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Interview Authorities to my Blog

How I Plan to Interview Authorities to my Blog

To do that, my main goal is to get an interview with them. So then I can post here their answers, so you can find and discover more about that person.

And mostly because I really, really, really want to talk and thank those people! 

This way, I’m giving value to my interviewed, by “exposing” them to my community. While they also generate a TON of value to all of you and for me too!

The questions will be more focused on their productivity habits, because that’s mainly what this blog is about. Even though I will also ask other type of questions!

But when most people interview, for example, a digital marketing expert, mostly they will ask questions about marketing. I might also ask questions about marketing, but I want to find and learn their daily habits too.

Because in my opinion, that is a really interesting way to find new habits, productivity tips, organization methods, etc.

I also want to know how they built what they have in the moment. So you can also be inspired by their story and work!

I want to post one interview per week. And I’m already working on this project, because I’m in the process of creating different questions to send to those I want to interview.

But how do I plan to interview those people?

I created a method to follow each time I want to interview a new person. I have no idea if this method works, but we will see. If it doesn’t work then I will create a new one, and share it with you!

My Plan to Interview Authorities to my Blog!

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interview people for my blog

#1: List everyone you want to interview

I made a list of all the people that changed my life positively in the past. Those can be friends, family members, entrepreneurs, writers, etc. I have a very big list, that includes names such as:
-Derek Sivers;
-Tim Ferriss;
-Seth Godin;
-Anthony Robbins;
-Jack Canfield;
-Cal Newport;
-Rachel Aaron;
-David Allen;
-Casey Neistat;
-Chade-Meng-Tan;
-Marc Guberti;
-Kent Healy;
-Melyssa Griffin;
-Arnold Schwarzeneger
-Mariah Coz;
-Gary Keller;
-Bryan Harris;
-Chris Bailey;
And many others!

Don’t limit yourself. If you really want to interview Arnold Schwarzeneger, add him to your list (I did)!
This doesn’t mean you will be able to interview all of these people next week.

It’s something that takes time, and I highly encourage you to be creative when trying to pitch those people, when asking them to answer your questions!

#2: Choose one person

Then I choose only one to interview next. You can start with people in your list that aren’t so popular or famous. This doesn’t mean they aren’t really successful and that have the power to change lives. They simply are a bit more easy to reach when you’re starting.

Because interviewing for example, Bill Gates, doesn’t seem easy. For that reason, try to start with people that aren’t so famous after all, but you know that have the same power to change lives.

#3: Make Research!

After choosing the authority I want to interview, I find and write all the projects that person participated in the past, what they’re doing in the present and also future projects.

As you already know the person you want to interview, you probably already know some of their projects. But it’s interesting to find others that you didn’t know about. 

For example, if you want to interview a writer, it would be interesting to find some books they published in the past and to compare them with their present or future work. Asking them what their writing habits are, how long does it take them to write a book, etc. The possibilities are limitless!

 

#4: Write Questions

The next step is to write the questions I want those authorities to answer! Include some references to their past and future work so they know you are interested in what they do.

Only ask questions that you really want to know about that person, because it will make the interview much more interesting and enjoyable for you and for them. Just don’t be intrusive!

As I really like to know other people’s routines, habits and productivity tips, I’m planning to make at least one question related to that. Also consider questions related to their projects, work, their journey, and other questions you might think will be interesting to know.

In the end of the “long” questions, I’m going to ask some quick questions.
Where I want short answers to very simple and interesting facts about them, such as: “Last book you read”; “Dream job when you were a kid”; “Favourite quote”; etc.

And in the last question I give the opportunity to expose their work, so my readers can find them on the web (website, social media, books, products, etc).

 

#5: Email

Then, I need to find a way to reach them so I can send my questions. Finding them isn’t that hard, as many of those people have a personal website with a “Contact Me” section.

When writing them an email, I’m trying to explain briefly what my blog is about, and also I like to refer, for example, that I’ve read one of their books and list them reasons why I enjoyed it so much.

I also send the questions I want to ask in the first email. I’m not entirely sure this is the best approach. But this is the one I’m trying right now. If it doesn’t work, I will let you know.

  1. If they accept the interview, I will email them telling the day and hour it will go live.
  2. The day it goes live, I email the link so they can check the interview. I will also include a direct link to share on twitter, so they can do it easily.
  3. I repeat this process for each person I want to interview next

And right now this is my plan Interview Authorities to my Blog. At the date, 5th February 2017, I only emailed one person and it was a negative answer.

But I’m not going to give up. If I see this method doesn’t work, I will create another one! Because I really want to interview people that empowered me! So they can empower you too! 

If you have any tips on how to get an interview, please share them in the comments or send me an email!

how laziness improved my productivity

How Laziness Improved my Productivity + Case Study

Well, first of all it is important to know which state of laziness we are talking about.

By lazy, I don’t mean people that refuse to get up from the sofa.

Those people aren’t lazy, they simply don’t have an intention. They don’t have a purpose to get up from the sofa.

If you have this type of problem, figure yourself first, and find what you really want for your life.

I don’t mean what you think you can have. I mean what YOU WANT! Think about the things that would make you crazy (in a positive way). That would make you so happy that you wouldn’t know how to describe them.

Write them down, and glue a paper with those things in your wall. Every morning read that paper, and remember: That is what I really want. Why am I not doing something that will keep me closer to accomplish my goal?

Now let’s continue to talk about laziness, a smarter type of laziness.

I’m not that much lazy (right now), as I wanted to be, but I’m working on it. I’m putting everything into practise and I’m actually improving! But I want even more smart laziness in my life! 

This sounds really weird, but honestly it’s a great way to live your life, improving your productivity and achieving what you want in less time, by being lazy.

But what exactly do I mean when referring to lazy people?

Lazy people hate to do unnecessary things. They hate to waste time with tasks that aren’t important, or that won’t bring them results.

Those are the lazy people I like. People that only do the really important stuff, and forget about small tasks that are unnecessary.

Just to reinforce, this type of laziness isn’t associated with people that don’t want to work. 

Lazy smart people refuse to do things that aren’t effective. They basically create and invent their own methods, to only do stuff that brings them results. I call it: smart laziness.

And that is the type of laziness I’m trying and will achieve! And that is what you should be doing too.

But how can you actually use laziness to your own benefit? Learn how laziness improved my productivity (and still does)! 

How Laziness Improved my Productivity + Case Study

#1: Work Smarter!

For me, this is the most important step to be a smart lazy person.

Here’s the thing, you got a ton of different tasks to do. But honestly, only one of them is really important. But who is going to make the other ones?

Here’s an example of a list of tasks/goals to achieve:

  1. Grow my website traffic
  2. Follow a bunch of people in twitter
  3. Retweet my blog posts
  4. Share my website in 15 Facebook groups
  5. Pin my blog posts
  6. Create an instagram account
  7. Ask people to visit my website
  8. Get people to subscribe to my newsletter

And believe me, this list could go on and on!

Thanks to some good books I read, I know this isn’t the right approach to grow your website traffic (in the beginning), or get more costumers, in case you have a business/product.

Re-read your to do list. Do you really need to do all that stuff to get more traffic to your website? Isn’t there a more easy way? In your list, what is the thing that brought you more results in the past? Could you make that task even easier?

In my case, I would cut all the tasks I wrote, and I would only stay with this one: “Pin my blog posts” in order to grow the amount of people that read my articles.

Why? Because I have stats of my website traffic, and I know most of my traffic comes from Pinterest.

Why using twitter, when only a really small percentage of my readers comes from there? I’m not saying twitter isn’t important! But right now, I feel that I should focus more on Pinterest. 

Maybe in the future I can change my opinion, but right now my efforts are going to Pinterest!

Here’s how I would re-create my to do list:

Goal: Grow my website traffic to ____ visitors per week/month/year by _______. (specify your goal and the date you want to achieve it).

