How To Double Your Productivity (And Any Other Skill) In Just 69 Days

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Hey everyone, Kosio Angelov here, founder of High Performance Lifestyle. Today, I’m going to show you how to double your productivity, and any skill for that matter, in only 69 days. I know – very bold claim, so let’s get started.

The Incredible Power of Small Steps

See, all the big wins in your life, or all the big losses, essentially all the big events, are a collection of many little, small steps. But we often don’t think about them. We think, “Oh, that one time that I succeeded so much” or “the one time I failed so much,” but we fail to recognize that all of this is a collection of tiny steps. We never think about the tiny steps, and the smallest steps make the biggest change. They can make the difference between winning and failing.

Have you ever wondered, what would happen if you take one skill and you improve it by 1%? Just 1%. If you read 100 pages per day, to read 101, and then the next day, to go 1% more. This is the smallest change: 1%. But that can mean a world of difference.

That’s a question that a British cycling coach asked himself: “What will happen if I improve just 1%?” Using that theory that he called the Theory of Marginal Gains, he took the British cycling team, from never winning – never, ever in the history of their existence – the Tour de France, to not only winning, but also taking 70% of all the Olympic medals in the next Olympics, just by using 1% improvements.

You might be wondering, “Okay, that’s awesome for them; I’m very happy. How does this apply to me?” Here’s how.

1% Better Is All You Need

Take one activity, one activity that you want to improve, and improve it by 1%. Just 1%. It’s almost negligible. If you read 100 pages per day in a book, read 101. Take an extra minute. Improve your traffic, get more traffic by 1%. Improve your conversion by 1%. All of these little changes matter so much, and that’s what I want to show you today: how, through the use of 1% change, you can double your productivity – and not only your productivity, you can double almost any skill. Just by taking small, tiny, consistent steps, you can do this.

Let me show you how the math works out. If you improve every day by 1%, in the beginning, there is no significant change. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, you’re just changing 1%; it doesn’t feel like you’re doing too much. But as the time goes by, you’re going to start taking off. Whether it’s your productivity, whether it’s your speed, whether it’s your business, taking 1% changes is going to have a dramatic effect.

If you do this for 69 days, you improve by 1% for 69 straight days – that’s less than 3 months – in 2 ½ months, you can essentially double it. 1% change over 69 days, you essentially are going to get to double the results.

What would double the output mean for you? Double the money, double the conversion, double the speed, double calories burnt. What would that mean? 1% changes can absolutely take you there. At first, you don’t feel the change, but as time passes by, and it’s Day 30, 40, 50, 69, you have essentially doubled your output. Whether it’s your productivity, whether it’s in a business sense, in a personal sense, 1% over 69 days is going to double it.

Unfortunately, the theory works in reverse, too. If you do something less, you take the 1%, and instead of doing an extra percent, you do 1% less, at first, not a big deal. Today, you miss a meal or you miss going to the gym or your traffic for your website goes a little down; not a big deal. Day 1, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, it doesn’t change that much.

But the more time passes by, the more you’re going to see the negative change. And in 69 days, you started from almost 1; you’re down to half. 1% change in the negative over 69 days is going to get you to half. Half the money. Half the speed. Half the output. 1% change can really have a dramatic effect, or it can have a dramatic effect going down. It’s up to you. But 1% can really make a difference.

And here’s how you can apply this to any skill that you have, whether it’s productivity, whether it’s personal, whether it’s business success – here’s how you can take this principle, the Theory of Marginal Gains, and you can use it to double your output in only 69 days.

It can work in two different ways. You can take one particular skill and improve it by 1%. Same skill, 1% over 1% over 1%. Or you can take a more sophisticated process and improve little parts by 1%. If you have your own website and it’s a business website, you can improve 1% of your traffic, and then you can improve your conversion by 1%, and then you can improve your design by 1%. The collection of all these percentages is going to add up to doubling your output, whatever that output is. Or, if you go the negative way, if you go 1% less conversion, 1% less traffic, 1% less something else, in 69 days, you can essentially cut everything in half. 1% really matters.

Here’s how to apply this to your life, to your business. Here’s how it works.

1 – Figure Out The Smallest Amount Of Change

First, figure out the smallest amount of change. When we try to change stuff, usually here’s the way it happens. You figure out “I want to change this,” you’re all pumped up, you’re all excited. You’re going to change the world. And that excitement lasts for exactly 3 days. At first, you’re excited, you’re pumped up, you’re motivated, you’re doing the change, and then Day 4, Day 5, you’re like, “Okay, now that my motivation is gone, what do I do?”

That’s when the 1% really kicks in. Don’t be a hero. Figure out 1% change. That’s what matters. Don’t be a hero, don’t try to change 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% just because you’re excited – because in Day 5, Day 6, or in 1 week from now when the excitement wears off, when your motivation runs low, you’re going to give up. That 1%, that one small change, makes it possible for you to stick to the long run, stick to 69 days or 80 days or stick it through the long run and make it happen.

2 – Keep At It

The magic of the 1% works because it compounds. Day 1, Day 4, Day 6, each day compounds on the previous one. Keep at it. It takes 69 days. It might seem a lot, it might seem a little, but keep at it. Every day, do that 1% change, whatever it takes. Do it in the morning. Give up 30 minutes of sleep if you have to, but make your 1% change.

This is your productivity. This is something important. This is your time, this is your life, your business. It’s important. Make the 1% change, whatever it takes. Don’t skip more than 2 days. If you skip 1 day, it happens. Life happens, your kid does a boo-boo or some emergency happens, that’s okay. But try not to skip more than 2 days at a time. Keep at it. Whatever it takes, make the 1% change. It’s just 1%. It’s a little bit extra; it doesn’t take that much effort. You just need to stick with it.

3 – Analyze The Results

In order to make this thing work, you need to analyze the results. Because sometimes, you’re going to make 1% change, but just because you changed it, does not mean that you’d improving. Always make the change, and then take the time and analyze the results, so you know, are you going up? Are you going down? Is the change making progress or is it making you go down? Always analyze the results.

Sometimes it’s obvious; you make a 1% change to let’s say your jogging time. You go from 30 minutes to 31 minutes. That’s obvious. But in a business sense, making a change does not always mean that you’re going to get a positive effect. Figure out the smallest amount of change you can implement, keep at it, keep things simple, and analyze the results so you know, are you going up? Are you going down?

Over To You Now

And that’s how it works. It’s simple math. 1% change for 69 days is going to double your output. 1% change in the negative over 69 days is going to cut your output in half.

And of course, not everything can be changed for 1% ongoing. I understand that. Use this theory, and you’re going to see changes. Maybe you’re not going to double it. Maybe you cannot improve by 1% on an ongoing basis. The idea is keep it simple. Small changes over a long period of time is going to give you a dramatic effect with not that much effort.

That’s what I want you to take away. 1% is small. It’s tiny. You can do it. Anybody can do it. 1% – long period of time – dramatic change. That’s the Theory of Marginal Gains. Apply it, and you’re going to see your productivity, or any other skill, literally explode.

Take massive action, make small changes, apply them over the long run, and you’re going to see magic happen in your productivity.

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