Beginners Guide To Getting Organised.

I have just launched a free online course aimed at people who are sick and tired of getting stuck in day to day busy work. People who feel they have so much more to offer and yet, feel trapped in a life they are not happy with. A life of doing what other people want them to do, instead of being able to focus on their own goals and dreams.

My goal is for the whole world to find out how getting organised can have such a huge positive impact on an individual’s life. How by knowing where everything is, when something is due and being on time for appointments can not only leave a very positive impression, it can also help people to feel happier about life in general and help guide them towards a more fulfilled life.

I know once a person gets themselves organised, their productivity sky-rockets and they start to achieve the goals they set for themselves. People begin to realise they have so much potential, so many more abilities than they thought and they make positive changes in their lives that bring so many rewards.

That is why I created this course and it is the reason I made this course free. It is only an introduction because I understand not everyone has a deep knowledge on how to get themselves organised or about anything to do with personal productivity. I do know many people want to get themselves organised and the reason many do not is that they do not know where to start. Well, this course will change that. This course is designed to help guide towards a more organised and productive life. We start small and we stay small.

If, after this little taste of what getting organised and more productive leads to, results in just one person wanting to learn more, read more and take more courses in the subject, then I will have achieved my objective with this course. I want people to know they are amazing human beings with a huge mine of potential, and by getting themselves organised, they can start down the road of a life of achievement and success. That is my objective. That is my goal.

So please help me to spread the word and send the link to this course to as many people as you can. I want to help many millions of people to learn the skill of personal productivity, to help them achieve their goals and to live the life they have always dreamed of. That goal starts here, it starts with this course and it starts with your help. Please help.

How To Get The Important Things Done

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One of the most difficult things we have to overcome these days is the busy work trap. The work that really does not improve us, our careers or take us anywhere near achieving our goals. It is so easy to get stuck doing work that, although needs doing, is not important.

I know many people struggle with this, and the fight is an ongoing fight. Our bosses, colleagues, family and friends are all demanding our attention. And while they are not necessarily being selfish, their constant demands for our attention pulls us away from doing the things that are important to our long-term goals and continuous self-improvement.

To overcome this, I have developed a number of tricks that help me to maintain my focus on the things that are important to my life and my own self-development, and I would like to share these with you now.

Today’s Outcomes

The first trick I use, and perhaps the most effective one, is to make sure I have up to two tasks on my todo list every day that are related to my own personal self-improvement. This could be something as simple as exercise, or more involved such as develop my long-term life goals. These two tasks are non-negotiable, which means they must be completed before the day is finished. Writing this blog post, for example, is such a task. It is not related to my everyday work, and I do not really have to do it. But for me, writing about self-development and productivity is important so, every Monday I have a task that says: “Write this week’s blog post” and it is labelled “@TODAY’S OUTCOME” and is flagged with a red flag. This label means that it must be done before the day is completed.

It would be very easy to label all tasks I think are important with “today’s outcome”, but that would miss the point. By only having a maximum of two tasks I can label as an outcome for the day means there is a better than ninety percent chance they will be completed. If I had ten such tasks, then the chances of completing them in one day would be minimal. Us humans have a bad habit of thinking we can achieve far more than we can in a set amount of time, in this case, twenty-four hours.

Daily Mini-Review

The second trick I use is to complete a daily mini-review at the end of the day before I go to bed. This is a ten-minute review where I go through what I have scheduled on my calendar for tomorrow and the tasks that are on my todo list. By looking at both my calendar and my todo list I can see how busy my schedule is and what is on my todo list. This gives me a pretty good idea of what is going to be achievable. Once I know what tomorrow looks like, I then review my goals and see what tasks I can add into my Today’s Outcome. On the days that are very busy, I will only add one outcome and make sure that it is an easy task to accomplish. Other days, when things are a little quieter, I will schedule two bigger tasks.

Filter All Requests Through A Question

The third and final trick I use is to filter all requests through the question “how does this help me achieve my goals?” For those of you who are employed, this might seem like an impossible question to answer when you are receiving a request from your boss, but you can still filter your boss’s request through this question. Any request coming from your boss is going to have some effect on your future at the company. If the request is to make coffee for an important visitor to your company, then the choice you have is to either make a standard cup of coffee or make the best cup of coffee the visitor has ever had. Making the best cup of coffee you can make for the visitor, may actually get a compliment from the important visitor, which could, indirectly, result in your company achieving its goal. Other times, filtering a request from your boss will help you to prioritise what is important and what is less important.