Tasks I should be doing to bring more traffic through Pinterest:

  1. Pin my blog posts
  2. Optimise my boards and photos descriptions
  3. Interact with other people’s pins

A lazy person would prefer this list of tasks instead of the first one. Why?

  1. It would take them less time
  2. Doing only 3 tasks would bring them more results than doing 10

So yes, you should start being lazy in order to get more results in less time! That doesn’t mean you don’t need to put effort and spend time in those tasks.

It only means, you will be much more focused in what brings you results, instead of trying to do 10 different things in one day.

#2: Question Everything

Smart lazy people question everything they do!

“Do I really need to do this?”, “do I really need to spend hours on this?”, “can’t I optimise this process?”, “how could I cut this from my to do list?”…

Questions are even more important than answers. Because good questions create change. And that’s exactly what we should be looking for.

Next time you need to do a specific task (whatever it might be), question it! Isn’t really a way of making that task even better with less time?

Let’s copy the previous example from the first topic.

Tasks I should be doing to bring more traffic through Pinterest:

  1. Pin my blog posts
  2. Optimise my boards and photos descriptions
  3. Interact with other people’s pins

Let’s question those 3 tasks in order to make them easier for us:

  1. Pin my blog posts – well, this might take a considerable amount of time. Because it is something I need to do every day, if I want to grow my traffic, right? So what could I be doing to spend less time in this, and still have great results?
  2. Creating descriptions takes time. How could I optimise this process?
  3. Interacting on pinterest is really important to have more online exposition. Could I do it in a smarter way?

Believe me or not, only those quick questions already gave me some great ideas to optimise my Pinterest account, in order to have more people reading my content.

Action: Review your to do list for today, and question everything you could be doing to save yourself time and still get great results.

#3: Delegate, or not?

Spending time in those tasks takes time, of course. So you should be asking yourself if you could delegate some of your work to other people.

In this moment, I can’t do that very frequently. Because I almost don’t get any revenue with my online work, yet.

If you have the money to do it, then you should be doing it! But what to delegate?

Let’s again copy those 3 tasks from the previous example:

  1. Pin my blog posts
  2. Optimise my boards and photos descriptions
  3. Interact with other people’s pins

We also questioned those tasks before:

  1. Pin my blog posts – well, this might take a considerable amount of time. Because it is something I need to do every day, if I want to grow my traffic, right? So what could I be doing to spend less time in this, and still have great results?
  2. Creating descriptions takes time. How could I optimise this process?
  3. Interacting on Pinterest is really important to have more online exposition. Could I do it in a smarter way?

Now, you need to think if you can delegate them to other people, or not.

The first and second task (“pin my blog posts” and “optimise my boards and photos descriptions”), I think I can absolutely delegate them and skip this manual work. 

In this case, I could be paying someone to create images to promote my blog posts. And then they could pin them every day. And I could also delegate my pin’s and boards descriptions.

As I do not have money to invest, I would do this: 

  1. Blocking a period of time in my schedule to create a bunch of designs for my blog posts.
  2. Then, I would find a good Pinterest scheduler, and schedule my pins to that week.
  3. I would take some time to also create a pin description for each of the post I wanted to share.

This way, I would save a considerable amount of time, and I would still get the same results! Awesome, right?

The only task I wouldn’t delegate, would be the third one (“Interact with other people’s pins”).

Because it is something that I really enjoy doing and that allows me to find people with the same interests as me.

The fact that I optimise most of the tasks, I have time to do and create more human interaction with my followers!

As you can see, delegating tasks is the easiest way to save time, and still get effective results.

But if you don’t have the money to invest, you could delegate some of the tasks you have to do, to a specific software or service (in my case, a Pinterest scheduler).

#4: Organise yourself in the smartest way possible

People associate laziness with disorganisation. But it isn’t necessarily always the case.

So no, you don’t need to create TONS of different documents and folders, to organise your to-do-list.

I created folders (inside evernote, nozbe, etc), with the projects I’m working on.

This way, depending on the number of projects you have, you only need to check a few folders everyday to manage your tasks. 

Example of projects folders you could have:

  1. Blog/website
  2. School/work
  3. Home
  4. Others…

This could be the organisation of a smart lazy person (it is mine too)! There’s no need to create dozens of folders with to-do-lists for tomorrow, for the weekends, with hundreds of things that aren’t necessary.

Don’t forget, “20% of effort, produces 80% of the results”. Make sure you are focusing in the right 20%!

#5: Prioritise your tasks

When I have more than 1 task to complete, I need to know which one I’m going to do first.

So I have a method that helps me to know for which one I should start. I ask myself these questions: 

  1. Does any of these tasks have a delivery time? Or it needs to be done quickly as possible? Then, I start doing that task first.
  2. Which of those tasks could make other tasks easy, or even allow me to delete them completely from my to-do list?
  3. Which ones could I delegate?

For example, if my main goal is to grow my website traffic, then I should prioritise what will make that goal achievable. 

And again, I should delete tasks that won’t bring me real results, and focus on the ones that I know will work better for me.

So if I know Pinterest brings most of my website traffic, then I should stop spending the same amount of hours on twitter. Because I could be using those hours on Pinterest as they will bring me more results (according to my website analytics).

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. If you know “X” produces 80% more results than “Y”, why are you spending the same amount of time and effort in “X” and “Y”?

This is the type of laziness you want to achieve! The one that brings you higher and better results in the least amount of time. Who doesn’t want this?

Google hires lazy programmers, because Google knows they will simplify things, in order to make those tasks easier for them.

Again, they aren’t lazy because they don’t want to work. No, they just focus on what is really important and that makes their goals possible to achieve in a shorter period of time.

Be like google programmers! 

#6: How Laziness improved my productivity

In resume, there’s no need to spend hours doing things that aren’t effective. Instead change your focus to what is proved that will bring you more results in long term!

Here’s a general view of what I explained before:

#1: Work Smarter – focus your time and energy in tasks that will bring you 80% of the results.

#2: Question Everything – question all the tasks you need to do, and find ways to make them more easy to achieve

#3: Delegate, or not? – consider delegating some tasks to a freelancer, or to a smart-software.

#4: Organise yourself in a smarter way – I don’t waste a ton of time creating numerous folders to organise myself. I only do what is necessary to organise my work easily.

#5: Prioritise tasks – if there’s a delivery date coming, it should be my priority. If not, I start by doing the tasks that will bring me more results.

There’s no more excuses to postpone your work! You can be lazy while doing productive things! *celebration party*

read 50 books

How I Read 50 Books in a year! And How you can Do the Same

 

The quantity of the books that you read isn’t what matters the most. But the quality! Because if you are reading 20 books per month, but you didn’t extract a single idea or insight from it, I’m not sure if you’re choosing the right books to read.

In the first 6 months of 2016 I read a lot of books, most of them were fictional. Because in that time, it was something I wanted to read.

It that doesn’t mean that all the fiction books I read were really good. No. There were some that I didn’t enjoy.

What I am trying to say is: read the genres you are willing to read in the moment. But instead of choosing poor quality books, do your research and find what the most successful and cult leaders are reading.

Yes, I also read books sporadically, that I haven’t seen any recommendation, but I was willing to take the risk. The cool thing is, if you don’t like a book, don’t finish it! But we are going to talk about that later!

So if you are interested in learning my method to read 50 books in a year, here’s how you can do it:

 

1#: Read Every Day

This is really important! If you’re really trying to read more, you need to create a habit of reading. Just as you do with anything else, right?

If you want to start working out, you simply start going to the gym and you create a routine around it. You need to do the same thing with reading.

Establish the hours of the day that you want to read. In my case, I would go to bed early and read, at least 30 minutes.

