7 Easy Hacks for Productive Mornings

By: Success Magazine

How to alter your morning routine to make your time before lunch count.

You casually glance away from the Excel sheet you’re working on and down at the time in the bottom corner of your screen, expecting to see 10:00 a.m., maybe 10:30. But nope—it’s noon. NOON! And you’ve barely crossed off to-do No. 1.

OK, so maybe you pressed snooze one too many times, couldn’t find anything to wear in your closet and so you got in a little late. And maybe you shouldn’t have sat down in your swivel chair and started the day with an “I’ll just check Facebook real quick” (that newsfeed is an infinity scroll, you know that right?).

Your a.m. grind is looking less like a grind and more like procrastination at its finest. So how can you turn that time drain into productivity? We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council, “What one choice in your routine makes your mornings more productive?” to find out.

  1. Standardize your wardrobe

I have basically limited my wardrobe to my everyday clothes and the occasional formal wear. It’s one less decision to make in the morning, and laundry is way easier.

—Ivan Matkovic, Spendgo

 

  1. Vent with 750 Words

Before starting the day, I go to 750Words.com and vent. I write down worries, things to do, ideas, stories, strategies—whatever is weighing down my mind. It takes me about 10-12 minutes to write 750 words, and by the end of this period, my mind feels clearer and

I’m free to start the day without mental clutter and chatter. My productivity has increased significantly.

—Marcela DeVivo, National Debt Relief

  1. Start your workday from home

On most mornings, I spend at least two hours working before I head into the office. This gives me time to prioritize my most important tasks and work on them with limited interruptions before my day at the office “officially” begins. Although I get into the office later (usually around 10 a.m.), I get at least double the work accomplished in those first two hours than if I were in the office.

—Brittany Hodak, ZinePak

  1. Put your phone on airplane mode

Set your phone to airplane mode in the morning. Do not turn it off until you are in the office and your first major task is complete. This allows me to stay focused on my morning routine. I don’t get caught up in social media or reading articles or emails. I allow myself to prepare for the day, and then I catch up when I am ready.

 —Michael Mogill, Crisp Video Group

  1. Listen to audiobooks at twice the speed

I recently moved and now have a 40-minute drive to the office. I use that time to make calls and listen to a ton of business audiobooks. The secret is to play them at 2x speed. Now I soak up the same amount of information in half the time!

—Thomas Cullen, LaunchPad Lab

 

  1. Block off time

I start each morning at the office by checking how everyone is doing and asking if they need anything. After this, I block off time to respond to emails and make calls. This lessens the amount of distractions I get throughout the day.

—Jayna Cooke, EVENTup

  1. Time your social media usage (biz and personal)

It’s so easy to get sucked into updates on social media. I have started limiting myself to one hour and/or one big cup of coffee to review everything that’s happened in the last 10 hours. This keeps me focused on only answering relevant business messages, interacting with our fans briefly and moving on to the rest of my to-do list. Other social media check-ins are 10 minutes or less.

—Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now

 

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7 Crucial Lessons People Often Learn Too Late in Life!

By: Nicolas Cole

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally “get it” long after the fact.

If possible, it’s best to learn these things sooner rather than later.

  1. If you want to “do what you love,” you have to work three times as hard as everyone else!

Most people do not get to spend their lives doing whatever it is they love. Instead, they do what they are told they should do, or what their parents or town or friends or peers suggest that they do.

Or they simply pursue nothing close to their heart at all. But if you want to “do what you love,” you need to see that as a privilege, not an expectation. Those people are not the majority. So if that’s what you truly want, you have to put in the work now.

  1. Beneath Anger is always Fear

As the wise Yoda says, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Whenever we suffer, especially for long periods of time, at first we believe it is because of something outside of us — something we hate. And if we make it past that emotion, we find below that hate is a rumble of anger, and certainly something we have held on to for far too long.

