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How to Eliminate Distractions and Have a Sense of Urgency

By on Oct 5, 2015 in Productivity |

Followup to my article on Sense of Urgency, now comes the strategy on how to implement the Sense of Urgency into your life. The best thing to do is to setup your day to be awesome by prioritizing your tasks (needed to hit your goals), then pick a task and focus all your efforts on completing it as fast as possible. Reason For Urgency First important thing is to have a reason for why you are having the sense of urgency.  Maybe it’s to buy a home, maybe it’s to take a vacation, maybe it’s to start a business, whatever your reason is, you should be aware of why you have the sense of urgency.  When you have a solid singular focus it gives you the fuel to work at a fast pace.  Connect with this underlying reason and you’ll have the needed fuel to work at the pace you need. Body Language After you have the fuel, it is key to have the body language in a way that supports this intense work focus.  How does someone look when they’re unmotivated, tired and lazy?  They’re usually slouched over, and the body language is obvious.  You should have a good posture, straight back, feet squarely planted, and arms resting nicely on your keyboard.  Once you have this position your mind will trigger you to be in work mode. Music A great way to get you juiced up and working fast is with music.  Select a playlist that inspires you, gets you focused, preferably upbeat to match your motivation.  There’s plenty of free playlists on 8tracks, YouTube, or SoundCloud.  Choose what that you resonate with and soon you’ll be block out sounds and working fast. Pomodoro Find a Pomodoro application that works with your computer (plenty of them online), and have a goal to complete X number of them per day.  For me I aim to have 10 Pomodoro’s completed per day.  This tool will enable you to work very fast (because you can see the timing going down), and the breaks are after 25min.  See my article here. These 4 strategies will get you dialled in, eliminate the distractions, and get your work done with a sense of urgency. Have any other strategies or comments?  Have an awesome and productive...

Sense Of Urgency: How To Get Beyond Your Stuck-State and Achieve Your Goals In 5-10x Faster – Part 1

By on Sep 7, 2015 in Entrepreneurship, Mindset Hacks, Productivity | 0 comments

Without a sense of urgency desire loses its value. Jim Rohn This is a 2 part series because I consider sense of urgency to be a cornerstone of success. Perhaps you’ve done lots to improve yourself, maybe you’ve worked on your beliefs, your goals, your values, or worked through some other area of your life.  Your life is still stagnating and you get seem to get beyond being unstuck. If only there was a much simpler way that would get you unstuck and allow you to move your life forward faster and quicker then before?  Well you’re right…there is. The most successful people have issues in their own life as well.  There lives are not perfect either.  However, despite them having issues, they operate with a sense of urgency that overcomes their issues.  By moving forward with a sense of urgency, they don’t get stuck on the pressing issues and they move forward with purpose and tenacity.  They know that there’s no time to make excuses, that it’s better to move forward with a sense of urgency. It’s this sense of urgency that you’re missing in your life.  You simply have no urgency to get things done, to achieve your goals, and go after your dreams with purpose, determination, and belief.  It’s a cycle, because by operating slowly, results come slow, belief comes slow, and everything moving at a snails pace until there’s a point where you can’t handle it anymore.  If only you could have a spark under to get you on your purpose and achieve goals rapidly.  There’s no excuses with your past, we all have patterns that continually repeat itself over and over again.  Well now it’s going to be different.  With this one habit of sense of urgency, you will transform your life and your business. There’s two ways a sense of urgency is forced upon us.  One way is by external events, people and circumstances.  For example, you have rent due next month and without rent you’ll be homeless.  Or it could be health reasons, for me having colon cancer was a wakeup signal and create a sense of urgency to get my health into peak state. The other way is internally.  Maybe you want to achieve a charity goal of helping cure cancer, like our Greenhouse Superfoods is out to do.  This internal drive creates a sense of urgency to improve the world, leave a mark, and create lasting change that will impact lives forever. How you get your source of sense of urgency is up to you.  Maybe it’s spending time around people that raise you up and inspire you to be your best self.  Maybe it’s going to fancy car dealerships, seeing nice homes for sale that you would love, being around people that have a purpose in their life, or you’re just plain pissed about how you’ve been living your life, and want more in life!  As long as it creates a strong desire to attack your goals with purpose and get things done as effectively and efficiently as possible. In part 2 of this sense of urgency post, I’ll describe how to get this habit and soon you’ll have the life you’ve dreamed of.  For now, just continue to develop the awareness and get to a point where you have so much sense of urgency that operating at your typical daily speeds makes you upset.  We’ll soon channel that into powerful forward setting intentions 🙂   Have any input, comments, or suggestions?  I would love to hear them.     If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...