Sometimes, the book is so good that you will not be able to stop. Which means staying up till you finish it… But that’s a problem all readers face!

You can also read during your lunch break, or when you are in public transportation. It doesn’t matter where or when, the key is to read consistently every day, and turn reading into a habit. To make sure you are actually able to read 50 books this year!

 

read 50 books

 

2#: Audiobooks

As I mentioned before, you need to read at least 30 minutes per day. What if you want to read more but the time is running low?

That’s why audiobooks are a big part of most people’s routines. They are a part of my routines too, because of the value they bring me every single day.

Basically, you need a subscription audiobook service. The most well-known is Audible. I also use Ubooks.

The best thing about Audible is the quantity of audiobooks they have for you to listen too. You can also enjoy a free audiobook, if it’s the first time you are signing up.

We all have those times, when we are doing tasks that don’t allow us to read at the same time. Still, those tasks don’t require much of our attention.

For example, have you ever read a physical book while cleaning your house? I’m pretty sure you haven’t. And that is why audiobooks are changing the world!

The next time you decide to clean you house, you can read at the same time! Just decide which book you want to read, put a pair of headphones, and that’s it! Let the knowledge come to you!

For some people, it’s difficult to read a book in public transportation, because of all the noise or headaches they get. With audiobooks this problem is eliminated.

There’s no more excuses to those people who complain having no time to read.

I also set my audiobook velocity to 2x, which allows me to “read” in half of the time! It is one of the best trick I’ve found, because it takes me the same amount of time to read 50 books or 25 (in normal speed).

 

3#: Read what you feel like

This is really important, because sometimes, I would oblige myself to read a book to its last page. Even though I wasn’t enjoying it.

This is a really bad habit that most people have. The need to finish a book even if they are hating it!       I am fighting to combat this habit, because it makes me bored!

Sometimes, you really feel like starting a book that is sitting in your shelf for months. And you do it. What happens next?

  1. You hate the book
  2. You don’t hate the book but you don’t feel like reading it
  3. The book is really good and you want to keep reading it

Those are the 3 things that can happen. What to do in each of them?

If you chose the number 1: give up on the book! That’s easy. If something isn’t interesting to you, don’t force it. Put the book in the shelf again, or even consider giving it to somebody else.

Sometimes we force ourselves to read books that we don’t enjoy for school or college assignments. And that is one of the main reasons some people claim they hate to read! Because they are reading books that don’t interest them. Stop reading those books, right now!

If you chose number 2: it’s ok to not feel like reading a specific book. Even if you’re enjoying it, sometimes you feel like it’s not the right time to read it. Put the book in stand-by and make it wait for your interest again.

The important thing is, if you feel like reading a specific book, go ahead and read it. But if in the next day you don’t, don’t read it!

If you chose the number 3: you are fine. Keep going!

 

4#: Read book recommendations

Sometimes you are looking to start a new book, but you aren’t sure of what to read.

In this case, I recommend you to find book recommendations from important and successful people. That doesn’t mean it’s certain you are going to love the book, but at least you know someone who enjoyed it.

There are a lot of really successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, writers, etc, that share their favourite books with their readers.

I usually like to choose books from those people recommendations. Because if they are recommending it, it is mostly because they learnt things that might be useful for me too.

Also, by reading what successful people read, makes you feel closer to that person. Consider maybe sending them an email, thanking them to the book recommendations they made. And how those books changed your life too.

You can apply this principle to people who you personally know, and are also big fans of reading. They will probably know some books titles you should read.

 

5#: Read books with intentions

This is something that I recently started trying. As I’m a really fan of setting intentions to everything I must do, why not being intentional with books too?

Before I start a book, I write (or just think), about what I’m trying to learn with it.

For example, if I grab a copy of a book that teaches me, how I can write faster and better, I set my intentions of what I pretend to learn with it.

Here’s how I would set my intentions for that specific example:

  1. Learn tips on how I can write faster
  2. Understand how I can improve my writing quality
  3. Find Tools that might be useful on the writing process

If I’m in the middle of the book, and I haven’t learned anything of I wanted to, I simply gave up on that book.

The key is to know in the first place, why are you reading a certain book. And if it doesn’t fit your intentions, put it away.

When I read a book without setting my intentions first, I have no expectations. And so, whatever the author decides to teach seems ok to me.

Here’s another example of how I would set my intentions in a book about “how you can be more productive doing chores.”

  1. Tips to be more productive doing chores

When I feel like I had enough insights, and my intentions are fulfilled, I stop reading the book. And I consider it finished! I’m not waiting to see what other tips the author may give me about being productive at work or gym.

Like I told you, this is something I only start doing a few month ago. And the results are incredible! Because I don’t need to read more, if I already learnt everything I needed to!

As you know, most publishers force writers to repeat the same content over and over again, just to make sure they fill all the pages. And most of the times, a 300 pages book, has only a quarter of pages with new content (non-fiction books). The rest, is just repetition and the content being told in different ways.

So if you feel you already got what you were looking for in that book, mark it as complete!

 

6#: Track your Progress

This is really important if you are committed to read 50 books this year. Because yes, it is possible to read that much.

I keep a record of the books I read in the month, the time it took me to finish them, and other considerations I might want to track.

In the end of the month, you must check your progress and see how many books you read. And if you are actually enjoying reading them. If you aren’t, you need to do your research in order to find better books.

For example, if in the end of January you only read 1 book, than you need to read more in the next months, in order to achieve your goal.

That’s why I try my best to read at least, 3 books a month. But in Summer, I read way more than that. Which is enough to complete my annual goal.

I do not read 50 books just because it seems like reading a lot. I read because I love to read, it’s one of my favourite things ever!

And I do not believe in people who say: “I don’t like to read”.

Believe me, if you find a book that you enjoy, you will never say that again. So don’t give up finding books that you will enjoy, that is what matters the most.

 

7#: Knowledge & Entertainment

I do love to read fiction (addicted to J.K.Rowling). Last year, I read a considerable amount of fiction books, because I was feeling like it. I do not regret it though, because I found great books!

But, sometimes we read too many fiction. And it is also important to read non-fiction books that will bring us more value and knowledge.

Since I started reading non-fiction books, I haven’t stopped. Because I discovered the potential of those books, and the impact they have on me.

I love to read, and I know I love to learn and get more insights and ideas. If I can combine those two, I’m a perfectly happy human being.

Seriously, reading non-fiction books completely changed my life! All books have the power to change your life, but finding a fiction book that changes your perspective is much difficult to happen, than in a non-fiction one.

If you never gave those books a chance, you have no idea of what you are losing. You can find books in whatever topic you want to.

Maybe you are a huge fan of gardening, makeup, marketing, organisation, biohacking, etc. Believe me, there will be enough books to cover your passion.

 

#8: Read 50 books!

In resume, whatever you feel like reading, read! If you are here, it is because you are interested in reading more by creating a habit from it.

There’s no such excuse as: “I don’t have time”. Because audiobooks are going to fulfil your needs! You can read a book anywhere, at any time. Even using your smart phone to buy a copy of a digital book (e-book).

Just think of all the positive benefits you could be getting if you read more than you do right now. If you can’t find any, think twice, and rethink the books you are choosing.

We all have, at least, one friend that enjoys reading a lot. You could ask him/her books that he/she recommends. It’s an easy way to find powerful and interesting books.

Do you want to read 50 books this year? Here’s how:

  • #1: Read Every Day – read at least 30 minutes per day
  • 2#: Audiobooks – listen to an audiobook while you are doing other things
  • 3#: Read what you feel like – if you feel like reading a book today, go ahead. If tomorrow you don’t want to read it anymore, just don’t!
  • 4#: Read book recommendations – search what are the most successful people’s favourite books.
  • 5#: Read book with intentions – why are you reading that book? What do you want to learn and gain from it?
  • 6#: Track your Progress – keep a record of the books you read each month.
  • 7#: Knowledge & Entertainment  – if you like to read fiction, read it! But don’t forget the benefits of learning while you read non-fiction books.
  • 8#: Read – the most important of all, read! And if you want read 50 books this year, go ahead!

