How Being Organised Improves Your Creativity

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One of the problems with being a disorganised mess doing unfocused busy-work all day every day, is you lose the ability to be creative. When you fill your brain with todos and reminders, there is no space for your brain to relax and think and develop ideas you may have to improve your life or your work. 

As David Allen says, “your brain is a crap office” and by that he means your brain is useless at remembering to do the right things at the right time. That is why your brain reminds you to buy milk, not when you are at the supermarket, but when you open your refrigerator at 7 AM and find you have no milk. It is why you remember to call your colleague in Frankfurt not when she is in the office, but when she has gone home for the day. If you rely on your brain to remind you to do things at the right time, you are going to find you are not performing at your optimum best and you will add unnecessary stress to your life as your brain is continuously reminding you to do things when you cannot do them. 

This is why it is so important to get your commitments, todos and ideas out of your head and into a trusted place. By trusted place I mean somewhere you regularly look at and review. It could be a simple note taking application on your phone or laptop, or it could be a little notebook you carry with you everywhere you go. It really does not matter where you put them, what matters is you do not keep them in your head, or on a random scrap of paper you will lose. 

I discovered this a long time ago. In my early working life, I always thought I was organised. The truth is I was not. Sure, my diary was well organised and looked beautiful, but I was not in the habit of collecting my commitments, only my appointments. In my early working life, I worked in car sales. We regularly had a morning sales meeting where our sales manager would tell us which customers to follow up, which ones to arrange delivery for and what housekeeping needed doing that day. In those days I confidently thought I could remember all these things and never wrote them down. What I found was that when the day began for real, with customers coming in and out of our showroom, all those little tasks my sales manager gave me at 8:30 AM were forgotten by 11:30 AM. My sales manager regularly asked me after lunch if I had done this, or done that, and that reminded me of the things I had forgotten to do. By 5 PM, only around 20% of what I had been asked to do was done and I spent the last hour of the day as a stressed out mess trying to remember to do the things my sales manager had asked me to do in the morning sales meeting without having to ask him to remind me, and incurring his wrath.

It was after a few months in this job that one day the general manager, one of the most organised and stress-free people I have ever met, showed me his diary. It was a beautiful leather bound A4 diary with a week to view and at the bottom of every day, there was a space to put the things you had to do. He told me where to buy one of these diaries and on my next day off, I drove the forty-five miles to buy one. That diary changed my life. I soon got into the habit of writing everything down and from that day, I found I very rarely get stressed. That one moment led to my obsession with productivity and I quickly progressed on to a Franklin Planner. After that, there was no turning back for me. 

What I found was that by making the commitment to write everything down in a trusted place immediately I was asked to do something, cleared my brain of a task it was not designed to do. It also gave my head space to think about more important things in life, creative things, and made me a better salesperson and ultimately gave me the space to think about what I really wanted to achieve in life. 

I learned that if you truly want to reduce the stress in your life, you need to stop overburdening your brain. Your brain is an amazing thing. But if you fill it up with stuff that can easily be put somewhere else—a diary, Evernote or Todoist for example—then you are seriously reducing its ability to work at its most effective. You are hampering its ability to come up with creative solutions to problems and difficulties and when that happens you get stuck in the rut of busy-work, missed commitments and a lot of stress. 

If you do find yourself missing commitments, feeling you are running around all day not achieving very much and feel stressed out, try emptying your brain of all the stuff it is trying to remember into a notebook, diary or note-taking application. Take that notebook or app wherever you go and get into the habit of writing everything down. Within a few days, you will feel a lot less stressed and you will find you will have much more time to come up with creative solutions to things you were unable to solve before. 

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The Working With... Podcast. Coming In November

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I am very excited to announce the upcoming Working With Podcast which will launch in November. This is something I have been thinking about for most of this year but I held off because I did not know if I could bring anything new to the world of productivity and self-development podcasting. 

Then recently, as I was ironing at home, it hit me! I could use my podcast to answer all the many questions I get every week about becoming better organised, more productive and creating a life you love living. And that ties into the very reason why I put out my YouTube videos, write weekly blog posts and send out a weekly newsletter—because I want to help as many people as I can to create a wonderful life for themselves. 

So, if you have any questions you would like me to answer or you have any difficulties with productivity or setting and achieving your goals, then drop me a line. You can either leave a comment on this blog post, email me directly (carl@carlpullein.com) or just DM me on either Facebook or Twitter. I will add your question to the list and will try and give you the best answer I can in the podcast. 

