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Effectively Launch An Idea in 6 Easy Steps

Effectively Launch An Idea in 6 Easy Steps

How do you launch an idea with the least amount of effort?  You don’t exactly.  The most effort you exert is in the beginning as you hone and define your value proposition and market strategy.  Launching an idea successfully takes commitment and a solid vision that motivates others.  Your goal is to take your idea from inside your head to a product or business others want to pay for.  At the launch phase, you’re ready for momentum and giving your clients/buyers what they need.  Afterwards, it will be a steady climb to sales and growth.  The more successful your launch, the more likely you’ll be a success later on.

What follows should be a cinch if you have your ducks in a row. These steps will help you with an easy launch.  Rinse and repeat until you get it right.

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1. Read for motivation and focus.

An important element when you first launch an idea is to get your mind right.  Feed it knowledge, strategies, motivation and innovative techniques.  I recommend any book by Robert Greene, and The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton M. Christensen. There are countless books that appeal to each personality type and break down internal barriers to success and limitless potential.

2. Limit time for conducting research.

One hour on the computer can turn into 3–4 hours before you even notice.  Reserve these draining efforts for a few days a week.  You can spend these days researching as many hours as you want. On other days you are free to get back to action-oriented items like making calls, replying to emails, and taking appointments.

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3. Build something you can test.

This is a level up from your standard thought experiment. There’s a lot of talk these days about MVP, a minimum viable product. Explainer videos, landing pages, blogs, pop-up shops, and interviews are a few examples.  This means that you don’t spend loads of cash up front before you launch or test the needs of your market.  You get to spend time perfecting what you want to create, and launching it with full confidence.

4. Invite a private beta group.

The beta process involves anywhere from a few weeks to months testing your idea.  Choose people you know, but make the bulk of your beta group people you never met.  Family and friends have a way of either agreeing with everything you do, or not taking your new venture seriously.  There are several sites that can get you in front of beta users in no time.

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5. Re-build with new ideas and features.

Don’t rush to launch until you know your product better than anything else.  Take what you learned in your testing phase, and add new features to your product.  Feel free to experiment and run another test when done.  This next phase should either be the launch of your business, or a better prototype if you need to keep testing.

6. Create buzz to attract funding, subscribers.

With all the talk of attracting investors and supporters, publicity rarely gets the respect it deserves.  It is completely free, and the rewards can be priceless.  Arrange a launch party at a cafe or local lounge, and notify local press. Another option is to email magazine editors directly about your launch.  The days where editors sat behind iron gates are over.  Get out there and start making some waves.

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Launching a business or idea takes support from others like mentors, advisers, and buyers. You can’t be an entrepreneur alone.  Once you launch your dream, you’ll increase your visibility and attract opportunities that can change your life, and maybe even the world. Launch an idea one step and at a time. Easy does it.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

Let me guess.

You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

2. Use Red and Blue More Often

Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

3. Create a Break Agenda

List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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5. Take It Outside!

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

6. Become Productively Lazy

Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

9. Prepping the Night

Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

11. Set-up Mini Tasks

If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

13. Redecorate Your Room

Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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14. Ready Your Nibbles

You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

15. Schedule Your Chores

Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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