Three simple steps that will help you reclaim more time and increase your productivity


Hey friends

Time is our most valuable resource because it is finite.

We only have so many hours in the day to get shit done. Some of us use the time effectively, others (me included) don't and feel like we're never on top of our to-do list.

Unfortunately, we get stuck in a cycle of procrastination when we have to do stuff.

There's a big difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it.

Action and execution get shit done. Action and execution are the art of doing stuff.

Three steps to reclaiming your time and becoming more productive

We like to complicate doing stuff.

The reality is that there are 3 simple steps to actually doing it:

  1. Identify the stuff you need to do;
  2. Work out the stuff that: a) can be done now b) can be done later c) can be done by other peopled) doesn't need to be done at all.
  3. Do It.

That's it.

Enjoy your weekly dose of marginal gains!

🚀 Performance Hacks

Breaking Bad Habits: How to Start a New One in 5 Minutes (9min)

Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. How in shape or out of shape you are? How happy or unhappy you are? Both are the result of your habits. Here’s a 5 step process for starting a new habit and six ideas for breaking existing habits.

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🧠 Brain Food

📚 Book: Building a Second Brain, A Proven Method to Organise Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte. I first learned about this Second Brain method last year and have since re-organized my approach to note-taking, filing, and idea management in line with the PARA Method. If you’re always collecting bits of information that you do nothing with, this is the book for you.

📖 Blinkist: The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be, by Jack Canfield. This blink offers practical and detailed principles that help you lead a more successful and fulfilling life. It’s broken down into 9 key principles that are easily digestible and very actionable.

📝 Blog Post: How to decide what to work on by Scott Young. Working hard all day doesn’t matter if you’re working on the wrong tasks. In this blog post, Scott provides a process to help you decide what work you should be doing to be the most productive in your day.

❓❓Two Questions

Question for you: If you know what you want, why are you waiting?

Question for me? Send me an email and I’ll be happy to help. If you want to have a chat to go deeper, schedule a Discovery Call.

✍🏾 Quote of the Week

“Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does. Responding inappropriately to your e-mail, your thoughts about what you need to do, your children, or your boss will lead to less effective results than you’d like. Most people give either more or less attention to things than they deserve, simply because they don’t operate with a mind like water.”

From Getting Things Done by David Allen. Resurfaced using Readwise.

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💡 Recommendations

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📥 I use Shift to manage my emails, apps and extensions on my laptop.

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