But beneath all of that is always fear. A fear of loss. A fear of vulnerability. A fear of letting go. But if you can get to the point of acknowledging the fear, you will see its lighthearted shadow, compassion. And you will be able to move forward.

  1. Our Everyday Habits Form Our Future Selves

What you do today is one more action toward who you will be tomorrow. When that action is replicated over the course of a week, you begin to scratch the surface of change. When that action is replicated over the course of a month, you begin to notice a slight difference.

When that action replicated over the course of a year, or two years, or five years, you may no longer recognize yourself — you will have changed, in that particular way, completely. Do not underestimate the power of each and every small habit, replicated over time. For good or bad, your habits determine who you will ultimately become.

  1. Your Emotions Take Practice

When we think about practice, we often talk in terms of skill. You practice photography, or you practice playing hockey. But the thing is, who you are emotionally also takes practice. You can practice humility, you can practice forgiveness.

You can practice self-awareness and humor, just as easily as you can practice anger, resentment, drama, and conflict. Who you are, emotionally, is a reflection of the things you consciously (or unconsciously) practice. You were not “born” upset. You have merely practiced that emotion far more than you have, say, joy.

  1. Everyone has his or her own agenda

This is quite a cliché phrase, and is often said in a negative context.

But I am using it differently: It is worth acknowledging that, at the end of the day, we all must provide for ourselves. We all have our own dreams, goals, aspirations, families, close friends, and significant others, and we all want the same fundamental things.

There are those you can trust, of course, but the best way to keep yourself rooted and at ease is to know that each and every person has his or her own agenda. You cannot control others. You cannot expect them to put you before themselves. And trying to do so may work for a period of time, but eventually, the truth will rise to the surface.

Instead, make it a point to address and help others move toward their own dreams, as you request their help in moving toward yours. The relationship will more smoothly move in the right direction this way.

  1. Achievement will never be as Fulfilling as the Journey

It is one thing to set a goal and enlist the help of others to see its achievement through. It is entirely another to sacrifice your own well-being, and the well-being of those around you, for that goal and its achievement.

The high at the end is never worth the emotional strain that takes place to get there. If you are not able to enjoy the journey with those around you, then the end goal will become meaningless.

  1. Working Hard and Laughter are not Mutually Exclusive

Building on the previous point, I never understood why people feel that laughing means not taking the matter at hand seriously. The best ideas come through ease. The best flow happens in moments of joy. The human connection begins with laughter and to laugh while working or solving a problem is to be open to new possibilities.

Some people never learn this — they become grumpy and old. But life is about having fun. And to have fun does not mean, by default, that you are not “getting anything done.” On the contrary. You can have fun and get more done than you ever thought imaginable.

 

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7 Conversational Tricks to Appear More Confident

Having confidence carries many benefits. Even if you’re not the most confident person, there are ways to appear more confident when dealing with other people. Here are seven of them!

By: Jayson Demers

Confidence can carry you through a lot in life. It can help you perform better in job interviews, appear more authoritative when addressing a crowd, and help you land more deals and partnerships in your business. Unfortunately, most of us don’t feel confident 100 percent of the time, and when we do feel confident it doesn’t always project outward in ways that enable us to succeed.

During the course of conversation, there are several tricks you can use to make your words sound more authoritative, and to address your audience with greater overall confidence. Here are seven of them:

  1. Speak More Slowly

Some of us speak faster when we’re nervous. Some of us are naturally fast talkers. Regardless of your motivations, conscious or subconscious, speaking too quickly is an indication of a lack of authority or a lack of confidence. In addition, while speaking quickly, you’re more likely to make mistakes in your enunciation, and you have less time to think through your words.

Focus on speaking more slowly in your conversation, allowing your words to draw out and giving your sentences a weightier rhythm. Your audience will have more time to digest the words you’re speaking, and you’ll be less likely to make any critical errors that compromise your speaking integrity.