Don’t worry if you wish to remain anonymous, that is perfectly fine. Unless you specifically ask me to, I will not be broadcasting your name. All I really want to know is what difficulties you are having with productivity and self-development in general. 

Your question, could help many people out there to improve their lives. So, please ask me anything you like. 

 

Stop Over complicating personal productivity.

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One of the biggest killers to your productivity is complexity. Trying to invent ever more complex ways to do simple things. One of the very reasons my whole productivity system is based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done philosophy is because at its very core is simplicity. Collecting the things I have to do in one place, keeping my notes and reference materials in one place and keeping the files I am working on in a single location. When done properly, the Getting Things Done system will turn you into a very relaxed, stress-free creative person.

Sadly, it appears to be a human condition to complicate things. I see so many people wanting to create a system with such a complex tagging system only a scientist at NASA could understand it. Organising projects into longer and longer lists of sub-projects and sub sub projects in the vain hope that somehow their todo list manager will miraculously start doing the work for them. And having notes and reference materials spread out over so many different note taking apps because the latest note-taking app looks so pretty and it might just be better than the one they tried last week.

The truth is, none of this will ever happen. A great todo list works when it tells you exactly what you have to do at the right moment. This means when you look at your todo list, the things you need to do are immediately there right in front of you. When I woke up this morning, for example, I looked at my todo list and it told me to confirm my appointments for today and write this blog post. Those two todos were right at the top of my list when I looked at it this morning. The confirming took five minutes and then I got straight on with writing this blog post. Simple. Because of its simplicity, I was able to get straight down to work the moment I sat down at my desk. I did not need to go through a complex list of tags, contexts or sub-projects to find what I needed to do. The things I needed to do were right there at the top of my today list. That is how your productivity system should be working.

Your projects list is just a placeholder for your tasks that relate to a specific project. Things like developing a new product. There will be many different parts that bring that project to a successful conclusion, but those ‘things’ are simply tasks that need doing. They can all be grouped together in one project list and you can organise that list by when something needs to be done. You do not need to create sub-project after sub-project to complete the project. You just need a list of tasks to complete to finish the project. For example, redecorating a room may have a list of tasks such as:

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You don’t need to separate out the different parts into sub-projects. The only thing you need to do is to organise the list into a chronological order so you can start at the top and work your way down in some sort of order and apply a context to each task.

Your contexts or labels (the thing you need, the place you need to be or the person you need to be in contact with to do a task) are just signposts for your tasks. For example, if something can only be done when you are in contact with a person, then that task would have a context or label with that person’s name on it. Then, when you are with that person, you only need to look at your list for that person and see all the things you need to talk to them about. I have a context for my wife. On that context list, I put all the things I need to talk to my wife about. There is nothing complicated about the list. It is just a list of things I need to talk to my wife about. Throughout the day when I am working, if something comes up I need to talk to her about, I will just add that to the list. Once done, I can get on with the work I was working on.

Dates are another area where I see people getting themselves tied up in overly complicated procedures. You only need to add a date when something needs to be done on a specific date. I have found that on the whole, there are very few project tasks that need dates. They just need to be done when they can be done. Writing this blog post needs to be done on a Monday. When on Monday doesn’t matter, it just needs to be written on a Monday. There are times when on a particularly busy Monday, I will be writing this post on my mobile phone while on a bus or train, other times, like today, I can sit at my desk and write. The only thing that matters is I write this post. I do not need complexity to tell me to write. You only need to add a date when something really does have to be done on a specific day.

So stop overcomplicating your productivity system. It only needs to be a collection of simple lists that tell you what to do and when. You will still need to decide what to do, and you will need to keep your lists up to date, and that really is the only thing you have to do. It should not take you long to maintain your lists, just a few minutes each day. If you are spending more than thirty minutes a day in your todo list manager, it is either too complicated or you are procrastinating. Either way, you are doing it wrong.

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Why I do what I do.

Imagine waking up every morning with enthusiasm to get started. Knowing exactly what you want to accomplish that day and why you want to accomplish it. Having no stress and knowing that whatever anyone, or anything, throws at you, you can handle it with ease. When you finish your day, you do so with the feeling you have had a productive and successful day. Everyday.

That is what I teach and that is my purpose. To help everyone learn how to manage their life and their time so they can enjoy their lives and build a life they are truly proud of.

