The more I work, the more I realize I need focus.
I am go go go all the time. I find myself having high energy, listening to Rick Ross, Ace Hood, and hustling hard. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I’m living that lifestyle. Time is money and money is time.
I wake up every morning excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the world — to put a damn dent in the universe.
I have an ADD brain on steroids. I’m constantly making drum beats with pens, day dreaming about living my bliss and creating change in the world; if left unchecked, I self-destruct. Quite frankly, If I’m not focused 100% on my mission, I tend to fill my time with too much alcohol, a deficit in physical exercise, and time wasting nonsense.
I know what my strengths and weaknesses are, and I’m okay with it. Being able to focus is not something I’m particularly good at. Luckily, I’ve found a system that helps me.
I Suck At Productivity. Here Are Three Tools I Use to Help Me Focus
1. The Passion Planner
The Passion Planner is an amazing tool that helps you focus your life by months and weeks, step by step. It helps keep you focused on your vision, dreams, and success/failures. I wake up every day to line up my week and keep track of my work activities. It’s an introspective tool that helps you focus on your tasks and keep you accountable. If you don’t have one, get one. It kicks ass. Get it HERE.
2. A Journal
I use a small journal in conjunction with the passion planner to keep up with my emotional and spiritual life. I write down my thoughts, challenges, insights, and ideas. This tool compliments the Passion Planner in that I have a tool for organization, and a tool to record the chaos in my brain. I use both these things first thing in the morning and sometimes before going to bed. Getting the stuff out of your head and onto paper helps my emotional and spiritual life, and also helps me be more creative. Journaling is awesome!
3. The Notecard Method
I stole this idea from Nate Green who’s been inspiring me for several years (note: follow him).
Here’s how it works: grab a note card and write your desired outcomes on it. Give yourself a block of time to accomplish the task(s). I usually go for 90-minute blocks at a time and then break. It’s sometimes called “chunking,” and I find it to be an extremely efficient method for getting shit done.
When you’re done working, make a block for lunch or whatever it is you want to do, then make another 90-minute block. Try it, it works.
Using these tools have improved my productivity, and have also greatly improved my emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Try them out and let me know if they help you!
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