Filtering requests through the question “how does this help me achieve my goals?” also helps you to decide whether you want to do something or not. It teaches you to be more aware of where you are spending your time and helps you to make better decisions for yourself.

When you combine these three methods together, you arrive at a very powerful way of maintaining your focus on the things that are important to you and it pulls you closer and closer to achieving your goals, both in the short-term and the long-term every day.

I know it is very hard to keep yourself out of the busy-work trap, but if you want to achieve your goals, and you want to feel you have done a fulfilling day’s work each day, these little tricks will certainly pull you forward to a happier and more successful life.

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P.A.C.T — Patience, Action, Consistency and Time.

Recently, I announced I will be publishing the second edition of my popular Your Digital Life book later this year, an edition I am really looking forward to publishing as it brings my first productivity and life success book up to date and allows me to improve the content and to show you how best to get the most out of the digital devices we all carry around with us every day.

During the research and planning process, I wanted to come up with a way to help people memorise the key components to achieving their goals and to help them create a life of success. Most people already understand they need to plan their goals. Whether they use the SMART goals system (Specific, Measured, Achievable, Results and Timed) or the more simple What | Why | How the process of creating goals is quite easy. This is the easiest part of setting and achieving goals. What is difficult is actually achieving them. What do you need in order to achieve the goals you set for yourself? How do you stay motivated when things plateau or you don’t hit your milestones? This is an area I have been researching and found there are four things required if you want to stick with and achieve your goals. They also conveniently form the acronym “PACT” which stands for Patience, Action, Consistency and Time.

Patience

Worthwhile goals require patience. If you were to set out to get yourself a graduate degree, you are not going to enrol one day and the next day pick up your degree certificate. It is going to take three to four years before you finally graduate from college. Whatever your goal is, patience is a vital ingredient. Without patience, you will find yourself quitting well before you get close to the finish line. Before you leave the start line, you need to understand that achieving your goal is going to take a tremendous amount of patience and if you mentally prepare yourself for that before you start, you are going to go a long way towards reducing the risk of quitting when things slow down.

Action

Once you have decided what your goal is, you need to do something. There will be no success unless you take action towards achieving your goal. This could be reading around the subject, actually going out and doing some form of exercise, or learning the new skills you will need to achieve the goal. Action is the key component in achieving anything. I often see many people spending a disproportionate amount of time planning and not doing any action at all to achieve their goal. Without any kind of action, you will fail. Your actions, whatever they are, need to be built into your day, every day. If you are not taking any kind of action regularly, you are not going to move any closer towards your goal.

Consistency

With action, you also need consistency. If your goal is to complete a full course marathon by the end of the year, you are going to have to go out running three to four times a week for several months. The action of going out running consistently applied over a period of time will result in the completion of the full course marathon. Running six time one week and then not running at all for the next five weeks will not result in a successfully completed marathon. I can assure you, the whole event will be a nightmare and incredibly painful. (I have personal experience on that one) The same applies to completing your degree, you need to attend lectures and study consistently if you want to achieve your graduation certificate. That consistent action is how you properly prepare for a marathon and how you do the required studying and reading in order to pass the exams to get your degree certificate.

Time

The final part of this equation is time. You need to allow yourself sufficient time in order to complete whatever you want to complete. If your goal is to lose 20 kilograms in weight, you need to remember you did not gain that weight overnight. It happened over a period of years. To lose it is not going to happen overnight either. You are going to have to set a realistic time frame. To lose 20 kilos is going to take several months to do safely. Time is always going to be a factor in any goal achievement. Be realistic, then add a little extra time. There inevitably will be slips up, delays and mishaps. Allow for them when you set your time frame.

When you put these four parts together with the goals you set for yourself, you are setting yourself up for tremendous success. The reason most people fail at achieving their goals is not the planning part, quite often the problem is they spend far too much time planning. The reason is they never start. You need to get out of the planning stage as fast as you can so you can start taking consistent action.