If that is what you want, please join me and let us work together to build lives we love and help others find the joy and enthusiasm in what they do and to help them build a life of happiness, success and fulfilment. We can all do it. You just need to learn how to do it.

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Why You Need PACT If You Want To Achieve Success in the Twenty-first Century

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There are many reasons someone becomes successful. There’s luck — being in the right place at the right time — there’s talent, and then there’s sheer hard work. But with the many different reasons, there are four things that all successful person are going to need to achieve success in whatever way they define it, and they are patience, action, consistency and time or P.A.C.T. As I like to call it.

Let’s imagine you want to become a social media “influencer”. How do you achieve the status of an influencer? The first, and primary thing you need of course is quality content. Without this, you will not achieve any kind of success. Quality beats everything else. You could be publishing videos every day on YouTube or post pictures every hour on Instagram, but if there is no quality, you are not going to achieve very much. But let’s say you do have quality content and what you have to say or publish resonates with an audience, is that enough? No.

You see the other vital ingredients that need to go into the mix are patience, action, consistency and time. Without these four elements, you are doomed to become another dreamer who failed to achieve their goals.

Let me explain these in a little more detail.

Patience

There is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’. When we come across someone who we term “an overnight success” what we don’t see are the hours of work and study they put in to develop their skills and knowledge. Seth Godin and John Gruber were not instant blogging sensations. Both Seth Godin and John Gruber began blogging over ten years ago and over time developed a large audience of loyal fans.

If you want to become a top courtroom lawyer, you are going to need the necessary academic qualifications first, but after that, you will need to study the best in the business. How do they do it? What skills do they have you don’t have? How will you acquire those skills and be even better? All this takes a lot of patience. You are not going to do it overnight.

Action

There are so many people who live by the words “one day I’m going to…” or “someday I will…” The thing is, ‘one day’ and ‘some day’ are not recognised days of the week. They don’t happen. If you really want to achieve success at anything, you have to take action. You have to write those blog posts, you have to study and learn the skills needed to be the best court-room lawyer and you are going to have to do whatever it takes to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. Nothing will ever replace action. If you want to create or achieve anything, then at some point you will have to do something to make it happen. It could be something as simple as watching the best presenters on TED, and learning what makes them so good and developing the same skill sets. Whatever it is you want to become successful at, you are going to have to take action to achieve it.

Consistency

Consistency is another factor that will help you achieve the success you desire. If you want to create a top blog in your field. Posting twenty blog posts in one week and then writing nothing for the next six months is not going to achieve very much. You will pick up a few followers, but unless you are consistently posting content, those few followers will soon disappear. The same applies if you were training for a 26.2-mile marathon. If you run every day for two weeks and then stop for two months. You are not going to have a very pleasant experience when running the race (trust me on that one, I know!). You need consistency in posting and you need consistency in training.

The good thing about consistency is that quite quickly your consistency in doing something develops into a habit, and habits are the little helpers that push you towards achieving huge success.

Time

The final piece is time. You need to give yourself enough time to grow and learn. There are exceptions, but for most of us, we need to consistently practice our art, we need to consistently put content onto our blog or YouTube channel. This is why you need patience. If you expect to be earning millions of dollars within your first year of publishing YouTube videos on purple inflatable frogs, or you win a $200 million celebrity divorce case after only your first trial in a courtroom, you are going to be very disappointed. You need to build a reputation, you need to build a following and you need to develop your skills. All of that takes time and quite a lot of it. In most cases, it will take you years. But that time will reward you. It will help you to be the best at what you do and it will help you to achieve the success you most desire.

If you do apply these four elements, and you are willing to be patient, take enough action consistently over a period of time you will be moving in the right direction. Add in a large helping of hard work and a little skill You will, over time, get better and better and the rewards will come in steadily.

 

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Why I do what I do.

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That is what I teach and that is my purpose. To help everyone learn how to manage their life and their time so they can enjoy their lives and build a life they are truly proud of.

If that is what you want, please join me and let us work together to build lives we love and help others find the joy and enthusiasm in what they do and to help them build a life of happiness, success and fulfilment. We can all do it. You just need to learn how to do it.

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How to Build A Successful Life — The Simple Formula.

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ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

People often talk about wanting to be successful. In most cases, they talk as if this is some sort of pipe dream. They think people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer and Cheryl Sandberg all became successful because of luck, or because they were born to the right parents and went to the right schools. This, of course, is nonsense. These amazing people were not lucky or came from a different planet. These guys did something different and they did something that you and I can do too.