Make reading a habit for your life! That’s what the most successful entrepreneurs are doing.

Actually, if I could I would spend my whole day reading!

have time to do everything

How do I Have Time to Do Everything? Get 7 days more in a year!

I’m finally going to answer one question that I know some people are very curious about: How do I have Time to do everything I want.

I’m on high-school and of course, I do have a lot of school work, tests, exams, homework, etc. And as I like to give my best, I work and study to make sure I get good grades.

Of course this takes me a lot of time. I need to manage the time I spend on school, with the time I spend studying, writing blog posts, marketing my blog, learning new business strategies, reading books, doing chores, and other projects I get involved now and then.

I’m not complaining though. I’m actually really grateful for everything I need to do! Most of those, are things that I actually enjoy doing. Because I was the one deciding the goals I wanted to achieve!

You’re probably in a similar situation. Maybe you don’t go to school, but you go to work. Which works more or less the same way. So how are you supposed to complete your obligations while doing the things you love?

 

How do I Have Time to Do Everything? Get 7 days more in a year!

 

#1: Plan your day and have time to do everything you want!

You actually have been thinking in a new awesome business idea, but you don’t have the time to put it into practise, right? Planning your day can allow you to start working on something new!

I need to feel that my day is well organised, to make sure I have time to do everything I must do, and also some other obligations.

I have tested myself enough times to know this: If I do plan my day I accomplish, at least, 2 times more than if I didn’t.

And my day is not only working, of course! But to accomplish every thing I want to, and I feel passion about, I need to organise and plan it. In order to feel fulfilled and happy!

I prefer to spend 10 minutes the night before planning my next day, than to feel anxious about not having done anything productive. I have written a detailed blog post before about How you Can Plan your Day and Double your Time.

 

#2: Use Mornings Wisely!

Another thing that can help you to have time to do everything you want, is the way you use your mornings!

As you know, I’m a morning person. Even though, in the past, I always sad I wasn’t. Of course I wasn’t a morning person… I went to bed at 12 p.m. It would be difficult to actually wake up at 6 a.m.

Actually, it doesn’t require much to be a morning person. If you go to bed early, it will be easy to wake up early too.

I know some people prefer being night owls, but give mornings a try! Challenge yourself to become a morning person for 15 days! And who knows if you don’t actually become one for the rest of the year!

It’s so quiet in the early hours of the day, that your capacity of focusing on a certain task is much higher.

I could be waking up one hour before my school starts. Instead, I wake up two hours and a half earlier.

The explanation is easy, before I go to school, I have one hour and a half to work on my projects. This includes writing blog posts, planning my week, studying for a subject, brainstorming new ideas and projects, etc!

Technically, there wasn’t no need to wake up that early. But I do love to do it! I can start my days by doing stuff that I really love doing. By being productive in the early hours of the day!

As my morning routine also includes the “consumption” of knowledge, I usually get really awesome insights while I listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Those insights give me inspiration to work even better on my own projects!

This is one of the reasons why I mostly prefer to wake up really early rather than going to bed late. Because how much more inspired I am to create new content for you!

And no, you don’t need to be a morning person if you want to be productive. But in my opinion, it helps quite a lot! Not only because you’re able to focus more effectively but also because of the feeling of accomplishment you get.

As science proves, the best time to have great ideas is in the morning. So, I do recommend you to do the things that require more focus in the mornings instead of doing them later.

For example, if you have a work project to do, use mornings to finish it. And use the afternoons, to clean your room.

There’s also another reason that I love to start my day early:

When most people are waking up, you already did a lot of productive and inspiring things! The time they’re forcing themselves out of bed, you are completely focused finishing an important project.

So when you, and a colleague of yours go to work, both at the same time, you already finished something that you needed to do. In the other hand, he/she is just getting started.

This gives me a feeling of accomplishment that I’m addicted to! It actually feels like you have a big advantage compared to your co-workers.

And when they are complaining about not having time to finish something they need to do, share with them the tactics you use to get more time throughout the day! Teach them how they can manage their time much more effectively and wisely.

If you also feel anxious (I do) when there’s a task you really need to complete, in a short period of time, then you have an extra reason to follow the advice I just gave you! Do something productive before going to work!

 

#3: The 24 hours

Here’s one thing I like to think about, when I find myself complaining that I don’t have time to do everything I committed myself to.

Basically, if there’s one thing that is equal for all of us, is the time we have per day. We only got 24 hours. And if there are people making real things happen in that time, why can’t I do the same?

If there are really occupied people that can manage to write six thousand words per day, it’s because it is possible. If they can start a business from scratch in less than 2 weeks, why can’t I? Actually, why can’t you?

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Tim Ferriss, J.K.Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and all the other successful people you know, have the same 24 hours per day as you do! You neighbour has only 24 hours per day.

So grab those 24 hours and make them your 24 hours! Use them the best way you can possibly think of! Don’t waste them doing unproductive things that only make you more stressed.

It’s important to create habits. But please, don’t create the habit of complaining about the fact that your day isn’t long enough. It was enough for all those people you admire.

You have two choices. Complaining about how your life is miserable in terms of the time you have. And that will means you will feel frustrated during the day.
Or, you can actually grab those hours and manage them the best way possible. The feeling you will experience is magical!

I guarantee, those 24 hours are enough for you to accomplish what you really want!

Here’s a question that the billionaire Peter Thiel asked you:

“If you have a 10-year plan of how to get [somewhere], you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months?”

Tim Ferriss, in his new book “Tools of Titans”, illustrates this quote with an example:

“What might you do to accomplish your 10-year goals in the next 6 months, if you had a gun against your head?”

Think about it and change your habits to make sure you have time to do everything you want 😉

 

#4: Analyse your day!

Did you ever take some time to analyse your day? To find small small breaks that you could be using to do something productive during the day?

You basically need to write down every break you got during the next 24 hours. This includes the time you have for lunch, the time you spend in public or private transportation, the time before going to work, the time you spend watching tv, etc.

This will allow you to have a detailed view of how much free time you actually have during the day. And how you could be using it to improve your life and productivity.

I try to do this exercise every six months or so. I’ve seen it in different books and podcasts, and this technique is used by really successful people.

You must put yourself in the top of a tree (not literally, please!), and watch yourself during the day. Analysing what you do, what you aren’t doing that you should and how well (or not) you spend your time.

When you create this “report” about yourself, you will be able to improve and manage all the free time you have. By using those “empty spaces” that we all have throughout the day, to do something we want or really need to do.

Even if you are only able to use 1% of the time you procrastinate, working on something you enjoy, in long term, it will make a huge difference in your life.

 

#5: Do the Math!

Being very minimal (most of the times, you will get much more time than this), if you can manage to get more 30 minutes per day to do something productive, this will happen:

  • 30 minutes per day multiplied by 7 days gives you 210 minutes per week – 3.5 more hours every week!
  • In one month, you will have more 930 minutes than you used to, or a total of 15.5 more hours!
  • In one year, you will have more 10950 minutes! Which means 182,5 hours in a year! A total of 7,6 days more in a year!

Like you can see, half an hour per day, can turn into 7 days, every year!

Imagine if you could manage your time well enough to spend one more hour of your day doing productive tasks? Or even two hours? Can you imagine how many more weeks you could have in 365 days?

Think about the difference that only 30 minutes more in a day can make! It’s amazing.

And as soon as you start noticing how 30 minutes can turn into new projects, ideas, businesses, etc, you won’t stop trying to find more and more time that you could be using more productively.

