It may seem quite insensitive hearing this statement but let me justify why this is important. Time is more than gold and money. If you give someone your time, that’s similar to investing a non-renewable currency. If someone is asking you to spend time on their concerns and they’re not a very close friend or family, be very choosy who you’ll give your time to. Make sure that you only spend time working towards your goals or with people who’ll return the favor if ever you’ll need their help.
Let me give you a good example. A friend of mine invited me to a dinner a few weeks ago to catch up on things and to discuss ideas about business. A few days later, his friend decides to tag along, wanting a shoulder to cry on since she was pregnant and having emotional problems because of hormonal imbalance. After hearing that his friend will tag along and waste my precious time and mental energy on this hormone-induced temporary emotional state, I immediately cancelled our meeting and suggested a new date. This is the most probable scenario if I went to our meeting:
Travel to the restaurant: 45 minutes
Eating dinner while discussing her emotional problems: 2 hours
Coffee/Tea after dinner while listening to her emotional outbursts: 4 hours
Travel home: 45 minutes
Getting rid of the unnecessary mental baggage and stress caused by listening to her problems: 3 hours of watching senseless TV
So in short, I prevented more than 10 hours of my productive time being wasted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that hormone-induced emotional troubles of women are not important. I’m just saying that if that woman is not your wife, your sister or one of your closest friends, then it is not your problem.
Don’t play superman and try to solve every person’s problems because that’s impossible. If you give one dollar to every person on earth, you’ll surely end up penniless and homeless. Charity is good, but only to a certain extent.
Watch out for similar scenarios in your own personal life and just say no. Just be careful not to hurt feelings by telling them that you really have a tight deadline to catch. This is not a lie by the way if you’re really trying to accomplish something meaningful in your life before your time is up. So don’t feel bad about it.
Can I finish reading the entire Bible in less than a day?
Hypothetically speaking, I can. Well, at least that’s what the reading speed test website below says:
On my quest to improve my reading speed (which was just a shameful 268 words per minute a few days ago), I stumbled upon a few resources and tools that enabled me to double my reading speed. After practicing for a couple of minutes, I was able to reach a reading speed of 623 words per minute! That’s approximately 132% increase in reading speed!
No I’m not writing this to sell you some product or scam you out of your money.
I’m just writing to share with you how I did it and how you can do it too with some free and simple tools that I got online.
If you’re interested and want to know how I did it for free, just enter your best email below and I’ll immediately send the exclusive report to you.
“How I Doubled my Reading Speed in Under 10 Minutes”
Yep, i bet this didn’t come as a surprise to you.
When the Iphone was first released, everybody was buying Iphones like crazy. Then the succeeding versions of the Iphone was released together with the avalanche of Android-based smart phones. Smart phones gave us more than a dozen new ways to communicate. There’s Viber, Wechat, Facebook mobile, Google chat and other instant messaging apps. Also, there are tons of apps to download and certain games were developed to be as addictive as dope.
Everybody thought smart phones would make life easier and more productive, but lately, haven’t you noticed that our productivity has been falling rather dramatically? It is quite obvious that these new modes of communication are not helping us be more productive but are only giving people more lines of communication to distract you from actually working. Communication is good and increases productivity up to a certain extent but beyond that it only provides a means of distraction and results in hundreds of hours wasted every year. For most of us, actual work only starts when we sit down in a quiet corner without any distractions to cut our momentum short when our concentration is peaking.
I challenge you today to put your foot down and decide to set aside a couple of hours with your phone turned off to work on something that you’ve been putting off doing because of our most common lousy excuse that we lack time.
Back when I was a kid/teenager, my mother used to nag me about lots of things. Buy some groceries, bring out the trash, clean my room, arrange my bed, organize my things, wash the dishes, fix the kitchen sink and tons of other stuff. She eventually gets what she wants because she has mastered one skill to perfection. The skill and art of nagging.
When I procrastinate and postpone doing something, I’d tell her that I’d do it after 15 minutes, an hour or a day, hoping that she will forget the task and leave me alone. This almost always never happens. She will be back after 15 minutes and start to bug me to do the task. No amount of procrastination can get her off my back. So I eventually give up most of the time and do what she wants me to do.
I’ve tried lots of apps for managing my to do list. Most of them simply fail big time and did not convince me to do the task. Then I stumbled upon this app: Any.Do
You can snooze it all you want but it will not stop bugging you until you get the job done (click the “done” button). It will even remind you to do a thing that you’ve put off doing the previous week. Like my mother, it never forgets the task and bugs me to do my job repeatedly. I love this app a lot and have been using it for a couple of weeks now.
P.S.: I’m not getting paid to promote their app but I like it so much that I spent time writing about it as a token of my appreciation.
