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How to Stop Wasting Energy and Achieve More With Less Effort

“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.” -Arianna Huffington

There is a big difference between 6 hours of distracted and disconnected work versus 1 hour of distraction-Less and deeply focused work.

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How to Stop Wasting Energy and Achieve More With Less Effort

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

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 ...

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.

“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.” -Arianna Huffington

There is a big difference between 6 h...

“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.” -Arianna Huffington

There is a big difference between 6 hours of distracted and disconnected work versus 1 hour of distraction-Less and deeply focused work.

“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 E...

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

To be more productive in a w...

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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To communicate well

... ask the right question and ask it at the right time. 

The wrong question is almost guaranteed to generate the wrong answer. The right question asked at the wrong time -- in th...

How to Ask the Right Question
  • Avoid asking rhetorical questions.
  • Ask friendly, clarifying questions.
  • Don’t put the listener on the spot.
  • Ask open-ended questions.
  • Thank the person for their response.
  • Avoid tension, as it may lead to poor answers.
  • Avoid being too direct.
  • Be a willing listener.
Applying the 80/20 Rule in Goal Setting
  • Assess your goals. Work on the most valuable all the time.
  • Work on the tasks with the greatest impact.
  • Think like a wealthy person. Do what one does.
Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy

“When your goals are clear, you will come up with exactly the right answer at exactly the right time”

Make Dream a Reality

A dream is the root of all success, for having a dream does not limit you on what you can do. Successful people allow themselves to lean back and imagine the kind of life that is possible for them.

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“Most people have no clue what they are doing with their time but still complain that they don’t have enough.”..."

Grant Cardone

“When the goal is merely to ‘get through’ the day as quickly as possible, life will pass full of regrets. Time becomes the great taskmaster when it should be the liberator. Time is endured rather than enjoyed.”

“When the goal is merely to ‘get through’ the day as quickly as possible, life will pass full of regrets. Time becomes the great taskmaster when it should be the liberator. Time is endured rather than enjoyed.”
Understanding time

You have all the time in the world if you know how to utilize the time you’re given.

There are no limits on time. You can complete as much work as you want — if you have the right mindset and environment

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Lifestyle Gamification
Lifestyle Gamification

It is when you to turn a task into a game to motivate yourself to finish it.

It motivates the "player" to chase after rewards as he gets points and achieve new levels with new challen...

What Makes Games Addictive
  • Epic meaning and calling to finish a mission.
  • Development and accomplishment inspires us to finish the game.
  • Empowerment of creativity to bring imagination to life.
  • Ownership and possession of rewards.
  • Social influence and relatedness or envy.
  • Scarcity and impatience to have things we don't have.
  • Undpredictability and curiosity of what the next challenges are.
  • Loss coins and chances and avoidance of failure.
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.

Engage in time-based challenges

Make a deal with your friend.

  • Challenge and motivate each other to finish a task

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"Don't break the chain" productivity method

Jerry Seinfeld keeps his commitment of writing a joke every single day with a calendar: Each day that he writes, he puts a big X on the calendar.  

After a few da...

Set multiple deadlines

A way to create less stressful deadlines is to break large projects into smaller tasks. Set a deadline for each task instead of just one final deadline. 

Regularly spacing the deadlin...

Yerkes-Dodson law

The Yerkes-Dodson law states that the more mental arousal there is in doing a task, the more efficient a person becomes. After you get to a certain threshold, your performance begins to decrease.

An appropriate quantity of stress should inspire increased productivity.

Your ideal stress level

Difficult tasks require low levels of stress, while easy tasks require high levels of stress to trigger mental arousal.

The next time you set a deadline, try placing a rush deadline for easier tasks and set your deadline far out for more difficult projects.

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7 ways to have efficient meetings
  1. Decide if the meeting is necessary in the first place.
  2. Establish a clear purpose for the meeting and write up an agenda.
  3. Start on time and stop on time.
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.

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The Flow State

Flow happens when we hit a rhythm and our work hums optimally; when we find "the zone" of productivity. It’s a state that’s easily disrupted by distractions but can be achieved and sustained...

Tactics To Get Into Flow
  • Separate some time to deep pursuits and leave the rest open to everything else. Channel your inner monastic for a limited stretch of time. Afterwards, return to regular accessibility.
  • Remove the obstacles of “when” and “where” by setting a time and a place for deep work, and making it a habit.
  • When you need to do deep work on demand: fit it into your schedule whenever you can. Developing the ability to "switch on" your deep work muscles is less challenging than dedicating the free time to purposeful work.