Why I Made The Complete Guide To Creating A Successful Life

Ever since I was in middle school in the 1980s I’ve been fascinated with what makes some people successful and others not successful, why some people appear to always be happy and positive about life and others seem down and depressed about life. It’s been a fascination bordering on an obsession for many years.

I have read books, articles, watched films, documentaries and taken courses and although I discovered there is no one thing that distinguishes a person’s ability to be successful there are a number traits and habits all successful people have and follow. It was these discoveries that compelled me to put together this online course so I could share and teach what I had learned with as many people I could.

Some of the most noticeable, and obvious, discoveries were successful people’s ability to work hard no matter what, their complete focus on the goal they had and the way they accepted responsibility for the outcome. If they failed to achieve something, it was their fault, not the fault of the economy or the government or other people. A common trait among less successful people was the opposite; an inability to maintain focus on their goals, the way their situation was always the fault of someone or something else, and a tendency to spend an inordinate amount of time watching TV, surfing the internet or complaining about life. Quite often I found that most people unhappy with their lives, had no idea what it was that made them happy. They scoffed at self-help books, laughed at other people who wanted to improve their life, their skills, their personal productivity and get on in life, and surrounded themselves with likeminded negative people.

Putting together this course was a fantastic experience, every video lecture, every worksheet and all the additional materials were created to help people truly understand what a successful life for them is and more importantly how to achieve it. As I have written previously on this blog, real success is the achievement of happiness. That is the same for all of us. The difference of course is in what makes us happy. That is the first step to creating a successful life, truly understanding what it is that makes you happy.

Once you uncover what it is that makes you happy, learning how to visualise what a successful life for yourself looks and feels like is vital if you are going to put in place a plan to achieving that successful life.

This course is not a “get rich quick” course, far from it. It is a set of simple strategies that help you to uncover your own desires and long term happiness and then gives you the know-how to go out and achieve it. It does not tell you you can achieve success overnight — you can’t. It takes time and it takes sacrifice. The course goes in to detail on how to overcome many of the obstacles you will face along the journey to creating a successful life for yourself, and there will be many. Knowing what to look for, and knowing what to do when you do face these obstacles is a key part of this course.

I really want to help people achieve a life of success for themselves. I know everybody will have different goals, long-term outcomes and aspirations. This course understands that, but the things you need to do to create a successful life for yourself are always going to be the same. You are going to need a vision, a clear idea of what it is that will make you happy and ultimately successful. You are going to need focus, the focus to keep yourself on target and to not allow trivialities get in the way of you achieving your goals. You will need a plan, with a clear set of tasks to complete daily and weekly and you are going to need to develop your self-discipline and habits so that no matter what you feel like on any given day, you will have the discipline to do what needs to be done to take yourself closer towards your goals.

I hope you have the opportunity to take this course, to find a path that will help you to achieve a successful life for yourself because we humans have an amazing ability to achieve awesome things and everyone can do it. All you need is a plan, a little discipline, focus and the willingness to sacrifice the things that are holding you back.

For taking the time to read this blog post, I am offering a 60% discount on this course. You can enrol for $50.00 instead of the recommended price of $140.00. All you need do is sign up for the course using this link.

Good luck and remember I am always here to help you to create a successful life for yourself.

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How To Define, And Achieve, Your Own Successful Life.

Over the last few weeks I have been putting together an online course that is designed to help people create a successful life for themselves. I know there are already a lot of books, courses and videos around that claim to have the “secret recipe” to having a successful life, some of them are very good, others not so good. But what almost all of them have in common is they define success as having a lot of money, being a CEO or the founder / owner of your own company and having a big house and a lot of cars.

The truth is that definition of success is the definition society has come to attach to success. It is the definition of success TV executives who control the dramas, soap operas and daytime TV shows want you to believe. It is the definition that the “I want” society has for success.

But success is not about money, big houses and fast cars. Success goes much deeper than that. We know that after a certain level of income, a person no longer gains happiness if their income rises. Indeed the chart of happiness begins to decrease once you get beyond a certain level of income. Money cannot buy you happiness, it rarely even buys you security as money gained can be easily lost.

