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For many of us, being truly productive is becoming a lost art.  In harder times, everyone had to know how to get things done.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t survive.  In the modern world though, productivity is no longer required from everyone.  Instead, it sets you apart from the crowd.

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What Is Productivity?

Productivity is the rate and/or quality of creating something.  Basically, it is the ability to get things done and make things happen.  There are many ways for humans to be productive, but the key is that higher productivity makes your more valuable to society.

Why Productivity?

Productivity is one of those all-important metrics of the high performer.  It is a vital aspect of improving your life and standing in the world.

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about.

Hell, I hardly claim to be an expert on myself.  😂😂😂

These breakdowns are largely for me.  I use them to record and reference.  Unlike most others on this site though, this goal setting page might actually be useful to the outside observer.

No promises.  You can tell me.

Maximizing Potential

Living up to your potential could be defined as “doing all you can do.”  Thus, you must produce to be the best you.

Getting Stuff Done

Productivity has value within itself, a value sometimes only the great (and perhaps the grandpas) can see.

Pulling Your Weight

The most productive people contribute the most to society.  Taking on a larger burden leads to a more fulfilling life.

Rising to the Top

In order to lead a 1% life, you have to become a 1% person.  Become elite by producing more than your peers.

There’s a lot that goes into mastering personal productivity.  Here’s a quick look at what the journey toward great productivity has been like for me.

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My productivity constantly improves.

Yet that was not always the case.

The art of getting things done was one of the first things I had to teach myself when I began seeking success.  I’ve slowly become more effective over the last decade or so.

Today, I’m light years ahead of where I used to be—largely due to learning about Deep Work and reigning in my Habits.

But I still have a long way to go.

I know I can squeeze more out of myself because I have tremendous potential.  Plus, my work ethic is above average and only increasing year over year.  At this point, it’s just about developing consistency.

I’ll continue to produce more over time, as seen on This Site.

My Experience

I’m nowhere near elite productivity.

But I’m definitely getting there.

It started with eliminating some of my worst habits.  Now I’m on the building-myself-up phase.  It’s going well, though I know I can’t become complacent (and I have no desire to).

I know that I have to produce in order to win.

As I become more productive, I notice more aspects of my life falling into place.  That’s exactly how it should be.

In order to reap the fruits of your labor, you have to put in the labor.  More labor means more fruit.  Personally, I becoming more and more committed to the necessary labor.

In fact, I’m already in love with putting the work in.

  • Importance – 99%
  • Passion – 85%
  • Mastery – 90%

Journey Started: ≈2012

Good Life Foundation

Productivity is vital.  It is one of the main things that separates the greats from average people.  Get more done and live a better life.

Where Productivity Fits in a Good Life

Productivity is one of the most important pieces of the Achievement puzzle.

For me, it’s a “Tier 3” concept, on the same level as Mindset, Habits, Growth, and High Performance.

It is also closely tied to practices like Journaling.

2. High Performance
‣ 3. Productivity
4. Peak State
4. Project Management
4. Time Management
4. Procrastination
4. Team Work

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Increasing Productivity to an Elite Level

For newbies to the art of getting things done:

Let’s start with the best advice up front.

Just get started.

If you want to become prolific in any field, you have to make productivity a habit.  In fact, you should strive to make productivity a part of your Self Identity.  You want to think of yourself as someone who gets sh!t done.  Better yet, become someone who gets sh!t done everyday.

Consistency is a key attribute of top producers.

However, producing at a high level requires more than just hard work.

We’ve all heard the phrase:

“Work smarter, not harder.”

But it’s more like:

“Work smart and hard.”

It’s not necessarily about being as busy as you can be all of the time—though it does tend to start like that.  In many ways effectiveness is much more important.  That is, work quality and efficiency trump everything.  Otherwise, Tim Ferris’s Four Hour Work Week wouldn’t exist.

But maximizing productivity generally does begin with doing the work in everyday.

That’s really the only way to achieve Mastery anyway.  As they say, you have to put in your 10,000 hours.  Competence is a vital aspect of being productive.  And the best way to get more competent is through deliberate Daily Practice.

However, systems also play a major role in productivity over time.

Structuring your day is a big deal.

The goal should generally be to carve out space to work on the projects that matter most.  After all, Deep Work is something you have to make time for and reaching Flow doesn’t often happen by chance.  Getting there on command takes repetition.  The more repetition, the more easily you’ll be able to reach your Peak State.

The ability to Focus is crucial for High Performers.  Winning the battle against Procrastination and Distraction requires Discipline and effort.

Motivation is fleeting.  You can’t depend on it.

Instead, cultivate the ability to get things done despite internal and external circumstances.  It doesn’t matter how you feel.  It doesn’t matter what is going on outside of yourself.  If you want to do anything of significance, you have to put in the work regardless.

Still, you should try to make it easier on yourself.  Willpower is a limited resource, after all.

Great Habits are one of the keys to Achievement for a reason.  Make the right behaviors automatic and success becomes more likely.  Create a solid Morning Routine.  Eat a proper Diet.  Prioritize high quality Sleep.  Clear out mental clutter through Meditation. 

If you don’t take care of your mind and body, it’s difficult to summon your best self.