The good news is, to be successful is simple. The bad news is you are extremely unlikely to do it. Why? Because 99% of you are not willing to make the necessary sacrifice to achieve unimaginable success, the kind of success you dream of achieving, the kind of success Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer or Cheryl Sandberg enjoy.

To be successful requires you to focus every waking minute of your day on becoming the best at what you do. It means you will not go out with your friends on a Friday night for a few drinks. It means you will not hang out on a Sunday morning with your friends in a local coffee shop chatting about how bad your boss is, or how unfair life is because your middle school friend, Nikki, is now living in a gorgeous mansion on the other side of town and driving a Concours Blue Aston Martin DB11, running a hugely successful purple inflatable frogs manufacturing business. What you will fail to mention is that your middle school friend is not with you in the coffee shop complaining about life, because she is busy living life and building her hugely successful business. She chose to create a successful life for herself, you chose to complain about how unfair life is.

Nikki spends every waking minute of her day building her business, not because she hates it, but because she loves it. She does not have time to sit down with her negative former middle school classmates talking about how unfair life is because she is building an amazing life for herself. She has chosen to sacrifice time spent with negative friends to do something about improving her life.

Most people prioritise things that bring them short-term benefits and instant gratification over the hard work and effort that will bring them long-term benefits. Successful people do not collapse onto the sofa and turn on the TV at the end of a busy, exhausting day. Successful people do things like go out for a 5-mile run, review their day and then sit down and read about how they can improve their lives. The vast majority of people are constantly seeking excuses for not doing something that would improve their lives because it is difficult. Yet the formula for building a successful life is easy, it always has been, the hard part is in the execution. To build a life of success requires a lot of sacrifices, a lot of self-discipline, consistency and hard work. Values the majority of people just do not have today.

To build a successful life for yourself, you need to know what a successful life for you would look like. Success is not really measured in terms of the money you have in your bank account, the car you drive or the house you live in. Success is much more than that. The car, the house and the money are just the decoration on top of the cake. Success is what you are creating. What you are achieving with your life. What are you building that will improve the lives of people around you? Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built a computer company that gave tools to ordinary people to create amazing things. Before Apple came along, to buy a computer was prohibitively expensive. Warren Buffett created a company that gave the opportunity to ordinary people to invest their hard earned money and make a profit. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Warren Buffett did not build their businesses to benefit themselves alone. They built their businesses to benefit others. Their focus, their efforts and their energy went into building their businesses so they could benefit more and more people. Getting rich was just a side effect of their purpose.

So if you want to be successful, are you willing to make the necessary sacrifices? Are you willing to build something that will benefit others and not just you? Are you willing to put in every waking minute of the day into your life and to reject the negative people around you? Because if you are not prepared to do that, if you are not prepared to put in the effort, make the sacrifice day after day then you will be just like the 99% of people who fail to build a life of any purpose or meaning, spending every spare minute complaining about how unfair life is.

The choice is always yours and it really comes down to how much you want to achieve, because as a human being, no matter where you are from, what your education level is or the background you came from, you have so much potential, so much talent and so much to offer the world. You just need to decide when to stop complaining about how unfair life is and start creating a life you can be proud of, a life the world wants to see and celebrate with you. It is always your choice.

Now get off your arse and start building that life. No more excuses!

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Why I do what I do.

Imagine waking up every morning with enthusiasm to get started. Knowing exactly what you want to accomplish that day and why you want to accomplish it. Having no stress and knowing that whatever anyone, or anything, throws at you, you can handle it with ease. When you finish your day, you do so with the feeling you have had a productive and successful day. Everyday.

That is what I teach and that is my purpose. To help everyone learn how to manage their life and their time so they can enjoy their lives and build a life they are truly proud of.

If that is what you want, please join me and let us work together to build lives we love and help others find the joy and enthusiasm in what they do and to help them build a life of happiness, success and fulfilment. We can all do it. You just need to learn how to do it.

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New OS, New Opportunities - 2017 Edition

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This week sees the launch of Apple’s latest iOS operating system, and next week sees the launch of their Mac OS, High Sierra operating system. These updates give all iOS and Mac OS users an excellent opportunity to review their systems and see how they can take advantage of the new features to their greater productivity good.

