3 Simple Tricks To 5X Productivity
Do you find yourself zipping through days, achieving goal after goal, totally crushing it?
Or is your progress slow but steady? And while you’re not quite as fast as you’d like to be, you’re still making great strides?
If you don’t feel like either one of these describes your life, then maybe, just maybe, you’re in the majority of people.
You know, 97% of all people want more from life, but they don’t know what that really entails. And worse — they have no idea how to get there.
If that’s the case, then let me tell you – it’s ok to want more.
In fact, it’s great! Wanting more is the first step to actually getting it.
However, thinking about all those wants may actually be the thing that’s keeping you stuck.
Let me explain…
Any time you tell yourself, “I want something different than what I currently have”, you’re creating an agreement with yourself.
Little or big, personal or professional, you’re making promises to yourself all day long.
Everything from “I need to buy more cat food,” to “I want to take a family vacation this year,” to “I need to do some more training to get to the next level in my career” — all these little thoughts and ideas are tiny promises from current you to future you. Essentially, you’re building one monster mental to-do list.
And it goes on from there.
Every day that you’re conscious, you’re making more of these agreements with yourself.
This is normal. After all, to look at something and think, “I want that” or “I need that” is a part of life. And most of the time you’re not even aware of the subconscious mechanism that compels your desires — they just pop up.
But it’s also overwhelming to have all of these tiny agreements roaming around in your mind.
And letting them stack up one on top of the other until you’re swimming in promises and there’s no room to think of anything else? This is what gets in the way of making real progress.
Too Many Programs Running
Think of a computer with dozens of open browser windows and tons of programs running.
When you’ve got all these things going on the computer slows down. It can’t work at the speed it usually does. It gets gummed up, it runs slow, it creates errors, and some programs crash.
Your mind is like that, too.
People who have trouble making progress in their lives are often bogged down and inefficient because they’ve got all their old ideas floating around. It keeps them from thinking clearly, and nothing kills progress like a sluggish mind.
If you’re a manager or leader or company owner, it’s even worse because your sluggishness will slow everyone else down, too.
Think about it — when your reports have to come to you with a question, if you’re not able to make a decision and answer them rapidly, not only are you slowed down, they are, too. And then their direct report suffers, and so on and so forth. Pretty soon, the whole company is at a standstill.
This is obviously a disastrous outcome, but that’s ok. I’m about to give you the key to turning it all around – and it’s even easier than you think.
See, if you’re not making forward progress, you don’t need to add in more wants and needs. You don’t need to buy a fancy 12-week program on “How To Start Accomplishing Things”, and you don’t need to assign yourself little prizes just to get things done.
No amount of motivation or shiny carrots will drag you forward to what you want. Sure, those things are nice. But in the end, if you don’t address the mental deadweight first then nothing will change.
Before you take a course on productivity, or read a book on the habits of highly successful people…
You just need a simple process to address the needs and wants you’ve already got.
The Easy Technique to Simplify
When you add in a specific process, you can attack these little open agreements one by one. And over time, these small advances amount to massive progress.
Here’s a practical technique you can use to move forward when you’re stuck in mental quicksand.
Forget about Evernote or any of those programs or apps. This low tech method is so simple it’s ridiculous, and it works 100% of the time.
It’s time to go old school.
You’ve got to break out the pen and paper. Get yourself a new notebook and a pen.
On each piece write one singular idea that’s been taking up space in your head.
You’re probably going to go through a lot of paper, but that’s ok. Write them all down until there’s nothing left.
Once you’ve unloaded all of these ideas, gather all the pages back together again. And then go through them one by one.
For every idea, define the next action.
If you can complete that next action in under two minutes (for example, hopping on to Amazon and ordering that cat food), then do it.
If you can delegate it, make a quick memo for the person you’re delegating it to and put it in it’s own pile — preferably in an out-basket so you’ll remember to hand them out later.
If you can’t do either of these, then write down the next step you need to take on a Post-it and attach it to your paper.
Make it small and achievable. If you don’t want to forget something else in the process of making that idea happen, you can jot that down, too. But the goal here is to just assign yourself one small, manageable piece at a time.
Put them back into a pile and organize it however you want — whatever you want to do fastest, or what’s most important to you, whichever system feels right for you.
Then, grab a few manila folders. Put your new to-do pages into those folders. And any time you’ve got a window of free time in your day, thumb through those folders and see what you can knock out right then and there.
Do that small thing. Lather, rinse, repeat.
At the end of the week, you can look back and see what tremendous progress you’ve made – and it’s all thanks to organizing your thoughts!
This simple system can change your entire life. If you’re looking for more control, more stability, and more focus, give it a shot.
Sure, you might use up a lot of printer paper, but what you’ll gain in return is more mental space to concentrate on big, important ideas.
And that’s how progress begins.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored