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How to get work done today

  • Create checklists by imagining the best way to complete your task in detail.
  • The 2-minute rule. Take enough 2-minute tasks to create momentum. Start with anything, but end with tasks related to your intended work.
  • The hour non-negotiable. Force yourself to work on your project for the first hour of the day to give you momentum for the rest of the day.
  • The celebration/resting day. Plan a day where you allow yourself to do anything you enjoy doing, regardless of what it is.
  • Habit bunching. Create support habits, such as making coffee before you start working.
  • Mini-days (time-bocking). If a day feels too dull, break it down into mini-days: one for work, one for learning skills, and one for relaxation.
  • The hourly challenge. Plan to give your best work every hour. Define how much work you need to do in that hour to consider it a personal record.
  • Buffering. Allow a 30-50% margin of error for all your expectations.
  • OKR Goal-setting system. (Objective Keyword Result). Set a quarterly or monthly goal. Give yourself three actionable metrics based on numbers. (e.g., Make 500 sales calls in three months.)
  • Environment optimization. When you finish using a room, make it ready so you can use it next time. Keep distractions out of sight.

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I firmly believe the main reason behind every six-figure freelancer is their habits. If you want to be a six-figure freelancer, then the first thing you need to do is make some habits that will help you climb the ladder of success faster than everyone else.

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