  1. Use Pauses to Your Advantage

Using pauses is another strategy that can help you speak slower, but it’s effective in its own right. Work on creatively using pauses to give more impact to your speaking.

For example, if you have an opening for a public presentation that’s eight sentences long and you make a significant point after sentence three, throw in a sizable seconds-long pause. It will add more weight to whatever your last sentence was and give you audience time to soak it in. It also gives you a chance to collect your thoughts and prepare for the next section of your speech, adding to the total amount of authority and confidence you project.

  1. Avoid Asides 

In a scenario that allows for preparation, such as giving a speech to a public audience, asides are fine. You have advance time to prepare them, determine if they’re relevant, and include them if they are. In more natural conversations, however, improvised asides can be damaging. For example, if you’re in a job interview and you answer a question directly, then spiral into a related story about something that happened to you a few years ago, it could be a sign that you’re nervous and looking to fill conversational space. Instead, focus only on what’s immediately relevant.

  1. Lower Your Vocal Range

Take a look at some of the most famous speeches throughout history, at currently popular politicians, and even at local newscasters. You’ll find that most of them have lower tones of voice, and this is no coincidence. People tend to view speakers with lower speaking voices as having more authority and confidence. As much as you can, practice speaking in a lower tone of voice. Don’t force yourself or you’ll sound unnatural, but if you can get yourself a tone or two lower, it can make a real difference.

  1. Improve Your Posture

Body language is just as important in conversation as the words that leave your mouth. Whether you’re sitting or standing in front of your audience, work to improve your posture. Stand or sit up straight with your shoulders back, and keep your head held high.

This will make you appear bigger and more confident, and will help you feel more confident as well. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of aligning your body so you can breathe–and therefore speak–more efficiently. Posture can demand a lot of work, so make sure to practice in advance.

  1. Gesticulate

Gesticulation–the practice of using your hands and arms to punctuate or enhance your verbal statements–is another valuable body language strategy. Speakers who use body language actively in their presentation tend to be viewed as more confident and more authoritative than those who do not. Obviously, different hand gestures can signal different things, and if you simply wave your hands wildly in front of your audience, it may make you come across as out of control. Instead, focus on reserving your hand gestures for your most impactful words, and try to keep your movements reserved and under strict control.

  1. Talk More

The conversations that matter in our lives–whether they’re in the form of a public presentation or a business negotiation–are somewhat rare. But that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for those meaningful conversations in our everyday lives. Seek out new opportunities to communicate with others whenever you get the chance, and in any context. Put these speaking strategies to practice and focus on improving your abilities over time. The only way to get better is to plunge in and keep working at it, so sign up to be a public speaker when you can and strike up conversations with strangers wherever you go.

The beauty of these conversational tricks is their sheer practicality; they can be used anywhere, in almost any context where you’re speaking to one or more other people. Experiment with them by practicing on a friend or a colleague. Over time, they will become second nature to you, and your natural speaking voice will convey a greater overall level of confidence and authority.

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7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back

You may believe that your conscious self is in control of your life, but the scientific reality is very much the opposite. Conquer these biases to turn things around.

By: Sam McRoberts

The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your calories. Because of this, the human brain has evolved with numerous mechanisms in place to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.

Thanks to two of those mechanisms, latent inhibition (a part of your brain’s sensory filter) and cognitive biases (decision-making shortcuts), most of what you think of as conscious decisions are being made with filtered data and a heavily biased mindset. While this is great for biological efficiency, it’s not so great for thriving in a fast-paced, modern world.

While there are literally hundreds of cognitive biases, these seven play a significant role in preventing you from achieving your full potential:

  1. Confirmation Bias

This occurs when you warp data to fit or support your existing beliefs or expectations. The effects are often found in religion, politics, and even science.

Why does that matter? Because an inability to look outside of your existing belief systems will vastly limit your ability to grow and improve, both in business and in life. We need to consider more possibilities, and be more open to alternatives. 