Success needs a new definition, a definition that includes all parts of a persons life. Not just the financial and the material, but also the lifestyle — as in what a person does with their time, the absence of stress in a persons life, the hobbies and pleasures a person has and the family and friends around them. Success should not be defined by what a person has materially, but rather by the life they have, the joy they bring to others and the happiness they feel inside.

Creating this course has been an eye opening experience for me. I began with the default belief that success was about what you have materially and as I came towards the end of researching and creating this course I realised success is not at all about material things. I discovered success is really about happiness. Happiness in what you do, who you spend time with and being able to do the things you really enjoy doing. Earning over $1 million a year does not bring you any happiness if you are doing a job you hate, stuck in an office building sixteen hours a day, having no time to spend with your family and friends and being so stressed out you cannot enjoy even the few moments of quiet you get on a weekend. That is not success. That is misery.

As human beings we have the ability to make choices about what we do in our lives. We can make decisions about where we work, what kind of work we do and who we spend our time with. We get to choose our hobbies and we get to choose the things we learn. All that choice gives us immense opportunities to lead a life of joy, happiness and meaning. You do not have to do what society tells you to do, you do not have to accept modern society’s definition of success, you have the freedom to create your own definition of success.

And that is where it begins. It begins with your definition of success. Decide what a successful life is on your terms, not society’s terms. Once you have decided what a successful life is for you, work out a way to achieve that life.

It starts with that vision. As Stephen Covey wrote in The Seven Habits Of Highly Successful People: “begin with the end in mind”. Once you have a clearly defined image of what a successful life is to you, you then need to create a plan to achieving that success. Start with small, daily habits and routines. If part of having a successful life is being healthy and strong, then a regular exercise routine needs building in to your daily routine. If reading and learning new things is part of your definition of a successful life, then reading and learning needs to be built in to your daily routine. And if spending time with the people you love and care about is part of a successful life, then having daily habits that allows you to spend time with the people you care about and love needs to be part of your daily routine.

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day. Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day” Jim Rohn

A successful life does not just happen overnight. It takes time. You need to build it brick by brick, action by action, task by task. You need to be focused on the things that will take you closer to achieving that success every day. You need to have the built in routines and habits that as each day passes gets you a little bit closer towards you goal. To do that you need to have your vision, and you need to have your daily routines. Not someone else’s. Everything is built around how you spend each day. As the late Jim Rohn said: “success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day. Failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day”

It is an error in judgment to define success by the way TV and advertising executives define it. They paint this idyllic picture of what a successful life is. That kind of life is empty, it is the “I want” life and that can only lead to misery. It is an error in judgment to not do anything to change a life that is not giving you joy and happiness every day. You need to define what success is for you, what brings you joy and happiness and create a plan that through some simple disciplines practiced every day will bring you closer to achieving that vision of a successful life. Good luck.

My course on creating a successful life for yourself will launch at the end of this month. If you want more information, visit my site, which will be regularly updated with the latest information.

 

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative.

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Success Is About Focusing On One Thing At A Time.

When I was in my thirties, I had a multitude of ideas, projects, life goals and things I wanted to do. By the time I had reached the end of my thirties I still had a multitude of ideas, projects and life goals and I had made little to no progress on any of the goals I had ten years earlier. Why was that?

With age comes wisdom and the wisdom I gained during my thirties was that it really doesn’t matter how many goals, dreams and aspirations you have or how determined you are to achieve them. If you do not focus on those goals or dreams one at a time, you are not going to achieve them. To really get down and achieve your goals and dreams you need to focus on them one at a time. If you don’t, you too will end up with a long list of started, incomplete and failed goals and you will blame yourself or some other outside force or person.

The good news is all you need to do is make a tiny adjustment and take one goal at a time. It really is that simple.

Tony Robbins has a brilliant quote:

“People overestimate what they can achieve in one year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”

This quote really uncovers the core problem why so many people fail at achieving their goals. I guess it is the human condition that we want everything now and we don’t like waiting. But if you really want to achieve the long list of things you have written down as your goals and dreams you are going to have to decide which ones you are going to go for first and which ones can wait until another year. If you only focus on two goals or projects each year, at the end of the decade you will have achieve twenty amazing things!

