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Start small

Start small

We tend to think really big and while this isn’t inherently bad, the downside is that it often makes the barrier for taking action quite high.

The risk translates into seeing our projects more complicated than they actually are and thus postponing taking actions.

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Celebrate small wins

They ultimately ad up to big success.

It’s crucial to pause periodically to acknowledge what’s been accomplished – even if there’s a long way yet to go. The easiest way to do this is to set yourself smaller milestones worth celebrating.

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Invest time to save time

For example, perhaps you can complete a particular task in 30 minutes, and it would take three hours to implement a more efficient method. If that 30-minute task must be completed daily, and a three-hour fix would cut it down to 10 minutes or less each time, it’s a fix well worth investing in. 

The more reoccurring tasks you automate and delegate today, the more productive you can be going forward with less effort.

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Don't mind being wrong

To be productive in the long term, you have to not mind being wrong in the short term.

You have to take a stand, test your theories, and then admit it if you realize that your theory was wrong.

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Don't play the blame game

Blame is nothing but an easy way out of taking responsibility for your own outcomes. It’s a lot easier to point a finger at someone or something else instead of looking within yourself. 

Blame is not constructive; it does not help you or anyone else.

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Don't just wait around

You must challenge yourself to take action sooner rather than later.

Planning and strategizing are important parts of the beginning of a new project, but be careful not to lose yourself indefinitely in these steps.

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Stephen King
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

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Focus on your core objectives

When you generate lots of new ideas as you’re making progress, you tend to gradually expand your project’s objectives.

The risk: it will make it nearly impossible to ever truly complete anything. Always keep in mind your core objectives when deciding what to work on.

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Practice saying No

Productive time and energy are not infinite. Seasoned achievers know they must guard their time and energy (and their focus) closely.

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Concentrate on the positive

Our brains are naturally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are thinking negative thoughts or even neutral ones, but when they are thinking positive.

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People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.

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Let it Go

Interruptions can be frustrating. But, the point here is that not all of them are worthy of addressing.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when faced with an interruption is nothing at all, particularly if it happens just once or very infrequently.

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Automate Decisions
  • Transfer money to your savings account every time you receive a paycheck
  • Choose all your outfits for your week on Sunday and hang them in the closet in order
  • Subscribe to a weekly fresh delivery of organic vegetables and fruits to your home
  • Standardize the typical daily meals you like the most, saving time in cooking and grocery shopping
  • Prepare your sports bag every night and put it in your car. If you prefer running the morning, leave your running shoes near the bed
  • Automate all electronic gadgets to go into sleep mode at a certain hour

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