Two Things

To de-clutter, choose two things to get rid of every day. 

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Success is not about doing everything on your own. In order to be more productive, delegate tasks and empower those who work for you to do more.

Know exactly where you spend your money. Create a system for tracking profit and loss, and returns on investment. 

Write Everything Down

When you suddenly have an idea while you are in the middle of something else, write it down. It will clear your mind. It is a catch-all for the light bulb moments.

Learn to do things at the right time. Know what can wait and what needs to be addressed immediately.

Use triggers to increase your productivity and performance.

  • Color-code your schedule
  • Listen to music to enhance creativity
  • Set alarms and timers
  • Give yourself small rewards for accomplishments
  • Incorporate time chunking

Establish a short time every day to pick things up and put them in their designated places.

Never give up when the going gets tough. Procrastination does not breed success. When you find it difficult, work harder. 

Create a plan or a system with step-by-step directions for as many duties as possible.

This frees up your mind, deters stress and promotes creativity.

De-clutter your work and living space. It encourages a de-cluttered mind.

Looking for a misplaced item consumes time and energy. 

Have a designated place for everything so that you know exactly where to find things.

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Be Proactive

Reactive people believe the world is happening to them. They focus on things that are in their circle of concern, but not in their circle of influence.

Proactive people recognize that they are able to choose how they will respond to a given situation. They focus on the things they can do something about. 

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  • Procrastinating on tasks—both small, nagging ones and large, challenging ones
  • Boring work that needs just to get done
  • Responding to email and other messages while working
  • Staying motivated and energized throughout the entire work day
  • Focusing and finishing the most important projects on their plates
  1. Focus on most important tasks first
  2. Cultivate deep work
  3. Keep a distraction list to stay focused
  4. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to identify long-term priorities
  5. Use the 80/20 rule
  6. Break tasks into smaller pieces
  7. Take breaks
  8. Make fewer decisions
  9. Eliminate inefficient communication
  10. Find repeatable shortcuts
  11. Learn from successes as well as mistakes
  12. Plan for when things go wrong
  13. Work before you get motivated or inspired
  14. Don’t multitask
  15. Fill the tank — recharge
  16. Sharpen the axe
  17. Manage your energy (not just time)
  18. Get better at saying “no”

Laura Earnest of Whole Life Productivity  had this to say on the importance of prioritization as a productivity habit:

“Let me say that I distinguish between efficient and effective, but that both are needed for peak productivity. Efficient is doing things right and effective is doing the right things. So the most productive people work on the high value tasks, making sure that how they are doing those tasks is the best way.

Staying mentally strong and healthy

Prevention is the best medicine. It is really difficult to pull out of negative spirals once we've fallen into them.

  • It's hard to pull out of a major depressive episode once we're in the habit of beating ourselves up.
  • It's hard to stop worrying once we've started imagining all the worst possible outcomes.

Not that pulling out of these problems is impossible. It isn't. But it can be a struggle. Life can be much better if we can creatively avoid these negative cycles in the first place.

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