your intentions before your task. This is really harnessing the power of your sub conscience mind. Works like a charm for me where I would otherwise be very distractable. This would be telling yourself what your outcome will be before you start.
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