  1. Loss Aversion

Also known as the endowment effect, loss aversion is a principle in behavioral economics whereby someone will work harder to keep something than they will to acquire it in the first place. This is also closely related to the sunk cost fallacy, where one is inclined to pump more resources into something based solely on the resources already expended.

If you need an example, being hesitant to fire a bad employee is a common one. You might think, “Well, I’ve already put so much time into training them, paying them, insuring them, and their performance isn’t really THAT bad…I should see if I can salvage this.”

Don’t make this mistake. When time or money is gone, it’s gone, and you need to consider the future without attachment to the past. Speaking of past and future…

  1. Gambler’s Fallacy

The human brain has difficulty understanding probability and large numbers, so you are naturally inclined to believe that past events can somehow change or impact future probabilities.

For example, there are many people who try to analyze the past performance of the stock market in order to pick future stocks that should be winners, usually with terrible results (there’s a reason why very few money managers outperform the S&P 500). This is a product of the Gambler’s Fallacy, and it can get you, your clients, and your businesses into a great deal of trouble.

How does this hold you back? In most cases, past events don’t change the future unless you let them, so you need to take great care when attempting to learn from the past. It’s fine to look to the past for insights, but don’t fall into the “past performance dictates future performance” trap.

  1. Availability Cascade

Just because you hear something frequently does not make it true, though the brain sure likes to believe otherwise. For example:

  • You don’t use just 10 percent of your brains (you actually use 100 percent).

  • Gum doesn’t take seven years to digest (it doesn’t digest at all; it just passes right through in about the same time as everything else).

  • Bats aren’t blind (they see quite well, and have amazing hearing to boot).

Surprised? Bad information seems to spread as fast, if not faster, than the truth, so you need to fact-check frequently before you make decisions based on bad information. If you notice something coming up again and again, dig into the facts and determine for yourself what is or isn’t true.

  1. Framing Effect

This one is fascinating, and I take advantage of it regularly as a marketer. In a nutshell, how something is framed, positively or negatively, has an enormous impact on how the information is processed…even if the information is fundamentally identical.

For example, let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and two different doctors come to tell you what happens next:

  • Doctor A: “With proper treatment, you have an 80 percent chance of a full recovery.”

  • Doctor B: “There’s a 20 percent chance that you’ll die after being treated for this illness.”

Which doctor would you want to work with? Even though both are exactly the same, most people will pick Doctor A, because an 80 percent chance of recovery sounds way better than a 20 percent chance of death.

It’s important to carefully consider how you present information in all walks of life, because your method of presentation can make or break the outcome.

  1. Bandwagon Effect

Just because many people believe something doesn’t make it true…though it does make it much easier for the brain to accept. In many ways, humans behave like herd animals, blindly accepting whatever they encounter as long as there seems to be some social proof.

One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Mark Twain, and says:

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

It’s important not to allow the beliefs of others to sway you without careful thought and research on your part. Don’t accept things at face value.

  1. Dunning-Kruger Effect

Last but not least, this cognitive bias is at play behind arrogance and egotism. People have a psychological tendency to assess their abilities as much greater than they really are.

How do you conquer this? I personally have a four-step approach:

  1. Keep a journal

  2. Meditate

  3. Pause before you act

  4. Self-analyze

As you go through this process, you’ll find yourself better equipped to assess your skills without bias.

Becoming aware of cognitive biases and the role they play in your life is one of the most critical steps to conquering, or at least mitigating, their negative effects.

 

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7 Brutal Life Lessons Everyone Has to Learn Multiple Times

How many times does it take, really?

By: NICOLAS COLE

How many times does it take to learn the same lesson?

Life is not a checklist. It is a practice. The thing with knowledge is that it can decay if left ignored–and that goes for anything. Just because you did it once does not mean it won’t happen again. Or just because you were once great at something does not mean you will forever be great at it. Everything in life takes practice.

