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How To Improve 24 Hours A Day

How To Improve 24 Hours A Day

We all get 24 hours each day, the question is, how much of it are we using to advance our lives forward? Are you spending half of your time watching TV? Are you wasting hours each day on your phone? Or are you the type of person who’s doing something productive 24 hours of the day every day?

When I say 24 hours, I actually mean 24 hours. Let me explain.

Below I’ve categorized a whole range of daily scenarios. Each of the categories below are experienced by most people on a daily basis.

Parts Of Your Day

  • Free Hours
  • Gaps In Schedule
  • 5-15 minute breaks
  • Travelling
  • Conversations
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep

The interesting thing is, it’s not just in your free time or schedule gaps where you can work on yourself. Self-improvement really can be carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it doesn’t have to be a chore either. Let’s see how…

Free Hours

This is where you can do anything you wish, you have time on your side and nothing else to do. Most people get around 4-6 free hours a day, it just feels like less because they sit in front of the TV and let time get away from them.

During these hours you can go to the gym, play sport, work on a business, date and so on, the possibilities are endless.

Gaps In Schedule

These are those golden hours that spring up out of nowhere. You may finish work early, get lucky with traffic or even have a meeting cancelled.

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During these stages of your day, you should have pre-planned activities. Know what can be done beforehand so that when these moments do crop up, you’re not sat around watching the clock. I have a very busy schedule, as soon as I get a free hour I know it’s workout time just in case I don’t get another chance all day.

5-15 minute breaks

These moments come along often, most people will simply sit somewhere and watch the world go by, but this adds up to a lot of lost time. I personally like to use these moments for research. Any topic that has interested me or an issue I have, I search. Eventually, after going back to this topic, perhaps over the period of a few days, you build up a vast knowledge base.

Travelling

Whether by bus, plane, car, bike or foot, travelling is a perfect excuse for audio. Put your headphones in and learn about something new. I’ve probably listened to thousands of hours of audio whilst driving in my life, it’s such an effective tool. Imagine you have a 1-hour commute to work and 1 hour again on the way back. That’s two whole hours of knowledge, research or even lessons every day that can be added.

Conversations

A conversation is an opportunity, an opportunity to test out your body language, human interactions, confidence with women, confidence around other men, manners, elocution and so on. I use to practice my eye contact on everyone I met when I first began learning body language, it kept things interesting and made me better.

Relaxation

You need some time to yourself, but that doesn’t mean things have to stop. You can watch TV and still self-improve. Your bank account may not move much, but your looks could improve greatly. Chew gum and strengthen your jaw, practice mouth posture and drive your maxilla upwards and forwards to make yourself better looking. Practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques. The possibilities are endless. Self-improvement doesn’t always mean gym, money and women. Self-improvement could be something as simple as resting your tongue on the roof of your mouth. In this situation, you’re improving your looks. You see, not a second of the day is wasted.

Sleep

How can you improve in your sleep? Well firstly don’t sleep on your back, it encourages your tongue to fall to the back of your mouth and plays havoc with your jaw growth. Secondly, get an early night, put the technology away, don’t eat sugar before bed. Improving in your sleep happens before you sleep. The preparation is what we’re referring to here. Going to bed at 2am and waking up at 6am is not improving. Going to bed at 10pm and waking up at 6am fully refreshed, looking better and thinking clearly is improvement.

A True Self Improvement Expert

So what does this teach us? That self-improvement really is continuous, and can be done 24 hours a day. You don’t have to be focusing on money all day, or your body and diet all day. Sometimes improvement can be the pronunciation of certain words, mastering deep breathing to lower stress, or even researching the latest trends/products ready to capitalize on an opportunity. Improvement should be summed up as anything that drives you forwards or prepares you to make a major change in the future.

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However, this is only half the battle. A true self-improvement expert doesn’t stop with filling their 24 hours each day, they combine multiple things together at once.

As I’m writing this article I’m improving multiple aspects of my life. I’m improving MSi College (a business I own), I’m improving my writing skills, my intellect has to be getting sharper, I’m breathing deeply, drinking a cup of powerful herbs, listening to a documentary about fashion/business giant Tom Ford and I’m chewing very tough gum. Not to mention that I’m continuously practicing sperm retention, automated money is making it’s way into my bank account and my last meal was a testosterone boosting/healthy eggs and chicken which is probably benefiting my health and appearance as I write this.