Many people feel every step towards achieving their goals have to be meticulously planned out. This is not true. You can always adjust your course as you go along. When planes fly between continents they are often blown off course by the prevailing winds. The computers and the pilots are constantly making tiny adjustments to their course so they arrive safely at their predetermined destination. These planes have a goal, the destination, they know how long the journey will take and they know that to arrive safely they cannot take any shortcuts, they follow the predetermined plan and make adjustments as necessary. You should be doing the same. Review your goals on a weekly basis and make any necessary adjustments when required. The planning stage gave you your destination, now it is time to take action, consistently, patiently and by allowing sufficient time to successfully achieve your goals.

Good luck and if you want more details on achieving your goals I do have an online courseyou can take that will help you to set clear achievable goals. You can also download the free iPhone and Computer wallpapers for PACT right here.

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Five Things We Can Learn From The Greats Of Personal Development.

This year, one of my objectives was to go back to where the whole self-help and personal development popularity began, to see what I could learn from the pioneers of the modern personal development scene. What I found was fascinating.

We are so lucky today to have access to the best of people like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy. Many of their programmes are now freely available on YouTube and the concepts they taught have been written about many thousands of times. These teachings used to cost a small fortune. I remember in the 1990s when a set of tapes from these guys would cost anywhere from $30 all the way up to $100, and videos and DVDs were prohibitively expensive. Now we have access to the wisdom these incredible people taught, and in some cases still teach, so widely available today.

What I found fascinating was whether it is goal planning, time management or just straight forward life success, these amazing people taught the same thing. They had the same system. The difference between them was the way they taught it. Zig Ziglar combined a wonderful sense of humour with brilliant illustrative stories to get his message across. Jim Rohn, used the power of common sense to deliver his message. Tony Robbins of course, still going strong, uses immense energy and passion, and Brian Tracy is able to explain it all in a manner than anyone can understand. He breaks it down into simple concepts that makes perfect sense.

So, without further ado, here are four things they taught that I think are so relevant today:

Positive Mental Attitude

Although this one was big in all Zig Ziglar’s teachings, the others also explain that if you do not have a positive frame of mind, then nothing will ever change. If you tell yourself that life is unfair and that the best you can hope for is to survive and live to a reasonable age, then that is exactly what will happen. Tony Robbins constantly tells his audiences that the negative stories we tell ourselves are what is holding us back. If we believe all dogs bite, then we will always be afraid of dogs. Very few dogs bite of course, but in some people’s mind; all dogs bite. These kind of limiting beliefs hold us back from reaching our potential.

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” — Tony Robbins

Planning

Without exception, all these top life coaches explain that without a plan you will fail. Every single one of them had the same method to creating and achieving goals. The basic method they all taught was you first need to decide what it is you want to achieve, then you need to truly understand why you want to achieve it. Wanting something is okay, but without a compelling “why” you will inevitably fail. Then finally, you need to have a set of action steps that you focus on every day that will take you from where you are to where you want to be in the future. It really is that simple. It was simple in the early 1970s and it is still simple today. It worked then and it still works today!

Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!” — Brian Tracy

Life long learning

Jim Rohn always talked about this one, but if you listen to any of these people on this, they all point out the importance of reading and learning. Reading was always best way to learn, but in today’s world we also have YouTube and access to online courses, many of which are free. Self-improvement is not improvement unless you are in a constant state of learning new things. To truly develop yourself you must be constantly learning and this message comes across very loud and very clear from all of them. Sitting down at the end of the day to watch the latest episode of your favourite drama or TV series may be nice, but you are unlikely to be learning anything useful. But sitting down in your favourite chair with a good book, that is the kind of thing that will change your life. As Zig Ziglar said:

If you can read but choose not to read, you are no better than a person who cannot read”

Personal Responsibility

If you smoke twenty cigarettes a day for twenty years and find yourself with debilitating lung disease in later life, it will be your fault. It is your responsibility. Of course it is easy to blame the tobacco companies for providing a product that led to your problems, but you chose to smoke. You are 100% responsible for everything that happens to you in life. Whether you are an overwhelming success or a drop out loser, these things happened because of your choices. It is no good blaming other people, the government or your company. You have the freedom to make choices that will effect the outcome of your life. It is never the fault of other people, the economy or your government. If you do find you are always blaming others for your difficulties or failures here’s a quote from Jim Rohn:

“You need to change your philosophy”

Physical Wellbeing

If you are not in peak physical condition you are not going to be in peak mental condition. If you want to be at you very best day after day, then you need to look after your physical wellbeing. This means eating the right things, not smoking or drinking too much and having a consistent exercise programme. Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar were teaching these concepts way back in the 1970s, well before it was popular to go to the gym or go out running. How right they proved to be. Your physical wellbeing is so important if you are going to achieve the success you desire.

