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8 Ways to increase efficiency and production

It’s always nice to generate ideas around how you can make your business or personal life run like a machine.  Have you ever wondered why it seems like two people who live relatively similar lives can have different networths or why one is more productive than the other?  The key is that it comes down to how we use our time, it’s very simple we all have the same 24 hours in a day but how we use those hours can range wildly.  No fear though, i’m going to help provide for you 10 ways you can increase your efficiency and productivity.

 

THE FIRST TASK

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The first thing you have to do when you are trying to improve your efficiency and productivity is to analyze how you spend your time.  The reason for doing this is to identify time vampires and what is sucking the life out of your day and sapping your time.  Just to give you an example of potential time vampires they could include: TV Watching, needy friends/family, pointless conversations, etc..

I know what your thinking, how do I go about identifying those things that are wasting my time?  First and foremost you have to look at how much time you are putting into certain activities.  Create some structure for yourself so you can know when you are going off track.  For instance, devote no more than an hour to watching TV a day so you can work on your goals.  This will help you to find out whether or not something like the TV was causing you to lose a lot of time.

 

8 WAYS TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY

  1. Identify time wasters – We’ve already spoken about this above.  Since we only have a finite amount of time daily to accomplish things we have to buy back time from other things that we are doing to ensure that we have time to get things done
  2. Create order and structure – As much as we like to all think we have the ability to just “wing it” with life we don’t.  We need structure, and we need consistency, without those two pillars we won’t be able to build on a dream or a goal effectively and we will be wasting a lot of time, money and energy
  3. Make a schedule – Keeping a schedule is a great way to organize your life.  Knowing when you’re going to do something, with who and where is top of the list when it comes to increasing productivity and efficiency.  You should know what your week looks like in a snapshot so you can make time to work on the more important things
  4. Ruthlessly manage your time – No one is going to manage your time like you will, that’s why it’s so important to spend 80% of your time doing the things that help build towards your project or goals.
  5. Get rest – One of the most key components to being productive is having enough energy to discharge the responsibilities of the day.  This means that at some point we have to put down our smartphones and go to bed.  Make sure that your bedroom is comfortable and free from distractions so you can get quality sleep.
  6. Use hard systems – A hard system according to “E” Myth creator Michael Gerber is anything that forces a set of behaviors that doesn’t have emotions.  So something like a file system in an office is a hard system.  Hard systems solve soft system problems.  Like, you’re having problems putting the right form in the right folder, creating a hard system like a filing system will help you to force good behaviors.
  7. Comfortable work environment – A comfortable work environment will help you to maintain high level of productivity while you are working.  Perhaps an office with light that fosters creative thinking will help out with environment
  8. Mindset – By changing how you think about what needs to be done and when, you will be creating a winning mindset and you will be able to increase your output.  You should make a positive affirmation every morning: “I will be productive today”!

 

Here's to your success,

 

Micah


Your Perception vs The Reality

There is not a day that goes by that you can’t look at your phone, tablet, computer or television without peering into someone’s life.  The things that we see or that people show us through social media gives us a glimpse into their lives, travels, families, likes, dislikes, etc…  When you see this do you start regretting the choices you’ve made in your life?  In an blog post published on Psych Central (Click here for article link), it talks about how social media affects our self-perception.  It talks about how we are programmed to only project the “best version” of ourselves to others, for them to see what we want them to see about how we live.  As you know the fatal flaw in this, is that humans are much more than a snap shot or a 15 second video.

 

Your Perception vs The Reality

By falling into the trap of believing everything we see on social media and how people portray their lives, it can cause us to get down on our own lives.  We can start developing a negative view of our life, believing that we should be in a different place in our life.  Our perception can get so distorted that it may cause us to feel depressed, forgetting that humans naturally have both highs and lows in our life that come in waves.  Some times when we feel the most self-pity we may find ourselves over indulging in other peoples lives, but that can keep us spiraling into negative feels.  So what needs to change about our perception to keep us feeling that way?  We have to realize that we have the opportunity to change the narrative of our lives and if we are unhappy with how things are going, we should take imperfect action to try to start to build the kind of life we want to lead.  Chasing false perceptions of other people could be a rabbit hole that is difficult for us to climb out of because we can lose ourselves in the dark winding recesses of what we believe is the truth about other peoples lives and what we fail to see in our own lives.  It’s often that we don’t see what is good in our lives or show that we truly value what we have until we lose it or until someone points it out to us.  The ability to take time out everyday to appreciate your life and focus on your goals will help you keep a proper perspective of not just where you are but where you can go.  Try not to blend others perceptions with your reality because then you can get lost.  Create your own reality by working on your life plan and staying positive about your future.  The key is to purge negative mindsets and negative people out of your life because what’s left over is the byproduct of what you’ve created for yourself.  Your reality!

 

How to work on your reality

One of the easiest ways to work on your personal reality is to unplug from technology every so often.  Take a break from peering into people’s lives and focus on some of your personal task that you’ve set out for yourself to accomplish.  I am a big believer in starting your day by visualizing what you want to get accomplished and what you have to do to move towards your goals.  Secondly, create a mental anchor that brings you back to your goals.  So if you see someone that is going some where you want to visit, or is buying something you would like to own, or someone who met a weight loss goal that you have, tell yourself to refocus on your goals and make sure you are doing something every day to work towards accomplishing it.  The wonderful thing about crafting your reality is that you can start at any time, there is no magic starting point, you don’t get too old to do it.  Your reality is everything you do, say, eat, visit, who your friends are and how you think.  So, you see, the key to crafting your reality rest entirely with you and no one else.  You can base your reality on others because very simply, you haven’t done what they’ve done to get there.  You have to put in your own work and be unafraid to move mountains to shape your future, if that’s what your life plan calls for.  You should ask yourself, what do I want out of my life? Am I doing everything in my power to live the life I want? Does my life plan clearly show a strategy on how I can get there in 3, 6, or 10 years?  Does my support system validate my goals and encourage me to work towards them?  Working on how you want your life to shape up starts today, everything you do and think every minute and hour of the day will reflect what you become later.  Make your time count!

 

Do other peoples perceptions matter?

The answer to that question is, it depends.  People tend to craft their thoughts on you based on how they believe your life should go, usually not based on tangible fact.  In fact a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson says: “people only see what they are prepared to see”, so that means that based on what’s going on in their lives, is how they will see your life.  Unless you are looking for feedback to improve your reality then how people perceive you shouldn’t affect how you plan and go after your life.  Always maintain your goals and only use the barometer you’ve created for you life gauge how you think your life is going.

 

Here’s to your success,

 

Micah

 

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