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How to Stop Wasting Energy and Achieve More With Less Effort

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How to Stop Wasting Energy and Achieve More With Less Effort
The relationship between effort and reward is not one-to-one "Most people assume the relationship between effort and reward is one-to-one. We think that working twice as long will produce twice the results. That caring about a relationship twice as much will make everyone feel twice as loved.

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Benjamin P. Hardy

“The fastest way to move forward in life is not doing more. It starts with stopping the behaviors holding you back."

Benjamin P. Hardy

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Purposeful practice

Purposeful practice

“Purposeful practice in a nutshell: Get outside your comfort zone but do it in a focused way, with clear goals, a plan for reaching those goals, and a way to monitor your progress.” - Anders Ericsson

Without purposeful practice, quantity does not produce quality, but rather just a larger quantity of the same results.

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Arianna Huffington

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”

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Remove negative behaviors

Remove negative behaviors

Without the removal of negative behaviors before the addition of positive ones, you’ll always be taking one step forward followed by one step backward and using untold amounts of effort on getting nowhere.

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Productive vs Efficient

  • Productivity measures how much you do or produce within a given timeframe.
  • Efficiency is about being productive with less effort.

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The Right Questions

When companies have more work than they can handle, they tend to ask, "Who will do this work?" But the better questions are:

  • How should this get done?
  • Is this the best way to do this?
  • Is there a more efficient way to do this?
  • Should I be doing this?

Identify what can be automated, delegated or be replaced in favor of something else. Even if it only saves you a few minutes, it will add up over time. 

Broad-Strokes Efficiency

Efficiency is not limited to how you perform specific tasks. Consider how the general way you work impacts your efficiency.

  • Work in a way that complements your internal clock.
  • Find out how to get yourself into a flow state when you need to do deep work.
  • Take more and better breaks, so you'll be more refreshed and focused throughout the day.

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Be a Game Master

Be a Game Master
Attach rewards to your to do list. 
  • Reward yourself for fulfilling one or several tasks

Use surprise rewards.

  • Determine a reward by chance.

Gamify Your Business

Product Gamification

  • Add new features to a product to make it addictive when used.

Marketing Gamification

  • Gamify experiences to increase loyalty among existing clients.

Workplace Gamification 

  • Train employees and help them grow into a leader.

Gamify Your Life with Apps

  • Do It Now (RPG To Do List)
  • Habitica/HabitRPG (Boosts General Productivity)
  • MindSnacks (Language Learning Apps)
  • SuperBetter (App for Tracking a Single Difficult Goal)
  • Fitocracy (Workout Fitness Log)
  • Productivity Challenge Timer
  • LifeRPG (Task List Based on a Mission-Oriented Approach)
  • EpicWin (RPG-Style To-Do List)
  • Life Strategy (Life Managing App)
  • Thirty – Get Inspired (Habit-Building App)

Thomas Edison on failure

Thomas Edison's most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype: How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?”

Failure Is Life’s Greatest Teacher

Failure and defeat are life’s greatest teachers [but] sadly, most people, and particularly conservative corporate cultures, don’t want to go there...Instead they choose to play it safe, to fly below the radar, repeating the same safe choices over and over again. They operate under the belief that if they make no waves, they attract no attention; no one will yell at them for failing because they generally never attempt anything great at which they could possibly fail (or succeed).” 

 - Ralph Heath

Failure is essential for success

The prevailing school of thought in progressive companies—such as Intuit, General Electric, Corning and Virgin Atlantic—is that great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common byproduct. Executives of such organizations don’t mourn their mistakes but instead parlay them into future gains.