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The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three

The rule of three is simple.

Pick three things you want to achieve today. And focus all your efforts on those three things. 

By doing this, you end up clearing your task list much faster than you expected, you’re not as drained, and you’re more relaxed, because you only have three things to do today. The bonus is that when you’re more relaxed, your performance and output increases exponentially (there are hundreds of studies on this to prove it) and by achieving these three things every day, you’ll feel an overall satisfaction with your life.

A good idea is to make one of those three an item you’ve been procrastinating for a while. By ticking it off, you’ll be encouraged to tackle more on your list, which is always a great thing.

A bonus tip is when you’re finished with those three tasks and you have the time, don’t stop there. Tackle a fourth, or perhaps a fifth. And do keep track of your progress somehow so that you can reward yourself for all the hard work!

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

I’ve been seeing many entrepreneurs and business owners burning the midnight oil, night after night. I’m awake at some crazy hours (and my Twitter TL is flooded with you owls), but I somehow manage to get a solid eight hours of sleep (or sometimes a little more!)

Not getting enough sleep for an extended period isn’t something to be proud of. It shows a consistent lack of proper planning on your part. This does not include the couple of nights where you have to burn through it to get that project closed on time, or supply a client with some last-minute work (because that shit does happen for us service businesses).

What I’m talking about is the hundreds of business owners who claim to not have a good night’s sleep in over a year, or two or three years.

This is what a potential client thinks: if you have to handle my sensitive business, and you’re not functioning properly because you haven’t gotten enough sleep, then I don’t want your business.

I have heard a client talk about a supplier like that. It’s a scary position to be in, especially when they then look at you and question your sleeping habits.

So, set a regular bed time which allows at least seven hours of sleep. Stick to it.

If you need a list of the numerous health benefits, Google ‘the benefits of sleep’.

Bottom Line: you need to be at your best performance and peak brain function to keep your business healthy.

Post-Script: I am quite guilty for not getting enough sleep too. After all, this post was written at 1:44am. But I try not to do this two nights in a row and not more than once a week, and that’s important. 

Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero… the seemingly unattainable feat.

Here is an easy method to get you to inbox zero:

When you read something, you do one of three things:

If you need to action something in the email, flag it and leave it in the inbox.

If you do not need to action it but you should keep it for future reference, archive it.

If you don’t need it, delete it.

Once you practice this, you’ll see how attainable inbox zero actually is, and you’ll be able to keep up with items requiring your attention or action sent in email. Productivity high-five! 🙌

Getting things done… 

Getting things done… 

You can read hundreds of articles and books on getting things done, and download dozens of the top rated productivity apps in the App Store, but there is one method that many “productivity gurus” seem to forget to mention…

Just sit down and do the fucking work! 

There. That’s the best piece of advice I can give to anyone about productivity. Put one foot in front of the other and start walking. No amount of books or apps can do that for you. Keep it simple, make a task list, cross things off.

Bonus tip: make your bed every morning. It’s one of those items on your list that you can achieve, and by mentally ticking it off, you will set yourself on a path of productivity for the day. It actually works… Try it for a week and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plus, your bedroom looks 200% neater when the bed is made up! Pros all around! 👌

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