5 Tips To Maximize Daily Productivity- How I Worked Full Time And Started An Online Business
Three months into the real world, it has finally dawned on me that just about everyone is, well, pretty mediocre. Everyone seems to be overly content going through the motions of life and taking whatever they get handed to them. I tried it, I really did. For about two weeks at least. But fortunately for me, that's just not how I was wired. I am constantly craving more and am terrified at the thought of working for someone else my entire life. So I did something about it.
This article is about the five small life changes I have made over the last three months that have altered my perception of the world and helped whip me into the best shape of my life, both mentally and physically
1. Wake Your Ass Up
"No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich." A powerful quote by Malcolm Gladwell in his #1 National Best Seller, Outliers. Gladwell claims that completing 10,000 hours of work perfecting a craft results in complete mastery of said craft. Although he is referring to rice paddy farmers in the heartlands of China, they still spend their day harvesting something, just like you. Only these farmers are putting in half their days work before you even roll over to hit snooze.
I know not everyone is a morning person, but waking up just thirty minutes to an hour earlier can drastically increase productivity and change the way you feel throughout the day. It also allows you to fall asleep faster at night. Throughout my life, I had always been nagged with a history of sleeping problems before I started waking up earlier. After just two months of waking up at 5am and going to bed around 10pm, I am sleeping like a baby and my energy levels are consistent throughout the day.
2. Get Your Fitness On
Working out first thing after waking up. Before you give an excuse why you just can't work out first thing, hear me out. Waking up is the hardest part! And if you completed step one and didn't hit snooze, you've already won half the battle. Wake up and immediately drink your preworkout or cup of coffee/tea to caffeinate and get the juices flowing. By the time you actually hit the gym, you will be asking yourself why you never tried this sooner. Trust me, getting up and there will be the most difficult part of the process.
Following the pump comes the "high on life" feeling you have floating out of the front door knowing you started your day like a boss. Not to mention you have already completed a task and started with a trend of productivity. This begins to snowball into completing your to do list and gets you into the "I feel good, lets get to work" mindset.
3. Make A List Of Ten Things To Accomplish Everyday
Make a list of ten things to accomplish every single day. And actually accomplish them. Ten things. That is not a lot to ask of yourself. Always make a point to position the tasks you are most likely to procrastinate first or second on the list to make sure they are getting accomplished. Also, be sure to make your ten tasks attainable within an eighteen hour period. These are short term, proactive tasks we're talking about, not hopes and dreams and unicorns.
4. Read At Least Ten Pages Every Day
Read at least ten pages every day. I typically complete mine right before bed to allow my brain to decompress from its technological high. ten pages are an easily attainable task that ensure you are taking some time to reflect on something other than yourself and your work. It gives you an opportunity to learn from someone else outside of your day to day circle. Go ahead and mark it off of your ten things to accomplish as well.
5. Listen To Informational Podcasts
Listen to podcasts instead of music when you are driving/ walking. I know I will get a lot of push back from this, but hear me out as this is coming from a true music lover. We as a society have got to start taking time to learn from the people who have already gone through the things we are facing on a day to day basis. Whatever that may be. These people have already made the mistakes so you don't have to and their telling you how to do it better than they did, FOR FREE. There are so many options when it comes to podcasts that its almost overwhelming to choose one. I go with entrepreneurial and self-motivating podcasts because that is where I want to go with my life, but the array of options are endless. Cory Gregory, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Andy Frisella are huge influences to my life and there is absolutely no way I would be where I am today if it wasn't for their knowledge and guidance.
There you have it. There is no secret sauce. Hard work and preparation trump all and these five additions to my routine have undoubtedly changed my life. I am not asking you to move mountains nor part seas. Just change or do five things better than you did the day before.