If you do analyse your day, and then plan the way you want to manage it wisely, it will feel like you have more than 24 hours, for sure!

Why aren’t you using the time you spend in public transportation to start something new? And if you go in your own car to work, why aren’t you listening to an interesting audiobook/podcast, that will provide you more great insights? Or even start writing a blog post in those 50 minutes you have in the morning before going to work?

I actually felt stupid, when I realised how much more time I could be having, if I only re-used some free time that I had during the day.

In my case, I like to use my morning breaks in school to be active on Pinterest. And I use my early mornings to write blog posts, think and plan new ideas or study for a test.

It feels great knowing that when most people are only starting their days, you already accomplished so much! It feels powerful, almost like a strength inside you! You’re basically in advantage compared to most people around you!

 

#6: Review!

I continue to try different approaches and methods to increase my productivity even more. Because this can become an addictive feeling. Trying to be better every single day!

I use the reviewing process to keep track of the techniques I’m using to manage my time. Also to make small changes in my morning routine by finding what is working really well (and how I could improve it) and what isn’t.

When you feel that the method you’re using is working really well, spend 10 minutes thinking of ways you could improve it even more. You shouldn’t be making big changes in a routine that is working amazingly with you!

Make some small and simple experiments to test if you could improve that routine 1% more.

Remember that, 30 minutes can turn into 7 more days in a year. 1% can become 100% in 100 days!

Like I always say, never stop making progress! Even if it’s just the smallest progress you can think of. The accumulation of small achievements, will create something big!

 

#7: Resume!

In resume, there are things you can to do increase dramatically the time you have per day. Even though you have the same amount of hours you did before.

  1. Plan your day
  2. Use mornings wisely
  3. Bill Gates has the same 24 hours as you do
  4. Analyse your day
  5. Turn 30 minutes in 7 days
  6. Review your progress and routines

Do you want to have 7 days more in your year? Then take action! 

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2017 New Year Resolutions Guide

Set and Achieve Your 2017 New Year Resolutions Guide

First of all, happy new year!

I’m so excited for this new year! I feel like 2017 will be awesome! Even better than 2016, much better actually!

I loved last year (2016). I feel like it was one of the best years of my life, maybe the best that I can remember. This may sounds cliché, but I learnt so much! More than I ever did in past years! I read so many awesome books, I learnt so many new insights, I tried and made a lot of mistakes that taught me valuable lessons. And I’m really grateful for everything I am and have!

Finally, I had decided to create my website, something that I wanted for a long time. And 2016 was the year that happened. I had the courage to do what my heart demanded. I’m loving this!

I love to write new articles to everyone who is interesting in increasing their productivity, taking their lives to the next level. It’s really important to me to help you, and I’m loving this experience in general!

I had similar experiences to this one, like creating a blog about fashion, other about travelling, other about books. I don’t regret creating those blogs in the past. But I feel like this time, my purpose is completely different. It’s not only sharing my day, the outfit I wear, or the place I travelled to.

Instead, it is sharing everything I’ve been learning that completely changed my life! It’s not only my journey becoming more productive each day, but also my journey helping you accomplish more of what you want! And that’s why this is being the most valuable and exciting experience of all time!

For some reason, I feel like this is MY thing! Where I can share everything about productivity that I know is life changing, where I try different new methods and techniques to be 1% better each day, but to also share experiences about my aspiring business and what I’m constantly learning.

Most of my closest friends, aren’t really into this productive lifestyle, trying to level up their lives everyday. And that was one of the reasons that made me create this blog/website. To share my tips with people who are really interested in increasing their productivity and achieving their goals!

At the same time I’m sharing my knowledge, I’m sharing my experience, my productivity experiments and things that are actutally making me excited lately!

I feel like this is amazing, to be here talking to you. I feel that 2017 will be even better than all of this!

I’m working even more harder, improving my life, my blog, my business, etc.
The key is to make progress every single day. Even if it’s the smallest progress you can imagine, it is better than stopping. Because you will only reach your goals if you keep moving!

BE CONSISTENT!

Consistency brings progress! Progress brings results! Results bring success! And success brings happiness. And happiness is not only reaching your main goal, or being completely successful.

For me, happiness is the whole journey. The journey of reaching new and small steps, that will guide me into my main goal. The process is so exciting to me that I’m always happy with my progress! Because I know that progress will lead me to the results I want.

Don’t fool yourself, it won’t be easy. But the most important thing is to love the road that will take you where you want. The key is to enjoy what you’re doing.

And even when you get where you want, you will always want more! That’s not a bad thing. It’s awesome to always want more, better and bigger. All humans are that way. It’s pretty good. But that doesn’t mean you should be unhappy.

It means you need to be happy with your progress, because it’s progress! And progress always take you somewhere. But you need to enjoy doing those little things. You actually need to be in love with your journey and to be so focused in what you want to achieve that you can’t see anything more.

If you don’t feel that way about your goal, than stop. Stop and rethink if that’s what you really want for your life.

How do you know your new year’s goal is right for you?

Easy! If your goal is what you really want, you will know it! You will feel excited to think about it! Excited to wake up in the morning to work towards your resolution. You will feel excited about anything that gives you the smallest progress. But you know that even the smallest progress will keep your goal closer. That’s when you know you’re in the right track! Excitement!

That’s what is happening with me! I feel so excited about my blog, that sometimes it is difficult to think about anything else that I must do. Like school working, chores, even going out with my friends.

Because I’m obsessed with what I want to achieve. I’m obsessed with creating new things, with sharing with you new techniques, tips, tricks, ANYTHING than will bring you results just like it is bringing me too!

The process of getting things done to keep me one step closer to my main goal makes me really happy. And that’s why I HATE wasting time with things I know aren’t according to my goals. That’s why I hate to waste time doing things that don’t make me happy.

Some people may call me a workaholic, because for me, one day without doing anything useful, is a waste of a day. I always love school holidays, but not to stay in sofa all day long, watching TV. But because I have much more time to work in what I love! If doing what you love and working on it, is being a workaholic, than yes! I’m a workaholic and I love being one!

My main goal is to help you while sharing my knowledge and the things I continue to learn everyday. By reading books, listening to podcasts, watching courses, and my favourite of all, through my own experience! Experimenting with different techniques to see if they work or not!

I’m going to stop with the “blah blah blah” and start focusing on the main point of this post, giving you my 2017 New Year Resolutions Guide to Set and Achieve your goals!

Thinking about last year is something that I enjoy doing. The things that went well, what went pretty bad, but specially thinking about what I really want to change this new year.

Here are the problems with 2017 resolutions that people set:

  1. They don’t write them down –  They think it is enough to actually think of 1 or 2 things they want to improve this new year, and that’s it. Do they bother writing those resolutions? No.
  2. They “kinda” want to create new habits – Yup, the “kinda” problem. “I kinda want to go to the gym”, “I kinda want to lose weight”, “I kinda want to start a business”, “I kinda want a new job”, “I kinda want to read more books”. This is a real problem! And “kinda” is the same as “could”.
    “I could go to the gym”, “I could be a morning person“, “I could lose weight”… Honestly, nor “could”, nor “kinda” are enough if you are really committed to achieve your goals!

But how can you actually plan and accomplish your goals? I’ve got you covered!

2017 New Year Resolutions guide to Set and Achieve your Goals:

 

#1: MUST instead of COULD

STOP WITH THE COULDs! No more kinda’s, no more could’s. No more excuses this year!

More MUST’s. Makes this word your favourite, the one that you will be using the most.

Instead of thinking of 10 “kinda” new years resolutions, think of 1 or 2 must’s!

You must be focusing on what you really want and that’s the most important thing if you want to accomplish a new resolution.

Take a piece of paper and instead of writing “I could start a blog this year”, or “I kinda want to lose weight”, write “I MUST start a blog [your goal for this new year] about creating a podcast [more details about your goal]“.