I could go on, but these four concepts are consistent in all the teachings of these great people. No matter how the world changes, no matter what new technology comes along, these four basic principles will never change. They are timeless, they work and they have helped millions of people to improve their lives and to achieve tremendous things. My advice to anyone wanting to improve themselves and to achieve a successful life is to take advantage of the resources we have available to us today and learn from these great people. Their wisdom is there for all of us to learn from.

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If Your Don’t Have Patience and Consistency, You Will Fail.

I recently found the first book I ever read on productivity and time management, The 10 Natural Laws of Time and Life Management by Hyrum Smith, in the Kindle Bookstore. This was an opportunity too good to miss, so I bought the book and began reading. What I did not realise twenty-five years ago, when I first read it, was the huge impact it would have on my life. Many of the concepts Hyrum Smith wrote about became embedded into my character, my personality and the way I work. Even to this day, I still follow many of the lessons I learnt from the book. For example, I understand the importance of my values on my goals and I understand that sometimes we have certain beliefs about the way things happen in life, that are just not true. For instance, if you had a bad experience with a dog when you were younger, you believe that all dogs will attack you. Yet this belief is simply not true. The vast majority of domesticated dogs will never attack you.

This “belief window”, as Hyrum Smith calls it, also works with your productivity. If you believe you cannot get yourself organised, then this is a false belief. There is no reason at all why you cannot get yourself organised and productive. It just means you have not tried enough times to find the perfect system for you.

This concept of false beliefs goes much further. Many people, when beginning a blog or a YouTube channel, believe if they do not get a few hundred, or a few thousand followers in the first week or two they are not going to succeed. This is completely false. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort to build a significant following. My conservative estimate is that you need to commit to a consistent schedule of content delivery for around four years before you will see a significant following. During those four years you are going to modify, tweak and play around with your concept and your topic. It will take time for you to find your sweet spot. Those four years are the learning cycle, they are part of the journey and will, with the right attitude, be one of the best times you have building your following.

The good news is that, as so many people quit in the early stages, if you do have the patience and are consistent with your content delivery it is very easy to make your blog, YouTube channel or Instagram account a success. All you have to do is to prepare yourself for a four year development process, and know everything you do during that four year period is taking you closer and closer to your end goal, whatever that end goal is. It is a time to learn, develop and grow.

And that brings me on to goals. Most people fail at their goals because they want instant results. That is not going to happen. If you are 30 pounds overweight, then you are going to be about 30 pounds overweight tomorrow even if you don’t eat anything today. Weight loss does not happen overnight. If you want to save $10,000, you are not going to have $10,000 next week. Both weight loss and saving money takes patience and consistency. You have to consistently have a reduced food intake or put some money away each week or month. If you are consistent and you are patient, in time you will lose those 30 pounds and or save $10,000. It is that simple.

The world we live in today is an instant gratification world. The internet, our smartphones and technology in general means we have begun to believe we can have everything now. But this belief is not true. Successfully achieving your goals, building a blog or YouTube channel and many other things in life take time. The iPhone itself, launched ten years ago, began as an idea in 2002. It took five years before it was launched. The one piece of technology that arguably changed all our lives and society took five years to develop. All great things take time to develop. You are not going to publish a 1,000 word blog post, having never written anything before, and tomorrow have 10,000 followers on Medium. That does not happen. To get 10,000 followers on Medium takes years to grow. Most of the top Medium writers began writing their own blogs a long time before Medium launched.

My own YouTube channel and Medium blog are small by comparison to the top writers and YouTubers in personal development and productivity. I don’t care. I am eighteen months into a five year plan. My channel and blog are growing and I am learning so much about video production and writing. The journey itself is tremendous fun. I am getting to know so many fantastic people from all over the world through these channels and that in itself is worth the time and effort to produce the content each week. And that really is the point, it is the journey, the education you get and the people you get to know that makes the effort worthwhile. If you are not going to enjoy that process, and are not willing to be patient and consistent then I would suggest you look for something else to bring you what you want.

