Inbox Zero in 1.5 Hours Or Less – LESS Launch Video 1

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4 Proven Ways To Become a (Productivity) Olympic Champion

Olympic champion.

The highest title in sports. The ultimate goal for generations of athletes. The designation that says you are the best in what you do.

What does it take to become a champion?

Hard work, consistent honing of your skills and above all, a champion mindset. These are basic ingredients of the recipe for success for Olympic champions. In fact, you can take the same recipe and apply it to any other area of your life. Academic, business, other sports, the skillet needed for success is universal. There is a lot you can learn from how athletes become champions.

You can even learn how to be more productive. [Read more…]

Why Checking Email In The Morning Is A Bad Idea

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The 7 Habits of Highly INeffective People

Being ineffective is hard work.

It takes years of practice and a well developed set of habits. It requires daily repetition, dedication even. Even though ineffective people are so good at what they do, they don’t do it on purpose. It’s not their fault.

They just don’t know any better.

They are always in a rush, hurrying from appointment to appointment. Their lives are set on autopilot. Ineffective people simply don’t have the time to take a break, reflect and realize things are not the way they should be.

Of course you are not one of them.

You’ve probably read the famous time management book by Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It has been a cornerstone of productivity for over a decade and it has been translated in dozen of languages. It might even be the first book you ever read on time management (it was for me at least). You are waking up early, getting things done, keeping an inbox zero on a consistent basis and living a fulfilled life on your terms.

You are a high performer.

Just as you have habits that make you so productive and efficient, ineffective people have habits that make them ineffective. It is important to acknowledge the fact that habits are a two-edged sword and can be used to for good or for bad. It’s equally important to know what those “bad” habits actually are. This way, if they ever start peeking into your life and routine, you can recognize them immediately and have a plan of attack so you never fall pray of one of the 7 habits of highly ineffective people discussed below. [Read more…]

Why Snoozing Is Bad (And What To Do About It)

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The Surprisingly Practical Way Of Handling Interruptions

Ever experienced situation such as the following?

You quietly sit on your desk and start working. It’s hard at first. Your attention is all over the place. Your focus bounces around like a tennis ball from thought to thought. 10 minutes pass and you start getting into to it. You are getting concentrated, your work starts to flow. 10 more minutes pass and you are now fully engaged. From the side you look like an experienced Buddhist monk in the deepest stage of zen meditation…

Someone walks into your office completely disregarding the fact you are in the middle of something.

They have an innocent question to ask. You answer it quickly and get back to your work.

But your focus is no longer there, is it?

You need to start the concentration process all over again, often from zero. Here goes all that precious engagement you worked hard for 20 minutes to get…

And if the first interruption does not break your focus, what about the 10th? Or the 30th? Doesn’t it get a little… tired?

Sure, you can lock the door to your office, turn off your cell phone and log out from your email, and it works… for a while. But unless you live (work) in complete isolation on top of a mountain, interruptions will inevitably occur.

It takes on average 21 minutes to regain your focus after any kind of interruption. The average worker spends as much as 28% of their time every day recovering from little disturbances. They are in fact so common that there is an entire field of science dedicated to them called “interruption science” (the study of the effect of disruptions on job performance).

You start to wonder: if it takes 21 minutes to get back to work, how you are supposed to ever get anything done in a world filled with disruptions?

You’d think it would be impossible, but it’s not. You just have to be a little sneaky and have a realistic, pragmatic way of handing interruptions. [Read more…]