11 Power Tools I Use To Run a Virtual Business Empire

By on Jul 27, 2015 in Productivity, Software, Time Hacks | 0 comments

Hey Virtual Business Empire builders, we would all love to do more in less time.  The following are 9 power tools I use to get as much done in the least amount of time 🙂 Hopefully there’s 1 that might help you.  Here’s the video: Resources: SimpleMind :  A Mind Mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device. Evernote Helper : A shortcut that easily captures your text, images, and whatever else in seconds and imports into Evernote. TextEdit : Simple text tool with plain formatting.  Stock in Apple OS. Skitch : Put annotations, writing, and notes on images. MySpeed : Change the playback speed of lectures, courses, and videos. Tab for Trello : The quickest way to use Trello. DayOne shortcut : Record life as you live it.  Easily captures your ideas. Jing for Video : Share ideas instantly through the power of video. 1Password : Simple way to hold all your website and ID passwords. YNAB : Simple personal budgeting software to gain control of your finances. TextExpander : Save all your common text responses to shortcuts.   As always these are tools, and you must take action to build your virtual empire 🙂 Is there any tools you love to use?  Put in the comments below! If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...

Top 5 Music Apps For Internet Entrepreneurs That Want Maximum Productivity

By on Jul 13, 2015 in Apps, Productivity | 0 comments

As an internet entrepreneur, you need to get eliminate distractions and maximize your time/efficiency output.  Whether at a cafe, or beachside restaurant, streaming music is the future of how we’re listening to music. Lucky for us, there’s a number of different options to choose from.  Here’s the top 5 music apps for Internet Entrepreneurs that want maximum productivity…   1.  Spotify   Spotify is a streaming music service that made a huge splash in the music industry for being one of the first on the scene.  For working, I like the FOCUS section, which has a wide selection of music tailored to help you focus. You can listen to for free, or you can pay $9.99/month and be ad-free, unlimited skips, listen to in off-line mode, and HQ quality streams.  All in all, Spotify’s playlists are quite impressive.  They have an easy layout, good playlist selection, and it’s nice to see what your friends are listening to.   2. DI Radio   You looking for a dedicated streaming service focused on electronic music?  DI.fm is a fantastic choice.  I have 5 playlists saved, and usually work to high BPM (beats per minute) tracks to get me into flow.  Vocal Trance is one of my favourites.  Stimulates both my mind and emotions.   3. SoundCloud   Great for long DJ sets.  You’ll discover the newest electronic tracks on SoundCloud.  Subscribe to a few people that have good music you like, and you’ll get never ending feeds of DJ sets.  Create some playlists and you’re good to go with professional DJ sets.   4. 8Tracks   8Tracks is another favourite.  What’s unique about 8Tracks is you enter 2 words that resembles your mood, setting, genre, or artist, and then it narrows results based on what you chose.  Also, the playlists are submitted by the users, instead of internal staff, so you get some pretty cool music that you wouldn’t normally here before.  Type in Focus, and you’ll get music to suit your needs.   5. Apple Music   New on the scene is Apple Music, and they have big plans to eat up the competition.  Similar to Spotify’s format, it learns what you listen to and recommends a tailored play list, offline access to your music, unlimited skips, and integrates well with your Apple devices.  It’s still new, so time will tell how they develop Apple Music. Do you have any recommended music apps not listed?     If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...

