Give up Starting with ‘Yes’ to a Request of Your Time

If you’re not sure about a request of your time, start with no.

Yes is your default response when you feel guilty. It’s your time you’re giving up. Don’t feel guilty.

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A process beats focusing on an outcome.

An outcome requires finite willpower. A process is a proven strategy you can follow that puts most of the tasks on auto-pilot for you. Writer, Nicolas Cole, has a writing process he has used to become one of the most-read writers on the internet. I used parts of his process to do the same.

The grandiose moments you think about in your dreams, that will shape your destiny, rarely happen. One-off, big time, one-hit wonders are a fantasy. Chase small moments. Chase small actions, taken daily.

It’s the little actions you take every day that ends up changing your life.

They can find a problem with everything. “The world is coming to an end.” We’ve heard it all before, pal.

Preachers of chaos take up your time because they haven’t dealt with their negative thoughts. 

Consuming chaos is anti-motivation.

Delete the drama from your life, and you’ll have more time to do cool shit.

Evil plans are exhausting. Revenge takes the focus off your goals, and onto meaningless goals. You can’t right every wrong. You can’t fix every broken person. You can fix yourself, though.

You won’t get lucky and find time. The holidays are not the answer to your unfinished dreams. Retirement isn’t either.

Productive people don’t get lucky. No, they get intentionally lucky by doing the tasks that matter each day to them and what they want to achieve in life.

Deadlines make you superhuman.

Without a deadline, you’ll dream about your productive future and doing the task you’ve been putting off until “tomorrow.” Tony Robbins says it best: “When would now be a good time?”

Use deadlines to give yourself a sense of urgency about your work.

Ever used Microsoft OneNote? Kill me now.

Some of the best Productivity apps out there are:

  • Trello
  • Notion
  • Roam Research
  • Keep Notes (by Google)
  • Pocket
  • Deepstash (see what I did there ;) )


Delete a message or archive it if you think you’ll need it later — you probably won’t. A full email inbox is a distraction. The joy you get looking at an empty inbox is worth every second of ruthless prioritization of emails

Jump on a trampoline while you’re on the phone. Walk if you don’t own a trampoline. Movement is life. When you move, you feel good. You can make time to move (exercise) or you can exercise while doing tasks that must be done, like chatting to other humans.

If you feel like you’re achieving nothing in your life, experiment with having less goals. Your heroes who achieve seemingly impossible goals focus on doing one thing when you look closely.

Conclusion

These are a few of the things my productive friends have taught me over the years through giving up. I don’t follow all of them and you probably won’t either. But these thoughts act as the potential for future thoughts you might have. Being productive towards a goal you care about helps you find meaning in your life.

Finding meaning in the work you do is the ultimate productivity hack.

  • Overworking isn’t productivity.
  • Inspiration comes from rest.

The work you do when you’re tired and pissed off from working too hard and aiming for productivity perfection will be terrible.

During your time off your brain resets; your brain organizes all your thoughts and helps you reflect when you do menial tasks like washing the dishes.

  • What do you eat today?
  • What do you wear today?
  • How will you get to the office today?
  • What route will you take to the supermarket?

These decisions take away energy from you. Decisions are energy leaks. Productivity that fuels a rock-solid process requires energy.

“Don’t spend (free) time you haven’t earned. The disciplined earner can be a guilt-free spender”

Leave blank space in your calendar to think.

The goal isn’t to have a full calendar. The goal is to have a calendar that lets you read, learn, and speak to new people when you want.

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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.

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