The Forgotten Productivity Hack…
“The basics are the basics and you can’t beat the basics.” Charles Poliquin. Strength Coach to over 800 Olympic athletes.
Since 2010 I’ve been solely helping entrepreneurs increase their performance by supercharging their energy, focus and results. I couldn’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I’ve helped transform their health, mindset and overall performance yet I can tell you which ‘character’ is the most annoying!
These people are so frustrating that I often want to tackle them to the ground and slip a deep, BJJ style, rear naked choke in the hope that when they wake up they will have returned to consciousness with some basic awareness.
You can tell who that individual is by their favourite phrase….
‘I already know that.’
This individual already knows the techniques, mindsets, strategies, hacks and everything it takes to achieve the results they want in life. They love to spout to their friends and potential coaches that they ‘already know that’ or that want to know about the next ‘advanced technique’.
Yet, they don’t apply anything they’ve learned and they don’t have the results they want! Instead, they do nothing and gloat about how much they bloody know!
These people obviously didn’t hear what Bruce Lee said,
‘Knowledge is not enough, we must do.’
The point is, some of these ‘productivity hacks’ you may already know. However, if you’re not consistently applying them and being much more productive, you’re fooling yourself.
For example, batching tasks is to do a large number of the same tasks in the same time block…
An example would be setting an hour aside to respond to all your emails and texts instead of sporadically clearing them throughout the day. Batching helps because your brain isn’t very good at switching from one thing to another.
Case in point, start doing a math problem and have a conversation about your latest product release at the same time.
It’s not just difficult, it’s exhausting!
Your brain likes to focus at one thing at a time and can be very efficient at doing that. By batching tasks you can get a large chunk of work done in a relatively short amount of time without it mentally burning you out.
The fastest way to ensure you feel exhausted is try to multitask all day which, unfortunately, a lot of low performing entrepreneurs are doing.
Personally, I tend to batch all of my communications, I do most of my coaching calls on a Monday and when I film for my YouTube channel I will batch multiple shoots in a day.
Here are some tasks that you can start doing in batches:
- Text Messages
- Banking work
- Batch Cook your meals
- Any writing work
Depending on what business you run, I’m sure you can find countless ways to batch the activities that you simply cannot delegate or delete.