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Today we’re going to talk about how to work hard without killing yourself. This is something I know a little bit about since I almost killed myself from working too hard.
What you’ve got to do is actually learn how to work. What I mean is when you have a task or something you need to do, you actually work by taking the Facebook app off the phone and get rid of distractions. Seriously, if you work four to six hours a day, you’ll get more stuff done than people working and being distracted and talking at the water cooler.
Seriously, six to eight hours a day of solid work and you will be exhausted. You will literally get more done in one day than you do in a week doing these other forms of working.
To cut out distractions, you will put your phone on silent. This is a really big one. Many people think if their phone rings or they receive a text, it demands immediate attention. It does not need an immediate response. My phone has been on silent for the last 10 years. What’s funny is when someone really needs me, they can get a hold of me.
Essentially, take your first hour or two of the day and turn it into productivity time. Let’s talk about your hour of power. Don’t even brush your teeth. Skip that morning routine stuff and just go to work for at least an hour and you will see your productivity improve. I’m serious.
Another way to work really hard without killing yourself is to take breaks. You can take a break every thirty minutes or every hour. Take a five or ten-minute break and then go right back to work. You get up. You walk around. You stretch and do all this other stuff. Then you go back to work.
Another thing you can do is learn your biorhythms. I’m a morning person, so my power hours are from 5 am until about roughly 2pm. At about 2pm, I start flaking out. I can still work, but my effective hours are between 5 am to 2 pm. That’s when I do my most important tasks.
Another thing you need to do is get a schedule. Keep the schedule the same even on your off days. This is so important. If you’ll notice, when someone goes on vacation it usually takes them a day or two to get back in the groove. If you don’t get out of the groove, you don’t have to get back in the groove.
That’s something that folks struggle with. When people want to be off, they don’t want to bother with anything. They don’t want to check the phone. For high levels of productivity, that doesn’t work.
If you want to edge up your game, create a calendar for yourself, meaning you are going to plan out your month. Then, when you get good at planning out your month, you’re going to plan out your year. Every day you wake up with an agenda. That will improve your productivity and bring you up to a high level.
There may be some days you’re feeling a little tired and that’s ok. Typically, when you’re trying to work this schedule out, it’s going to be a little draining. If you’re not used to working, it will have an impact on your health. It’s not going to be anything dramatic. Take a nap in the middle of the day if you need to. Just do whatever you need to do.
It’s probably going to take you six to eight weeks to really figure this out because you’ve never worked like this before. Then it’s probably going to be another two months before you get a really good schedule. It’s going to take some time playboy.
It’s well worth the effort. You’ve eliminated the distractions. You’ve got your golden hour. You’ve got your month planned out. You’ve got your year planned out.
You will have days when you’re not going to complete your tasks. There are going to be days like that. Some days, you’re going to complete everything. In the beginning, a 50% to 70% completion rate is very good considering you aren’t used to working this hard.
That’s good for the first six months. Then you increase it five or ten percent per month. That way you can be operating efficiently in nine months to a year. You will be able to create an online course in no time.
When I say high productivity, I mean you can write a book in a week. You can create an online course in 30 days. There are so many things you can do. It’s not about being smart. It’s not about being brilliant. It’s really about sitting your ass in a chair and working.
It gets a little boring. That’s the thing you have to manage with your mind. You have to continue to push forward even if it’s a little bit of an off week and you’re just getting 50% to 60% of your tasks done.
That’s cool. Ride it out. Pat yourself on the back and try and get 65% the next week. You keep going and you get stuff done, then when you look back and you see that all these things are done, you want to do more.
It’s like putting money in the bank when you first start saving. It’s really hard to put that money in the bank in the beginning, right? But then when you see it stack, it gets exciting and you want to add more.
It becomes a game. That is the same thing that happens with these productivity hacks. These tips should be enough to get you started. If you want more, go to Patti and say I want the Power of Six.
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