Once I started focusing on just one or two goals a year my life turned around. I started achieving things. In 2011, I got my first book published here in Korea. It was a book about presenting in the twenty-first century. After that I developed a number of workshops to go along with the book, started my own communications company and wrote two additional books, and started a second company. I had all these dreams and goals in my thirties, but never achieved any. That was because each year I started out trying to achieve all my goals at once. Now, I have a much more realistic time line. Each year I write a book, grow my business and usually begin a new project. Last year was my YouTube channel, this year it is my online course business. My life has simplified and at the same time I am achieving so much more. All it took was a tiny adjustment and a realisation there is plenty of time to achieve things, so you can take you time and pick and choose which goals you want to achieve each year rather than trying to complete everything all at once and finishing nothing.

I have never written or recommended writing out a ten year plan, after all life is extremely unpredictable. But you can always hold a list of the things you want to accomplish in Evernote or a notebook. Then, each October or November take some time out, have a look at the list and pick two big projects you want to accomplish next year. Decide which one you will focus on in the first half of the year, and which one you will focus on in the second half of the year. Once you have done that, you should list down all the action steps you need to take to make the goal or successfully completed project a reality. Once you have that list of action steps you then bring them in to your todo list manager of choice and make sure you are doing something every day, or at least once a week, to make that goal or project complete.

I have been following this structure for over five years now and I have accomplished so much. I do not always hit the deadline, last year’s book (Working With Todoist: The Book) was published a month late, at the end of January instead of December. But I do complete the projects. It does not always mean the projects are successful or I achieve everything I expect of them, but they get completed, which is a huge improvement on having ideas, projects and goals incomplete or never started. The thing is; my goals, plans and dreams are now becoming a reality and all it took was a tiny adjustment.

When I was a little kid, I remember my mother telling me “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” what she meant was I frequently put far more on my plate than I could realistically eat, and that is what most people do with their projects and goals. They have far too many projects and goals going on at any one time, which means they either fail in their goals or they never get started or completed.

So, if you want to stop failing at achieving your goals, if you want to get projects completed, then you need to reduce the number of projects you work on each year. Focus on two big projects each year and assign one to the first half and one to the second half. When you start doing that, you will accomplish far more in one year than you ever did in ten years. It really is all about focus and you can only focus on one thing at a time.

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We Are Ultimately Looking For The Same Thing.

My wife, The Little One (Barney) and myself in one of those happy moments. 

My wife, The Little One (Barney) and myself in one of those happy moments. 

Success is something the vast majority of people strive for in their lives. And while most people think we all have different ideas about what success is, in reality we all share the same goal. To be happy. Of course the difference lays in how we define what makes us happy, but ultimately our life’s goal is to be happy.

While that may sound simple, and as with most things in life it is, this is also the source of why so many people never achieve success. That is because people spend all their time looking for the wrong thing. They look for things they are passionate about, they look for a career in a large, global company or they seek success in other pursuits and activities, believing this is what will lead to success. For the vast majority of people, those pursuits, may indeed lead to success, but not necessarily lead to happiness and because of that they find they feel unfulfilled and unhappy.

Yet, seeking happiness is easy, all it takes is for you to look for the things that make you feel happy. What do you enjoy doing that makes you feel happy. For me that is, among other things, driving in the car with my wife and dog going on a journey into the countryside. I love that time we have together in our otherwise busy lives. So, once I identified what makes me feel happy, all I had to do was find ways that I could maximise the times we spend doing that. One of those is to develop our business so it is less dependent on work in our home city and gives us opportunities to do work in other cities in other areas of the country. This way we will get to travel regularly around the country together and I can do lectures and workshops while we travel.

In order for me to gain greater happiness all I needed to do was change the way I work. And this where most people struggle. While it is relatively easy to identify what it is that makes us feel happy, it is often difficult to identify what we need to do to enjoy those happy moments more often, and once identified, we then struggle to find ways of achieving it. Or, even worse, we find excuses not to change them.

If you truly want to achieve a successful life, one that is defined as having a happy and contented life, then you have to change. You have to find ways that will increase those moments you feel happiest and remove those moments when you don’t feel happy. It all sounds easy I know. The truth is if it was easy, then everyone would do it. But, sadly the human condition likes regularity and hates change. We often unconsciously harm our long-term happiness for the short term comfort of something we are familiar with. This is the situation smokers have when they try to give up. The immediate comfort a cigarette gives them is so much more powerful than the long-term health benefits they would have by not smoking. The job we hate going to everyday is far more comfortable than having to take the uncomfortable steps of finding another job. And those that do get to a point where they can no longer bare the job they do and apply for another job, often look for jobs in the same area they were doing before because, again, doing the same thing is far more comfortable than trying something new and much more fulfilling.

