Want to do 160 Productive Hours a Month? You Need Systems, Not Goals
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People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.
If you check your emails first thing in the morning, **you're setting yourself up to react.
You're not planning your day and prioritizing, you're giving your best hours to someone else's goals, not yours.
Most goals are out of our control. We have limited control to reach them. In a system, your focus is on all the parts that you do control. And system is a fancy word for “repeatable process”...
When you focus on developing systems and work every day, your work compounds over time, developing exponential growth.
The more advantages you create, the more your next advantages pay off. A 1% gain every day compounds to almost 38x increase over a year.
Systems are the best way to progress since they reward effort and we control all the variables. However, we need to have a sense of direction in those efforts, to know what we are trying to accomplish.
Writing daily with no objective is just practice. If you want to achieve something, you need to commit to a certain output, like publishing a post on your blog weekly. At the end of the day, a system is a way to control how to achieve an output.
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Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.
... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.
Pick a phrase or question that resonates with you. It could be as simple as smiling and saying "thank you" out loud, acknowledging that you have been gifted with another day.
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