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Top 5 Habits to Increase Your Productivity By 30% Every Week

Top 5 Habits to Increase Your Productivity By 30% Every Week

Imagine a life where you can work less but get more done.

So many of us waste time on things that don’t matter or lack efficiency when doing the things that do matter.

Brendon Burchard has shared what he calls the 5×50 productivity formula, which explains how you can get more done in less time. We’re going to give you a summary of what he shared to help you become more productive.

1. 50-Minute More Sleep

There’s no right amount of sleep that each individual should get. Some people can thrive off 6 hours, while others may need 7 to 8 hours per night.

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According to the Sleep Foundation, 45% of people in the U.S have said that lack of sleep has affected their daily routine in the past week. Which means that chances are, 1/2 of you reading this could use more sleep.

Try squeezing in an extra 50 minutes of sleep on a consistent basis by either going to bed earlier or waking up later (for those of you that can afford the luxury!).

2. 50-Minute Morning Blocks

There are many studies that show that the morning is when we’re the most creative. This is because willpower is limited, and we should take advantage of this by doing our most important work first in the morning.

Instead of rushing to respond to your emails, we should treasure our mornings to reflect on what’s coming up for the day, and create a strategy around how we can be the most effective.

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3. 50-Minute Block Times

One of the biggest reasons why we’re not able to find time to learn something new or work on our passion projects is that we’re still relying on “to-do lists.” According to Kevin Kruse, a bestselling author who studied billionaires, entrepreneurs, and Olympic athletes, the one thing these top performers have in common is: they schedule their priorities.

Putting things on your calendar and setting a specific timeline to it allows you to focus on just one thing that’s important to you, instead of being in reaction mode.

We can only get so much done when we’re constantly putting out the fire instead of strategizing for the long term.

4. 50-Minute Breaks

How often are you taking breaks while you work?

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There’s a diminishing effect that we all experience after a certain period of time. If you’re a Type-A person then it’s natural to want to push through it, thinking that you can get more done without taking breaks.

But our creativity, focus, and willpower will suffer if we don’t stand up once in a while and walk around.

One tool that we recommend using is the Pomodoro Technique.

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    Here’s how it works:

    1. Choose a task to be accomplished.
    2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
    3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
    4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
    5. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 minutes)

    5. 50-Minute Renewals

    At the end of the day, leveraging strategies to become your most productive self can only go so far.

    All of us need to schedule time to renew ourselves on a daily basis. Some of us can do this through meditation, for others it could be working out, or it could even be done through journaling to reflect on your day.

    There’s no perfect solution for renewing yourself, you’ll need to experiment to figure out what works best for you.

    Bonus: The 1-Page Productivity Planner

    Another tool that Brendon has created is the 1-page productivity planner. It’s a one-page template that helps you prioritize what’s most important during your day. Screenshot this planner and try it out for the next week.

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      How to Fight Information Overload

      How to Fight Information Overload

      Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

      This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

      As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

      What you need to do is focus on these 4 steps:

      1. Set your goals.
      2. Decide whether you really need the information.
      3. Consume only the minimal effective dose.
      4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming too much information.

      But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

      The Nature of the Problem

      The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem. This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

      When we see some half-baked blog post we don’t even consider reading it, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it. We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

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      No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on. The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

      That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

      Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control. Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it. But first…

      Why information overload is bad

      It stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here. When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

      Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

      The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

      You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work, or enjoy your passion.

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      So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with your goals.

      1. Set your goals

      If you don’t have your goals put in place you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

      Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

      Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

      Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

      2. What to do when facing new information

      Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

      First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans then skip it. You don’t need it.

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      If it does then it’s time for another question. Will you be able to put this information into action immediately? Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks? Or is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away? If the information is not actionable in a day or two (!) then skip it. (You’ll forget about it anyway.)

      And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

      You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant. Self-control comes handy too … it’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future then SKIP IT.

      3. Minimal Effective Dose

      There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour Body,Tim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs. Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

      Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life. Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

      4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming more information

      Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

      This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

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      Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

      In Closing

      As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance. I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over. I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

      Feel free to shoot me a comment below and share your own story of fighting information overload. What are you doing to keep it from sabotaging your life?

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