If you really do want to achieve happiness, fulfilment and ultimately success you are going to have to change and there is no way around that. You have to change the things that do not contribute either in the short term or long term to your overall happiness. Smoking, over eating and work you hate doing are some of the first things you can change. You can also change the people you hang out with if they too are not contributing to your overall happiness.

Happiness does not come by arriving at a destination, happiness comes from the journey to that destination. As humans we need to grow and we need continuous growth. Great, overwhelming happiness comes from the feeling you have when you are moving towards your goals. The euphoria of achieving a goal is very quickly replaced by the feeling of what next? This why the people who are the happiest are the people who are moving towards a goal that at first seems impossible, yet as time goes by, they move closer and closer towards that goal. I know so many happy people, people who’s dream is to have a small farm in the countryside by the time they retire, and they are putting away a small amount of money each month to achieve that goal. At first the dream seems far off, but after ten or twenty years they can see light at the end of the tunnel. I see other people who want to start their own business, and are going to night school twice a week to learn the new skills they will require to make that business become reality.

“Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year, and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”— Tony Robbins

There is so much you can do to improve your happiness. But before you can do that you need to know what it is that will make you happy, and then discover what you have to do to achieve it. Once you have those steps completed, the next step is to take action. To do something every day that will take you towards that dream. It may take many years before you get there, it may never even happen, but the action you take that brings you closer towards it is what will make you feel happy, worthwhile and accomplished. And that, dear reader is all it takes for you to be successful.

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How A Personal SWOT Analysis Can Supercharge Your Life.

A few weeks ago, I decided to try out doing a SWOT analysis on myself to see where I felt my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats were. I have never done a SWOT analysis on myself before, and so I was delving into the unknown.

This exercise really opened my eyes to the huge benefit an individual SWOT analysis could have on other people’s lives too.

What I discovered by this analysis on myself was that my strengths lie in content creation, I have been creating content in various formats since 2002. I enjoy creating content, and I’m quite happy spending eight or nine hours in the office creating PDF files, videos for my YouTube channel, or writing blog articles. In fact I think sometimes I’m a content creating machine. However, when I looked at my weaknesses I saw I was terrible at marketing. So I find myself in a position where I can create a lot of content, content I think is worth sharing with you, yet I am unable to reach a large audience because of my lack of marketing skills and know-how.

I then looked at my opportunities and saw so many different areas where I can help others to become more productive and more successful. These opportunities I quickly collected into Evernote. Looking at my threats, I find I am in the fortunate position that there are very few threats out there, and certainly those few threats that are there are manageable.

What struck me most about this exercise was how it forced me to go into a deep analysis of myself. I know most people never sit down and analyse what they are good at and what they are not good at and they are missing out on something very powerful. I am fortunate that I am at an age now where I am fully aware of my strengths and weaknesses, but if I think back to my 20s it would have been very hard for me to be so brutally honest with myself about where I thought I was particularly weak. While doing this exercise, it occurred to me that self awareness, the ability to be comfortable with your own weaknesses, is something that develops overtime. But being brutally honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses is essential if you truly want to be successful. I know there are many definitions of success, and how I define success is likely to be very different from the way you will define success, but knowing what you are good at and what you are not so good at is one of the first steps you need to take to find your own path towards the success you define for yourself.

Following this SWOT analysis I realised I needed to start studying social media marketing. I determined that social media marketing was the area that would have the biggest impact on my audience numbers, and therefore allow me to reach many more people. Other areas of marketing I can come to later after I have mastered the area of social media marketing. The SWOT analysis meant I was able to start my studies very quickly. I could quite easily have gone on for years hoping someone with a large following would retweet one of my blog posts or share one of my YouTube videos, but hoping somebody with a large social media following would find my content and share it is not a very good marketing strategy.

