29. Nov, 2017

You also have 24 hours in a day!

Yes, as I mentioned in my previous post, you can do anything but not everything at the same time.Here some tips

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

When you see certain individuals achieve a level of unimaginable success, it's not because they have more hours in the day than you. It's because somehow they've figured out how to deploy those hours in a way that is more effective, more productive, and allows for compounding results.

Whether your goal is to take your career to the next level, or just have more control over your personal schedule, these are the top 10 life hacks you absolutely implement into your daily routine:

1. Set alarms for everything.

I know I'm not the only person who lives by the mantra, "If it's not in my mobile calendar, it doesn't happen."

Success tends to be the result of being able to manage more with less--meaning you can handle 10x the responsibilities of most people, but with the same (or even less) effort. This goes back to the idea of working smart, not hard.

So, with an increase in responsibilities, you can't expect yourself to remember everything. In fact, it's a waste of brain power. Just set reminders and show up when you need to. It's that easy.

2. If someone wants to schedule a call, send a Google calendar invite.

Building on the above, if someone emails you requesting a call--or if you email someone else to schedule a call--always, always, always send a Google cal invite.

Not only does this ensure you don't forget, but it ensures the other person won't forget either. And more than that, it shows you're on top of your game.

You're organized, and you're going to be there when you say you're going to be there.

3. Chunk your activities together--don't bounce between different tasks.

Do you have tons of calls this week? See if you can move them all to one afternoon, back-to-back-to-back.

By performing related tasks one after the other, you're able to move so much faster. Reason being, you get in your flow for that one specific type of activity. Block times to manage similar task together. It works!

4. Don't start your day by answering e-mails. Start with your hardest tasks, first.

Most entrepreneurs that live by this golden rule.

When you start your day by checking your inbox, you immediately put yourself in a reactive state. You're reacting to the day, to other people's requests, instead of setting out to get done what you know you need to get done, first.

Instead, start your morning with a tough task. Work through the hard stuff earlier on, and save the mind-numbing email tasks for lunch or later in the day. But don't waste those precious morning hours responding to other people's requests.

They can wait. (And that's not out of disrespect--just an awareness of protecting your own time.)

5. Do free work for someone you very badly want to learn from.

This is a severely undervalued professional life hack.

I am a firm believer in doing free work in exchange for the opportunity to learn. Most people don't think this way. They reach a certain level of success or status within their career and refuse to play that "intern" role ever again. People are becoming very demanding and expecting to be rewarded/promoted first to do that free/volunteering job after but in reality is the other way around!

And you know what's funny?

If you're good at what you do, that free work almost always leads to bigger and better opportunities. 

6. Save more than you spend.

Most people don't task risks--personally and professionally--because of money.

For example: a lot of people don't leap from your 9-5 to do something they really enjoy purely because they can't stomach the financial risk. They don't have enough saved up to make that sort of decision comfortably.

Okay, why don't you have enough saved up? Probably because you spend more than you save.

Having money in the bank is what allows you to take risks, build bigger ideas, and ultimately live a more fulfilling life. So, by any means necessary, work toward a lifestyle that allows you to save more than you spend. 

This, in itself, will change your outlook on life.

7. Build your personal brand online.

Do you want to know the single most powerful professional life hack out there?

Having a personal brand. And that is what they think about you when you are not present.

When people know who you are, they reach out to you.

When people know what you're all about, opportunities come your way.

When people know what value you can provide, they want to work with you (and only you).

And more important, when people understand what values you stand for. Be true to yourself.

8. Schedule time to relax.

Having commitments from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. is not realistic. And it's also not sustainable.

A better long-term model (to ensure you don't burn out, crash, and then spend a week recovering) is to deliberately schedule in time to relax. If you have calls all morning, give yourself an hour to go grab lunch uninterrupted. If you have a crazy week, spend your weekend doing something to recharge.  

The best thing to be productive is actually to be able to disconnect.

9. Delegate as much as possible.

If you value an hour of your time at X, then anything below that cost, outsource or delegate. 

Delegation is one of the only ways you can really scale your time. And a lot of people struggle to delegate for two reasons:

- They see it as a loss instead of a gain .

- They have too much emotional attachment to owning all aspects of the work and they think nobody is going to be able to do it as good

If you want to be a one-person show, then by all means, keep doing everything yourself. But if you want to scale your time and build something bigger than yourself, then you're going to have to let go of some of that emotional attachment.

10. The more successful you get, remind yourself to stay open and humble.

Here's a life hack most business people never talk about.

Let's say you start achieving a ton of success in your life. You go from being that young and hungry entrepreneur to an industry superstar. 

Now what?

For most people, this is where ego gets involved. They start seeing themselves as better than everyone else. They take less meetings, answer less calls. They distance themselves from the world because they feel like they have nothing left to prove.

That's a fast-track to closing doors of opportunity.

The bigger you get, and the more success you find, the more you have to work to stay open and humble

Give first without expecting to receive.But you will always receive. Time will be your witness and partner.

 

All the best.

Nieves

Fastracktorefocus Coaching

Fastracktorefocus@gmail.com