This 7-Letter Word Will Revolutionize Your Productivity



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Hey everyone, Kosio Angelov here, founder of High Performance Lifestyle, and welcome to another productivity-boosting training. This one is going to be very special, because I want to give you a single seven-letter word that is going to absolutely revolutionize your productivity. You ready? I know it’s a bold claim, so let’s get going.

The 7-Letter Magic Word

What am I talking about? What is this seven-letter word that can absolutely transform your productivity? Here’s the deal. From now on, before you take an action, before you do anything else – whether it’s checking your email or a big project like writing a book or renovating your house or moving to a new place – I want you to ask yourself this question: what is the desired – and here’s the word, here’s the magic word – outcome?

What is the desired outcome? Always start with the outcome in mind. Why are you doing what you’re doing? What do you want to achieve? What do you want the result to be?

The lack of clarity about desired outcome is one of the biggest roadblocks to productivity. You always have to know why you’re doing what you’re doing.

I know it sounds very simple; it sounds like “Wait, it’s so simple, this cannot work.” I promise you, it is very simple, but it can absolutely revolutionize your productivity, and here’s why. There are a couple of major benefits to always starting with the outcome first.

1. It Provides You With Clarity

First of all, always asking yourself this question provides you with clarity. When you’re going through your email, you ask yourself, “Why am I here? What’s my outcome?” It gives you this instant mental clarity of why are you here, what are you doing. Or you go to the store – it doesn’t have to be about work – when you go to the store, ask yourself, “Why am I here? What’s my outcome? What am I doing in the store?” And then as soon as you realize you’re here to pick up ketchup, you go, you pick up the ketchup, you get out of the store, in and out in 2 minutes.

It provides you this mental clarity that just frees up your resources. You don’t think about it, but if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, it provides this confusion in your mind, and instead of you focusing on the task at hand, you’re focusing on why you’re doing what are you doing and should you be doing this?

When you start with the outcome, when you ask yourself “What is my desired outcome?”, it’s going to provide you with clarity. It’s going to provide you with clear focus of why you’re here, what are you trying to do. It’s a very simple question; it takes literally 5 seconds to ask yourself, realize what the outcome is, get the clarity. It’s going to make you that much more efficient.

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2. It Prevents Your From “Browsing”

Here’s the second benefit: asking yourself this question over and over again prevents you from “browsing”. And let me tell you, browsing is one of the biggest killers to productivity. What’s browsing? Browsing is when you aimlessly go from activity to activity without having a clear outcome.

The unfortunate part is that everything is set up for you to browse. You go online, you open your email; if you see a link, it is very conveniently different colored. It’s blue, it’s underlined. It demands your attention. You click on the link, you go somewhere. On the website, you’re going to see ads, you’re going to see banners that are going to lead you to the next step, to a different website. Over there, there’s going to be something else that’s going to demand your attention, and the process keeps on going and keeps on going. This is browsing.

And it doesn’t have to be only online. If you go into “the real world,” it’s exactly the same thing. There’s banners. You go to the mall, there’s going to be banners, there’s going to be people pulling you left and right to test samples, to sell you stuff. This is browsing.

Or even when you flip on the TV, you have 355 channels, and all you have to do is just click a button to go back and forth. It is so easy. Everything in your life is set up for you to browse.

Browsing is one of the biggest wasters of your time.

Mmany times, we suffer from what I call “browser blackout.” You go in your email, you click on a link, you go to a website; you don’t intend to stay there, but 4 hours later, you just wake up and you realize “Wait, how did I even get here? How did I end up from my email that was supposed to be a 2-minute task to watching videos about funny cats or something else?” Four hours later, you wake up and you’re like, “Where did the time go?” This is browser blackout, and it can waste so much of your time.

But asking yourself this question, starting with the outcome, eliminates browsing. Because now you know, you go to the store, you’re here to pick up this, you pick it up, you leave. You open your email, you’re here to get a specific piece of information, you get in your email, you get information out, you’re done. There is no browsing.

