There will be moments when you are pushed to your absolute limits. It may get to the point when you feel like the world is collapsing in on you. This is important, for it is during these moments when you learn of your true capabilities and how far you can really go. You’re much stronger and resilient than you could have ever imagined.
Here are 5 productivity-boosting behaviours I’ve picked up over the last 2 years from some of the most successful people in the world. Since implementing these behaviours into my life I’ve seen progress beyond belief and I wish the same for you too.
1. Wake up early. This used to be the hardest thing for me to do, but I’ve found one enormous hack - sleep with the curtains open. Waking up early gives you more hours in the day to spend working on your craft and get more done. When I wake up at 5am I feel like I’ve gained an extra day and this is why it’s first on the list.
2. One thing at a time. Don’t spread your focus across 6 things at the same time - do one thing well and then move onto the next. When you try to get multiple tasks done at the same time they are done with a fraction of your attention and this leads to mistakes. It’s better to do it right the first time around than to have to come back and start again later on.
3. Take breaks. Working yourself too hard for too long will result in you having to take a long break later down the road. It’s better for your productivity to take short, regular breaks throughout the day to remain energised mentally and physically. The best breaks are ones you take for exercise and relaxing in nature as they will rejuvenate your mind and body so you can come back fresh.
4. Don’t waste time on your “competition”. My role model in business is Gary Vee - he says he wants to build the biggest building (business) in town by actually building it rather than tearing down everyone else’s buildings. He knows that the time he spends trying to bad mouth others is time he could be investing into building his own business.
5. Be grateful. There are going to be challenges along the way, but staying grateful for what you have and for the problems you don’t have is a great way to push past the difficult times. When you value the health and wellbeing of yourself and those around you - every other problem becomes minor in comparison. Having perspective on challenges and problems is key to not getting overwhelmed in these situations.
Peace & positive vibes.
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Think about what it is that drives you. That motivates you. That one thing that makes you want to get up earlier and go down later. If you know what that is, keep at it and allow it to push you forward. If you haven’t found it yet, it’s okay. Keep looking and be patient. It’ll come.
What does your success mean to you and what are you willing to do to get it? Are you prepared to embark on the life-long journey to acquire that which you seek? Or do you like the romantic idea of telling yourself you have a dream and “one day” you’ll make it happen.
You might be able to fool everyone else into thinking that you’re working but the universe knows energy - not words. If you actually want it - you have to put in the work, the time, the dedication and the hustle. That means staying up 1 more hour when you want to sleep, missing out on social events & “chilling”.
If you want it that badly - it won’t matter what “everyone else” is doing because you know what you want and you’re not willing to stop until you get it. This is how the billionaires and pro athletes got to where they are - they worked and never stopped.
There are 2 main things I’ve learned along my success journey: 1 - you can always work more and 2 - you can always learn more. When you know these to be true nothing else gets in the way of your success because you know the journey of growth is never-ending.
Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Feriss, Chase Jarvis, Lewis Howes, Elliott Hulse, Tai Lopez, Roberto Blake, Evan Carmichael - these guys have put in the work for decades to get to the top of their industries. Your idea of success may not be theirs - but their lifestyles definitely translate to all of our journeys when trying to be successful.
If you want that dream to become reality ask yourself one question - am I working enough to create the success I want? If you have time to compare yourself to others or time to be bored or worse - time to complain - your dream is going to stay in your mind and never become a reality.