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4. Give yourself a breathing room

4. Give yourself a breathing room

There are days when back-to-back meetings are necessary, but this momentum doesn't have long-term viability.

Block out larger chunks of time for accomplishing bigger projects to immerse in the work without the pressure of a tight time window.

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3. Relax, unwind, and recover
  • If you’re a high-drive individual, consciously take time on the weekends and evenings to connect with people without a time limit.
  • If you operate at a low-drive level, it means that you can still take ample breaks, but only after you’ve made progress on a goal.
  • And if your drive fluctuates, you must rest on the days you feel you can work 24 hours. This is crucial to avoid a burnout the next day.
2. Work on your style

When facing a goal, do you tend to get into a high-drive gear and try to remain there 24/7? Do you operate at a low-drive level most of the time, often having to scurry to the finish line at the last minute?

Based on your tendency, you can proceed in one of the 3 ways:

  • “High drive” category: Give yourself permission to be human, to rest.
  • “Low drive” category: Do at least the minimum before chilling out.
  • “Fluctuating drive” category: Keep an eye on both bounds.
It's all about staying strong
  • The key to success at work and in life isn’t really starting strong, it’s staying strong.
  • Set minimum and maximum amount of action you will take toward a specific goal within a certain span of time.
  • This keeps you from dropping off or losing interest, or finding yourself too exhausted to continue.
1. Make concrete boundaries

In Greg McKeown’s book Effortless , he suggests the idea of making concrete boundaries for both how little and how much you will do in a given day on your important priorities.

For instance, for hitting sales numbers, you may determine to never make fewer than five sales calls in a day and never more than 10 sales calls in a day.

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How to achieve more in less time practically
  1. Multiply your progress (by capturing it)
  2. Find your personal productivity style. ...
  3. Increase productivity by journaling. ...
  4. Simplify your to-do list. ...
  5. Set better boundaries. ...
  6. Capture ideas. ...
  7. Avoid stuff that reduces productivity. ...
  8. Take more time out of your business.
  9. Just take action
  10. Try the 2 day rule
Sleep in more

How long should you sleep?

The actual amount of time depends on your body’s needs, but your goal is to wake up feeling refreshed. While you’re sleeping, your body is doing the essential maintenance required. 

Your cells are repairing, your brain is processing information and your sympathetic nervous system is relaxing.

When you shortchange your sleep, you shortchange yourself.

If you enjoy waking up early, try adjusting your schedule to go to bed earlier. 

If you want to stay up late, start allowing yourself to sleep in.

#1: Start the day with movement

Start your day by doing some exercises. You don't have to do a full workout. You can do yoga, take a walk outside, do some pushups or squats, or anything that gets your blood flowing and heart pumping.

Feeling energized has to be generated. Exercising, no matter how short, is one of the best ways to generate it.