Today, I’m sharing 9 of my favorite productivity hacks.
Here they are:
Speeding up your mouse. If you’re going at half speed on your mousepad, you’re going at half speed on your day. Increase your mouse trackpad speed settings to the max.
Bed optimization. A few strategies I use… Get an air filter to avoid your room from being stuffy (I use Winix). Find the best pillows for your neck comfort. Get a good mattress topper. Find the best bed mattress and make sure it suits your sleeping position. Use the Oura ring.
Sunday accountability checks in with accountability partners. I text my good friend Adam Gilbert every Sunday to review what I’ve done over the past week and share my biggest focuses for next week. Add new categories when necessary. Schedule and make sure it happens.
Having an index card system. Use an index 3x5” card to list your 3-5 most important tasks. Use an asterisk to mark the MOST important thing to do. This keeps you super focused as things come up during the day.
Use the Strides app. This is how I build better habits.
Daily Mantra. There are keywords and themes that I want each day. It’s a living document so it keeps updating as you’re evolving. You can use an app like Strides, or set a Siri or calendar reminder.
Daily reminders on things you’re grateful. I use Siri. My teammate David uses the 5-Minute Journal. Both can work.
Don’t bring a charger when you’re going to work in a coffee shop. Because you only have a limited time, this forces you to work on the things that matter.
Get an assistant or use timeetc.com to find one. Your time is everything. Leverage services or people. Paying for people or services that save you time is a no-brainer.
Which productivity tip will you be implementing in your daily life today? Leave a comment below to let me know!
When I did my Homeless Experiment, the language I heard from every person was always the same:
It’s the government's fault.
It’s my ex-wife’s fault.
It’s the systems fault.
Ok, whatever. I’m sure external forces had something to do with it. But in the end you’re in charge of your future. And if you spend all your brain energy on that, you’ll just keep playing the victim and suffer.
So maybe a better way to put this is: It’s your responsibility.
If you take responsibility, you’re able to analyze the problem, figure out a course of action, and pull yourself out of it.
If you have lots of resources, that’s extra points.
If you’re super talented in some way, that’s extra points.
You can compensate by pilling on heavy in other areas.
Brutally taking inventory of what you have to offer is a helpful way to improve yourself, IF you are trying to improve yourself.
Having self value is great and all, but it often swings too far in the other direction where people are trying to falsely feel good about themselves. Yes you can temporarily mask the fact that you might suck, but it always ends up getting exposed in the long run.
At least having some sense that you need to improve will help you well….improve!
It’s like a politician saying we should guarantee easy access to student loans.
This seems like a good idea.
But the 2nd order effect is that a ton of new students start taking out student loans.
3rd order effect is a gigantic amount of new students can afford larger sums of money.
4th order effect is colleges raise their prices.
5th order effect is students take out higher and higher loans because it’s easy.
6th order effect is within a decade college prices go up by well over 2,000%
….THEN a whole other solution is proposed to counteract this! Like let’s forgive all student loans!
This is almost a dumb solution, as it doesn’t SOLVE anything.
The actual solution is to not guarantee these gigantic loans. This will mean students have to pay out of pocket, which means they’ll have smaller budgets and will question the value of their degree, which means colleges will have to lower their prices and offer better programs to get students jobs.
Think about these 2nd and 3rd order effects before you view a problem in such a simplistic manner.
So if you seem homeless people on the street, many people assume “Ok let’s just put them in a house!”
The 2nd order Effect is now you basically encourage certain people to be homeless because you give them free housing, which increases the problem and demand.
The 3rd order effect is now the city government is in the business of taking care of hundreds of people for life.
The 4th order effect is that you create a reliance on the government.
The 5th order effect is that a whole generation of people are trained to expect handouts.
The 5th order effect is the city government is now under extreme and crushing financial pressure to take care of an ever growing problem.
So you do one thing, and all these other weird things pop up down the line.
Typically people think of a simple solution without thinking about the other effects it may have down the line.
There’s A LOT of talk about mental health, and that’s great. But like any trend, it tends to swing too far at some point.
It’s starting to get common for people to take “mental health days” anytime they’re sad or don’t feel like doing something.
Well toughen up bitch.
Being sad sometimes is normal.
Being tired sometimes is normal.
Being anxious sometimes is normal.
These are not mental disorders. There are normal, everyday, human feelings.
If you just tell yourself whilst feeling sad, “this is a pretty normal human emotion. It’s usually temporary. It can almost always be solved by hanging out with loved ones, getting some exercise, or taking a walk outside.” You will then be able to bear this emotion like a big boy or girl.
The thing in my mind that most sticks out:
Someone once asked Arnold Schwarzenegger whilst he was going through a nasty divorce, and a cheating scandal, and other political stuff how he was holding up. And he replied, “Well it’s better than being in the coal mines in Austria.”
Use your common sense to figure out if you’re falling into a trap of blaming mental health as the problem, or if you’re just using it as a convenient excuse.
And if you have a real problem, why even wait to seek professional help on it.
Every self replicating organism before you has died.
We know the average lifespan of a cat is in the 10 to 15 years range.
We know a dog will last between 10 and 15 years.
A horse will go for 25 to 30 years.
A human can often make it around 80 years.
So why not plan it out, kind of like a vacation.
If you’re going to Italy for 2 weeks, you at least know you want to see the Eiffel Tower, and take a water gondola ride. You don’t have to plan out every second of your vacation, in fact 80% of the time can be spent just aimlessly wandering and seeing what happens.
However you still always have that 2 week timeframe to base it off.
Your brain sucks at remembering stuff. So write it out.
Not sure why you’re sad in the morning. Write it out.
If you just lay in bed wondering why you feel like crap, your brain will go in this endless circle.
Instead if you write it out.
Is my brain chemically altered? Not enough sleep? Hungover.
By writing this out, and seeing the text in front of me, I can instantly see: “OHH...I went out with my friends last night and drank, and this morning I’m slightly hungover. Hangovers make you feel like crap. The primary reason I feel like crap is because I’m hungover. I know that for the next few hours I 100% will feel like crap, and that’s normal. if I drink a lot of water, eat some food, and try to workout, in a few hours I’ll feel better. But for now, I will continue to feel like crap and being hungover is the reason.
At least now you’ve identified the problem and know what to expect, and how to start solving it.