How to be more productive

How productive are you really?

The majority of us spend a good portion of our “working day” on activities that do not boost production. Things like Facebook, Twitter, Googling celebrities etc… eat into your day and destroy your chances of getting enough done!

How many days have you ended with the feeling that you should have done more?How to be more productive

“Tomorrow is not promised, do as much as you possibly can today!” – Tim Grover

You start the day full of ideas, full of confidence in your ability to get everything done, and more – Then the day takes over and you lose! It happens to us all and it happens far too often!

There are ways that you can improve your chances of winning, of beating the day!

All you have to do is learn how to be more productive.


Either You Win or You Let The Day Beat You – It’s Your Choice!

“Advance and conquer or retreat and take cover, there is no inbetween.” Grant Cardone

I know, from personal experience, I stand a far better chance of staying productive, if I start my day with a win!

So here are some things that I do:

  1. I start my day by beating the sun up! I try to wake up before sunrise – far easier to do in winter 😉How to be more productive
  2. The first thing I do – after using the bathroom and making coffee – is write out my goals (not a to do list – long term goals) – I’ll write a post about this soon.
  3. I plan my day – I don’t use a “to-do” list – I use a “battle plan“. It might sound ridiculous, but which one gets you more excited?
  4. I work out! only 20 – 30 minutes, but I get my blood pumping and my body moving.
  5. I watch 5 segments of Cardone University. (more to come in a future post)
  6. I figure out 5 people that I need to get in touch with to either solve a problem, or help me grow.
  7. I spend time with my wife and kids
  8. I leave for work.

By the time I leave for work, I have already had a productive day! I’m on fire at this stage!


Give Your Day a Clear Direction

Use your battle plan to stay focussed and on track.

How to be more productive

By using a battle plan, or a to-do-list, you take the guess work out of the day. You don’t have to think – just act. And action is really what gets us what we want! You can make all the plas you like, but at the end of the day, if you don’t take action, you’ve got nothing!

Cross things off as you go – don’t tick them, cross them out. It’s done, you don’t need to think about it.

Get yourself a planner that lays your day out in 15 minute blocks – I dare you to use the planner I use and try to be unproductive!

I use the 10X day planner by Grant Cardone. You can find it here.


So How Can You Stay Productive All Day?

The way I do it, is to keep the momentum. As soon as you ease off, as soon as you prioritise useless activities, even for a short period of time, you’re fighting a losing battle, you’ve lost momentum.

Do The Tough Stuff 1st!

I try to do all of the tough stuff first. If it’s an awkward customer, a difficult phone call, an email that is going to take some time… whatever it is that you’re avoiding – do it 1st!

If you manage to tackle the difficult tasks early on, the rest of the day feels so much easier. You’ve achieved so much before lunch! Congratulations!

Use your victories to feed the rest!

Record every single victory you have throughout the day – this is a massive tip. Success can be self perpetuating – it’s funny like that. Have you ever noticed how some people get “lucky” all of the time?

Well the truth is, luck has very little to do with it.

When somebody is winning more often than not, through consistent and persistent action, they automatically put themselves in a position to win at more and more activities. These people begin to search out things that they can win at, to add to their list of victories. Don’t dwell on these wins, don’t stop and let yourself rest because you’ve done well! Take a moment to appreciate what you’ve done, and keep working!

How to be more productive

Keep Your Thoughts on Your Goals!

Write down your goals twice per day, this’ll keep you focussed on why you’re doing it all!

I find that the more focus and energy I put into my goals and affirmations, the more determined I am to push towards them.

I write my goals like I have already achieved them – “I have $1.5 million in bank accounts”. I DON’T! But by writing it out like this, I get to spend some time in living out my goals. I get to dream. To imagine what it’d be like to have achieved all that I’m writing down. This is a really important part! You need to spend some time in the dream –

What does the house look like?
What do you do with the money?
How does it feel to have a business that runs as smoothly as yours?
How does it feel to have that second family home, you know, the one by the ocean?

The more time you spend thinking about what your success will bring you – the more inclined you’ll be to destroy every obstacle in your path to get it!


But What About Lunch?

Won’t you lose momentum if you take a lunch break?

Not necessarily. I’m not one for lunch breaks as I’ve been self employed since I was 19 years old and would rather get done and get home to my wife and kids a little earlier. But as an employee, it’s not really optional.

