Good Day everyone, hope all is well, the issue I found myself in this Wednesday was one of time management. It always happens, I wake up, do my rituals of being thankful for things i possess and have yet to acquire, saying my prayers, doing a little workout, greet parents, do minor chores then to the computer. Before I sit down the mood in me is of enthusiasm, ready to get on with the day but as my butt hits the chair, my mood changes and my thoughts and distractions begin to kick in. I want to be productive but website distractions come from left and right, knowing how I structure my day to do the things I plan go awry, I start things that I said Id be done with by now hours later, by the time I’m completed with one project the other is way behind schedule. Thats why this blog post comes out so late and when I’m done doing all for the day its time for bed, disgruntled I feel like I wasted another day with stagnant actions, late reactions and stupid distractions. So I decided to look through another podcast collection from a new group named RealEntrepreneurDevelopment which is a duo containing Dave Hooper and Laurel Staples (from yesterday’s analysis) and I found one about How To Dominate Your Day. Laurel wasn’t on this podcast but it was an interview with Jeff Sanders who has a concept named the 5am Miracle which is a podcast series as well. He will be talking about how to create healthy and productive habits to get more done and accomplish things.
Here the podcast link http://www.redpodcast.com/red-106-how-to-dominate-your-day-with-jeff-sanders/
Key Points Taken
His explanation of the 5am Philosophy – 1:11.
This philosophy doesn’t really require you to wake up 5am, it was just Jeff’s ideal time for him to wake up to get everything he wanted done to make him better prepared for the day ahead. Essentially you want to get up at an adequate time to let yourself plan properly for the day so it goes much smoother.
Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise – 2:39
If you haven’t recognized one habit of the successful people is waking up early, because to them their time is valuable and it matters. They know that if they go to bed early and they wake up early with a plan their day will go exactly as they set it out. It’s rare for people to end a day saying it went exactly how they wanted to go.
How does Jeff plan his day – 3:32
He plans twice the night before and when he wakes up, the second time he plans is to ensure if the list he created is what he really wants to execute during the day.
Dave uses an organizer program named Things only available on mac products.
Jeff uses software named Nozbe which is available for all platforms.
Both these applications can help you better create organized plan that can be altered and arranged to suit your daily activities also increase your productivity.
First thing First, Second thing never – 5:00
To decide what matters he focuses on the long-term goals for example what are you trying to achieve for the year or what are my life missions and backtrack from there. “Begin with the end in Mind” the Stephen Covey method,”Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.”
Example of this in use:
My long-term plan is the run a marathon, backtracking to what I have on my daily schedule that I have to go to the gym, ask your self does this activity add value to my long-term goal? Since you are running a marathon exercise is apart of getting ready for it so yes.
Once you have the mentality that every task matters and whatever I’m doing is adding to my goals it makes it easier to filter and adjust than having the feeling of not knowing what to do.
Managing your goals – 6:40
Making your goals measurable so when its broken down into increments they are more manageable and don’t seem as a daunting task.
For example Jeff has two different books he’s reading and his daily plan is to read 10 pages from each book, by doing so the long-term goal of completion is easier to visualize because of it simplistic nature. Plus you reading 200 pages per book in 20 days and reading at least 2 dozen books for the year while the average person only reads 2. This method helps you do much more with small steps and with a creative way of task management makes things easier to do.
Forming habits by taking mini habitual actions – 7:31 *book and website of mini habit ideas
Just do the thing you are procrastinating on doing for just 15mins, I have heard of the 2 minute rule as well both concepts work the same way just starting the act and making small incremental accomplishments help in a big way. This technique can be applied to any area of your life, hobbies, exercise, projects, your business etc.
What is Jeff’s daily routine – 10:20
Routines set your mood for the day, he has two alarms to wake him up on that next to his bed and the other is in another room down the hall (very smart), this forces him to get out of bed to turn it off. It serves as a backup also it keeps him accountable to his own goals. He then feeds and walks his dog while doing this he is drinking a liter of water, because the first thing you should put in your body when waking up is water as well it prevents diseases.
