Productivity Secrets You Should Know
You ever wonder how people become mega productive and accomplish so much?
You know who i’m talking about.
These are the people who, in one day, can write three blog posts, send out ten personalized proposals, land a gig, do an interview, listen to a blog post, workout, and eat healthy in the time it takes for you to complete a work week.
What’s crazier is that these mega productive freaks have more free time than us, stay up later and sleep in. (They also earn more. Learn how. Here)
“Are they superheroes?”
No. They just figured out the system to getting shit done.
You want to get shit done and learn productivity secrets that transformed my business? Then read on. (Want to make $2k a week freelancing? Here)
The Productivity Myth
I used to be unproductive. I’d wake up early to exercise only to find myself on my third cup of coffee while scrolling through my Iphone.
I sucked. I rushed to meet last second deadlines, wrote poorly, and never felt like I was in control.
I was unproductive because I believed I was unproductive. I thought that productivity was a trait, something you won in the genetic lottery. I was wrong. I just didn’t know the key productivity secrets.
Productivity isn’t a personality trait, it’s a Success Habit. When I realized that everything changed.
The Productivity Habit
I’ve written about habits in the past. I believe habits are the easy way to get hard things done. Success is a habit (here).
When I realized productivity wasn’t a personality trait but instead it was something anyone could achieve I decided to become productive. To do this I learned productivity secrets.
I thought becoming productive would be hard. It wasn’t. A few simple changes transformed my daily routine. In no time I was accomplishing more in a day than I did in a week.
How I Did It
You know there is a ton of research online about being productive? Almost all of the content written about being productive sucks. (This site gets it right. Here)
So how did I become productive? Simple. I figured out what I wanted to accomplish and created actionable steps for following through.
Was I afraid i’d mess up? Sure, at first. But once I knew the system it was easy.
The system I used was to make each step small and easy to complete. If a step was to hard, to big, or took to much effort I would bail. In copywriting we call this ‘Taking Away Reasons To Say No’.
By making a step easy to accomplish I took away reasons to quit.
Here is my honest to goodness actionable step by step system to writing. I use this whenever I have a copywriting contract, need to write a blog post, promote, or any other type of writing.
How I Write 1,000’s of Words Every Day
Step 1)I create an outline:
-That’s right. I go old school, like high school essay old school, and create an outline. I take my key talking points and build an order for the content.
Step 2)Add light content to outline:
-This is a great trick. Once i’ve written the outline I go back in and write a few sentences for each section. This is great because I get a feel for the flow of the content and I can see if it is working or if I need to start over. (Get all the content you need with my Freelancer’s Insider List. Here)
Step 3)I write the outline:
-Before I write I take a day off. I want my brain to have time to recharge. Writing the outline primes my mind to think. Trying to immediately write would be like starting a lawnmower or chainsaw cold. You can do it but it takes a lot. We want to avoid barriers that make getting started hard.
Step 4)I review and rewrite:
-I take another day off before doing this. This gives me time to step back and collect my thoughts, get clear eyes and come back to the document fresh. I catch a ton of details, errors and excess words this way.
Bonus Tip For Easily Distracted Writers:
You ever feel like you have a hundred ideas and thirty things you need to look up while writing? I do and I have an awesome tip to help.
I learned this in college. When you are writing keep a sheet of scrap paper beside your laptop with a pen. Anytime you get a distracting thought, idea or remember something important that doesn’t have something to do with what you are working on write it down.
This is amazing! The physical act of writing feels great and ott frees up the clutter in your mind. Taking notes with pen and paper keeps you on task. The act of writing signals your mind it is free to pursue anything on that list later.
Bonus Tip Two For The Too Many Tabs Writer:
You know who you are. You are the person trying to write an article in Google Docs but are constantly distracted by your thirty open tabs. They are just begging to be clicked!
Neville Medhora shares an amazing (and simple) trick you can use to avoid distractions while writing. Check it out Here.
Want to be mega productive?
Create super easy actionable steps to accomplish your goals. The most successful entrepreneurs and freelancers succeed because they make progress easy and attainable.
Start with breaking one thing into step by step actions (writing proposals, drafting emails, writing, etc) and optimize it. Once you mastered that move on to the next.
In two months you’ll find yourself transformed from an over-burdened layabout pulling out their hair in frustration to a mega productive freak!