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How to Double Your Productivity Immediately With a Dream Collage

How to Double Your Productivity Immediately With a Dream Collage

All successful men and women are goal setters; they focus their time and energy on their goals and this makes them very productive. A wise man once said that the only shortcut to success is to understand the principles applied by successful people and apply them to your life. I want to teach you a goal setting technique that many great men and women have used to preserve their dreams, a technique that the great Napoleon Hill believes will make anyone rich and one that transformed Robin Sharma from an unhappy successful lawyer to a world renowned leadership expert, author, and motivational speaker. This technique, from the very first day you apply it, will double your productivity and help you achieve all of your dreams.

What is a Dream Collage?

dream collage

    A dream collage is a collection of images of the achievements or goals you wish to experience in reality. It’s a creative tool designed to help you visualize your dreams, thereby giving you a sense of purpose and direction. The use of a dream collage is very effective because you are able to create a picture of exactly what you want; scientists reveal that the subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behaviors. This is why you should carefully imprint the pictures of your desired future into your subconscious mind until they start to influence everything that you do, and a dream collage will help you achieve just that.

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    Things You Will Need

    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Pictures from various sources
    • Access to internet
    • A journal/board

    Step 1: Dream BIG

    Dream-Big

       

      You really need to dream big; your dream should get your heart pounding whenever you think about it. Just close your eyes for a few minutes and look deep within you, thinking about your utmost desires and your wildest dreams. You need to picture it like a movie, so clearly that you are able to transfer it on paper. Maybe you want to become the richest man in the world, a bestselling author, or the president of the United States. Dream big, and make sure that the dream is original. This process in itself is very rewarding as it will help you come to a realization of your true self.

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      Step 2: Sort

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        This second step is where you sort all of your dreams from step 1. You might need to delete some of them; I recommend that only your major goals go into the collage. The sub-goals are usually just means to help you achieve your major goals. Another thing you can do in case you have a lot of items on the list and don’t want to delete any of them is to have a separate collage for different aspects of your life, that is, one collage each for your spiritual life, your career, your family, and so on.

        Step 3: Search

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        find your way

          Now that you are clear on what you want, start searching for pictures that can represent each of your dreams. The rule here is to make sure that each picture makes sense to you; you can’t use a picture because someone else is using it. You can put pictures of the kind of house you want to live in or the kind of car you want to drive; you might not get the exact picture but use a picture that is very close to the original thing you want. If you want a beautiful wife and two kids, you can get a picture of a couple with two lovely kids. You can get pictures from magazines, catalogs, cereal boxes, TV Guide, Pinterest, Google, and so on. You can even draw some of the pictures, whatever works for you.

          Step 4: Organize

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            Start pasting the pictures on a piece of cardboard, journal, or a white board. After each picture, write a sentence below it to convey the message to your mind. For example,if you paste a picture of a very big hotel, you can write this below it, “I have a 7 star hotel in the Paris.” Make use of key words in the present tense, for example, I have, I earn, I am the president of the United States. When you say these words to yourself over and over again, it destroys your old pattern of thoughts created by fear, doubt, and the society, and you now begin to see with clarity that you can do great things.

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            Step 5: Start Living Your Dreams

            live your dream

              This is the most important step, as without this step, everything you have done in the previous steps will be a waste of time. You have to put your dream collage somewhere you can easily see it, preferably by your bed side so that you can see it every day before you go to bed and first thing in the morning — the subconscious mind is more receptive at these two periods. The more you review your goals, the clearer they become to you. Your subconscious mind will then begin to provide you with the ideas and drive you need to do to achieve all your dreams, and your productivity will increase dramatically.

              Conclusion

              Whatsoever the heart of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Start living your dreams today. 

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              Published on July 17, 2018

              How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

              How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

              I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

              You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

              But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

              What is compartmentalization

              To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

              In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

              However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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              Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

              Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

              The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

              Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

              Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

              How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

              The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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              Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

              My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

              Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

              Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

              One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

              If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

              The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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              Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

              This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

              If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

              Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

              Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

              Reframe the problem as a question

              Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

              One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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              For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

              Choose one thing to focus on

              To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

              Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

              Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

              Comparmentalization saves you stress

              Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

              This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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