So, whatever it is you want to create or build, set yourself a four or five year plan. The first four or five years is your development phase. It is not about the numbers in this stage, it is about learning your skill. Finding what works and what does not work. It’s about crafting your talent and growing. Don’t look at your numbers frequently. Focus all your energy and efforts on the quality of your content and delivering that content consistently week after week. The old adage “if you build it they will come” is not always true, but if you don’t build it, it will never be true.

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What's Stopping You?

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I work a lot with middle managers who have been stuck in middle management for years. I am always interested in why many of them have been middle managers for so long and have never moved up into the higher reaches of their companies. They say they want to be promoted, but they have not been promoted “yet”. When I talk with them about it, they always have an excuse of some sort. Excuses that people in the higher reaches of their companies never have and have never used. But then that’s why they are in the upper echelons.

These excuses come in many different forms. Some are related to a lack of English, when in reality there is no lack of English, just a lack of confidence with English. But admitting you have a lack of confidence in anything is much harder to say than saying “my English is not good enough”. Other excuses come in the form of not having any luck, or not having the marketing know-how or having no experience in a particular area of the business.

All these excuses are just that. Excuses. I still have not come across any legitimate reason why any of these people stuck in middle management cannot progress to directorships. They are smart, highly intelligent people. They have immense experience and are fantastic at building relationships. All of the excuses they have could easily be rectified with a little self-development or reading.

I often feel incredibly frustrated when talking with these people. There is excuse after excuse followed by more excuses. They seem incapable of finding reasons why they can do it. Instead they expend an enormous amount of energy trying to find reasons why they can’t do it. I know it is much easier to use an excuse and then get confirmation of that excuse by talking with like minded people. But really what does that achieve? All it does is give you another excuse not to do anything about your unhappy situation.

The thing is, you can do something about it. If you lack the necessary skills to progress, then start reading books around the subject, or do an online course. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of you own home to do that. If you are overweight and want to lose some weight, then stop eating so much. Reduce your calorie intake and get more active. It’s not impossible. If you are trying to buy your first home, then start saving money. Don’t spend money and get yourself a part-time weekend job. If you really want to get the deposit together for the house enough, you will always find away.

And that is what it really comes down to. If you really want something enough you will find a way. I find people only make excuses because either they are afraid they will fail or they really do not want it badly enough. Failure is inevitable. We all fail from time to time. To overcome failure you find alternative ways to succeed. Fear is not something to be afraid of. It is something to overcome. And if you really do not want whatever it is badly enough, then stop talking about doing it and find something you really want to achieve.

In twenty-five years of studying what makes people successful and productivity systems, I have learnt that most things are achievable. There of course some limitations. You are not going to become the next Olympic 100 metre champion if you are 50 years old, 30 pounds overweight and have never run on a track before. You left it too late. But if you are in middle management and want to get yourself to an executive position you need to find out what it is that is holding you back and then create a plan to overcome whatever it is that is holding you back. That is achievable.

A plan is only as good as the activity you do to make it happen. There are many plans written down, but only the successful execute those plans. And that is where most people go wrong. They plan out what they want, but then don’t execute on that plan. If you want to change your life around, really want to get yourself promoted to the position you believe you should be at, then you need to create the plan and execute it. Daily activities that take you closer and closer every day towards that goal.

I often ask my students if they won the lottery and wanted the best investment advice, who would you go to? 90% of my students reply: Warren Buffet. Warren Buffett is 86 years old! But he’s still one of the best. How does he do that? He reads 4 to 5 hours a day. That’s how he does it. What he does not know about investing is not worth knowing. Age is not a limitation in business. In fact, age is often an advantage in business.

As I sit here and write this I realise this all sounds very simple. The thing is it is simple. But therein lies the problem. If it is simple to do, it is also easy not to do. As humans we naturally take the path of least resistance and so we do not do anything. Or we say, I will do it later, when I have more time or when I have thought it out properly. Remember, whenever you say things like “when I have more time” or “when I have planned it out properly” you are making excuses. If you want something, the time to start is now. No more excuses. Just start. Plan today, execute tomorrow and the day after, and the day after that until you have achieved your goal. You can always modify your plan as you go along. But you need to start now and have no more excuses.

You have the power to change almost anything about your life. You also have the power to do nothing. The choice is always yours. So go ahead and decide and don’t let anything stop you. No more excuses!

