Ok everybody, let’s talk about a subject that I like a lot, which is productivity.
While we may get a real productivity expert coming to write for us soon(ish), I’ll start by giving you some pointers of what has helped me becoming more productive.
You see, when you’re an Entrepreneur, you have this amazing opportunity to do pretty much whatever you like.
This is both a blessing and a curse. You don’t have the pressure of a boss telling you what to do, but you can quickly fall into procrastination or analysis paralysis just because you don’t have a boss telling you what to do!
I know it can be frustrating not having a clear routine and goals to move you forward. And stagnation is Entrepreneur’s biggest enemy. Luckily, I’ll give you some ideas on how to become more productive so you can rest assured that you’re moving forward each and every day.
One of the most dramatic changes I made last year was to finally make the decision to start journaling. While it was kind of weird and uncomfortable at first, journaling has proven to be an excellent way to keep myself accountable and move my business and my personal life forward.
However, I’m an structured guy. Maybe you’d like some more freedom, but I like discipline and structure so I went with a pre-configured journal. Thanks to my partners Adam and Bradley (who were already doing it with tremendous success), I got a copy of The Best Self Journal…
And boy let me tell you it was hard at first! But after a couple of weeks of daily dedication, I cannot spend a day without completing this bad boy and assessing how far I am on my goals.
The good thing about something like The Best Self Journal is that it will help you setting short term goals (3 months) instead of long term ones (5-10 years). This can help you making noticeable changes in your life and ditching the “New Year’s Resolutions”.
Another thing that I really like about this journal it’s that it will help you planning your day and finding 3 different things you’re grateful for in the morning, and 3 in the evening. This can help you just feel better about your life and not stress that much about what you don’t have.
You don’t need to start with this journal. Just grab a piece of paper and start dumping your ideas in it, every day. The changes and the energy you’ll feel are like no other.
Needless to say that movement is the essence of the body. However, I’m not a big fan of working out. Honestly, I’ve never had that much consistency when it came to sports (although I do love martial arts).
However, movement is a must. Wake up and MOVE. You don’t need to have a six-pack or massive guns. As long as you take a walk in the morning, do some pushups or dance like a maniac, you should be fine.
I’m not a personal trainer either, but I know that if I’m in “workout” mode, meaning that I workout every day or at least 4 times a week, I get more creative, more productive and my energy lasts for longer.
Again, you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym. Just wake up and shake your body from the slumber. You will thank me later.
This is another thing that I implemented not so long ago, but it helps me start the day with the right mood. You cannot just “default” into the day. You don’t have that luxury as an Entrepreneur. Your clients and your employees depend on you.
Journaling and working out are part of my morning routine. I also do some breathing exercises (holotropic breathing) and meditate for 5-10 minutes.
I know some people doing some really hardcore 2 hour long morning routines, but I don’t get that far. Just wake up with the first alarm (I don’t snooze my alarm anymore), move, breathe, journal, and I’m ready to take on the day.
The importance of morning routines, as with everything worth pursuing, is consistency. Sometimes you wake up filled with energy, ready to make 1000 pushups, and sometimes you don’t feel like doing just 1.
In any case, you need to push yourself to break the inertia of the night before.
Apps and Software
There are several apps that I use throughout the day that I feel increase my productivity. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it will help you with testing them:
With everything above, you should have more energy to go through your day, but we all need a little motivation from time to time. So here are some YouTube channels I listen to in the background for some motivation.
Depending of what your taste is, if you want to listen to music or you want to have somebody actually talking to you while you perform your daily tasks, I’ll put both options below.
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