Browsing is absolutely fine, if that is the desired outcome. If it’s Saturday afternoon and you’re like, “I’m tired; I want to relax. Let me just turn on the TV and flip through the channels” – if the desired outcome is for you to browse and relax, that is absolutely fine. But if the desired outcome is for you to watch something for 20 minutes while you’re having your lunch on a Tuesday afternoon, and then you wake up 4 hours later watching a whole season of some TV show, that’s going to waste your time.

In order for you to prevent browsing, which is one of the biggest killers to your productivity and one of the biggest wastes of time, always ask yourself: “What is the desired outcome? Why am I here? What am I doing here?” This simple question is going to save you a ton of time.

3. It Makes Your More Efficient

Third benefit of asking yourself this question is it improves your efficiency, because now you know. Now you have an aim, you have a target, you know what you’re going after. You can go on your computer, do that task in a couple minutes. Or even if it takes you an hour, once you figure out what your outcome is, you don’t need to spend any time doing other activities that are going to waste your time.

It’s going to improve your efficiency, because once you have a goal, once you have an outcome, you can go, do it, get out much faster than if you go somewhere and you’re like “Why am I here?”, you’re trying to figure it out, you try this activity, then it doesn’t work out, then you try a different activity, and the process keeps on going.

You ask yourself, “What is my outcome?”, you get clear, you get the clarity, you’re going to become more efficient because you’ve been doing things much faster. You go in your email, you do the task, in and out in 5 minutes. Then you go somewhere else, you do the task, in and out in 10 minutes. It’s going to improve your efficiency over and over again.

4. It Ensures You Are Doing The Right Thing

The fourth and final benefit of asking yourself this question ensures that you’re doing the right activity. If you have an outcome, there are many ways you can achieve that outcome. Starting with the outcome first is going to allow you to determine if you’re really doing the most efficient, the best activity.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say that your goal, your outcome, is to make a lot of money fast. And then you want to write a book. Guess what? This is not going to get you the desired outcome, because books are awesome – and I’m a bestselling author myself – but they take a lot of time. It’s going to take you a couple of months just to write it; then you need to publish it, and then once you find somebody to publish it, it’s going to take anywhere between 9 to 12 months to actually make it happen. So you’re looking at least at 15 months between you starting the book and actually getting paid for it. So if your goal is to make money fast, writing a book might not be the case, but if you start with the outcome first, you might realize it before you waste 15 months of your life writing a book.

Or if your goal is to lose weight fast because you have a big event coming on and you want to lose a little bit of weight in the next 7 days, there are activities you can do that are going to achieve that outcome; there are activities that are not going to.

If you start with the outcome, you ensure that you’re always going to be doing the right activity. If you realize what you’re doing is on the right path, awesome. If you realize that what you’re doing is not going to get you to the desired outcome, great. At least now you know what doesn’t work and you can correct it before you actually waste any time.

Over To You Now

That’s the magic seven-letter word: outcome. Always ask yourself, what is the desired outcome? Whether we’re talking about a small action like checking your email or a big project like writing a book or renovating your house or launching your own business, always ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome? Why am I here?”

It takes only a couple of seconds, and once you get into the habit of doing it, it’s going to become automatic. Before you sit down and do something, before you waste any time, you get clear on the outcome. It’s going to prevent browsing, which is going to save you a lot of time; it’s going to make you much more efficient; and it’s going to ensure that you’re always on the right track.

I want you to start asking yourself this question. “What is the desired outcome?” Try it out. Test it out. I know it works, but I want you to experience it yourself. So the next time you sit on the computer or you do some sort of work that’s going to take you more than 5 to 10 minutes, get clear on the outcome, and you’re going to see how this is going to revolutionize your productivity.

I hope you put it to use. I hope you enjoyed this training. Go out there, take massive action, and I’ll see you next time.

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