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The Only Thing to Care About If You Want to Succeed

The Only Thing to Care About If You Want to Succeed

I have a friend who was thinking about opening a pizza place. His core passion was making pizza and having others enjoy it, so he figured it could be a good business for him.

As soon as he began the process of opening the restaurant, though, there were lots of other questions he had to consider: the location, taxes, zoning, staffing, and business planning. So he began researching and talking to people, which all took a lot of time. He figured out the right location, the staffing, the tax implications, the business plan, and more.

    He felt he was ready to open. But what suffered when he finally got started was the actual quality of the pizzas.

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      How could that be? Wasn’t the pizza-making itself his passion?

      In fact it happens to 90% of us. We get caught up by all the other things around us that it makes us easily forget the core that creates meaning for our works. So how to turn things around?

      Find The Epicenter

      The “epicenter” is the core of anything. In terms of earthquakes, for example, it’s where the process begins. In a business sense, an “epicenter” is your core idea. What’s the passion? Why are you investing in this idea, concept, or new project?

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      This idea comes from a book Rework, which was written by Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp. The book is about looking at business planning and advice in a different way.

      In the example above, my friend’s epicenter was making quality pizza. If he focused on that side of it and potentially outsourced some of the other work he needed to do, he would have stayed passionate and had great overall performance.

        Stay focused on your epicenter

        Why are you doing this thing as opposed to doing some other things? When you find that passion in your epicenter, it allows you to be more productive and do more quality work.

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        Determine what’s a priority

        If you begin from your epicenter and view that as your foundation, you can more clearly understand what’s necessary to do in the future and what’s not. You can also better figure out what elements to outsource, or assign to someone else.

        Basecamp became a very powerful productivity tool for a lot of organizations. When Fried was building it, he didn’t rely very much on outside investors — as many do. He also didn’t have a standard business plan — which many people say you must have. Instead, he decided there was a major problem with how teams organized themselves and communicated information back and forth. His team set out to build a product that would help solve that problem. That was his epicenter. Everything else flowed from that. He didn’t instantly get bogged down in details or logistics of other aspects of building a business because his epicenter told him “If you work to solve this problem, the other aspects will get addressed.”

        Focus Your Energy

        There are always going to be other things that need to be addressed. But if your energy is focused on what you absolutely want to do, you will get better at knowing how to deal with everything else.

        Think of any random day at work. A lot of people easily become distracted: emails, meetings, people stopping by, and phone calls etc. This is not focusing on your epicenter. If you arrive at work on any given day and think “What do I need to achieve today?” then your day will be much more productive. You will be focusing towards your epicenter.

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        But if you allow yourself to be pulled in any new direction the moment it arises (a new email, a new phone call, a new visitor), you won’t be that productive. You’re not working towards an epicenter. You’re just working towards tasks.

        If you want to be more productive and successful, then, determine your epicenter. Work from there.

        Featured photo credit: Vecteezy via vecteezy.com

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        Last Updated on May 24, 2019

        How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

        How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

        If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

        Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

        1. Create a Good Morning Routine

        One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

        CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

        You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

        If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

        The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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        2. Prioritize

        Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

        Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

          If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

          Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

          How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

          3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

          One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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          Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

          Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

          Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

          And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

          4. Take Breaks

          Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

          To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

          After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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          I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

          5. Manage Your Time Effectively

          A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

          How do you know when exactly you have free time?

          By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

          With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

          Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

          A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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          20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

          6. Celebrate and Reflect

          No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

          Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

          Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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