Top 10 Productivity & Self-Improvement Action Steps

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I wanted to share what I learned from Craig Ballantyne and his Early to Rise Facebook page. I am sure this will help everyone as well.

Top 10 Productivity & Self-Improvement Action Steps
1) Get up 15 minutes early and spend the extra time alone in BIG thinking.
2) Get into your work 30 minutes BEFORE anyone else and attack your #1 priority.
3) Man-up and stop the distractions. Do not let people bother you. OWN YOUR DAY.
4) Do not check email until after you have done #1, #2, and #3 above. NO EXCEPTIONS.
5) Batch check email every 3 hours, not when individual messages arrive. Set up a new EMERGENCY email account if you must hear from someone 1st thing in the day.
6) Delegate mindless errands. You CANNOT do anything that someone else can do for $25/hr or less. Keep raising that limit until you are only doing your 5% unique ability tasks.
7) Establish a daily, 20-30 minute outside walking meeting with a key partner or just go for a 20-minute walk each day for creativity purposes.
8) Read EVERY day for 15 minutes. Start with the #1 book you must read for life, whatever that is.
9) Man-up and get in super-amazing shape if you are not already.
10) Block TWO hours first thing any morning before next Monday. Sit down in a closed room, watch this video, and create the Roadmap/Vision for “YOU, Inc.”. Get this done this weekend. NO exceptions, you CAN do it.


My favorites from the action steps are:

My top 3:

1) Read EVERY day for 15 minutes. Start with the #1 book you must read for life, whatever that is. (the reason is I have always wanted to do this but just never did it as much as I love to read so I printed this and put it up on my office wall)


2) Batch check email every 3 hours, not when individual messages arrive. Set up a new EMERGENCY email account if you must hear from someone 1st thing in the day. (how many of us waste so much time on emails even if it is work emails?)


3) Get into your work 30 minutes BEFORE anyone else and attack your #1 priority (even that 30 minutes can make a world of a difference!)
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    Walking for 10.000 steps on a daily basis changed my life.

    Between tasks, walk for 4000 steps. This means about 30 - 45 minutes at a normal pace. It clears your mind and gets you refocused for work.

    I am already doing most of the above, thank you for the list.

    Apart from what you've wrote:
    - read your goal statement in the morning and in the evening.
    - at the end of the day, balance your expenses. Helps you realize how much you are actually spending.
    - exercise a bit in the morning.
    - decide on three MITs (most important tasks) to do every day.
    - before going to sleep, read instead of watching TV.
    - leverage technology - downloading an audio book through wi-fi is far faster than through USB. Using a headset when driving is a lot safer and legal. Using a Kindle makes reading far easier than carrying around a book.
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  • Profile picture of the author 11811
    Super tips! I like to get up early and first thing before anything else is start saying some affirmations and anything to get myself in a positive state of mind.

    What video is referred to in #10?
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    • Profile picture of the author holleythompson
      i agree, its really important that you get up early and go to work (and any event) before the given time. and everything else. i read from a human resource book that theres a specific time in a day when you are really productive and theres also a time when youre not that really productive so you have to do everything when the time comes you feel so productive! anyway, thanks for sharing this!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Originally Posted by MyLuckyYear View Post

    I wanted to share what I learned from Craig Ballantyne and his Early to Rise Facebook page. I am sure this will help everyone as well.

    Top 10 Productivity & Self-Improvement Action Steps
    1) Get up 15 minutes early and spend the extra time alone in BIG thinking.
    2) Get into your work 30 minutes BEFORE anyone else and attack your #1 priority.
    3) Man-up and stop the distractions. Do not let people bother you. OWN YOUR DAY.
    4) Do not check email until after you have done #1, #2, and #3 above. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    5) Batch check email every 3 hours, not when individual messages arrive. Set up a new EMERGENCY email account if you must hear from someone 1st thing in the day.
    6) Delegate mindless errands. You CANNOT do anything that someone else can do for $25/hr or less. Keep raising that limit until you are only doing your 5% unique ability tasks.
    7) Establish a daily, 20-30 minute outside walking meeting with a key partner or just go for a 20-minute walk each day for creativity purposes.
    8) Read EVERY day for 15 minutes. Start with the #1 book you must read for life, whatever that is.
    9) Man-up and get in super-amazing shape if you are not already.
    10) Block TWO hours first thing any morning before next Monday. Sit down in a closed room, watch this video, and create the Roadmap/Vision for “YOU, Inc.”. Get this done this weekend. NO exceptions, you CAN do it.


    My favorites from the action steps are:

    My top 3:

    1) Read EVERY day for 15 minutes. Start with the #1 book you must read for life, whatever that is. (the reason is I have always wanted to do this but just never did it as much as I love to read so I printed this and put it up on my office wall)


    2) Batch check email every 3 hours, not when individual messages arrive. Set up a new EMERGENCY email account if you must hear from someone 1st thing in the day. (how many of us waste so much time on emails even if it is work emails?)


    3) Get into your work 30 minutes BEFORE anyone else and attack your #1 priority (even that 30 minutes can make a world of a difference!)
    Great tips. I think number 3 is one of the best ways to increase productivity. You need to own your time and don't let any distractions get in the way. Turn off the cell phone, log out of social media, lock yourself in your room or office, and get to work.
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    • Great tips! I'm also a big believer in daily affirmations first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Nothing like giving the sub conscience a work out a couple of times a day! I recently got my 12 year old son to write up affirmations about the new school year and sports season, and he also does it first thing and last thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    i tend to get my Top 10 Productivity & Self-Improvement Action Steps fronm edmonds sure to rise cookbook

    tastes good too
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  • Profile picture of the author InfoBuzz13
    Hi, Thanks for sharing they are all very helpful tips. I am sure going to follow them.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    Awesome tips.

    I would add.

    Work whether you feel like it or not.

    Cheers,

    C.G.
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  • Profile picture of the author Awesomeinside
    Nice collection of productivity tips.

    My favourite video is from Darren Hardy: Productivity of Superachievers.
    One of the learning points is say NO to all the things which are not in your top3 priority.
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  • Profile picture of the author malcsimm
    Cool suggestions, MyLuckyYear

    For greater productivity, I would add:

    1. Write everything down - don't rely on memory (which, studies have shown, creates stress)

    2. Have a simple way of prioritising your tasks. (For me, each task is a note in Evernote and I prioritise using one tag per task – Today, Tomorrow, This week, and so on)

    3. When working through your tasks (in my case, those I have tagged "Today") use a Pomodoro timer. This has a magical way of making you focus and you get twice as much done in the day.

    One great way to use the Pomodoro on your tasks is to add your "Today" tasks to a "Kanban board". This is easy. Create a free account at Kanbanflow.com, which has a built in Pomodoro timer. Add your tasks, click the Pomodoro timer, choose a task to apply it to, and get working with no distractions. After 25 minutes the Pomodoro timer will tell you to take a five minute break.

    These pointers have really helped me and I would say, have at least doubled my productivity.

    I hope all the ideas on this page help readers. Time management is very much a case of trying different methods out – and finding what works for you.

    Cheers

    Malc
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  • Profile picture of the author feeosh
    I've known about Craig Ballantyne before I knew about facebook ... wow, that dates me.
    These are great steps to take - I must admit that I fall down with the emails and do look at them when they come in....I'll work on it!!!
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  • Great stuff, however it's all mechanics. For example, millions of people know they have to do psychical exercise everyday, but they just DON'T do it. See my point?

    We need to work more on the thoughts, and state required to make these things possible in our mind. We need to figure out what motivates us as humans to do anything, and use it for everything including these great steps.

    Thanks for the share. Great activities to do.
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