Getting rid of your facebook account is not easy to do and might not be the wisest thing to do since this will cut you off from what’s happening outside the world, especially the business world. Most of us spend a lot of time on facebook browsing through hundreds of useless posts before stumbling upon great useful posts by smart people. If you notice a person post stupid things on his/her page a couple of times, chances are that he/she will post useless stuff majority of the time. So save yourself the trouble of browsing through 80% of their useless selfies and brain-dead posts by doing this:
I love the Pomodoro Technique but I think it needs to be juiced up. The sound of the pomodoro timer isn’t quite alarming/scary enough to make me want to do things as fast as I could. It’s cute appearance and soft ticking sound just doesn’t cut it for me.
I’m looking for something that can make my mind go on hyperdrive or at least mimic the conditions of an impending deadline like a time bomb. Couldn’t find anything like it online so I decided to make my own.
I created an mp3 file combining a voice announcing the time left (20,15,10,5,3 mins left and the countdown), the ticking sound of a time bomb and a positive reinforcement statement at the end. I named it the Pomodoro Time Bomb.
Tested the mp3 file while working on a project and I’d have to say, it’s pretty decent and gets the job done. Got me to read faster, think faster and work faster because of the awareness of the impending deadline.
I’d like to let you guys check it out and maybe drop me a thank you note if it works for you. You can download the file for free here: Pomodoro Time Bomb
Whenever I start procrastinating or forget my goals, I’m constantly reminded of this scene from the movie Fight Club:
Tyler: What did you wanna be Raymond K. Hessel?!…. The question Raymond was: what did you want to be!
Narrator: Answer him Raymond, jesus!
Raymond: Veterinarian, veterinarian.
Raymond: Yeah animals and ssstuff.
Tyler: And stuff, yeah I got that. That means you have to get more schooling.
Raymond: Too much school.
Tyler: Would you rather be dead? Would you rather die? Here? On your knees? In the back of a convenient store?
Raymond: Nooo! Please stop!
[Tyler unlocks the gun and lowers it]
Tyler: I’m keeping your license. I’m gonna check in on you. I know where you live. If you’re not on your way to becoming a veterinarian in six weeks, you will be dead. Now run on home.
[Tyler throws him his wallet. Raymond takes it, staggers to his feet and runs down the alley]
Tyler: [shouting to Raymond] Run, Forrest, run!
Narrator: I feel ill.
Tyler: Imagine how he feels.
Narrator: Come on, this isn’t funny! That wasn’t funny! What the fuck was the point of that?
Tyler: Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day in Raymond K. Hessel’s life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted.
VOICE-OVER: You had to give it to him. He had a plan. And it started to make sense in a Tyler sort of way.
VOICE-OVER: No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.
What if somebody like Tyler Durden pointed a gun to your head and asked you that same question? What did you want to be?
Imagine that it was real, that you’re going to die if you didn’t recall what it was that you wanted to accomplish in life. Think hard. Think fast!
So what’s the answer? You’ve got 3 seconds to answer. Three..Two..One..BOOM!
If you haven’t watched this film, you’re missing a lot. I suggest you get hold of a copy and watch it right after you’re done doing what needs to be done today and not before. Don’t make watching this movie as an excuse to procrastinate!
Do you find yourself saying the following things to yourself:
- “I’ll just wait for this ebook to finish downloading and I’ll start once I got this book.”
- “I’ll just wait for the video course to finish downloading and I promise I’ll finish the whole video lecture/seminar.
- “I’ll just browse my favorite site for 5 minutes and then I’m going to work seriously after that.”
- “I notice that I’m not being productive for the past few months and tomorrow, I promise to start a new life and I’ll be in my productive mode.”
- “I’m too busy right now to start a fitness regimen, I promise by the first day of January that I’ll enroll in a gym and get six pack abs in a few months.”
Trust me, you won’t. Chances are you’ll remain the same way that you are right now. Nothing will change. You’ll still be a bum, you’ll still remain fat, you’ll just waste your bandwidth on that 4GB course that you’re downloading because you won’t even finish a chapter. Your 5 minute procrastination will turn into a lifetime.
If you want something done, start doing it right now no matter how small the incremental gain is. A small step is still a step forward. Time is your enemy, it won’t wait for you. It will sneak behind your back while you procrastinate even for a minute.
Let me guess what you’ll do next. I bet your thinking of getting another book about procrastination. Stop right there and don’t even dare search amazon for another book on overcoming procrastination. It’s only another excuse to procrastinate. You’ll be thinking:”I bet if I read this great book about overcoming procrastination I’ll never procrastinate again.” I’m telling you that you won’t. You should fight procrastination head on by taking direct action. Direct action towards your goals is the only secret that I know of to overcome procrastination of all forms.
Do you expect a future surfing champion to search amazon for a book titled “how to avoid falling down while surfing”? No. You expect him to spend time on a real surf board and acquire muscle memory and improve his balance through continuous practice.
Do yourself a favor and start DOING right now. Act directly straight towards your goals and not around it.