Far too often I see people wandering aimlessly through life not knowing where their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are. Where we are now, technology is changing the way we work so fast that there are threats all around us. Doing this kind of analysis means you are you able to see how things are changing in your particular Industry. It allows you to better understand where your strengths are and where you can use those strengths by taking advantage of your own opportunities. It also means you are able to be fully aware of the areas where you are weak, and where you may be able to turn a weakness into a strength. I am reminded of the story about Warren Buffett, where as a twenty something year old young man, he identified public speaking as an area he was particularly weak at. He enrolled in a Dale Carnegie public speaking course and became one of the best communicators there is today.

It could be that you identify a weakness as something you do not want to change. If that is the case, you could team up with someone who is strong in that area.

To be successful today is hard, but to be successful in any era has always been hard. The people who make it, the people who become successful are the people who take the time to step back, look at their lives and analyse where they are strong, where they are weak and where they have opportunities. At the same time they have an eye on any potential threats that may come their way in the future.

It’s a very competitive world, but it is also a world with a great many opportunities for all of us. Taking time out to work out where you can employ your talents and strengths is one surefire way to set you on the path towards immense success. And all it takes is about one hour, a pen and a piece of paper. Surely you can find the time, a pen and a piece of paper and find your own path towards a better and successful future.

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Your Office Worker Mindset Is Destroying Your Chances Of A Successful Life.

For many years now, we have been conditioned to believe we need to get a good education, go to university and get a job with a big global company. We are told time and time again this is the formula for a successful life. Yet, if this was true more people than the estimated 0.08% of the world’s population would earn above $100,000 per year. That means 99.02% earn less, most a lot less than this.

The truth is, if you are relying on just one income, your salary, you are not going to have any kind of financial success unless you are extremely lucky or you are wise enough to know the importance of investing when you begin earning your first salary cheque. Which, let’s be honest, very few twenty-somethings understand or even want to do.

I know success should not be measured in terms of money, but even if we measure success in terms of spending time doing pleasant things with our families and friends when we want to, most people spend more time at their place of work than they do with their family and friends. In Korea, where I now live, most office workers are working on average 10 hours a day, they then have dinner with their colleagues before heading home around 8 or 9pm. Not much time to spend with family and friends here.

The truth is if you think working for a company, earning a regular salary is going to give you the life and lifestyle you have always dreamed of, you are going to be very very disappointed. It will not. If you truly want to have the freedom to spend time with the people you care about, doing the things you love doing, you are going to have to dramatically change your thinking and start to understand that you need to be more opened minded about how and where you earn a living.

The success of books like the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris and the growth in entrepreneurship is indicative of the changing attitudes to work. In the past working for a company for a regular salary offered us security. These days that is less true. Automation and AI could take away your job tomorrow. In the past when industries declined, it took many years to happen and gave employees opportunities to retrain and move to other jobs or companies. Today that time no longer exists. The speed of change in technology today is having a very disruptive effect on job security.

But it is not all doom and gloom. Indeed, all these changes have given us so many more opportunities to create a life for ourselves. The internet has given everyone the chance to spread their ideas, showcase their talents and interests. It is a fantastic time to be alive. We no longer need to rely on one salary. The opportunities to increase our income streams are endless. You could create a YouTube channel that can earn you a few extra dollars a month, it is very easy to buy and sell on the stock market, you can create online courses, develop a website to sell your expertise to other individuals who want to learn new skills through Skype or FaceTime. There are so many opportunities to earn additional income. But if you have the office worker mindset, you are not going to be able to take advantage of all these opportunities because you still think in terms of “9 till 5”.

It is time to take a look around us and see the amazing opportunities we all have to create the lifestyle we have always dreamed of. There are of course some basics, things like hard work, a little imagination and the ability to have a vision of what our perfect life would look like. But once you have the basics, the next step is to start trying new things. Start writing a blog, create that YouTube channel you have always wanted to start, begin writing the book you promised you would write one day. Just start now.

The way to create the life you have always dreamed of is to break away from the office worker mindset. You life is worth so much more than a commute to a 9 till 5 office or factory job Monday to Friday followed by a weekend spent feeling tired and worn out stressing about the week to come. You could spend a few hours each week creating content for your blog or YouTube channel. You could learn how to make cushions, smart phone cases or hen coups. Anything that could help you increase you income streams.

