Stop Wasting Your Time. Accomplish More Daily.

Stop Wasting Your Time. Accomplish More Daily.

Have you ever tried to start a project when your life was in a total mess? I mean, a total mess. You have hundreds of emails in your inbox, you have papers all over your desk, dishes are scattered all over the kitchen counter tops, you haven’t taken out the trash in a couple of days, your kids toys are in every room in the house, you have piles of clothes in the floor in your room….. you get the picture. Total disarray.

Here’s the thing. You can’t create in a space like this easily. Sure, it’s possible. It’s possible to do anything. And, if you really want to get shit done, you have to clean house. Clean the whole house and get a plan in place to keep it that way — so you can produce.

 

If you really want to get shit done, you have to clean house.

It’s time to stop wasting your time and accomplish more daily. I’m going to give you 7 strategies to do daily to get your shit together.

 

1. Clean up your house at night. Then create a system to maintain this.

I’m a bit of a clean freak. I cannot focus and get things accomplished when I am surrounded by a huge mess. There is something about the energy a mess gives off. Can you relate to this at all?

Here is my daily practice.

Each night before I go to sleep, I clean up my office and put away all of my notes, project journals, and folders. All papers get sorted, tasked into my project management software, and the rest is placed under my desk in a magazine stand. I have 3 large folders. I put everything into these 3 folders. Folder 1 is consulting clients. Folder 2 is mentoring clients. And Folder 3 is ongoing education.  That means my desk and office is completely clean for tomorrow.

I then clean the rest of my house in about an hour.

I start in the dining room. I clean off the table and the floor (our 5 year old still hasn’t figured out how to sit still and eat over a plate so there is always food on the floor and chairs). I clean up the kitchen by rinsing the dishes, loading up the dish washer and taking out the trash. Finally, I pick up toys around the living room and put them into a bin and bring that bin downstairs and put stuff in the appropriate room.

I have found that this process works for my family, and makes the next day start nice and clean and easy to work/live in.

 

2. Start the day early. Create a List. Do the hard stuff first. Schedule it.

I start the day at 5am in the morning. I end the day at 10pm. That gives me 7 hours of sleep. When I do not stick to this, my days suck and I’m over tired and dragging the next day.

I make sure to start my days with me. No one else. I wake up, jump out of bed. I then jump right into the shower. When I get out, I head upstairs and stretch. I start the day by drinking warm lemon water (it’s an acquired taste), and I sit down with my journal. I write out my plan for the day before ever looking at my computer or phone. I write down the 4 things I am thankful for, the 4 priority projects for the day, and the 4 people I must contact. I get to work.

What do I do first? The hard stuff. Why? Because when I do the hard stuff, I feel accomplished at the end of the day.

You must create a schedule with time limits on your list. I use Google Calendar and if it’s on the calendar – I get it done. If it is not, I don’t do it. It’s very easy to look at your calendar and see from 9am – 10am, you have to make calls to prospects or work on a specific project.

 

3. Affirmations. Train your mind. Be positive.

Affirmations are positive sayings or quotes used to reprogram your mind into being more effective.

The first time I ever remember doing an affirmation was at a Peak Potential’s conference called Millionaire Mind Intensive. We repeated “I create my life. I create the exact amount of my financial success.”

I thought it was the craziest shit I had ever seen. Hundreds of people in a room all chanting the same thing. I remember a guy in the room yelled out. “You all are trying to brainwash us with this horse shit.”

The trainer for the course replied back, “If we could brainwash you, this course would not be needed. So sit back down, and we’ll continue.”

Affirmations work at the subconscious level. We repeat positive sayings to convince our minds that is it true and “reprogram” it from all the crap we picked up in our lives that told us we are not enough.

I am who I am today in my positive self image because of my reprogramming. I continue to do affirmations daily. It helps. Just do it.

 

4. Move your body. Exercise. Eat right.

Warm lemon water in the morning gets me alkaline so I start the day at zero with no sugar craving. I then eat a small breakfast like oatmeal and fresh fruit and get to work.

After the first 4 hours of the day, I take a break for 60-90 minutes and I move my body. My schedule has me exercising every day. I swim. I cycle. I run. I chose to do triathlon a few years ago because I hated to work out at the gym. I found it completely boring. Now that I have found something I really enjoy, I stick to it. I went further and joined a Triathlon club so I can workout with others, do races together, and build friendships.

Whatever exercise activity you choose, choose it because you enjoy it. The alternative will never last.

I started eating healthy a few years ago. I stopped eating fast foods and drinking sodas, and started to eat mainly clean food. Clean food means – I know where my food is coming from and it has a very low amount of ingredients. I don’t count calories – I count ingredients.

I shop at Whole Foods and Safeway for food. We buy organic. We stay away from foods with tons of ingredients and chemicals we can’t pronounce. It’s that simple. The food I eat now has me feeling much better daily.

 

Whatever exercise activity you choose, choose it because you enjoy it. The alternative will never last.

 

5. Build a network starting with the people you already know.

The best way to get more money in your life is through the people you already know. This is a known fact. I’m not saying to sell things to your family and friends – unless they are your market and it makes sense. And, what I am saying is that it is through the people that you are connected to that you will make more connections.

We all start at the point of who we know – and then branch out from there.

I started my business by reaching out to co-workers. I then reached out to people I knew in the industry I was working in. It was just natural. I could relate to them and they could relate to me.  I was able to build a list of over 30,000 people in less than a year. That led me to doing webinars to over 1,000 people every week.

Facebook and LinkedIn are my main sources of connection and I friend anyone that is aligned with the way I live my life. You never know who you might meet.

 

6. Have fun every day. Celebrate. Love. Laugh.

I love to have fun every single day. Life is not living without great fun. I do this by riding my motorcycle to work out, date night with my smoking hot wife, joking around with my best buds in text messages, reaching out to people in social media, going out for drinks, getting a bite to eat, walking the beach, and going to a movie and talking about it afterward.

I also do it by spending time with my family. We have picnics/dinner parties every week with friends, we do a 1-night a week dinner at the beach, we have movie night, we have lots of dance breaks in our days, and I do daddy date nights with each of my girls.

 

7. Track your progress. Keep failure and successes in perspective.

This one is a hard one for me. I’m the kind of person that starts every day at zero. If I succeed, I feel great. If I do not, I feel like a looser. Harsh – I know. What keeps me in perspective is my loving wife that helps me to keep a record of my daily/weekly successes/failures and we celebrate them together.

By looking at my list daily, I am able to see what was accomplished and what is to be improved upon.

 

These 7 items truly have made a difference for me in my life. From starting the night before in cleaning to being disciplined in keeping my schedule and doing each of the 4 items on my list to having fun daily – it leaves me feeling accomplished and happy. I want you to have the same if that is your desire. It may not look exactly like my plan, and you may be able to grab a few of these that will work for you.

I’d love to hear from you now.

How do you keep your day productive? How do you stay on track with your daily goals? How do you keep your shit together and live the life you desire daily?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Thank you so much for reading, commenting and sharing these experiences.

J

 

 

 

 

1 Comment
  • David Weigert
    Posted at 03:14h, 01 June Reply

    Hi John

    I like your ideas and most of all I applaud you for implementing them.

    I look forward to practice the 7 items on the list.

    I would change one item. Breakfast protein and veggies no carbs or sugar. Really helps you have stable energy all day. Keeps you biting fat not storing.

    Keep growing my friend

    David NLP

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