Everyone has an idea of what their goal should be, whether is it becoming healthier, productive, starting a business, being happier, spending more time with family and friends, traveling, becoming financially free, improving relationships, and career.
You will learn four things from here: 1. How To Assess Time & Set Goals 2. How To Stop Doing Activities That Don’t Support Your Goals 3. How To Optimize Activities That You Have To Do 4. How To Efficiently Execute Activities That Support Your Goals
What makes that person incredibly successful is that he/she has learned how to use his/ her time efficiently and (has) created a habit out of it.
The moment you wake up, you have a clean slate. No matter who you were the day before or what happened, the moment you open your eyes, you have a whole new beginning.
Most people do not take action, because of two reasons: 1. Fear of failure 2. Fear of success (lesser known cousin)
Next thing is to define biggest time wasters (activities that you spend time on, which are not contributing to your goals).
One useful way for me to combat this was to utilize Google free extension called StayFocusd (not misspelled).
This allows you to set a limit on time and websites you do not want to spend time on.
Once per week, sit down for 30 minutes or so and go through the week: • When was I most productive? At what hour? • What made me productive? • What was unproductive? How can I improve? You can also ask yourself these questions after every day.
That is why you need to intentionally set direction in life, without allowing the life, environment and dynamic change to set it for you
That is why it is so important to purposely allocate your resources so they line up with your long-term goals. This is important because if you know what you are striving to achieve, you will be able to direct your attention toward it.
When it comes to setting goals, there are tons of guidelines. However, I would keep it simple here. Make your goals specific, and phrase them in a way as if you have already achieved them.
Focus on one year ahead, and set three primary goals.
You can define more goals, but three should be your keystone goals, for which you know that during execution and through accomplishment, it they will have a massive impact on every area of your life (i.e. becoming financially free).
To make this easier, I suggest you asking yourself: 1. If I could do only one thing from that list all day long, which item would add the most value and help me get closer to my goal? 2. Then, ask, if I could do one more thing from my list, what would that second activity be? 3. Finally, ask yourself what is the third most important task.
What skill can I learn that will make my number one goal easier to accomplish?
not only don’t support your goals but push them away. So your priority should be to slowly start reducing each one of them, starting with the one that takes the most of your time.
Gradually reduce it, until it is eliminated, then you do the same thing with other harmful activities. Write down the items you want to eliminate from your life (and this becomes your GIVE UP LIST): • The Social Media • Television • Poor Diet
And every day from then on. Don’t start eliminating all of them at once; it will overwhelm you. Start small, with just one.
There are certain activities that we have to do, but don’t support our goals directly. I am referring to basic needs, our need to sleep, eat, drink, have a shelter and stay healthy. Since they happen by default, most of us do not think that these activities can be optimized. However, they can, here’s how
By “optimizing sleep,” I mean that you should find the perfect time you should go to bed each night, and discover the ideal time you should get up to maximize energy and health. Try to hit sleep cycles, which lasts for 90 minutes (1.5 hours), (and) it would look something like:
For me, establishing a habit of getting up early had the biggest impact on my life, because it allowed me to focus several hours on myself and my biggest goals.
Pro tip: if you experience a sudden drop of energy, take a 20-30 minute nap.
Dedicate specific time of the week to do the following: • Grocery Shopping • Apartment Cleaning • Decluttering This way, you will save a massive amount of time a week, instead of going every day, buying/doing one thing at the time
SAY NO TO THINGS THAT AREN’T SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS
Beyond diligently tracking your progress, the biggest thing that will help you stick with your resource allocation is learning to say no and keeping your life as simple as possible.
SAY NO TO EMAIL UNTIL YOU FINISH YOUR MORNING ROUTINE – 3,000 words
I suggest looking at your day in three parts. 1. Morning Routine 2. Daily Routine 3. Evening Routine
THINK ONLY IN THE 24 HOUR SPAN OF TIME Your job is not to think three months or a year ahead.You have already done that. Your job should be to focus on 24 hours ahead of you and do the best you can to get closer to your goals, by improving 1% every day
When your day starts, just focus on the morning routine. Once it’s time to start working, make a transition to your daily and finally to evening routine.
ELIMINATE, DELEGATE & AUTOMATE
Moreover, run them through these three filters: 1. Can any of these activities be eliminated? 2. Can any of the remaining activities be delegated? 3. Can the remaining ones be automated?
Your rituals should be created out of the high leverage activities you have defined above, which help you achieve goals.
DESIGN A DAILY ROUTINE When you come to your working environment, make sure to revisit your priorities for today. Then choose the main one for the daily routine, and break it down into 1.5-hour blocks.
not possible for me – carve out blocks each day as needed
DECLUTTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT (PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL) Make sure that your working environment (both home and office), is simple and contains only the items that you need for the task at hand.
keep laptop in backpack while at home – use only away
My personal preference is to have only the laptop (maybe an additional screen, if needed), headphones and water on my table.
ORGANIZE YOUR COMPUTER
The first step, delete everything that you do not need – files, apps, and old movies that you watched two months ago. The second step, what remains, place in folders, that are specifically created based on your priorities.
get rid of games
And when working, don’t open ten apps, open only the ones you need for the task at hand. Once you finish, close off every app which isn’t needed for the next task. Same thing applies for open tabs in the browser, just imagine how much time you lose while trying to find the tab you need, when 25 tabs are open. These things add up.
I use Evernote (I am not an affiliate) because it has an option to access it offline. Here I have a list of high leverage activities in a sequence. *use google docs
HOW TO DEAL WITH PERFECTIONISM
I’ve changed my article “13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful”, more than 40 times after it was published. Because people noticed mistakes, and they were kind enough to point them out.
DO A TECH DETOX (i.e., enter “Amish hour”)
An hour before you go to sleep, turn off your laptop, phone, and all electronic devices.
That is why you need to have a short-term strategy for things you cannot control, and a long-term one on how to remove them or learn how to manage them.
No matter what your goals, and priorities are, tell people around you what you’re doing.
Not every minute of your life should be planned out. After a productive week of work, reward yourself with a lazy couple of hours, just like a cheat day in fitness. Binge watch an entire season, stay in for cuddling time and eat that ice cream. Or, all of it.
Consistency is what’s important; it is better to do even a minute, then to skip it for a day.