The Core 5 Habits

So what habits and rituals can you develop in your life to obliterate procrastination from your life, I call them the core five. Let’s go over them now. Beat procrastination habit number one, your morning ritual. We covered this in the last section. This means that you start your morning with a when you have some predictable morning formula that you follow that sets you up to win for the rest of the day. I recommend doing three things as part of your morning ritual. One, getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off, and not checking your phone to rewriting your goals and doing your Wix three, doing 30 minutes of productive work still without having checked your phone. So that’s number one. And if you need a refresher on that revisit part one of this class on you. Now let’s go through the next four habits beat procrastination habit number two, the weekly and daily list. About 100 years ago Charles Schwab asked Ivy Lee for help. Schwab was president of Bethlehem Steel, and wanted to increase his executives productivity. So Ivy Lee spent 15 minutes with each executive. And Schwab sent him a check for the equivalent of $400,000 as a thank you What was this $400,000 device. Before you finish work today, write down up to six things you have to do tomorrow. Then number those things in order of importance. First thing tomorrow morning, start working on number one, and stay with it until it’s done. Then do number two and don’t go any further until that one’s completed and so on. At first glance sounds just like a to do list. But there are three reasons Charles Schwab said this lesson was the most profitable one he learned in his business career. One, it forces you to prioritize. You always want to know what things are most important, and you want to do those things. First, when you have the most time energy and focus to it forces you to single task, you always want to focus on one thing, the most important thing with full attention before moving on to the next, you only think about the next task on the list. And don’t start touching the one after that until you finish the one before. In three. It forces you to keep it simple. When you limit what you have to do to no more than six things. Ideally even less, there’s a bigger chance you’ll actually do those things. So habit number two is making a list like this before you start every week for the week. And before you start every day for the upcoming date. Beat procrastination habit number three time boxing. Nearly all talks about something he calls time boxing in his book in distractible. And what that means is that you set aside time in your calendar for what’s important to you. It’s about planning ahead, what do you want to do? And when do you want to do it? The goal is to keep a calendar at the beginning of every week, and to get rid of every white space on the calendar. plan out how you intend to spend every day, when you’ll do your work. When you’ll check your email when you’ll go visit your parents, when you’ll do the things that get you feeling at your best. When will you schedule time for your relationships? When will you carve out time to spend with your daughter with your husband or wife with your friends. Because after all, we have the food of time, our relationships starve to death. The goal is to get to the point that if we were sitting over lunch, and I said Show me your calendar and how you spent your time and then asked you does it reflect what’s important to you? Does it reflect your values, you’d be able to say yes, the goal is to get to a point that you stick to your schedule for the day. So habit number three is timeboxing beat procrastination habit number four, the electronic timer. The single most important productivity lesson I ever learned. I learned from a guy named Eben Pagan, he had an online class. And he said in his class that you always want to have an electronic timer, like a simple kitchen timer that you use to do work. You set the timer for 15 minutes. And while that timer is running, you work with no distractions, no interruptions, no phone, you just work for 15 minutes straight, then you can take a break. I personally like working in 60 minute chunks now. But the amount of time that you choose isn’t important. What is important is that something magic happens when you have your phone in another room when this timer is going and that you work in uninterrupted chunks of time. Think of this timer like a signal that lets you know, Okay, this next chunk of time is devoted to just this one thing I’m working on. It makes it feel more official. And it’s one of these habits that’s so important that I suggest that you never ever again, work without an electronic timer. You can do what I do whenever you’re ready to work. You do two things. You put your phone in another room, this is absolutely critical, because the small action of putting it in another room makes it far more likely that you’ll stay off of it for the next hour. If you tell yourself No, I’ll keep it on desk can just like check it or even I’ll keep it on my desk, but have it on Do Not Disturb mode you’ve already lost. Then with the phone in another room you get an electronic timer cost like five bucks on Amazon, set the clock for 60 and get to work and beat procrastination habit number five is track your progress. The legendary management thinker W. Edwards Deming once said In God We Trust all others must bring data. And when it comes to your habits and your goals, there should be no question whether you’ve done something or you haven’t done something, no question about what progress you’ve made and what progress you haven’t made. We’ll cover more how to apply this habit and the others in the next section. But one thing I want you to do now is download an app called done you can find it at the done this is one of the tools you’ll be using every day to track your habits.