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What Are Your Non-Negotiables?

What are the things on which you will never negotiate, no matter how much busy work is thrown at you? If you have nothing that you would not give away for any busy work that comes your way you are destined to be an unproductive failure. It’s as simple as that.

There are many traits of the truly successful: Hard work, functioning calendars and a passion for what they do are among them, but one thing that stands out above them all and that is they have a number of non-negotiables.

So what are non-negotiables? These are the things that no matter what will always be done. For example, a non-negotiable of mine is my daily mini review. This is the ten minutes at the end of the day I dedicate to planning the next day so I complete the things that are most important to me. It is non-negotiable. Another non-negotiable for me, is exercise. I know the benefits of exercise and I know how I feel when I do not do some form of exercise for a few days, I feel terrible and my productivity drops alarmingly. This is why I exercise a minimum of four times per week. If I get to Friday and I have only managed to exercise once all week, No matter how busy I am on that Friday, I will exercise even if I have to cancel a meeting or an appointment. It is non-negotiable.

As our lives have got busier, and the amount of stuff thrown at us has increased, it is important we set ourselves some ground rules that we will not violate. Doing this brings order and familiarity into our chaotic lives. These ground rules could be anything. It could be spending one hour a day with your kids, playing or helping them with their homework. It could be walking your dog for thirty minutes every evening, or taking your spouse or partner out every Friday evening. It does not really matter what these ground rules are, the only thing that matters is they help you achieve the things that are really important to you.

One of the interesting things about many top CEOs today is they have some very strict morning routines. Tim Cook of Apple, gets up at 3:45am every day to go the gym. Satya Nadella of Microsoft goes out for a run every morning. Tony Robbins has a twenty minute exercise and meditation routine. No matter what, Tim Cook, Satya Nadella and Tony Robbins make sure their exercise is complete before beginning the day. It gives them discipline and it gives them a structure to their lives and these routines are non-negotiable.

It is very easy to allow our lives to drift. To allow events to control what we do and when. This is really not a very good way to live your life. Drifting and allowing the world to run your life is like being a ship drifting in the middle of the ocean without a sail. You will have no idea where you will end up. The chances are you will end up nowhere and will have a ship wreck of a life. Having some non-negotiables in your life gives your life some structure, some navigation and a purpose and it is these things that brings joy and happiness into a life.

To establish your non-negotiables you need to first know what is important to you. These are your “governing values”, the things you feel very strongly about. These could be related to your spirituality. Going to your Church, Temple, Mosque or Synagogue every week for example would be a non-negotiable if your religion is important to you. They could be related to your relationships with your family or your friends — being home for dinner with your family every evening may be an important non-negotiable for you for example. The thing about your governing values, as Hyrum Smith wrote in his book The 10 Natural Laws Of Successful Time And Life Management, are they are unique to you. No one person is likely to have the same values. This means you cannot just copy someone else’s. They need to be yours and you need to take time out to establish what yours are.

Establishing your non-negotiables is a very powerful life development strategy anyone can do. Having a number of things that are non-negotiable to you sets a standard for your life and brings discipline and order into your life. When we live in a world that is being disrupted at increasingly faster speeds, having some things you will not compromise on will bring purpose and direction in your life. Something that for many people who are drifting through life do not have.

So what are the things you are not prepared to compromise on? What are your non-negotiables?

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My New Udemy Online Course Pricing Structure

Today I launched my latest online course, How To Create And Achieve Your Goals, and I am really excited about this course because it brings together two components that are very important; Productivity and developing a successful life. Without goals, you will achieve neither. 

But there is another reason I am excited. The launch of this course has also seen my new pricing structure put in place. 

There are two reasons why I have changed my pricing structure. The first, and the most important,  is because I want to help as many people as I possibly can to achieve a productive and successful life. Having high prices does not achieve that. I want to make my courses as affordable as possible and so I have reduced all my ninety minute or less courses to $20.00 - that’s the lowest price Udemy will allow me to charge. For courses over ninety minutes, because of the time and effort involved in making those courses I do need to charge a little more, so any course I make that is over ninety minutes will be priced at $40.00. 

