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Learn what the latest research shows about being Super Productive. 7 Time hacks you wished you knew when you were 20.

Super Productivity - The Art & Science of Getting Things Done

Published on Nov 18, 2015

Learn what the latest research says about productivity habits of super achievers. 7 time hacks you wish you new when you were 20.

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

SUPER PRODUCTIVITY

7 Powerful Life Hacks To Be Happier & Productive
Learn what the latest research shows about being Super Productive. 7 Time hacks you wished you knew when you were 20.

WILLPOWER IS NOT ENOUGH

THE RESEARCH CLEARLY SHOWS THAT
Your willpower depletes over time so we need something else.
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WE PROCRASTINATE

& INSTEAD DO SMALL MINDLESS TASKS
When faced with a large project we procrastinate. We have the urge to do small mindless tasks like check our e-mail or organise our desk!
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WE FEAR LARGE PROJECTS

JANET POLIVY

GETTING STARTED IS THE HARDEST PART

KENNETH MCGRAW
Just getting the ball rolling is often the hardest part.
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SO HOW CAN WE USE THIS?

7 HABITS

OF SUPER PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE
7 time tactics of super Achievers you wish you knew when you were 20!

A PARADIGM SHIFT

WE NEED A

TIME MANAGEMENT

FORGET

INSTEAD FOCUS ON ENERGY MANAGEMENT

TONY SCHWARTZ - THE ENERGY PROJECT

HABIT 1: WORK WITH YOUR BODY RHYTHMS

SYNC WITH YOUR ULTRADIAN RHYTHM
Your body works in 90 minute cycles.
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WORK IN 90 MINUTE CYCLES

THEN BREAK FOR 15 MINUTES
so work in 90 minute cycles followed by intermittent breaks.
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THE WORLD'S BEST VIOLINISTS

PRACTICED ONLY FOR 90 MINUTES AT A TIME
Anders Ericcson studied some of the best violinists in the world and found that they had 90 minute intense practise followed by 15 minute breaks.
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AFTER THAT TAKE A 15 MINUTE BREAK

DURING THE BREAK

MOVE

WALK, SKIP OR DANCE
Break your pattern by moving your body.
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BREATHE

TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS
Deep breathing relaxes you and rejuvenates you during breaks.

Try the 1:4:2 technique where for every count you breathe in, you hold your breath for 4 times the counts and then exhale for twice as long as you breathe in.

For example if you breathe in for 7 counts, hold for 28 and exhale for 14. Try that for 3 repetitions.

When you are oxygenated your concentration improves.
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DRINK

SOME H2O
Drink a large glass of room temperature water. It will improve your concentration for the next cycle of work.
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LISTEN

TO SOME MUSIC
Recent research shows that work environments that play music are 65% more productive than ones that don't. Soft classical instrumental music can be very beneficial.

NEXT

HABIT 2: HAVE AN EVENING PLANNING RITUAL

THAT'S MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN PLANNING IN THE MORNING
Set an evening planning ritual. The research shows its more productive than planning in the morning when the work day starts.

Set the same time every evening in a quiet place.
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WRITE DOWN

WHEN & WHERE YOU WILL DO YOUR TASK

DRUG ADDICTS!

THAT DID THAT HAD A 90% CHANCE OF COMPLETING THEIR TASK
Drug addicts were given a task to complete a short essay with 5 paragraphs. Those that had written down when and where they were going to do their task had a 90% chance of completing their task!
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KNOW THE FIRST STEP

TO GET STARTED
is to know the first step. This gets the ball rolling. We experience dissonance if we don't complete taks.
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THE ZEIGARNIK EFFECT

WE FEEL DISSONANCE IF WE DON'T FINISH WHAT WE START
When we start something we need to finish it or we experience dissonance. So know the first step and start with it then use the zeigarnik effect to help you finish.

HABIT 3: RIGOROUSLY MONITOR PROGRESS

WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS DONE
Dieters that rigorously monitor their food in take, exercise schedule and weight are more successful then those that don't
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USE AN ACCOUNTABILITY CHART

AFTER 90 MINUTES WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DID
On a plain piece of paper divide into 2 columns. The first column write down your time span and in the second on the right, write down what work you have done.

Do not write down your breaks.

This will improve your accountability and self discipline according to researcher, Dr. Kentaro Fujita.
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CHUNK LARGE PROJECTS

INTO SMALLER PARTS
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HABIT 4: FOCUS ON ONE THING

AT A TIME
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DO NOT MULTITASK

IT'S LESS PRODUCTIVE, BUT EMOTIONALLY SATISFYING
Researcher, Zhen Weng said that its less productive, but emotionally satisfying thats why we indulge in it.
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DO THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST

WHEN YOUR ENERGY IS AT ITS PEAK

DOMINATE DISTRACTION

HABIT 5
What's your poison? What distracts you the most?
1. Checking e-mail.
2. Checking the news
3. Surfing the web
4. Office drop ins
etc.
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CHECK EMAIL TWICE A DAY

ONCE AT 12 NOON & ONCE AT 4PM
Never check first thing in the morning. Train yourself to check at 12 noon and at 4pm.

Tim Ferris talks about this in his 4 Hour Work Week.

Try this out for a week and see your productivity blast through the ceiling!

Turn off your e-mail client or webmail until those times.
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PUT THE PHONE

ON SILENT
Put the answering machine on and have set times when you will return calls unless you are a doctor!
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TURN OFF

YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
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DO FEWER THINGS BETTER

HABIT 6

DO LESS & FINISH MORE

ROBERT PLANK

SPEND 90% OF YOUR TIME ON YOUR BIG 5

PETER BREGMAN

FOCUS ON

INCOME PRODUCING ACTIVITIES
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SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS IS FOUND

IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE - JOHN MAXWELL

THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT

HABIT 6. DO WHAT YOU LOVE

THERE IN NO WAY TO HAPPINESS...

HAPPINESS IS THE WAY

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TIME STANDS STILL

WHEN YOU DO WHAT YOU LOVE

DELEGATE OR OUTSOURCE THE REST

BRANSON HAS 5 PA'S
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FINALLY

LEARN TO SAY NO!

HABIT 7
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I'M PROUD OF WHAT WE DON'T DO

AS I'M OF WHAT WE DO
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NOTHING IS USELESS

AS DOING EFFICIENTLY, THAT SHOULD NOT BE DONE AT ALL.
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7 HABITS OF

SUPER PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE

1. 90 MINUTES OF FOCUSSED INTENSITY

WITH INTERMITTENT REST

2.HAVE A PLANNING RITUAL

SAME TIME EVERY EVENING

3. RIGOROUSLY MONITOR PROGRESS

4. FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME

NO MULTITASKING

5. DOMINATE YOUR DISTRACTIONS

6. DO FEWER THINGS BETTER

7. LEARN TO SAY NO!

NOW GO BE SUPER PRODUCTIVE

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO ACTION?