Category: Productivity & Goals
Welcome to the Productivity & Goals category! You have only two options in life. Either you follow your own goals, or you follow the goals of other people. If you don’t build and follow your own dream life, someone else will try to engage you or hire you to help build theirs.
There’s nothing wrong with helping other people achieve their dreams, but you absolutely want to make sure you also have your own goals and that you live your own dream life.
You want to wake up every day with determination and go to bed with deep satisfaction. You want to be maximally creative during the day and produce, deliver and capture as much value on the markets as possible.
You want to make sure you have many hobbies and personal goals that empower you and make your life worthwhile. It feels so good to be productive, to see the fruits of hard and smart work, and cross things off your vision list.
Blog posts under the Productivity & Goals category will help you make sure that you don’t only have a hunch of what your dream life could be, but to carefully define your dream life and build a superior life strategy and plan for how you will achieve all of your dreams.
Reading blog posts under this category will help you achieve a completely new level of personal performance – an elite productivity and goal achieving oriented daily life, while enjoying the path and hard work.
Many of the productivity and goal setting techniques described in the blog posts are inspired by lean startup and agile development approaches in business. If companies aren’t productive, they go out of business.
Superior innovation and organization are thus an important part of every successful company. So, there is no better way to learn how to be productive than from successful companies.
The bad news is that being productive is hard. Focusing on the hard tasks it's also hard. It’s pretty damn hard. It took me a decade to train myself to be really productive and eliminate all the distractions and low‑value activities. Imagine improving your productivity like exercising. Beginnings are hard, but at some point, you just can’t stop exercising, especially after seeing all the benefits and improvements. It’s the same with productivity. You need to build yourself a proper system, push yourself out of the comfort zone a few times, and soon you will see the first improvements and results.
Never complain about the lack of time. There’s plenty of time in a day, enough time to do meaningful work, spend time with the people you love, rest, and seize the beauty of the day. And besides that, time was created in order not for everything to happen at once. Don’t overestimate what you can achieve in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can achieve in five years’ time. If you keep the long-term perspective, there’s enough time for everything.
The switch in your mindset that will bring the fastest results in your productivity levels is called going from reactive to proactive time management. What do I mean by that? Being reactive means that you react to every stimulus from the environment, immediately as it happens. Going from a reactive to proactive approach to time management is pretty simple. You just have to decide when, where and how you’ll react to external impulses and communicate your productivity rules with others.
Productivity is a ratio between the input and the output. The input is the effort that you put in and the output is the value that you get out. The more productive you are, the more value you get for the least amount of effort. To improve your productivity you have to do the right things the right way.
If you want to be highly productive in life and keep focus on your own goals, you have to learn how to say no. It might sound harsh to say no to people almost all the time, especially because feelings of guilt can kick in, but it’s really an easy thing to do. The trick is to make “no” your default answer to everything. Your decision making shouldn’t start with the question – “should I do that or not”. Your decision making should start with “absolutely no”. Then you can start convincing yourself otherwise. You can ask yourself a few