The second reason is because Udemy discounts all courses and I never know when they are going to do it. I understand why Udemy does this and I like the idea. It helps with sales and it allows my courses to be seen by people outside my own network and channels. However, it is also a little unfair on my students who may have paid full price only to discover that a few days later the course has been discounted to $10.00 (a favourite price for Udemy discounts!) 

So, the final prices of my courses are as follows:

Supercharge Your Productivity - $20.00

Supercharge Your Email Productivity - $20.00

The Complete Guide to Creating a Successful Life - $40.00

How To Create And Achieve Your Goals - $20.00

[You can click on the links above to enrol in these courses]

I will not be able to stop the $10.00 discounts that Udemy does from time to time. But at least if you do buy the courses at the prices above, the difference will not be too great. 

For all my students enrolled in my course I want to thank you for buying my courses, and for those of you who have been thinking about it, now’s as good a time as any 😃

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Busy Work tasks -V- Goal Tasks

Over the last few weeks I have seen a number of articles and videos claiming the rising popularity in personal productivity is nothing more than a phase. In some cases I have seen personal productivity be described as a cult, which is rather hurtful, given that the word “cult” is often associated with rather nasty organisations and societies.

I understand the rise in personal productivity popularity. We find ourselves having to deal with so much information it is very hard to decide what to do with and where to put all this information. We are being asked to do more and more things and are expected to do those things faster and faster. I just about remember the days when we received a letter in the morning and we had two to three days to reply. Now you receive an email at 9AM and if you have not responded by 9:30AM you are receiving chase emails and or phone calls asking if you received the email.

In this environment it is very easy to get caught up in irrelevant busy work, doing tasks that maintain a position, but do not drive anything forward. You feel busy, you feel like you are working non-stop and you finish work exhausted, yet when you examine what you have actually done, if you have time to do so, you discover you have done nothing to move anything forward. You are working longer and longer hours, yet achieving less and less. Something is wrong somewhere. It’s as if you are hamster on a spinning wheel going round and round feeling completely spent, yet ending up in exactly the same place you started at.

The problem is often where your tasks are focused. In most work environments it is very easy to get caught up focussing on regular busy work tasks, because they are often the loudest. The less loud, but arguably more important tasks, the tasks that move you closer to achieving your and your company’s goals get pushed to the back of the queue. These are the ones that do not necessarily have an urgent deadline. They don’t shout at you. An example of this would be running through the important presentation you have to do next week. The presentation is important, but it is a week away, so it is not shouting at you. Your boss needing a file about a crisis that happened this morning is shouting much louder. So you spend all morning searching for the file.

The problem here is that the important task of preparing properly for next week’s presentation is relegated to the bottom of your priority list because something else, something less important, is louder. Ultimately, this decision means your presentation next week, although important, will not be as good as it could be. It is interesting to note here, that Steve Jobs would spend two weeks before and important keynote presentation practicing. Everything else, no matter how loud it was, was relegated to a lesser priority. To him the priority was the presentation. Steve Jobs was very good at delivering presentations. Maybe we can learn something from that.

To overcome this problem there is an easy trick you can do. Everyday give yourself at least one task that is important, that you will complete. I call this task my “Today’s Outcome” task. This is the one task that no matter what, must be completed today. At the time of writing this blog post, writing this post is today’s outcome task. No matter what else happens today, this blog post must be written and it does not matter to me if I have to keep working until after 11pm, I will complete this task. Writing this blog post is a “goal task”. It will be completed.

All the other stuff that comes my way today are “regular tasks” these are made up of my daily or weekly routine tasks together with the other tasks that get thrown at me. However, the one task that must be done today is writing this blog post. It will be done

When I do my daily mini-review, the evening before, I decide what one task must be completed tomorrow. Sometimes, but very rarely, there maybe as many as three such tasks on my “Today’s Outcome” list. They all have priority over the other tasks, no matter how loud those tasks are.

Since adopting this method, I have found my productivity rocket. Important things get done, and the quality of my work has gone up. The only change I made was to make it a part of my daily routine to identify the one task I wanted to complete the next day and to make sure it gets done. It is a simple trick, but it is a trick that ensures you are moving forward on your goals and not getting lost in your regular, busy work tasks. The tasks that make you feel busy, but are not helping you to improve or move your life further forward.

