If you want to achieve something significant, if you are developing something important, if you want to get ahead in your financial life… you need to be able to get things done.
And getting things done requires amazing personal productivity.
6 years ago I was busy writing my book. At first my approach to writing was not producing good results. The quality of the writing was poor, and I was not happy with the content.
But then I radically changed my approach.
This new approach helped me to finish the book in 18 days and the book later became an international bestseller.
At that time I wrote the following post on social media where I explained what I did to achieve that. This 6-year-old post can give you some great tips on how to get ahead in life.
After 3 weeks of focused work my book is FINISHED! Here is what YOU can learn from my example of extreme FOCUS on one important task:
First a recap of what I did:
– I have been writing the book since January 2016. I made gradual progress over the months but I felt that the book will not be world class if I do it “one hour per day” or “one page per day” like many experts recommend. Plus, it seemed that going on like this will put a finish date somewhere in 2017.
– On the 5th of July I made a commitment to go on an extreme information diet in order to be able to focus exclusively on writing my book (the only other thing I did was spending time with my wife and kids). That meant almost no FB, no phone calls, no news…- Here is my example of a typical day: getting up at 7:15am, leaving the phone on flight mode, taking the kids to the kindergarten, getting to the office around 8:30am, writing the book till 10am, short break, writi
ng the book till 12:30, short lunch break, 10 minutes to check the emails and only answering some very important ones, again writing the book till 4pm. After that family time and leaving my subconscious mind to do the thinking for the next day.
– Even though the “effective” writing time was only about seven hours per day I was able to finish the book and self-edit it two times in 18 working days (that means that after writing it I have gone over the book in detail two times by myself, improving it and editing it. Now I’m really happy with the content and the book is ready for external content editors who will give me additional feedback.
1. Superhuman productivity: when you focus single-mindedly on one important task (without interruptions, phones, emails, …) you can do a colossal amount of work in a short period of time.
2. Get your brain in high gear: the main reason why so many people are not productive is the number of interruptions they face. If you are constantly interrupted, you are constantly switching tasks and your brain needs a lot of time to re-focus. If you are working on a complex task that requires a lo
t of high-level thinking, like writing a (good) book, there is no way you will be able to do it in small chunks of time. It will take too much time just to go through the things you have already done and to start with real thinking again.
3. Get free help from your subconscious mind: when you go on an information diet and you focus on one task for days, the quality of the work goes up exponentially. I think that the main reason for that is that you allow your subconscious mind to do a lot of hard work. If you are working on too many things, your subconscious mind doesn’t have a clear direction. So it does nothing. It produces no ideas of great value.
4. Aha moments don’t appear when you are working: when you are focusing on one task for days, you need to have some time off. If you don’t allow your mind to have some time off during these days, you are not allowing the powerhouse of your subconsciousness to work. Most “Aha moments” in history of science appeared when the scientist was relaxing or doing something not connected to his or her work. Also, my best ideas for the book came out of thin air when I was not writing it.
I hope this post gave you some ideas that you can use in your work.
P.S. If you haven’t already, you can buy the book on Amazon.
92% of investors are losing large amounts of money when investing – without even being aware of it. And the main cause for that are The Six Dark Forces of Investing™. If you don’t learn what these forces are, you will never be able to invest profitably. Click here now to get to know them, and Darth Vader will seem like a good guy to you.