And that is what it is all about. Increasing your income streams. using your talents, your experience and your know-how to help other people find the things they are looking for. None of this will happen if you have the office worker mindset though. With that mindset you will spend the best years of your life giving your valuable time to a company that will take everything it can from you, while paying you the least amount it can get away with, before leaving you on the scrap heap of former employees. You deserve better than that and the great thing about life today is you have the power and opportunities to break away from all that.

So open your mind, start thinking about you being your greatest asset and make that asset work for you in as many ways as you can. And always remember, you only have this one life, this one life to make an impact on the world and the people around you. Don’t give up the best part of you to a 9 till 5 job. You, your friends and family deserve so much better.

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The Goverment Won’t Change Your Chances Of Being Successful

With elections recently in France, and the election this week in South Korea and of course the UK’s General Election in June, a lot of people seem optimistic these new governments will change conditions so they can be more personally successful. The sad truth for these people is no government is going to make you successful. The only person who can help you to become more successful is you.

Political, social or economic conditions do not make people successful. Indeed, a lot of the most successful companies today were born at a time of economic downturns or social unrest. Whether you are successful or not is entirely in your own hands. And that is the way it should be.

For most people, the reason they are not more successful is because they are searching around for something or someone to blame for not being successful. Blaming others, your parents, your government or your company is no excuse. If you truly want to be successful you need to make it your own personal responsibility. You need to take deliberate action and you need to make sure that in everything you do, you are focussed on your own success, your own goals and your own plans.

As human beings we all have the ability to be hugely successful. We all have talents, we all have the capacity to think for ourselves and we all have extraordinary opportunities to build a successful, fulfilled life. The only way to do that is to take responsibility for our achievements and our failures and not blame anyone or anything if we fall short. If we do fall short we need to pick ourselves up, analyse why we failed and try a different approach. I often think life is really a journey involving a lot of failures and a few successes and it is continuous. Too often, people blame outside influences and these are the people who achieve very little in their lives. Don’t be one of those people. Accept responsibility for your successes and failures. If someone lets you down, don’t blame them. You chose to rely on that person. That was your choice and therefore that is your responsibility. Find someone else more reliable.

In my work, I meet a lot of people stuck in middle management, who are in their mid-fifties and they are stressed out. They live in a state of fear of losing their jobs and are doing absolutely nothing to change their circumstances. They blame society, their government, they blame their university, they blame their company but they never blame themselves. Let me spell it out clearly: the reason you are not successful is not society, your government, your company or even your parents. Millions of people living in situations with backgrounds far worse than yours have become successful. The reason you are not successful is because of you, your choices and your inability to take full responsibility for your own life.

No matter who you are, how old you are, what your background is or where you live, you always have the ability to learn new skills, to start new projects and to thrive in this world. You only have to make the decision. To decide what to learn or do and start. That is it. You may not be successful at first, you will fail, you will be disappointed, but eventually you will succeed at learning something new. You will be able to learn from your mistakes and those failures and by taking full responsibility for those mistakes and failures you will come out of it a better, stronger person, who has taken themselves a little bit closer towards success. The key is to decide to take action, to persist, adjust and learn.

So make a mindset change today. Stop blaming others and start accepting full responsibility for your own success. Don’t place you faith in your new government, company or people. Put your faith in yourself, decide what you want to accomplish, make a plan and start achieving today. Take it one step at a time, believe in yourself and if you fail, figure out what it was you did not get quite right, adjust and start again. Your government will not be the reason you failed, just like your government will not be the reason you succeeded. The reason you succeed or fail is simply down to your choices and your work ethic.

Now go out there, take full responsibility for your actions and see the positive changes in your life.

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative.

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Supercharge Your Productivity

I am really excited to announce, I’ve written and produced a productivity course called Supercharge Your Productivity for the Udemy online learning site. The course gives you the overview of my productivity system and will allow you to build your own system that will supercharge your productivity and help you develop an essential skill for the twenty-first century.

In 2017 the business world is in the middle of some dramatic changes. With the growth in digital technology, automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence most of the jobs in the world today will have disappeared by 2025. The question to ask yourself is: are you prepared for this future?