Or “I MUST lose weight [your goal for 2017], more specifically I want to lose 15 lbs [more details about your goal]“.

It’s really important to be specific when defining new goals, because it will keep you motivated. If you only said “I want to lose weight”, you could be losing 1 lb, or 30 lbs.

#2: Why do you want to accomplish that goal?

Here’s the one million question you’re going to ask yourself. Why?

Why do you want to lose 15 lbs? It’s because your health isn’t great? Don’t you feel proud of your body? Don’t you feel good about yourself? Are you overweight?

It’s important to specify your goals. But it is even more important to know why you’re choosing them. Why are you interested in improving that area in your life?

By now, you should have written down your main goal for this year and the reason why you want to accomplish that goal (short sentence).

#3: What do you want?

This is the time to get inspired and think of all the positive things you will get when you achieve your goal.

What would you gain from it? You can specify benefits like: more confidence, more happiness, more income, more life stability, better relationships, more trust, etc.

How would your life be? Would you feel more happy? How so? Would you benefit other people? Where would you be? With who? With what (objects, materials, etc)?

Be creative and be really really really specific!

Then read what you just wrote aloud. If you don’t feel excited about the results you must get, rethink your goal!

#4: Where are you right now in terms of your goal?

This is where you need to specify your situation right now. It’s really important to know exactly where you are.

Let’s continue to use the example of losing 15 lbs.

Where are you now in terms of your weight? What are the rituals you have related with your wealth? Do you practise exercise? How frequently? What do you eat?

This could have been the answer:

I’m now with 190 lbs (also consider body measuring). I eat fast food 3 to 4 times a week, and I only eat fish on Mondays and Fridays. Once a week I make exercise at home, for approximately 30 minutes. I have been to the gym in the past. I gave up because I couldn’t seem to force myself getting out of the bed and moving my butt to the gym.

You can be even more specific, by keeping record of all your meals for one week or the exercises you make during your workout session.

I don’t want to keep this post a losing weight guide, but it has been proved that most people choose to lose weight as a new year’s resolution. That’s why I’m using it as an example.

It’s really important to know what situation you are in right now, so you can improve and change!

#5: What could you start doing to get what you really want? How would your day be like?

This is honestly my favourite part! Because it is where I can review my old routine and create a new one. You need to be sure the new routine you created will help achieve the goal you established.

Tell me, is your goal making you excited? That’s what you really want, right?

So, get up and start doing something to accomplish that goal! If that means you need to start waking up at 5 a.m, go ahead! Maybe you will need to cancel your Friday night plans sometimes, but if that’s what it takes to achieve your goals you will do it! Because you’re completely obsessed with it. And you know that if you follow the ritual you just created, you will get there! You will get where you want to be!

It only takes one small step to start, and a sequence of more steps to continue making progress!

Are you really letting yourself give up on something you really want? I hope not!

This year, will be your year! If you’re only focused in your goal, the rest will just be the rest. And nothing will stop you from achieving what you want!

2017 New Year Resolutions Guide

In Resume!

Simplifying all the steps for you, here’s what you should answer and write down, to finally accomplish your new year’s resolutions this year!

  1. What’s your goal?
  2. Why do you want to achieve that goal? (short answer)
  3. What do you want? (very specific)
  4. Where are you right now? (what are your rituals right now related to your goal)
  5. What could you start doing to achieve your goal? (create your new routine and IMPLEMENT IT)

Again, it is really important to write the answers in a piece of paper to actually keep them more real and visible.

Even though I use different apps to organise my day, I can’t describe how much I actually like to write stuff in a notebook.

Set your mindset to success, and make 2017 the best year of your life by following this 2017 New Year Resolutions guide!

rescue time

The Ultimate Guide to Use Rescue Time App to Track Productivity

According to a Cross-Platform Study, 90% of American adults spend 15-18 hours a month on Facebook! That is equivalent a two workdays! And this is only on Facebook!

Honestly, I had no idea how much time I spent per day managing my blog, wasting time on social media nor watching online courses. And man, it was a bit scary knowing that I spent quite a lot of time doing nothing on the internet!

Let’s face it, you power on your computer to start working, and one hour later you’re watching “2016 Best Fail Compilations”. How annoying!

Fortunately, I found Rescue Time in one of the many hours I spend procrastinating on the internet (that hour was worth it).

Basically, Rescue Time tracks the time you spend on the internet and other apps you have in your computer. There will be no excuses to say: “I don’t think I spend that much time on Facebook…”

You will have access to the reports and graphs that track the time you spend doing Productive stuff or not.

This software is completely free, although you have the Premium Plan, and it’s amazing!

It became one of my favourite apps to improve productivity in 2016. And it can change your year and life too!

As I’m using Rescue Time for almost a month now, and I will probably continue to use it for a long time, I decided to share with you an Ultimate Guide to use Rescue Time to track your productivity when you’re using your computer (mac, windows or linux) or smartphone (for now, it only works with Android).

Let’s start from the beginning!

Step 1#: Create an account on Rescue Time

  1. The first step is to access Rescue Time website and click on “Sign Up”.rescue time sign up
  2. Next, click on “Sign Up Now” to create a Free account.rescue time sign up free
  3. Write your Email, password and Sign Up.rescue time create an account
  4. A download will start in your computer, let it complete.
    rescue time download mac
  5. In case you have a Mac, drag the app to your Applications folder and then open it.rescue time download for mac
  6. Then, just insert your email and password and you’re all set up.
  7. Login in your account and on “Privacy” check the options you think work best for you. I usually keep them as default.
    rescue time schedule

 

Step 2#: Dashboard 

The Dashboard menu is where you can see the percentage and time you spend doing certain activities.
As we just created a new account, we can’t actually see any report.

For demonstrative purposes, I’m going to use my personal account to show you how the platform looks like!

On the top, you can select and see your analytics by day, week or month, only by selecting those options.

rescue time daily dashboard

This is really interesting to understand how your week or month went in terms of productivity and procrastination, so you can have a more general view.

Near the watch, you can see for how many hours you are logged in (basically since you powered on your computer).

time logged in rescue time

Below, you can check hourly, the time you spent doing very productive, productive, neutral or distracting things.
rescue time productive distractive time

In the chart, you can see how many hours you spent on business, learning, reading news, entertaining yourself, etc.

charts about productivity rescue time

In the green section you have inspiring quotes to give you an extra motivation to work! You can also see my favourite quotes to Stop Procrastinating here.

rescue time quote

Scrolling down the page you have more charts and graphs to track the time you were doing productive things during the day. You also can see the websites you visited.

chart on rescue time

It’s also possible to create goals to accomplish. So, you have a section to check if your “Goals for the day” were accomplished or if you still need to work more to complete them.

goals for the day rescue time

The “Lifetime Milestones” section is really useful to keep track of your lifetime metrics. And to give you an extra reason to change habits, and improve your lifestyle!

life time milestone rescue time

Step 3#: Setting Up Goals

Setting up goals is really important and sticking to them is even more (find out more about how you can stick to your goals here).

In Rescue Time, you can decide and create your own goals to make sure they guide you through your long-term success.

For the past weeks I’ve been using this app, I did set up my daily goals has these ones:

my goals to complete in rescue time

But here’s how you can Create your own goals:

  1. Click on the tools icon and select “Goals & Alerts”.goals and alerts rescue time
  2. Click on “Set a new Goal”set a new goal in rescue time
  3. Create a goal that is rational but at the same time, will challenge you to be more productive.

For example, if you’re a social media addict that spend more than 4 hours a day on Facebook, you could create a goal like this one “Less than 2,5 hours per day on General Social Networking”.

reduce social media time with rescue time

Or, if you are looking to spend a lot of time improving your website, you could create a goal like “More than 3 hours per day on Business”.

improve your productivity with rescue time

If you buy the Premium plan you can set up Alarms, Notifications and even Block websites that are distracting you.