Some of the hardest life lessons repeat themselves over and over again, and it’s on each and every one of us to be reflective enough to witness them happening in the moment–so that this time around, a different decision can be made.

1. The “Easy” Road Ends Up Being More Difficult

This is probably one of the earliest “big” lessons we learn.

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Handouts don’t happen. Free things aren’t really free. As one of my mentors would say, “If you tell me quick and easy, I think long and difficult.”

The reason a path looks “easy” is because it hides its difficulties in plain sight. And you choose the easy road because you did not take the time to really understand what it was you were looking at.
Sometimes we do this by accident; sometimes we do it on purpose (despite all the red flags we may or may not want to acknowledge).

But regardless, the lesson is one we all have to learn time and time again–the “easy” road is rarely easy. In fact, it usually ends up being more difficult than if you had just done things the right way from the beginning.

2. The Roller Coaster of Love Needs a Speed Limit

A lot of people have trouble with this one.

You know those relationships that start out going a million miles an hour? The ones where you stay locked into each other’s eyes? The ones where you start talking about spending your whole lives together after only three months? Those loves are hot, and fiery, and full of passion. They’re also usually the first to go crashing into a wall and exploding into a million pieces.

Love is a roller coaster–and it’s supposed to be. But one of the hardest lessons to learn is how to apply brakes to that roller coaster. You need to know when to speed up and when to slow down. When to go all in and when to pull back and take things slow.

Because the truth is, without at least some brakes on that train, it’s going to go faster, and faster, and faster, and you’re going to skip all the little things you needed to learn and acknowledge about each other along the way. And by the time those things matter, it will be too late.

3. Small, Daily Habits Are More Important Than Big, Infrequent Home Runs

Anyone can talk the talk. Not many people can walk the walk.

A terrible habit quite a few people fall into is believing that “one day” it’ll all come together. What does that even mean, “one day”?

What are you going to do, wake up and find yourself in a $5-million mansion with two Ferraris parked outside? What, is it just going to “appear” out of nowhere?

“One day” is today. “One day” is right now. You’re not going to “be patient one day.” You’re going to be patient NOW. You’re not going to “start doing things differently one day.” You’re going to start doing things differently NOW. You’re not going to “finally make it work one day.” You’re going to make it work right NOW.

Big leaps happen by adding lots of tiny steps up over a long period of time. If you think you can skip that process, you’re wrong.

Whatever it is you want to become, become that to the best of your ability right now. Whatever it is you want to do, do that to the best of your ability right now. In weightlifting we would call this “training until failure.”

Every day, everything you do, train until failure.

4. Self-Knowledge Is Worth More Than Personal Achievement

Such a difficult lesson, and one that must be practiced diligently throughout the entirety of one’s life; the difference between contentment and achievement.

You can immediately tell when you meet someone which category they fall into. They either emit a genuine confidence to pursue their goals for self-exploration, or they emit an ego-based confidence rooted in personal achievement. I’m not telling you to not set goals and achieve them. I’m asking you to be aware of where your sense of self-worth comes from.

If you pursue things in the name of personal achievement, you will never be fulfilled–and I say this from experience. True fulfillment is calm, and motivated only by creative freedom–a desire to further understand yourself and your craft. Personal achievement is fleeting. And so, in order to both “achieve” externally and find a sense of fulfillment and happiness, you have to keep a close eye on which is which.

Otherwise, do you know what’s going to happen?

You’re going to climb that big mountain in front of you, grind your face off to reach the top, and before you’ve even taken in one single deep breath and enjoyed the view, you’ll notice the next mountain and think, “Oh, actually I haven’t achieved anything–I must need to climb that mountain, too!”

5. You Are a Direct Reflection of the People You Spend the Most Time With

Oh boy, such a difficult lesson to learn–and a crucial one to practice through every chapter of your life.

The people around you are your mirrors. They are the ones who allow you to see aspects of yourself–and vice versa. If you spend time with people who mirror your own insecurities, or fears, or judgments, then you’re going to see those traits every single day and begin to believe in them. They will be reinforced in you to the point where you decide that is “who you are.”

On the flip side, if you spend time with people who challenge your fears, your insecurities, and the parts of you that need “work,” you will inevitably change. You will soak up and inherit different traits.
Better or more positive traits.

Deliberately choosing the people around you is how you can sculpt yourself. You want confidence? Hang around confident people. You want to learn self-awareness? Hang around self-aware people. You want to learn any skill, any craft? Hang around people who practice those things and do them well.

The challenge with this is knowing when to walk away. Sometimes people come into our lives at a crucial time because something in us wants to learn–and they too want to learn something from us, and so a mutual friendship begins to form. But every relationship is a path, and knowing when it is time to move on to the next one (whether that means staying friends or walking away completely) is where most people struggle. You have to be exceedingly deliberate with how you spend your time, and with whom.

6. You Cannot Stay the Same Forever–and Trying to Will Hurt You

Most people want and look for security. There’s nothing wrong with that.

The difficult lesson is knowing the value of change. “Change is inevitable.” When we speak this cliché, it’s insinuated to be a bad thing. We fear change. We have to keep a close eye, otherwise “change” will creep up on us.

I challenge you to seek out change. I challenge you to welcome change with open arms.

Think about it like a workout routine. If you go into the gym and do the same exercises every day, over and over again, eventually they won’t become difficult anymore. Your body will get used to them, and your growth rate will plateau. You will become “comfortable.”

And then, at some point, that comfort will begin to work against you–because the truth is, you need change in order to continue moving forward.

Instead of waiting for change to find you, go out and find it. Look for the little signs when you are beginning to plateau, in any way, and change up your routine deliberately. Be on the offensive. Stay one step ahead of yourself. Whether it’s your craft, or your job, or your relationship, or your health, look for change. Look for ways to keep it fresh, to make your mind and body work, to do what feels “unfamiliar.”

All growth occurs in change.

7. The “Tiny Voice” in You Always Knows Which Way to Go

And finally, the hard task of listening to that “tiny voice” inside.

Should you take the raise or move jobs? Should you stay in the relationship or move on? Should you do what you love or do what other people want you to do? All of these hypotheticals have two sides: what you feel like you should do, and what that “tiny voice” inside genuinely wants you to do.

We can all hear that little voice. We know what it sounds like. We can recognize when it raises its hand to speak. And yet, so often we struggle to actually follow through and heed its direction.

Why?

Because there is a much louder voice that bombards us with big promises and shiny objects and glorified achievements. We let our ego get in the way, when deep down we know what it is we truly want.

The reason why this is such a challenge for people to learn and accept–and why it often times takes a lifetime–is because the ego always promises safety. The ego promises avoidance of hurt, it promises instant gratification, and it promises acceptance. That’s why we take the corporate gig instead of traveling the world, or we write someone else’s book instead of writing our own. The ego’s road isn’t vulnerable, or scary. It’s nice, safe, and secure.

The problem is that, sometime down the road, usually in a moment of quiet, that “tiny voice” will raise its hand again and ask to be heard. And the more you ignore it, the more it will rumble beneath the surface. This, I believe, is one of the big contributing factors to the infamous “mid-life crisis.” How else could you possibly wake up and question every aspect of your life?

You wouldn’t.

There would be no crisis at all.

Honor yourself. Listen to that “tiny voice.” Trust it.

Your heart will never guide you wrong.

 

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7 Behaviors That Will Make You Insanely Productive

“Productivity is purposefully and consistently moving in a desired direction.”

By: Benjamin Hardy

Productivity is not doing lots of stuff fast.

You can do lots of stuff and get nowhere closer to your ideal. Most people are living their lives this way. They are burning themselves out running in a million different directions. Our society has become obsessed with constant doing. There’s little time left for being and living.