Productivity is one of the key soft skills required of executives today. Productivity means you are able to manage all the work that comes your way, to handle all the distractions from your smart phone and computer without missing anything and without becoming overwhelmed and stressed. If you cannot do that, you will not survive in the future business world.

My course is designed to give you the key skill of personal productivity. To help you get the most out of your technology and to give you time and space to grow yourself professionally and personally.

You will not become more productive overnight. It takes time and it takes deliberate action to get your life together. The strategies and methods in this course will make you incredibly productive, which means you will become less stressed, more creative and have more time to do the things that are important to you. But that will only happen if you take action.

Just reading through the supplied workbook and watching the videos will not, on their own, help you. To really get the most out of this course you need to make a determined decision to change the way you work, to be focused and to set up the systems you will need to become a master of productivity.

It is not difficult, but it does take time. Taking that time to really get your life organised and productive is not something you should take lightly. Your very survival in the business world and your career now depends on it.

The course is currently on a special introductory offer of $10.00 (normal price is $40.00) so now is the time to take action and start to really develop a fundamental skill you will need to future proof your career. Get the course today and get lifetime access to the course.

 

You can access the course right here for 50% off

 

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact me at carl@carlpullein.

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative.

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It's All About Doing, Not Tweaking

Recently on my YouTube channel, Enrico Nahler did a fantastic video for my Working With Productivity series in which he pointed out that many people get stuck between the processing and reviewing stages of GTD (Getting Things Done) and never actually move on to the “Engage” stage. In GTD speak, “Engage” means do. Do your tasks and complete your projects.

This got me thinking too, I also find most people are very good at the middle parts of GTD, the “processing”, the “organising” and, to a point, the “reviewing” but are terrible at the “engagement” or the doing.

Instead, I find is people are very good at creating a system, in fact they are so good at creating a system, they often go back and redo the system over and over again. Unfortunately, this is not productivity. This is procrastination dressed up as productivity. Sure, a good reorganise of your tasks and projects can make you feel better, it can also help motivate you, but it does not take you closer to finishing your tasks or projects or goals. It’s a bit like repainting the road sign at the bottom of your road. Yes, the road sign is going to look fantastic, but you are still no closer to your destination. The only way you get to your destination is if you follow where the road sign points you to.

And that is what you need to do. You need to follow the signs to their destination. Of course you may need to stop along the way to check you are still going in the right direction or you still want to go to that destination, but once you have developed the project, and decided on your tasks, you need to get on and do those tasks so those projects get completed. Changing the map along the way is not going to get you to your destination any faster. Which means, once you have your system set up, you need to stick with it. Not play around with colours, bold or italics. You need to get on with completing your tasks, which lead you to completing your projects which lead you to achieving your goals. That’s productivity. It is completing projects and accomplishing goals. It is not cleaning, pruning and tweaking a system.

There are times of course when you do need to stop and rethink your system. When you find a lot of your tasks are being forgotten, you miss deadlines or you did not do something you promised someone you would do. These are signs your system is not working. Quite often, in these situations I find it is because the individual is not capturing everything, or is not dating things and relying on labels only. When this happens, tasks either do not get captured at the right time or they get lost in a sea of labels that no one, including the person creating them, can figure out. When you find this happening to you, you need to stop and look at your system. It is usually because all the tweaking and playing around has caused a system to become too complicated and too heavy with add ons, hacks and work arounds. This is a time when you need to take a good, long look at what your are trying to achieve and to find ways of simplifying it. In these situations you need to go back to basics. Find simpler, faster ways to capture. Simplify your labels (contexts lists) or make sure the dates you are adding are real dates and not ‘hopeful’ dates. It is not difficult to figure out where the problem is, but if you want your system to work properly, you do need to figure out where things are going wrong.

However, once you have taken the time and effort to build a productivity system, with all the component parts in place, you need to let it work. Do its stuff so you can focus on the doing, the completing of tasks and completion of projects and accomplishment of goals. That’s where productivity happens. When you are doing stuff. Your system tells you what you need / should be doing, and you do the doing. That’s it. Simple.

So, as long as your system is doing its job, telling you what to do, and you are doing your job, doing the tasks, then everything will work. If one or the other is not doing its job, then everything will breakdown. It is not really about how your tasks look, whether a new app will do it better (it won’t) or even how much AI is being used by your apps. It is simply about whether your system is telling you what you need to work on and when, and you are getting on with the job of doing those tasks so everything gets done on time and to the highest possible standard.

