Time is of the essence, now more than ever. With an ever increasing level of competition in aspects of life such as business and wealth, it is more important than ever that we strive to surpass our expectations, under promise and over deliver, and leave this planet better than how we found it. To do this, we need to maximise the finite time we have here, wringing each second out for all its worth!
We only have 24 hours each day (until the year 200 Million when we will gain an extra hour), let's make it count.
Tony Robbins talks a lot about this, here’s my adaptation on Chunking. We waste potential hours each and every day on mindless tasks and distractions, such as Facebook and unimportant emails. Solution: Chunk these activities into pre determined slots each day. For example, I check my Facebook and emails at 11am, 3pm and 8pm. Trust me, you’re not going to miss any world changing events, however you may be late in knowing what Kim Kardashian had for breakfast that morning. If you can survive that, you can segment being notified of all that, and also pointless unimportant emails. Focus on important tasks first, and don’t check emails or social media, they’re nothing but distractions and you will find by only checking them sporadically at pre determined times, you will gain massive time each day doing what’s important. Log out of email and social media to lessen the urge to check.
If you find yourself in a busy office, get yourself a pair of noise cancelling headphones to drown out the noise, while listening to the soothing sounds of the beach (or whatever helps you concentrate).
Gallantoro Tip for Facebook: Change your password to a random code and have it written down on paper, making the only way you can log in is to slowly type it out each time you want to check in.
With early rising, you’ll now need to sleep smarter to compensate. This means getting the most out of your sleep, so waking up before 5am doesn’t result in you being a Walking Dead zombie by 4pm. To do this you’ll need to
a. Get to bed earlier: I've found my least productive time is after 9pm at night, if you’re the same, don’t waste time surfing youtube and mindlessly flicking between Foxtel channels. Go to bed. If you think you can’t get to sleep early, try it for a few days after being up since 4:30am, you’ll get to sleep I assure you.
b. Get off your phones an hour before bed: The blue light emitted from the phone can simulate the rays of the sun, throwing out our circadian rhythm. Read instead.
c. Install Flux: This is an application that simulates the suns position based on your location, and makes the colour of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
d. Use a Sleep Cycle style alarm: These monitor your sleep patterns, waking you up in a 30 minute interval (for our 4:30am rises, set your alarm for between 4:15am and 4:45am) but ensuring you’re awoken in a period of light sleep, not deep. Result: You’ll bounce out of bed instead of being groggy. Here are two options.
e. Read Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson for more on how to get the best nights sleep.
Give your tasks a deadline. Especially if it’s a task you’ve been dreading, break it down into 30 minute segments. When thinking in 30 minute blocks, a task doesn’t seem so hard, knowing in 30 minutes you can stop and do something else, however a lot of the time you’ll find you’ve nailed the task in half the time! Deadlines create pressure, pressure creates results.
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