Morning espresso and fruit smoothie, a lot of energy for the day is his key to his routine, I wont really recommend it but this is his schedule. This all leads to his morning workout.
About working out and the science behind it that improves your brain (Spark book) – 13:16
When you workout you build brain cells and forming connections you wouldn’t otherwise have had, that is why the author recommends you work out before your hardest mental task of the day. So if your most mentally draining task is in the morning or at night or mind day you never know doing a few jumping jacks and push ups may help put you in a good position for powering through.
Looks like a lot of preparation, is it worth it? – 14:24
You can get 8hours of work done in 4hours, the goal here is to lay the foundation, it keeps you calm and organized because you have a plan and go through the day task by task methodically where as the average person just goes into each day with no plan and stressed out because you are winging everything.
Being intentional with your time each day – 15:42
With this mindset you can deliver on the most important things despite when you begin your work day, because of how the plan was laid out beforehand. He refers to the book “The one thing” concept of there is only one thing that matters today nothing else is as important. Gary (the author of the book) says you should schedule that important task as the first thing to accomplish and eat that frog (homage to brian tracy’s book), once its done the rest of the day is so much easier.
The reason you see all those infomercials at night – 17:00
The Willpower instinct and audio-book on you tube, speaks about your willpower is a renewable resource and you can get it back when you sleep. So by the end of the day your discipline to do hard work is lost, which makes the best time to do the hardest work is at the beginning of your work schedule. Later in the day or coming close to the night-time will be better to schedule task that are of a less mental strain on the brain.
Jeff’s Diet – 18:06
In his twenties he was eating whatever he wanted and had an epiphany where he decided after reading some books and watching some documentaries to cut meat out of his diet. He continued in this same vein and began going raw as it came from nature with eating fruits and vegetables. Cooking food can denature the food it can destroy the nutrients and strange enough your body can act negatively to the cooked food, it changes its structure and although it’s not necessarily bad its better in the raw form. Blending raw ingredients are a good thing as well, for example in its natural form fruits and just water and make a smoothie can give you less side effects and more energy than an artificially made smoothie with extra additives. The positive is that it feels good going in and works as it should in the body.
How habits change how your body reacts to things it’s not accustomed to – 20:24
When your body is so accustomed to doing things or eating things that when an anomaly occurs your body reacts badly to the these abrupt changes. When your body gives off these signals be cognizant of them and listen, because you are doing much more harm than good.
Working on his own now, how has it affected him – 21:53
Now that he works on his own schedule, having time available to do what he wants was incredible. He was so excited that he didn’t have any real plan and went nuts doing every and anything. But after that stint wore off, he is now more structured and has a methodical process to the day. At 8pm he stops all work no matter where he has reached and at 5pm he us up and going, he has very strict boundaries around his time so he can get more out of it. Distractions have been removed so he can focus on work and only work, turn out the world to get tasks done.
Eliminating Distractions to increase productivity and how scary at first it could be – 23:10
Being able to work without looking at social media can be first a difficult task but as mentioned earlier using the habit rule and building it incrementally each day will eliminate the distraction. For example turn off your access to Facebook for 15mins then try for 30mins then and hour and then see how much more that time away was productive. Same thing can be done with your phone put it on silent if you are a person where phone calls are at least important if not turn it off and do work. It’s ok to unplug every single day at certain time periods to do the things that matter most.
Jeff’s podcast – 24:46
Its based on what happened in his life and how the anchor habit of waking up 5am leads to other positive changes (exercise, reading, meditation, yoga etc). He wanted to use it as the foundation to discuss and share all these various self-development strategies that he loves.
Very nice podcast episode, started slow but usually they do, advice all through this one. Starting with planning the night before and waking up early to plan again. Exercising early and before doing a mentally straining task, doing the most important things first leads to a more productive day. Breaking down your goals into increments makes the overall job less tasking, also doing things for 15 mins to build habits. Having a proper diet, creating positive changes, getting rid of distractions for a more productive day. I know i may have missed out somethings but I provided enough for you to get the gist of the podcast. Thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow.