I feel like nothings getting done. Like every time I do something, it’s like there’s not enough time and I start to rush things just to get it done.
I feel cluttered, distracted, and it feels like there’s to much going on. I hate feeling this way so I decided to do something about it.
Get clutter free, both in my mind and my surroundings.
Clutter and distractions mess with your mind. When your mind is messed up, your productivity goes down. When productivity goes down, you start feeling like shit and nothing gets done.
Over the past month or so I’ve been implementing some clutter free strategies that has been helping me out tremendously. I’m seeing and feeling improvements in my mind and my productivity.
I want to share some of these with you and if you could use them, by all means do so. If it can help you out in someway or another, I’m all for it.
Here’s 7 ways I’m releasing clutter to improve my productivity:
So instead of emailing you like 3-4 times a week after each post, I’ll do it once a week and just have a recap of all the posts published in that week.
You’ll only receive 2 emails from me:
1: My newsletter which is sent out automatically every Tuesday.
2: A broadcast every Friday with a recap of the latest posts which is sent out by me personally.
This will actually help both of us. It keeps me from having to open up Aweber a gazillion times a week just to mail out an update, and it will keep your inbox clutter free and you’ll have a choice of which post you want to read.
I don’t want to be emailing you left and right. I know you get tons of those from other marketers and I don’t want to add to it.
This puts a lot of strain in my mind and body. The next day I feel tired and exhausted.
I set a schedule to follow. I will work only 10 hours per week, no more than 4 hours per day. If I use up my 10 hours, I stop and continue the following week.
To make sure I don’t work past my schedule, I started to time myself per sitting using a timer my friend Alex Malave gave me. I give myself 90 minutes per sitting. I start work and don’t stop until that timer goes off.
If my work is not done, I take a 15 minute break and do another 90 minute drill. I’ll usually stop for the day if I do 2 drills. I won’t go past 3 drills.
This takes some hard discipline, but once you do it a few times, you will get use to it and actually love it cause you’ll find you do more work this way.
This was fine till I noticed I would stare at those pages for sometimes up to an hour. By the time I found something I wanted to do, I was tired, exhausted, and ended up not doing anything.
So now what I do is write down my idea on a peace of paper, fold it, write on one side if it’s a video, podcast, or blog post, and throw it in the bucket.
The idea here is to write down the ideas that will take no more than 20 – 30 minutes to get done. If it takes longer than that, then it becomes a project and you need to schedule accordingly.
So the next time you sit down and have no idea what to do, you reach down in the bucket, pick out a random folded piece of paper, open it and do that idea.
It should only take you 20 – 30 minutes to do. Just get it done before you do anything else.
I remembered how I felt when I was reading and how I feel now.
I felt a hell of a lot better when I was reading. So I’m going back and reading some of my favorite books. Books that made me feel good and had some type of positive impact on me.
I also started to listen to smooth and easy sounding music while writing. This calms the mind down and helps me think.
I found my self getting real distracted while I was working with all the emails, fb messages, skypes, and phone calls.
A project that should’ve taken only 20 minutes ended up being a 2 – 3 day project.
So I shut everything down. I shut down my personal facebook, deactivated all my email accounts, my skype, and I got a new phone number.
I opened up a brand new account for fb, gmail, and skype. On these accounts will only be people who will have a direct positive impact not only in my business, but my life.
In 4 hours I completed work that I was trying to get done for over month. The following week I did it again.
I was amazed at the results and how it improved my productivity. I got 4 solid hours of no distractions of any kind. No kids, no facebook, skype, emails, or phone calls.
So now I basically have to bribe my wife for some alone time, lol. You gotta remember, I have an 18, 12, and a hyper active 3 year old, plus my wife ;-)
I’ve been kind of down lately because my eldest is 18 and about to graduate high school. She’s got her own car, has a job, and she’ll be leaving for college soon.
This has been very hard and emotional for me. I’m only 36 years old, (as I’m writing this post). I’m not use to this.
So from now until whenever, I am going to take my wife and kinds out once a week to where ever they want. I just want to be there and remember these times for when they’re all grown up.
Spending time with my family is the best way I know how to release any kind of clutter and distractions.
There you have it folks
These are the 7 ways on how I’m releasing clutter and distractions to help me improve productivity. I’ve been seeing and feeling the difference in my mind and productivity. I’m feeling good. I’m happier. And I’m getting more work done in less time than I have all year long.
Anyway, you’re more than welcome to use any or all of these. Like I said earlier. If it can help you in someway or another, I’m all for it.
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)
If you have any of your one ways to release clutter and distractions, feel free to share them in the comments below.