INTENTION AND ATTENTION

How to Unlock Habit-Building Success and Achieve Your Goals – Self Improvement Article

This is a guest post from Michael Schechter, my good friend and former co-host of my former podcast, Mikes on Mics. When I reached out to him to join me on a special episode of The Productivityist Podcast to celebrate International Podcast Day, he not only accepted the invite but shared with me this piece on how he’s trying something new to help him with his goals. I asked him if I could publish it on the blog. He was…

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The One Degree Difference – Productivityist – Self Improvement Article

I had eye surgery only days before writing this piece. It wasn’t a laser surgery designed to improve my eyesight, like so many of these surgeries are. Instead it was a surgery designed to prevent me from making my eyesight worse. (If you want to know more about the type of laser surgery I had then just search the term “laser iridotomy” and you’ll be on your way.) Lasers are precise in nature and when the surgeon was spending the…

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Deep Work Doesn’t Have to Be Done in Solitude – Self Improvement Article

I’m a big fan of Cal Newport’s writing and his books, especially his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. We’ve had several conversations about his working (and living) habits — he’s been a guest on my podcast on not one but two occasions — and his dedication to the concept of deliberate practice is something I am working on more than ever. My commitment to delivering a daily podcast is an example of that. I…

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Do Look Back – Productivityist – Self Improvement Article

Do you want 7 days of ideas, insights, and information on how to craft your time in just 1 weekly email? Then you want The Dailies. The Dailies is a weekly digest from Productivityist that delivers a week’s worth of content in a nice little package directly to your inbox. Just enter your email to subscribe. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window,document,’script’, ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’); fbq(‘init’, ‘727595134045039’); fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’); This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written by…

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Where Your Time Can Go – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching Highway to Heaven for the past couple of months. I’m not a particularly religious person but the show offers some strong messages that I think are valuable and we need to hear. There was an episode featuring Leslie Nielsen, best known for his work in The Naked Gun film series, who played a really awful rich gentleman. The episode seemed to be inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Early in the episode,…

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The Sound of Sixty Seconds – Self Improvement Article

During the workshops and talks I deliver I’ll often ask the attendees (or audience) to do absolutely nothing for an entire minute. I time that minute and to this day I still get fidgety at around the forty second mark. Sixty seconds is both a short and long time. Many moments can happen during that minute. One way to identify them is to take note of every sound you hear over the sixty seconds. I’ll demonstrate here by sharing what…

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Don’t Worry About It – Productivityist – Self Improvement Article

“Don’t worry about it.” I hate this phrase. Hearing this phrase does the exact opposite of its intent. It creates worry for me. I find that worry is a waste of time. I’m with Travis Bradberry on this. He said the following about worry: “‘What if?’ statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing…

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The One Piece of Time Management Advice That You Should Definitely Follow – Self Improvement Article

I’ve been studying personal productivity and time management for years now and there’s one question that comes up often. “What’s one piece of productivity and time management advice that you would give to everyone?” I love to talk about this kind of stuff but after being asked this plenty of times I decided it’d be best to come up with something that was simple to share and do. In the end, I came up with this: “Write everything down. No…

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The Speed of Right – Productivityist – Self Improvement Article

“Slow and steady wins the race.” – The Tortoise and The Hare In our quest to get things done, we can find ourselves moving too fast. When that happens we run the risk of missing key components of task completion, which can result in lower quality results. The need for speed is alluring because the rewards associated with speed are compelling: we get to finish something we started and that gives us a sense of achievement and accomplishment. But that…

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How to Build an Achievement Structure: Getting the Front End Work Done – Self Improvement Article

The title may seem daunting, but the idea behind it is simple: You must set yourself up in advance so that you can keep yourself from simply going through the motions every day — which is really what you’re doing if you’re using a simple to-do list. I call this building An Achievement Structure. In order to really achieve, you need to spend some time working on your approach and structure well before you get down to the day-to-day tasks and projects…

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It’s Okay To Be Busy

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” – Thomas Edison The word “busy” has become as taboo as another four-letter word that I’ll refrain from using here. And like that coarse four-letter word, it can lose its power and impact when used too frequently.…

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How to Map Out One Year in One Hour

February is almost over. Can you believe it? Each year seems to move faster and faster. Is the year going like you hoped so far? If not, now is the perfect time to adjust. How can you do that? By planning for the year ahead. I know your task list is long, and you have a lot on your plate. It may even seem impossible. There’s no chance you can start looking ahead to the months beyond, right? Wrong. I’d…

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The 3 Ingredients Of A Minimalist Productivity Workflow

I don’t consider myself to be a minimalist. But when it comes to my personal productivity, I definitely have minimalist tendencies. I align tasks with my time in a way that allows me to move forward with as little friction as possible. I put templates and frameworks in place that reduce decision fatigue so I can leverage every moment of my time. I am very deliberate with the tools I use—both digital and analog—so I know what to use and…

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Why You Shouldn’t Spend Time Journaling In The Morning (And What You Should Do Instead)

I’m a big fan of journaling. But I’m not a fan of taking time to write in your journal in the morning. Before I dive too deep into this subject, I don’t want to get the idea of writing in the morning confused with writing in a journal in the morning. The idea of “morning pages” as made popular by Julie Cameron in The Artist’s Way is a good one, but I don’t consider that to be journaling in its…

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How To Transform A Single Daily Theme Into An Everyday Focus

Administrative tasks are the bane of my existence. I classify administrative tasks as those that require more of “maintenance mindset” than anything else. While these tasks don’t move me forward in leaps or bounds, not doing them can hinder progress on other tasks that lead to greater gains. Ever since I started theming my days I’ve set aside one day of the week to focus on administrative tasks. I figured that by dedicating a day to them I could get…

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Your Email App is Not Your To Do List

Let me get this out of the way: Emails do not always include tasks within them. I want to clarify this point because it’s important to recognize that when you receive an email, it may not require any further action. It may just be a piece of information that stands on its own. You may want to create a task based on the email, such as a follow-up or a reminder to review the contents of the email. But the…

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