Productivity is purposefully and consistently moving in a desired direction.

  1. They Don’t Care What Other People Are Doing

Most people spend the majority of their time watching and observing other people. The goal is to emulate and copy, or to compare and compete. This highlights an utter lack of achieved identity – an emotional and spiritual immaturity.

On the other hand, insanely productive people spend very little if any of their time worrying about what other people, “their competition,” are doing. They see this as a distraction from their work. They put their heads down and execute.

  1. They Don’t Care What Other People Think

“What people think of you is none of your business.”Amy Hatvany

The majority of the population lives in absolute fear about what other people think of them. They try to be perfect. They try to be liked. They are unwilling to be vulnerable. To be real and truthful.

Insanely productive people put themselves completely out there. They are doing their work for themselves and for the people it was intended for. Anyone outside their target audience doesn’t exist to them. Haters and critics are flowers, not darts.

  1. But They Care Intensely About Those They Serve

Despite caring very little about what other people think, insanely productive people care fiercely about other people. They have a love for humanity that is nothing short of divine.

Every person has infinite potential in their worldview. When they look at another person, they see a person — not an object. They feel. Like really feel. It’s not a staged act.

Insanely productive people are incredibly empathetic. They relate with people on their level.

They’re relevant and connect. They influence with their love. Those they serve can feel it and they’re changed.

  1. They Don’t Need Permission

Most people wait. They believe they can start after they have enough time, money, connections, and credentials. They wait until they feel “secure.” Not insanely productive people.

Insanely productive people started last year. They started five years ago before they even knew what they were doing. They started before they had any money. They started before they had all the answers. They started when no one else believed in them. The only permission they needed was the voice inside them prompting them to move forward. And they moved.

  1. They Learn Through Doing

Theory can only take a person so far. Putting yourself out there and falling flat on your face, over, and over, and over is how insanely productive people learn. Rather than having meetings and discussions, they go out and practice.

While most people are reading, thinking, and dreaming, insanely productive people are out doing. The goal is to learn while creating output. Non-productive people on the other hand have a lopsided ratio of input and output – with very little of the latter.

  1. They Can Enjoy Where They Presently Are On The Path

“When someone says: “So what’s next?” As in, “how are you going to top that?” You don’t have to have an answer. The answer can be: “This.” Your life doesn’t have to be about impressing other people or a successive series of achievements.”–Ryan Holiday

Insanely productive people find joy in the journey. They aren’t always waiting for that next chapter in life. They are happy with where they are. They are alive. Non-productive people wait for contentment until after they graduate from college, or get that promotion, or retire. All the while, their life passed them by and they never really experienced the moment.

  1. They Constantly Prune Their Lives

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”Greg McKeown

Last but certainly not least – insanely productive people continuously “clean their closet.” They live minimally. When life starts getting too busy, they step back and remove what is unneeded. Rather than adding more to their life, they say, “no” to almost everything. If they’ve made non-essential commitments in their future, they cancel those superfluous appointments. Their lives are simple and to the point. 

Conclusion

Productivity is not what you do, it’s who you are. It’s less about life-hacks and more about life-style.

You can learn all the tricks you want, but only the fundamentals performed consistently will quickly move the needle.

 

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Various Job Vacancies at a Major Fashion Retail Chain – Heliopolis , Cairo.

  For a major Fashion Retails Chain, headquartered in Heliopolis, Cairo.

  • Finance Manager – Retail experience, 15+ years of experience.
  • Stock Control Manager – Retail experience, 7-10 years of experience.
  • IT manager – Retail experience, 5-8 years of experience.
  • Production Planning Specialist, Manufacturing/Retail Experience, 10+ years of experience.

    Two Days off.

    Salary is negotiable.

Those interested; please send your CV in Word format indicating the

job applying for in the e-mail subject to Amr@AmrBadran.com

 

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