No matter what operating system you are using, whether it is iOS, Android or Windows, whenever an updated system comes out, it is a wonderful opportunity to take a look at the new features to see what any of them can do to help us become more productive. Apple, Google and Microsoft want to make the lives of their customers better, easier and more fun. With each new iteration of these operating systems, some incredibly smart people at these companies spent many hours thinking about how they can take advantage of new technology to make our work and personal lives better and easier.

As an Apple user, when Apple launch their new operating systems, I use the lead up time to review how I use my technology, and see if any new features will make my processes, workflows and systems better. One of the biggest changes for me was back in the early 2000s when Apple introduced their first cloud based service “.mac”. (I still use my @mac.com email address) This gave me access to cloud based storage and it allowed me access to documents I had created on my desktop on my laptop without having to use USB drives. Although it was much criticised at the time, I never had any problems with it and made full use of it. I suppose this is why, despite the criticisms of MobileMe and iCloud, I have happily paid over my money to use the services year after year.

In the last couple of years I have taken a passing interest in Apple’s Reminders and Notes. At the moment neither are better than the current apps I use (Todoist and Evernote), but Notes is certainly getting there and I can see a future where Apple Notes could replace Evernote as my go-to note taking app.

Often we just update our devices whenever the time comes, or we are pushed to do so, without taking any time to look at the new features and how they can improve our lives. This year for example sees a big improvement in the editing features of Apple’s Photos. I took a good look at the new features and realised I could incorporate many of these features into my workflow and reduce my use of Lightroom, which I find slow and cumbersome. I have been cleaning up my photos on my computer, deleting off bad or blurred images, accidental videos and other not very good photos. I have also been looking at the new search functionality in Mail to see if that could help me to reduce my email folder structure still further, and of course how Siri working with Todoist and Evernote might help my productivity workflow.

And that’s why, if you want to be the most productive version of yourself, taking some time to look at the new features in your operating system’s update is time well spent. It is also a lot of fun. From a productive point of view you need to be asking the question how can this improve my systems? Questions like how does the new Android OS improve my ability to link and send attachments in email? How can I incorporate Microsoft Office’s new features into my workflow? How does the new version of Outlook work with my work and personal email system? Playing with and testing these new features can lead you to even greater productivity and at the same time it can lead you down avenues you had not previously thought of.

As most of these companies bring out new operating systems each year, this opportunity to take a look at the way you work and find ways of simplifying and refining your systems is a great use of your time. It is usually only once a year and the time spent playing with the new features, can be rewarded later with a lot of saved time. If you make it a task to play with the new features, it is not procrastination, it is assigned work. It is far better to do this as a specific task than to end up following a rabbit hole later when you are trying to do something and haven’t the faintest idea how to do it.

So, for all you iOS and Mac OS users out there, take some time this week and review the WWDC Event video from June this year, have a look at how Siri integration with your favourite app might help you, the new photo editing features and the improvements to Notes. You might just be surprised how these new features could improve your overall system.

Technology is advancing at a faster rate than ever before, new features, that were previously impossible, are now possible. These new features can often have a profound effect on our ways of working. it is up to us to find these ways and to make them work for us. We live in an exciting time for technology and we would be fools not to take advantage of the latest developments whenever they become available to us to make us even more productive.

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Carl Pullein is a personal development and 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 successful, productive and creative.

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You Guys Are Amazing! Thank you. 🤗

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Thank you to everyone who has enrolled in my Time and Life Mastery course. The response from you all has been amazing. The feedback I have received has shown me that many people find it difficult to master their lives and their time, but this course has really helped them to see they do have the power to take control and to start achieving all the things they really want to achieve.

I created this course because I want to help as many people as possible to achieve their dreams and goals. To achieve your dreams and goals you need to be in control of your life and your time. An idea of what you want is just the start. To actually go out and achieve those goals requires you to have control of your life and your time. That is what this course is about. It is about showing you how to take control of your life and your time so you can achieve the things you want to achieve.

Here’s what people have been saying:

“He seems to be on target for what I thought we’d be covering. I like his informal style and sincerity.”- Edwin J

”Very practical and useful information. Currently I’m studying and applying all what I have learned on this course.” — Manuel R

“Another corker of helpful advice and hints to get your life/work sorted Completely honest that this is not going to happen overnight and you have to put some time/effort in to sort you and the systems out and then get into the habits…” John B

 

Just a reminder, the course’s early bird discount runs out on the 17th September. That just gives you a few more days to enrol with 25%.

If you enrol now, here’s what you get:

  • Lifetime access to the course
  • 2 hours (24 lectures in total) on-demand video lectures
  • 24 downloadable PDF files to keep for review
  • Viewable on desktop and mobile devices
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  • The opportunity to change you life and to achieve your dreams.

Sign up here to get your 25% discount. Offer runs out midnight LA time on the 17th September.

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Here’s are some frequently asked questions and answers:

I’m already pretty organised, will this course benefit me?

Yes. This course is not all about getting organised. This course is about taking control of your life and getting more control of your time. There are parts that do touch on getting organised, but that is only a small part of this course. If you are already an organised person, then this course will be the icing on the cake in your life.

My life is a complete mess, how will this course help me?

If your life is a complete mess right now, this course will certainly help you get it cleaned up and more focused on what you want to achieve with your life. You only have this one life and what you do with it is completely in your hands. This course will help you to focus on the things that are important to you, then show you how you can spend more of your time doing those things that are important to you.

I have absolutely no idea what I want out of life. How can this help?

You were the person I had in mind when I began planning this course many months ago. Just because you do not know what you want right now, does not mean there is nothing in life you want to achieve. It could be to find a wonderful life partner, to live in another city, state or country or it could be something more simple such as to get a promotion at work. This course is designed to help you to find out what is important to you and then show you how to achieve it by fully mastering your time.

I have already taken your Complete Guide To Creating A Successful Life course. Is this course the same course?

There are elements from that course that do carry over to this course as the fundamentals never change. The difference with this course is once you have decided what it is you want out of life, this course will show you how to take full control of your time to make those dreams, goals and aspirations happen. This course also focuses more on your governing values — the things that are truly important to you as a person — whereas The Complete Guide To Creating A Successful life focuses more on what you want and how to achieve it.

Isn’t this just another BS course on time and life management?

Yes and no. Yes, because the fundamentals are always the same for everyone. If you want to take control of your life and time you need to decide to do so and you need to take action. No because this course is designed to take you through the steps one step at a time and allow you to do so at a pace you are comfortable with. This course is not some motivating BS that you will forget about after a few days. This course is designed to show you how you can take control of your life and your time. It will be with you forever.

Why should I take this course?

I believe every human being has the potential to do great things. Most people never do that because they have no idea how to do it. This course will show you how to take control of your life, to help you decide what you want to do and then show you how to master your time, so you can go out there and live your life to it’s full potential. That is why you should take this course.

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You Have A Choice And That's The Problem

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Jim Rohn always said that humans are the only living species that do not grow to its maximum potential. If you plant a tree, no matter what, the tree will grow to it’s maximum. It will grow as tall as it can, it roots will go down as far as they can go and it will produce as many leaves as it can. To the max. Yet we humans don’t do that. Most people do just as much as they have to, and nothing more.

Why is that? The reason is simple. We have the dignity of choice. We can choose not to do things. We can choose not to smoke, we can choose not to overspend our hard earned money, we can choose not to stay in a job we hate. A tree has no choice but to grow to the maximum it can, no matter what the environment it finds itself in.

Choice is both a benefit and a curse. It means we have to make decisions. We can either decide to do something that will bring benefit and joy to our lives, or we can choose to do nothing and stay in stagnant life, choosing to blame everything and anything around us instead of doing something to change the things we do not like.

I believe choice is a wonderful thing. We have the power to choose exactly what we want to do with our lives. This one life we have on earth. Compared to a tree, our lives are very short. Many trees will live and grow for hundreds of years, we will be lucky to get ninety years. That gives us a choice over what to do with our years. Will you choose do something to benefit mankind? Or will you follow a path of insignificance, regret and ultimate disappointment. The choice is always yours.

Your don’t have to follow society’s blueprint — go to school, get a boring office job, marry, retire and die — you can choose to start your own company, write or record your life on video and help other people. There are limitless possibilities. You just have to decide what it is you want to do with your precious life.

The disappointing fact is most people never choose. They just follow what society tells them to do, never taking the time to decide what they really want to achieve in their lives. This is because it is very hard to find out what we really want. It involves a lot of thought, a lot of self-analysis, often having to face up to our weaknesses and fears. It is much easier to do nothing and just let life push and pull us in whatever direction things go.

Of course, you do not have to live that life. You can choose to pursue your dreams and goals. You can choose to do almost anything you want. You just have to decide what it is you want. That means taking some time to design the life you want to live, what you want to do and what you want to achieve. It just takes one decision. To make a choice. Once you make that choice, you need to work out how to do it, create a step by step plan of action. Create a set of life rules that will lead towards where you want to go. It all begins with making a positive decision.

