Productive or Busy? I Am Productive I Promise
Yea which one are you being right now? If you thought you were being busy while reading this post you are lying to yourself. Get you butt off this screen and doing something that puts some cash in your pocket.
Okay why if I can use these tips to be more productive. I just told you everything you need to know to be productive. Just get up and do it! I have to ask myself this question all day long about once every twenty minutes. “Are you being productive or are you just being busy?” Yes, thanks to Tim Ferriss’s principles it’s now engraved in my brain forever. As I write this post I think about it, actually it helps me think ahead of time too.
I know spend every twenty minutes of my life focusing on what am I going to do in the next twenty minutes. I apply the 80/20 rule to every single task I need to do during the day.
What is the 80/20 Rule or Pareto principle? states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. Again do this to every task that you are doing. I manage to use this rule for everything I do. If I go into a project I also write a to do list. of the top five task I focus on the one that is going to produce the most result in the end.
How did I stop being busy? Simple I stop doing things that didn’t have any benefit to whatever I was doing. An example is reading my favorite auto blogs. I know that entertainment is necessary but is not productive. If I want to post everyday I know doing things that are not writing or thinking wont result on a productive day.
Am I always productive? Of course not, I don’t need to lie. After all I am human right? I try to stay focus and I have ways to do that as well. By having my iPhone alarm reminding me every twenty minutes I stay on track. If I feel like being lazy I will ignore it, but I have gotten better at it.
Little tips that can help you:
- Have your next day scheduled.
- Maintain short-term and long-term reminders.
- Focus on one task at a time, don’t shift until completed.
- Keep a checklist, cross them off when you are done.
- Keep a mini tape recorder. Capture ideas and have reminders, come back to the ideas, don’t loose focus of what you’re doing in the moment.
- Stop checking email every twenty minutes.
- Do what produces 80 percent of results first thing in the morning. I try to it from 4 a.m to 6 a.m.
If you would like to know more about being productive you can find more at the fourhourworkweek.com from Tim Ferriss himself. I like to say he is a genius when it comes to being productive. Don’t take the title of his book to literally, it’s possible, but it is about taking control of your time.
Email is becoming was a big one for me and I learned more how to check email here.
Being productive has been a very hard step for me due to the fact that I can get of track easily and I know with so much distractions online it is becoming hard for a lot of people out there too. If you have any questions or need some advice on something please do so through my twitter @wilsonusmanjr I am always checking it every last 5 minutes of every hour so drop a line. Don’t forget if you have anything to share leave it in a comment I truly appreciate it.