Our lives are changing. Information is being thrown at us from all angles and that information is coming at us at increasingly faster speeds. With this change, we need to change the way we handle the work we have to do. Giving yourself ten to fifteen minutes at the end of the day to identify your goal tasks for the next day prevents those important, but not urgent, tasks from getting buried underneath a mountain of regular busy work tasks that may make you feel busy, but are not taking you anywhere.


 

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Why Your Personal Productivity Determines Your Ultimate Success.

My interest in personal productivity inevitably led me to learning more about what makes people successful because, if you haven’t already discovered, the two work closely together. Indeed the relationship between being productive on a personal level often leads to a person achieving far more than their peers who have no productivity or organisational system in place.

Let me explain: To be successful you need to define what success means for you. Success is an individual thing. The way I view success is likely to be very different to the way you view success. This is why I emphasise the importance of defining your own vision of what a successful life is before you move on to setting out to achieve that success. But, once you have a vision of what success is, you then need a plan to achieve that success. Having a system in place to accomplish that plan requires a system of time management and productivity. So to be successful, you need to be productive.

The biggest threat to your achievement of success is being caught up in daily busy work. It takes your focus away from the truly important things and it takes you down roads that will never improve your life and will often take you far away from what you want to achieve in life. A good productivity system of task lists, goals and plans keeps you on track and if you do get taken down a rabbit hole of unimportant busy work, it is very easy to get back to working on those things that are important to you because you have the system in place to get you back on track.

In my everyday work as a communications consultant, I meet people from all levels in a company. I work with middle managers, senior executives and CEOs and I find the people who frequently get stuck in the unimportant busy work are more often the middle managers. It is not that they have more work to do, indeed if they actually took some time out from running down roads of unimportance they would find better and more effective ways to do their work and find they have less work to do. It seems to be more a mindset problem. Rather than asking themselves “how can I do this better?” They sprint further down the road of inconsequence and complain about how busy they are.

Then I see senior executives at work, these people are more often focussed on outcomes and goals. They know what they want to achieve, they have a plan in place to achieve it and they regularly measure themselves against that plan. Those middle managers who learn to plan effectively, find better ways of doing their work and measure themselves weekly against their plan are the ones who very quickly find themselves in senior executive roles. Those middle managers who don’t plan effectively, don’t list out their objectives for the day or week are the ones who get left behind in the middle management trap.

To be successful you need to know what you want. You need to have a plan in place to achieve what needs to be achieved in order to get what you want and you need to have the discipline to say “no” to the things that do not help you accomplish your goals. A productivity system that reminds you of your goals and what you want will give you the tools to be able to measure your progress on a regular basis. It does not have to be an extensive digital task manager, it could simply be a notebook and pen. The tools are less important than actually having a system in place that will lead you on the right road towards achieving the success you want.

A simple search on Google will show you tremendously successful people like Sir Richard Branson and Warren Buffett have a system in place. In Sir Richard Branson’s case it is the notebook he carries with him everywhere he goes. In Warren Buffett’s case it is his simple calendar (actually a small pocket diary). They all have some kind of system that allows them to keep focused on the important things and monitor and measure their outcomes and goals.

In my recent online success course, I did a lecture on learning from successful people. The simple reason for doing this is because successful people have already achieved success. They have set out a roadmap for you to follow. If you do what they did, then it is inevitable you will go some way towards achieving some level of success. You may not achieve the same levels of success, but by researching you will find their road map and with a little modification you will find a way that suits you and your circumstances. You will find how they structure their day, how they plan and how they get stuff done. Recent documentaries on Warren BuffettBrian Tracy and Tony Robbins are a gold mine of information and life tips for us all to see and learn from.

I would like to build a global communications and self-development company, and when I look around, both Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins have built similar companies. All I need do now is research how they built their businesses and find the road map they followed. It won’t be easy, but there clearly is a roadmap out there for me to follow and I have begun the journey. It’s fun, it’s hard work, but the reward, if I achieve it, will be well worth the sacrifice and hard work. If I fail, the journey will have given me such wonderful lessons that the things I learnt will empower me to further my life in other directions. To me that’s a win win.

To be successful you need a plan, to follow that plan you need a productivity system that will keep you on the right road and maintain your focus when everything around you is in chaos. That is why the achievement of success is directly linked to having a productivity system in place. Now all you need to do is create your productivity system and begin your journey towards achieving the success you deserve. What are you waiting for?

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I am 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 and success. I work with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and achieve the success they desire.

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