In my job of helping people to improve their communication abilities, I meet many fascinating people. People who made the decision to do something they wanted to do with their lives, and people who chose to follow what their parents told them to do, then what their managers told them to do. The difference in outlook, energy and success between these people is huge. The ones who made the decision to do something they wanted to do are happy, content, full of energy and positivity about their lives. The ones who chose to follow whatever society had in store for them are desperately unhappy, disenchanted and stressed out about the future. A future they believe they have no control over.

The truth is we do have control over our lives, we can make choices about where our lives will go. We are not trees. We can choose to grow to our maximum potential, discovering new talents, learning new skills and developing ourselves so we can do the multitude of things we want to do. We just have to make that choice. We can decide today to change our lives, to start making progress towards creating goals that will take us from an unhappy, unfulfilled existence to a life of joy, happiness, success and fulfilment. Surely, that is the kind of life you want for yourself?

Starting today, make a choice about what kind of life you want. What skills you want to learn, how you want to develop yourself and where you want to make some changes in your life. That choice is yours. That is what makes you different, that is what will make you happy.

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Are You Getting Your Most Important Work Done?

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It is very easy to get sucked into a never ending cycle of unimportant busy-work tasks that make you feel exhausted and leave you with a feeling of overwhelm and dissatisfaction. This can be more so if you use a task management system where you have a lot of busy-work tasks to complete each day and very few important tasks.

Because our brains like the dopamine hit we get every time we check a task off our todo lists, we add more and more tasks to this list without much thought. Very quickly we find ourselves with thirty or forty tasks on our list, ninety percent of which are non-important tasks such as “clean out the paper coffee cups from the car” or “check to see if my toothbrush needs replacing”. These tasks do not need to be on your todo list. The trigger for these tasks is when you try to get in your car and find you cannot because of the mountain of empty Starbucks coffee cups, or when you brush your teeth and find the bristles on your brush are standing like they’ve been out on a night of copious beer drinking.

I do use my todo list manager as a reminder of the tasks that, while not important, do need doing. But I do not put any pressure on myself to get them done every single day. As an example, I have a task “update FES admin sheets”. This task comes up every day and means I should update the income report and class cancellations sheet. It’s a five-minute job if done every day, it’s an hour of work if done weekly. However, some days I have other, much more important tasks to do, so I simply push off the admin work to the next day. While this task is important, from an administration point of view, it is not important from a personal growth and life goals perspective. Those tasks always take priority.

What you need to do is make sure you are focused on the important tasks. The tasks that really drive you forward, moves you closer towards completing an important project or take you closer towards your long-term goals. These are the tasks you need to be focused on. You should be looking at your routine non-essential tasks as tasks you do only if you have time to do them.

Real Life Example

Last Friday, I scheduled the recording and editing of my new course, Time and Life Mastery. This was my only focus for the day. I still had all my, busy-work, recurring routine tasks to do, but these were secondary to the recording and editing of the course. I was in the studio at 8:00 am and did not finish recording until 3 pm. Once the recording was finished, I returned home, took a little rest for an hour or so and then began the editing. I never once looked at my todo list manager during that time, because the single, most important task for the day was the recording and editing of the course. It was only when I was halfway through editing the videos did I finally open up my todo list manager to check if there were any tasks that needed to be done. There were a couple of emails that needed sending, so I did those and returned to my editing. I finished the editing around 11 pm and only then did I look at my routine tasks for the day. I spent thirty minutes doing what I could and pushed off the rest. In all, I managed to complete around ten of my routine tasks and pushed off another ten.

By the time I shut off everything for the day, I felt incredibly fulfilled. I had managed to do the most important task for the day — the recording and editing of the course — and had completed some of my regular, routine tasks. Of course, I could have completed twenty or so routine tasks and only done around fifty percent of the editing. But had I done that, I would have felt disappointed, having spent a large portion of the evening completing busy-work tasks and not the important, life improving tasks.

And this is where you need to be looking. Of course, you might feel you are getting a lot done if you spend all day doing your routine tasks, but the truth is you are not doing very much to move forward in your career or your life. You need to be spending your time on the big things, the things that will improve your life and help you to achieve your goals. Schedule days where all you do is focus on the big things and ignore the little, routine things. You can always schedule a catch-up admin day for another day.