 

Step 4#: Categorize Activities

Sometimes Rescue Time won’t know how to categorise a certain website considering the way you use it.

For example, Pinterest is considered a social media (distracting time), although, I use it as a business tool. So in my case, I would want to set up Pinterest as a Business task (very productive time).

Fortunately, you can do it very easily, to make sure the stats are according to your purposes. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the tools icon and in “Categorize Activities”.categorize activities in rescue tiime
  2. You will see a list of all the websites you already visited and their categories. Some of them are uncategorized activities.
    I recommend you to spend a bit of time selecting and changing the categories of some websites.categorized activities in rescue tiime
    categorized activities in rescue tiimeFor example, if your own website is uncategorized, it is important to change its category to business (because when you visit your website, you’re probably working there).categorize your own website in rescue time
  3. Disable the “newtab” activity.
    Sometimes I open a new tab and it just stays open for a long time. You can ignore this in your stats by deleting this activity.delete activity in rescue timedelete activities in rescue timedelete activities in rescue timedelete activity in rescue time
  4. Some of the blogs I read to learn new information are uncategorized. Again, I will make sure I set them as “Reference & Learning”.change category of some websites rescue time

 

I also visit some websites that are uncategorized, but as they aren’t visited by me regularly, I don’t waste time giving them a category.

 

Step 5#: Reports

The Reports category gives you different options to track your progress. Basically you can view different graphs according to different metrics.

reports on rescue time

Let’s dive into those!

#1. Applications & Websites:

  1. Here you can see how many hours you spent on different websites and if they are productive or distracting.applications and websites in rescue timerescue time websitesIf you are spending a lot of time in a certain website that is only distracting you, it would be useful to block it, or restrict its use.
  2. You also can change categories here.
    In my case, I found that Finder is categorized as “Productive”, in this case, I’m going to ignore this activity. Because it doesn’t make much sense for it to be here.delete categories delete categories in rescue timeignore an activity forever in rescue time

#2. Categories:

  1. This just tracks the time you spent in different categories such as Business, Reference & Learning, Social Networking, Shopping, etc.reports categories in rescue timereports categories in rescue time

It is very useful to get a general view of what you’ve been doing productive or not, for the past few days. And also to see if the category you spend most time in, is actually the one that will bring you more results over time. If not, it’s time to change!

 

#3. Productivity:

  1. This chart shows you how much time you spent doing really productive stuff, neutral, very distracting, etc.report your productivity in rescue timereport your productivity in rescue time

Alert: The stats may scare you! But don’t worry. The first step to change a habit is to be conscious of the problem!

#4. Your Goals:

  1. Remember the goals you created in Step 3? Here’s where you can see if you accomplished them or not!
    create goals in rescue time

If you see you’re always too distant from accomplishing your goals, maybe you’re being too ambitious. Start with a small goal and increase it during time. Or maybe you’re just procrastinating a lot!

 

Step 6#: Productivity Pulse

This is something I love to improve… my productivity pulse! It’s basically a metric that measures from 1-100 how productive you are! It’s like your pulse, but in terms of how productive you were!

To find your productivity pulse:

  1. Access your Rescue Time dashboard
    rescue time pulse
  2. Check your productivity pulse for the day, week or month and seek to improve it on a daily basis!

rescue time pulserescue time pulse

Honestly, rescue time is awesome to track your productivity!

 

Step 7#: Rescue Time Chrome Extension

I do recommend you to download their Google Chrome Extension to keep track of your stats without having to access Rescue Time’s website.

Here’s how you can download the Google Chrome Extension:

  1. Click here to download the extension for Chrome.
  2. Click on “install”.rescue time chrome extension
  3. A pop-up will appear, click on “Add Extension”.rescue time add chrome extension
  4. Done! The extension in now added.rescue time chrome extension added
  5. Near the “star” to bookmark a page, are the icons of all the extensions you have installed. Click on Rescue Time icon.rescue time chrome extension toolbar
  6. Login in your account by entering your email and that’s it!rescue time chrome extension login

Now, to check your daily progress just click on Rescue Time’s icon and track your productive levels much easier!

rescue time chrome extension homepage

 

Step 8#: Pause! 

If for some reason you want Rescue time to pause tracking your productivity for a certain period of time, you can do it, (although I do not recommend it much). Because the main goal of this app is to give you a detailed report of how you spent time on your computer during the day.

This may be helpful if someone uses your computer and you don’t want to keep track of the websites they use.

On a mac, you can pause the app like this:

  1. Click on the rescue time icon near the battery percentage (on mac).
  2. Select the amount of time you want to pause.
    rescue time download mac
  3. You can click on “Unpause” to continue keep tracking of your timerescue time download mac

Step 9#: The Reviewing Process 

Ok!!! I think now you’re able to manage Rescue time without any problem or difficulty. I’ve just shared with you almost everything you can do with the free version of this software. And I’m pretty sure you’re surprised with the power of this simple tool.

For me, one of the best things about Rescue time is actually getting to know if my day is being productive so far in the mornings. This challenges me to continue keeping my productivity pulse at high-levels. Or, in case I wasn’t productive, I still have time to change that during the day.

I also love the fact that I can have a more general look of how my month went using monthly or weekly reports. And this is why I started implementing the review process in the end of each month, to review my Rescue Time stats’.

For example, if in the end of the month I check that I’m spending most of my time on social media, I know I need to change something.

In this case, I would probably establish a certain amount of time to use social media per day, and after that time I would block the website or simply I would control myself to not checking it more until next morning.

My reviewing process is actually quite simple but effective. It takes me no more than 5 minutes to implement.

I recommend you to start doing a weekly reviewing process in the beginning, and when you feel you’re actually stable in the task of being productive, you can skip the weekly to a monthly Rescue time review.

 

Reviewing Process Steps:

 

  1. Check your “Applications & Websites”  Reports, and analyse if the websites you’re spending most time on are actually helping you to achieve your goals.rescue time websites I spend most time in
  2. Write in a piece of paper/Evernote the most distracting websites you used in that specific month, and the time you spent on them.time I spent on distracting websites in rescue time
  3. Write down your monthly productive pulse by going to Reports -> Productivity.monthly productivity pulse in rescue timemonthly productivity pulse in rescue time
  4. Establish two or three goals to decrease your distraction levels.goals for the next month in rescue time

In my case, even though I use and check my email to do productive stuff, I know I’m spending more time there than I actually need. So one of my goals for December is actually stop checking my email constantly.

In the end of January I will, again, review my month. And also check if I completed the goals I challenged myself to accomplish in the end of December.

 

Step 10#: Take Action! 

Now that you have everything you need to track and increase your productivity, just take action!

And I mean, NOW!

Go ahead, create a free account on Rescue Time!

The only way to actually increase your productivity is testing different methods and options. And honestly, this piece of software has a huge impact in my life!

Give Rescue Time an opportunity and you will see the difference it can make in your life!

How You Can Stick To Your Goals Whеn Yоu Lose Motivation

How can you stick to your goals? Where can you get the motivation you need to be successful to accomplish your goals?

Staying motivated iѕ thе hardest раrt аbоut sticking to a goal that you set.

Also consider that achieving your goals dоn’t hарреn overnight, and the results take time. The problem is that a lot of uѕ stop bеfоrе thе results come.

Hеrе аrе 6 wауѕ of How You Can Stick to Your Goals When You Lose Motivation (I use all of them)!

 

Create a plan and stick to your goals:

Create a plan thаt works wеll with уоur schedule аnd thаt iѕ reasonable. Dоn’t set уоur standards tоо high. Set уоurѕеlf uр fоr success! Here you can find more about how you can plan your day and achieve your goals!
Here’s an example of how you could do it:

stick to your goals

 

Hang a Picture:

Hаvе a picture in уоur mind оr a rеаl tangible photo оf whаt уоu wаnt tо lооk likе or what you want to achieve. Lооk аt thаt picture every morning so you will forget the feeling of giving up.