If you really are committed to staying productive, why not use your lunch break to propel you into the afternoon?

Eat healthy foods, you’ll feel good about the choice you made, you won’t feel sluggish when you get back to work, and you beat the urge to get a Mcwhatever!

Read a book, or watch a training video on youtube. Use the time to educate yourself in some way. How many times have you heard the phrase “there just aren’t enough hours in the day”?

Well there are! there are 24 of them and most people use between 4 and 8 of them for activities that actually produce a positive result, be it gaining knowledge, gaining contacts, earning money etc…


How Are You Using Your Time?

Time is money! How are you spending it?

We all get 24 hours per day, that’s 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds.How to be more productive

Let’s say you sleep for 8 hours – you’ve got 16 hours left.

1 hour travelling to work, 8 hours at work (including breaks), 1 hour travelling home.

Thats another 10 hours gone… You’ve got 6 left! Ill give you 1 hour for getting ready for work and then getting ready for bed (1 hour total that is)

So there are 5 hours left.

How are you spending those 5 hours everyday? With your kids? Watching TV? Playing Xbox games or looking through other people’s facebook pages?

Lets face it – you could use at least 3 of those hours productively!

So With All That Time – What Do I Do?

The list is endless! I’ve mentioned a few already, read a book etc… but here are some more.

  1. Research your field of work – become better at what you do.
  2. Listen to an audiobook about self improvement, business or entrepreneurship (Leave a comment if you’d like some ideas on which audiobooks to get)
  3. Learn a new skill – learn to sell, learn to market online, learn to do anything new – it’ll give you a massive boost
  4. Start a blog
  5. Listen to podcasts
  6. Volunteer
  7. Meet new people
  8. Start an affiliate marketing site and earn extra money
  9. Read
  10. The list is endless!

There are so many ways you can be more productive, there are products you can use, apps, lists – you name it. But it really boils down to what’s inside you!

To really be motivated to produce, you need to be doing something that’s tied into your values, your passion and your purpose.

If you’re passionate about music and dream of becoming a world renowned DJ, working in a library probably isn’t a job you’re going to thrive at. I know it seems silly, but I really do believe that how much you believe in what you do, has a bigger impact on your ability to produce, at high levels consistently, than any of the distractions that we all blame everyday!

Thanks for reading this – I hope it helps some of you!

If you have any questions/ comments, as usual, just leave them below.

14 thoughts on “How to be more productive”

  1. It’s true – if I do the one thing I don’t want to do first, then I feel like I have accomplished something and I am ready to tackle more! Sometimes, however, I have to do 3 or 4 little things to build myself up and feel like I’ve got something done before I can tackle that one thing that is dragging me down. I do know this works better first thing in the morning, not first thing after lunch! Great motivating info!

    1. Yes you’re right – there are times when the toughest thing on my list is pretty massive. I used to build up to them, try to get a few “quick wins” to build confidence and momentum – but it’s a habit now and one that I am so glad I developed!
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Hi Josh,

    Thanks for taking time to share your article, it was full of great points and information.

    Anyone in the blogging business knows how we struggle with time and its distribution!
    We question whether we are allocating time properly when you are an entrepreneur.
    Like you said above in your wonderfully written post, there are some many things to accomplish and only one person to comb through them all.

    Nice knowing I am not alone!
    Success is on its way!

    Gloria Darni

    1. Gloria,
      Thanks for your kind words. It can feel, sometimes, as if you’re the only person going through this “grind” can’t it. But that’s far from the truth.

      For years now, just getting by, has been popular and acceptable!

      But the entrepreneurial revolution is upon us – there are more of us than ever now!

  3. Life is not easy unless you make it so and this post shows ways of making it so. you have a great way of relaying info and what you have here can help many . Keep up the great work.

  4. Thanks for the inspiration! It is so true, that we don’t use our time wisely . There are so many time eaters. I am striving to weed them out. This was a good reminder.

  5. I am guilty of wasting ridiculous amounts of time surfing and fooling around online. I love the idea of having a “Battle Plan” to be more productive. Maybe it’s a guy thing 🙂

    I am seriously going to develop a habit of creating my “next day battle plan” before going to sleep.

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