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Be a better version of yourself…by sleeping.

Are you really sleeping enough?

How many hours do you typically sleep if you don’t set an alarm?

Not like on the weekend. Like if you did it consistently.

Try it for a week.

Start going to bed a half-hour earlier every night until you start to wake up just before your alarm goes off.

Learn how many hours your body needs, and then make it happen consistently.

 

I’m in a fortunate position in which I can make my own schedule. It took me a long time to accept that I need a full 8-9 hours in order to function at my best and be most productive.

I felt like I was being a lazy pile of shit.

But when it became apparent how shitty and wasted a day can be when not enough sleep is had, it actually is a waste of time to not get enough sleep.

We need to get past the idea that it’s some badge of honor to run on as little sleep as possible.

 

If you are sleep deprived, your productivity suffers, your creativity suffers, everything suffers.

It adds to stress, which leads to a hundred other health issues.

Some people require less than others.  Some require more.  Mine is 8-9.  Some people easily run off of 5-6.

So figure out what your sleep requirement is (when you tend to wake up naturally) and get it.

Your body and mind will thank you.

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How to Double Your Productivity in a Week

Wasting time makes me crazy. Perpetually late people, sitting in traffic, small talk. BULLSHIT.

I like to accomplish as much as possible every day.  Don’t worry, sometimes REST is in the Passion Planner and I accomplish the shit out of that too.

Btw, I effing LOVE planners.  I get super pumped in December when it’s time to get the next year’s.  A few years ago, I got turned on to the Passion Planner. LIFE CHANGING, is what this magical little book is. This year, I got the gold limited edition one and it’s dope as shit. I could rave on for days but I’ll spare you. Just do yourself a favor and get one if you haven’t already.

So back to the lecture at hand…I thought I had my schedule locked down pretty well. Until I was watching this guy a few weeks ago.  (Brendon Burchard, if you haven’t heard of him, has got some shit figured out.)

He was raving about the 50-minute schedule. Breaking up your day into 50 minute increments. Scheduling your main priorities for the day into their blocks first, second level priorities next, and so on.  And then sticking to it.

But how helpful could it really be? I mean, I’m always doing something, so that means I’m constantly getting shit done, right?

But I’m a sucker for gaining minutes, so I readjusted my schedule, curious if it would help.

By day three my mind was blown.

I was finishing every day feeling legitimately accomplished. NOT feeling rushed or that the days were screaming past and I needed more hours.

Knowing that each task had its time allowed me to be present.

Rather than having my mind half on the task and half on other things, not knowing which I should be focusing on first.

When you schedule your day and assign all the things their own time slot, and then stick to it, it’s impossible to not make progress on each of the things that you wanted to.

My top priorities are studio time (progression of goals) and workout time (self-care).

Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, who the fuck is going to? And how are you going to take care of anyone else that needs you?

Schedule your exercise.

Schedule your meal planning.

Get your groceries delivered. That shit is cheap and SO worth the time saved.

Workout at home if you can. Waste less time in your car and less money on gas (and gym membershits).

Do the things you need to do to stay healthy.

If you’re currently working for someone else, block out the time that you aren’t slaving for the man to make sure you’re getting what you need.

Here’s an example of my current (2016) weekday schedule. Not all of my increments are a strict 50 minutes. Some tasks don’t require that much time, and some take a little more.

Clearly, if you have kids or aren’t working for yourself, this schedule will be a joke to you. So take the hours that you do have for yourself and schedule them accordingly.

9-9:20  Stretch, Drink Water, Meditate

9:20-9:50  Breakfast, Listening (to any webinars, podcasts, courses, etc.), Respond to important messages

9:50-10:40  Studio

(stretch)

10:40-11:30  Studio

11:30-12:30  Lunch with the husband

12:30-1:20  Studio

(stretch)

1:20-2:10 Studio

2:10-3:20 Workout, Shower, Brainstorm

3:20-5:00 Marketing/Business Development Tasks

(stretch)

5:00-6:30 Dinner with the husband

6:30-7:30 Relax with the husband

7:30-9:30 Admin/Digital work, Social Media Posting

Screens off for sleepy time.

 

Yours will probably look different.

But think about it.

What does your dream schedule look like?

Write it out, right now. If you had complete control over all of your hours.

What would you spend them doing?

What are your top priorities?

What are you doing during the day that isn’t getting you any closer to your goals?

Stop doing that.

Use that time for things that WILL get you closer to your goals.

And for real. Get yourself a Passion Planner.

 

What are your best time management tips?

What is something that you are aching to do that you don’t feel you have time for?

Tell me in the comments 🙂