If you are a “tweaker” and you find yourself with the compulsion to always be tweaking and playing around with the way your system looks, stop. Try to figure out why you have the need to be doing that and fix the underlying problem. Perhaps create a task to look in to it at your next weekly review or in your next systems review (I have one of these come up every three months). But don’t start tweaking your system when you know you should be doing. That just makes having a system pointless. Your system needs to help you to get the right things done at the right time not be a toy to play with.

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative.

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Stop Making Excuses!

One of the most destructive forces for human productivity is the excuse. Time and time again I come across people making excuses about why they cannot get themselves organised or why they cannot be more productive. I’ve heard excuses ranging from “I’m not the organised type of person” to “my boss makes it impossible for me to be more productive”. I know it is very easy to blame others or blame your personality, it could be because it is so easy to blame others that is why we do it.

The truth is there are no valid excuses not to be better organised or more productive. Being organised and more productive is a choice we make, it is not a talent or a skill we learn at school or university. We either choose to get ourselves organised or we choose not to get ourselves organised.

The problem for most people is the time it takes to get organised. After years of neglect, our desk draws are a mess, filled with stuff we have collected over the years. Our garages have become dumping grounds for all kinds of junk and we rarely, if ever, maintain a functioning calendar or todo list manager because the effort required to set one up is too much for us. The latest episode of Elementary or Game Of Thrones is far more appealing than spending a hour collecting all the things flying around in our heads into a digital or paper todo list.

It is very easy to find an excuse not to do something, often it is very hard to find a reason to do something. But that is what separates the productive, highly organised people from the stressed our wrecks. Highly productive people find reasons to be productive. They do not like having to take work home with them every night. They do not like wasting hour after hour looking for something that has disappeared under a pile of junk and they certainly do not like being distracted by work related stuff floating around in their heads while they are at the park with their kids.

Rather than spend an evening sat on the sofa watching episodes of the latest drama, you would find it much more fulfilling to spend an hour cleaning out your closet. You could spend an hour collecting all the things in your head onto a piece of paper or typing it all into a digital todo list manager. If you make the decision to spend an hour every Saturday and Sunday evening cleaning out an area of your home / life, in one month you would have spent eight hours doing something productive. That would still allow you time to watch an episode or two of your favourite drama. The difference this time is you would feel much better about doing it.

In the workplace, a clear sign of an unproductive person is the way they speak about projects. They blame everything. The timeline is too tight, the documentation is not up to date, the weather is bad, it’s the wrong time of year to do this kind of project, the government’s regulations don’t allow us to do something. There’s always a reason why something cannot happen. Yet, if you truly want to be an effective, productive person, then you need to stop making these excuses and starting finding ways to make something happen. Successful and productive people don’t complain. They get on with it. They find ways to make successful outcomes happen, no matter what barriers or pressures they are up against.

It is true outside influences can make a project more difficult, but these difficulties are the same for everyone. If it’s raining, it’s raining for everyone. If the government regulations are strict, they are strict for everyone. Productive, effective people find ways to make things happen and they get results. They get creative and work within the boundaries they are set and they see everything as an opportunity to do. unproductive, ineffective people on the other hand use these outside influences as an excuse not to do.

There is no excuse for not getting yourself organised and more productive. It could be argued that not doing so is seriously damaging your health and wellbeing. Stressed in not a pleasant state to be in. It effects your relationships and it effects your ability to make good decisions and, more seriously, it effects your health.

I have an interest in what makes truly successful people successful. And the common trait among them all is they don’t make excuses. They don’t blame the government, the environment, the economy or their company. If they identify a weakness in their system they fix it. They have routines that allows them to get stuff done and they are incredibly productive. They use a calendar, they have a todo list that is up to date and they set goals every year. They are all about action, about doing and about finding ways to make the impossible possible.

If you want to be successful. If you want to improve your productivity, your relationships and your health, then stop making excuses and start finding ways to make these things happen. As a member of the human race you were born with the ability to be successful, to be productive and achieve great things. If you want to do that, then stop looking for ways not to do something, and instead find ways to do it.

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative.

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