This is why your daily, mini review is such an important part of your day. It allows you to see where you are spending the majority of your time and it allows you to make sure you are spending the majority of your time on things that really matter to your future. Those, little daily routine, busy-work tasks do not do that.

You will never achieve very much if all you do is spend your time on the mundane, routine tasks in life. Yes, they need doing, but if you want to achieve your goals, make a difference in the world and feel fulfilled and happy, then you should be spending more of your time on the big projects and your goals. Your todo list manager tells you what should be done, your brain needs to be making decisions on what you will do. That is how you make sure you are getting your life-improving, life-changing stuff done.

 

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Why Responding To Distractions Does Not Make You Valuable.

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Distractions are an inevitable part of today’s world. We cannot escape them and no amount of hacking or clever tricks will keep them at bay for long. Technology is evolving to make these distractions more and more pervasive as the competition for our attention becomes more competitive.

It feels the more we fight against these distractions, the harder they fight back. We download a new social media app and it defaults to notifying us about everything our friends do. Our companies encourage us to use services like Slack, that just add more channels of distractions.

What can we do about this? There seem to be two options. Either we allow all these distractions to enter our lives and just live with them, or we can run away and become a digital recluse. None of these options has ever felt right to me.

There is a middle way. A way that means you do not have to turn away from the digital future and become a digital recluse. A way that allows you to balance focused, undistracted work with connection with the outer world. A way to be able to get the important work done while allowing yourself to be receptive to the wider world. That way is time blocking.

Time blocking is nothing new, it is something most focused content creators use every day to get important stuff done. Depending on how much work you need to get done, you could set one or two hours in the morning for focused work. A period of time where you turn off all notifications and just focus on the work in front of you. Whether it is the blog post you are writing, a presentation you are designing or the plans for a new business venture. You spend one hour of complete undistracted time, working on the most important work you have to do that day. If you are clever, you will repeat this process in the afternoon too.

Most jobs outside of knowledge work jobs involve some form of time blocking. A surgeon performing surgery is not transplanting a kidney with one hand while responding to his boss’s email in the other. A pilot of an Airbus A380 is not performing her final approach while at the same time answering a question from her colleague in Dubai on Slack. The surgeon and pilot wouldn’t dream of allowing these distractions interrupt such important parts of their work. So why do so many information workers allow interruptions in their work?

I would class myself as an information worker. I am certainly not performing such critical tasks as kidney transplantation surgery or landing the world’s biggest commercial aeroplane, yet I schedule two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon for my critical work. During that time, I write my books or blog posts or plan out my online courses. This means I get four hours each day to get a lot of critical work done. And I do get a lot of work done. During my focused work periods, I do not allow any distractions, I think of these periods as being just as important to my work as a pilot does when making their final approach to Hong Kong airport or a surgeon when removing a kidney from a patient.

I know many information workers will argue that part of their job is to be receptive to interruptions throughout the day. That may be the case, particularly if you work in customer service or other people focused work. But if your work also involves work that requires focus and quiet time, then it is your responsibility to find the time to do that work.

I have been doing blocked focused work for over 10 years now, and I have never had anyone complain I did not answer the phone or replied to an email quickly enough. By giving myself this 2 hour period consistently, my clients and friends have learned there are likely to be a few periods in each day when I will not be responsive. And they are perfectly fine with it. I think many people believe they are so important that the world, or at least their company, will be destroyed if they don’t respond immediately to a message, phone call or email. Sorry to disappoint, but that is not true. Your value to your company and the world at large is not that you are responsive, but the work you bring to the world. That is your value.

Solving problems, communicating your ideas and building amazing things, that is where the value is. There is no value in responding to an interruption within thirty seconds. This is the attitude you need to adopt. Your value to your company is in what you create. For you to create anything of value, you need to be able to focus on the work at hand, and not allow any distractions to get in the way while you are focused on that work. You do not need to be doing focused work eight hours a day. All you need is two to four hours each day and it is your responsibility to find those hours.

Take a look at your calendar and find a period of time each day where you have no meetings or appointments and block that time out. All you need is between one and two hours. During those hours put your phone on ‘do not disturb’, close down your email and get on with the work you need to do. If you need to, tell your boss and colleagues what you are doing and ask them to respect your focused time. When your productivity and creativity sky-rockets, it won’t be long before everyone in your team starts to follow your example. That is how you create real value for your company.

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