Knоw thаt уоu аrе gеtting closer to what you want to achieve if you stick to уоur goals everyday.

Say Something Positive:

Evеrу morning whеn уоu wake uр ѕау out loud оnе positive thing аbоut yourself. It саn bе аnуthing аѕ lоng аѕ it’ѕ positive. Tеll уоurѕеlf hоw awesome уоu are. How creative, how successful, how determined, etc.

Feeling self-confidence аnd positive аbоut yourself, encourages you to keep fighting for what you want and it will give you more motivation to achieve your goals!

Stick To Your Goals

Connect with othеrѕ:

It’s important to change ideas and experiences with whо is аlѕо trуing tо reach a goal that is similar to yours.

Thеrе аrе mаnу online forums аnd chat groups whеrе уоu саn gеt support when you’re feeling down. 


It’ѕ great whеn уоu ѕее оthеrѕ whо hаvе achieved whаt уоu аrе trуing tо achieve… you саn ѕау tо yourself, “if thеу саn dо it, I саn dо it” (and yes, you can).


This gives you the feeling that your goal is real and achievable (and yes, it is).

I use Facebook to find most of the groups I want to belong to. Here are some of them:

stick to your goals

 

 

 

Dоn’t expect instant gratification:

Thе rеаѕоn whу people givе uр аftеr gоing strong fоr 2 weeks iѕ thеу say to themselves “all thiѕ work аnd I ѕtill dоn’t ѕее results”.

Have the conscience thаt уоur goal iѕn’t gоing tо bе achieved overnight because it takes time to achieve something big and important!

Yоu will bе feeling great аftеr thе firѕt week because you did get a lot of things done, bу thе ѕесоnd week уоu will bе expecting results bесаuѕе of all the work you already put into practise, but it takes timе. Mоѕt people givе uр tоо ѕооn аnd dоn’t experience thе joy оf ѕееing thе results аnd thе sense оf accomplishment.

Be patient, fight for what you want, and I know you will get results! It takes time, but if you put effort into what you’re willing to achieve, you will get your gratification! And yes, sometimes it’s frustrating, knowing that we did put a lot of effort into something and there aren’t any visible results.
It also happens to me, but the key is to keep going, and soon you will see the results coming. And don’t forget, if you give up, you’ll never see anything good coming!

 

Write Down but Move Forward:

This is probably the best advice I have to give you, because it’s the one that works best for me. And it is to write everything down! Honestly, I write what may be useful for me in the future.

I write and track everything I did for the day, the results I got, the results I want to achieve, the goals I will complete in that day, no excuses. And yes, I will complete those goals, I will conquer what I want! I will never give up. And you know why? Because that’s what I want! And if I want something, I don’t allow myself to give up. Even if the motivation is low, even if I’m tired, even if I’m sick, even if there’s a lot of things going on. I don’t ever stop! I continue to go, step by step. The trick is to make sure you always stick to your goals!

Yes, there will be times that you want to stop, that you want to give up. Because nothing is going the way you wanted, nothing is what you were expecting, results aren’t coming, everything seems impossible to achieve. Write and track your disbeliefs, your feelings, all of the goals that failed.
But don’t forget, keep going! Even if it’s hard, keep moving forward! That’s how you will get where you want. That’s actually the only way.
Maybe it will take you more time that you were expecting, but if you persist, if you keep moving, you will get there. I promise!

 

It is important to create a plan to follow, but it is even more important to focus on keeping up with it. Have the strength and motivation to never give up! There will be obstacles that you need to contour, but with determination and motivation everything will be easier.

Motivation iѕ thе key, knowing that you need to stick to your goals is the door.
But moving forward is the only way you can get through that door!
Success will come if you only remember to keep moving!

plan the day

Plan Your Day and Double Your Time

In the past, I did plan my mornings really well. The problem was that I would finish all of those tasks in the early hours of the day, and as I didn’t plan anything to do on the afternoon nor nights, I would procrastinate a lot more!

But I did learn the lesson, and now I plan both mornings and afternoons (and sometimes the nights).

Actually, I find that planning my next day is something I really enjoy doing, because it excites me for the next morning! (yup, i’m in a relationship with planning!).

Don’t plan excessively nor reductively your day.
Some people like to plan every second of their day, for me it doesn’t work that way. Because sometimes things that need to be done happen, and basically my day is all wrong.

Find the number of hours you can and want to work per day, and plan your tasks considering the amount of time you want to spend in them.

Of course, if you only have 3 hours of free time tomorrow, you won’t be able to clean all of your house, read a book and start your new blog.

Be rational when deciding your goals, but also believe that you can do everything you want!

But let’s put this into practice!

The Day Before:

  • Decide your 3 main goals (more about it here)

  • Break those big goals into small ones

  • Decide which ones you want to do in the morning and the other ones in the afternoon and/or night.

  • Organise your workspace!
    Make sure the place you’re going to work is well organised and ready for your daily tasks! You don’t want to lose any time nor motivation cleaning or organising the space around you.

Yup! That simple! But very effectively, because it pretty much doubles the time you have for your day. Only because you plan and break your big tasks into small ones, which makes them much easier to follow and accomplish!

Your “procrastination levels” will decrease exponentially, because you didn’t plan wasting your time, did you? Me neither!

It’s important to decide what you want to do in the day before so you won’t be spending your morning energy organising that stuff!

Now that you have organised everything that you need to do next morning, go to sleep! 😛


In the Morning:


As most of the things were already planned there’s just a few things to adjust to make sure you feel motivated and actually, excited to complete your goals!

  • Read the list of daily tasks you made the day before, and think if what you’ll going to do during the day will keep you close from your month/year/life main goal! If not, re-think what you planned!I prefer to do this in the mornings, because I’ve a lot more mental clarity to decide and analyse if the tasks for the day are according my long term objectives. If not, I change them (only the ones I have the freedom to not do, of course)!


During the Tasks:

  • When I’m working on what I was planning, I like to set up alarms on my phone to make a pause to analyse if I’m actually making progress, or just procrastinating.
    If you see you aren’t doing much because you’re having trouble focusing, do other tasks that don’t require the use of your brain that much!

In the end of the Day:

  • In the end of the day, review the progress you did throughout the day.
    If you see you didn’t have time to all the things you planned on doing, consider you’re over planning or you’re just procrastinating a lot!This reviewing process will help you set new goals and test new ways to accomplish more and more each day! Also by rejecting methods, projects and goals that aren’t leading to your final destination, you will be able to focus on only the ones that are important and that actually will make you succeed.
Quotes to Stop Procrastinating

20 Quotes to Stop Procrastinating

I love to create and test new ways to stop/reduce the amount of time I waste everyday.

I use Pinterest to find inspirational quotes that motivate me to work and complete my daily goals! (Follow me on Pinterest and discover more inspirational quotes, here).

Here’s a list of my 20 Favourite Quotes to Stop Procrastination!

 

1. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  2. “The fact that you aren’t where you want to be, should be enough motivation.”

 

3. “You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”2

4. “What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows.”

5. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

 

6. “Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won’t.”3

 

7. “It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.”

 

8. “Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.”4

9. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

10. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

11. “Great people do things before they’re ready.”

 

12. “Are your excuses more important than your dreams?”
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13. “Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work.”

 

14. “Do it now! Sometimes later becomes never.”

 

15. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

 

16. “It’s the will, not the skill.”

 

17. “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.”

 

18. “Yesterday you said tomorrow…”6

 

19. “Fear often masks itself as procrastination.”

 

20. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” – Les Brown
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