How I Went From Reading 1 Book Every 3 Months To 1 Book a Day

By on Jun 1, 2015 in Entrepreneurship, Productivity, Time Hacks | 0 comments

As entrepreneurs, if we’re not keeping up with the latest books, we’re being left behind. How many books have you read in the last month?  I’m guessing no more than 2. With so many great business books being released, there’s simply not enough time to read them all. So how do you plan to keep with all the business books? This is the question I asked myself every time I went to a bookstore.  I almost resented going to bookstores because I knew there were so many books I should be reading – but wasn’t.  My Amazon wish list is a non-stop, ever expanding list! Then one day I watched this video on the importance of reading books, and it really struck home: Tai mentions a few things that really made me think about reading more books. Namely, instead of trying to read the whole book and understand every concept, it’s better to be a gold digger – seeking out just one life changing idea. This is huge. Books have a general topic or theme and they’re usually filled with a bunch of fluff in order to sell the book.  At the end of the day, there’s so much wasted clutter. This spurred me to immediately take action.  I found an app I had in the past that did exactly what Tai was saying…it provided short summaries that described the key concepts of non-fiction bestsellers. The app is Blinkist, and you can download it here. Discovering this app has literally changed my life.  Instead reading 1 book every 3 months, I’m now reading 1 book a day! During my morning ritual, I read for 20 minutes after breakfast, usually reading the whole book.  Throughout the day, I’ll either finish reading the book or make highlights (it easily keeps track of all the highlights).  Then at night I review the highlights and remind myself of the key concepts.  Boom! One book a day, with highlights and review. The great thing is I actually feel like a read the book. If I find the book’s content resonates with me, I’ll buy the book to go more in detail. As one review states: “The app is so good, it feels like I’m cheating” Here’s to dramatically increase your reading speed, and your life! Have a question you want answered? Do you have something that works for you?   If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...

19 iPhone Travel Apps You Need To Know

By on May 4, 2015 in Apps, Productivity, Travel | 0 comments

I love traveling.  Here’s 10 iphone travel apps that will make the most out of your time while traveling: Trello Great for capturing ideas throughout the day.  I use it to follow the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology.  Simple and effective tool. Pomodoro For those that know about the benefits of the Pomodoro time system.  This is the best tool I’ve seen for it.  Also like the round tracking and daily goal total…it keeps you focused. Drive Google Docs is awesome.  Google Drive is the app that stores them all and gives you online storage for all your files.  Better then Dropbox right now because the office suite is  built in. iMovie Awesome for shooting and editing videos.  Gone are the days you need a computer, this app is awesome.  I create vision board movies and watch them daily. Audible The amount of time I spend on a scooter or in transit is a lot.  Therefore a subscription to audible with audio books is paramount to maximizing my time. Kindle Sure I love old school books, but to have ALL my books in my phone is priceless.  I read on it daily.  I love the highlighting feature for easy future referencing. Evernote Goes without saying that this is a killer app.  I scan all my tickets, my screenshots, and pretty much any other note.  Great app. Expense Keeping track of your finances is key.  This is one of the best that I’ve seen.  Simple layout, quick and easy to enter transactions. Day One Journals are very rewarding to get your thoughts out.  This is the best there is.  I do a photo a day as well. djay 2 Got a pool party?  Use this app to setup turntables, and combine their DJ cable for a complete DJ setup 8Tracks In the morning I listen to motivation playlists to get me juiced up, in the gym I listen to gym tracks, and for parties you can select playlists for that too. Instagram Visual app to showcase all your travel pics! Skype Communicate with your team, family, colleagues.  Setup a local number and make outbound calls from your hometown. Airbnb Search for awesome places to stay at! Time Buddy Easily convert your current timezone with people in other timezones. 1Password Store all your passwords, identity, and other card info in this app. TripAdvisor Great for finding fun things to do, restaurants, and other interests.  Rate it by ratings and you’re liking to find great stuff! Converter Convert currency, weight, distance and everything else in snap. Facebook Messenger I removed Facebook from my iphone recently and like the less distractions.  However I still love communicating through Facebook, this app makes this doable. There you have it, 19 awesome travel apps you need to know! Got other suggestions?  Let me know about them!   If you liked this post, subscribe to this blog and I’ll be sending you more cool blog posts just like this one. First Name: Email: Leave this field empty if you're...