Beyond that, there are tons of productivity tools that can help make a difference. 

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Time Management is another important factor.  Strategies like Block Time, the Pomodoro Technique, and ____ can be helpful.

There are also many things you should try to avoid.  Some are obvious.  Others are less so.

For example:

Don’t try to multi-task.  We all think we can do it.  But it’s just a myth.  The brain isn’t designed to do multiple things simultaneously.  Instead, our attention just alternates between each job inefficiently.  When you switch from one to the other, part of your brain’s resources will still be dedicated to the preceding task.  This is called attention residue.

Push notifications and high sugar foods are two other things that often get overlooked.

Push notifications from text messages, social media, or email disrupt your dopamine drip and stifle your alpha brainwave state.  Foods that are high in sugar also wreak havoc on brain function.  If you want to do your best work, you have to protect your mind.

Improving your personal productivity is multifaceted.

However, the calculus is even more complex for organizations.

 

The equation changes a little bit for organizations.  For Entrepreneurs and others who lead teams, there is more to consider than your personal output.

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If you have big goals, can’t escape the work on your business, your goals, or yourself (<—where it starts) [achievement repeat]

How to Become a Top Producer Step-By-Step

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Clarify Objectives

Great work always starts with a clear purpose.  Most people can’t understand why they should try to be more productive.  Coasting along in life, they don’t see a good reason to try to get more done.  When you establish a strong enough goals, all of that changes.

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Respect the Calendar

As they say, “if it isn’t on the schedule, it won’t get done.”  If you want to have really productive days, you must carve out time and space for your most important work.  Scheduling helps you set boundaries for the beginning, middle, and end of your workday.

03

Pursue Peak State

To maximize your potential, you need to try to reach Peak State on a regular basis.  There are a variety of tools you can use to get there.  Journaling.  Meditation.  Nootropics.  Over time, you need to create a lifestyle that balances work, rest, and everything else in between.

04

Practice Deep Work

Deep Work is one of the most powerful productivity concepts out there.  Don’t just do the work.  Become completely engrossed in it.  Make time to Focus completely on your most important work.  Avoid Distraction and try to get into a state of Flow every single day.

05

Develop Discipline

It’s not always easy to get yourself “in the groove.”  But true High Performers don’t let this stop them.  Sometimes, you simply have to force yourself to do what needs to be done.  This is often the great separator between those who Achieve greatly and those who don’t.

06

Make It Who You Are

For the real doers, Consistency resides near the pinnacle of the Character chart.  Become the “type of person who.”  Once it’s a part of your Identity, Self Belief rises to new levels.  You no longer ask if you can get it done, you simply know that you will get it done.

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Chase Mastery

Ultimately, you should aim to become one of the best in the world at what you do.  Mastery leads to exceptional production.  In many cases, the top 20% in a field produce more than the bottom 80%.  Massive rewards await those who put themselves in the first group.

Remember: just start.  As soon as you identify becoming more productive as worthwhile goal, you’re ahead of 90% of the population.

My Favorite Productivity Videos

Everything you need to learn about goals is online.

I’m no high performance titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to make a lasting impact.

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One of the main purposes of This Site is to catalog my learnings.  I’m not that learned.  But I’m working on becoming moreso.  If you see a “data dump” on this site, you’re looking at unsorted information.  It may be related or completely  unrelated, depending on the topic.

 

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How I Maximize Production to Create the Life I want

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

Starting with Deep Work

I basically structure my entire day around squeezing out as much Deep Work as possible.  Generally, it’s easiest for me to reach Peak State right after my Morning Routine.  Therefore, 90% of my best days begin with the most important work on my list.  Moreover, I prioritize my own projects over my clients’ to ensure I reap the benefits of my best brain.

Distraction Allergy

“I am allergic to distraction” is one of my favorite morning Affirmations.  The reason is obvious.  Distraction is the bane of productivity.  So I try to avoid it like the plague.  Staying on-task isn’t always easy.  But it is worth it.  To help my chances, I use strategies like rejecting push notifications on all of my devices.  Circumstances don’t dictate my actions.  I do.

Bullet Journal Agenda

I use my Bullet Journal to help maximize my daily productivity.  On the surface, my system looks elaborate.  But once you understand what is going on, it’s simple.  It’s based on the GTD (Getting Things Done) method.  I depend on it to stay on top of my Goals, Habits, and To Do Lists.  Basically, I track progress on everything and Gamify what I can.

Chasing Momentum

I like to keep my good runs going.  I protect my streaks vigorously and try to snowball them into more success.  That’s one of the main reasons I push myself with Content Challenges.  I always try to set new personal records for things like how much Flow I can get out of each week.  I use Batching and other productivity-promoting strategies help me do so.

Servant Leadership

As an entrepreneur, I’m also responsible for getting as much out of my team as possible.  Gary Vee taught me that my employees don’t work for me; I work for them.  Ideally, I want my businesses to run without me.  This requires strong Leadership skills.  But it also demands solid Delegation, Project Management, and Standard Operating Procedures.

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My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

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365-Day Daily Content Challenge: A Humble Beginning

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My Month in Personal Growth – January 2018

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Tim Ferris

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