You could say that during the time I write this article, I’m actually improving 10 or more areas of my life without really thinking about any except the words on this page. I’m not saying this to brag, it’s just a very easy example to use because it’s real and you guys can easily relate/see it unfold.

Let’s take you through a 24 hour day just to showcase what can be achieved.

Daily Example

Wake-up: No alarm clock, natural light and a glass of water bedside ready to consume. This benefits health and energy.

Morning: Go for a run only 20 minutes or so, whilst listening to a podcast from a successful individual. Get back home and you eat a healthy breakfast combined with an herbal tea. The entire time you’re making sure that your tongue is on the roof of your mouth and you’re breathing deeply.

You get in the shower which has a water filter to prevent chemicals. The water is cold because you’ve read about the benefits of cold showers. You opt for your natural soap because you wish to keep your testosterone levels high.

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Getting out of the shower you dry yourself off, but let your hair air dry in the inversion position. This benefits hair loss, hair strength, blood circulation, mental clarity and removes waste from your body. While upside down you have the speaker connected to YouTube and you’re listening to a top ten fitness tips video from a fitness model.

Morning Part 2: On your drive to work you put your headphones in once again and practice another language. The one hour commute each morning is really beginning to help you learn quickly.

At work you’re forced to get on with your day, but this is fine because it’s increasing your wealth, bringing you closer to major assets and perhaps taking you closer to a promotion. This is all career and financial based. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t chew that gum or get that tongue on the roof of your mouth again. And don’t forget to breathe deeply. You may have your own stuff from home at work, such as your own natural herbs. Mix them up and have a drink, avoid the coffee, this will benefit your health furthermore.

At lunch everyone is going to the burger van around the corner, but you opt for a healthy option and go for a 15-minute walk instead. You’re improving your health once again. You get back to the office and feel a little stressed, if you’re lucky you have your own space and can sit back listening to a guided meditation. This cancels out the stress, makes you perform better and reduces the risk of health concerns.

Afternoon: You continue to breathe deeply, chew gum and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, you’re even practicing the correct swallow technique because you want those male model hollow cheeks by next year. Each phone call that day has you practicing your pronunciation. You’re really focusing on elocution because you’re not a fan of your accent.

During your final break of the day, you sit down with your phone and research all sorts of self-help topics, you may even end up on a website just like this one.

The drive home for most people is stressful, all they want to do is get home. But they’re not you. You don’t mind sitting for that extra 5 minutes because you still have a couple more chapters of that audiobook you’ve been listening to, to get through. This leaves you less stressed and more educated when everyone else is just more stressed.

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You get home, prepare a healthy meal and head off to the gym. At the gym you’re listening to more self-improvement material, perhaps something in the realms of Tony Robbins or TedX this time. After your 1 hour session and a cold shower at the gym, you get back and have that healthy meal ready to eat rather than falling for the cravings trap.

After a long hard day all you want to do is relax. Sitting down with a book is a good idea here, perhaps 30 minutes of extra knowledge gathering is still in the tank.

By this point you’re probably sick and tired of self-improvement, this is where 1 hour of TV, 1 hour of gaming or a date with the girlfriend is perfect. Something that you can enjoy which is relaxing. However, you can still improve. Whilst gaming you can chew gum, posture correctly, breath deeply, swallow correctly and so on. When out with your girlfriend you can select the right healthy meals, improve your relationship and even practice good eye contact with her.

Night: As we discussed the preparation for sleep is the most important part. Start winding down, don’t stay up too late, don’t eat sugary snacks and don’t try and start a new task. Get some good rest and be ready for the next day of improvement. Top tip: Never go to bed on the same day you wake up on. In other words, get to bed before 12.

Conclusion

Now, of course, you don’t have to live like this, this is simply an example of what’s possible. You could fit less into your day, more into your day, or you could copy this exact day. The amount isn’t important because we’re all different, the important part is that you’re using your time wisely. I personally feel lost if at least one aspect of my life isn’t moving forward at all times. Some people are fine with half a day of being motivated and half of the day being more relaxed.

The balance is up to you, just don’t complain in 10-20 years if things didn’t go as planned, it was within your control!

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Last Updated on October 22, 2019

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

4. Get up and Move

We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

The Bottom Line

It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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