Find your purpose
- Think of three situations in the past that you experienced Flow.
- What do you do that makes the lives of others more positive?
- What would you do all the time without getting paid.
- Look for quantity, not quality.
- Do not organize.
- Do not evaluate.
- Do not analyze.
- It’s about paying attention separately to the different levels in which consciousness moves.
- For what, for what purpose am I doing this?
A clear vision of what we want
- View and write the final result, the project finished perfectly.
- What areas we must take care to achieve success.
- A project is something that is not finished and needs more than one action to be carried out.
List of Projects
- Update every week and assign at least one action to each project.
Projects vs Actions
- One of the most productive things is knowing how to differentiate projects from their actions.
- Specific physical action to advance a project.
- Only the necessary things on the table and the Archive at hand.
- Real or virtual device that acts as a funnel for things that are emerging in our world.
Inbox at home
For things that have not been processed yet.
- Subfolders, one per topic and set alphabetically.
- Throw, Archive, Delegate or Act.
- Email Inbox Zero.
- Rule of 2 minutes.
- Things of the same nature together.
- Keep them closer or farther depending on their use.
Know your main tool
- A computer like our brain that weighs 1.2 kg and consumes 30 watts, would consume 4,000 Gigawats and weigh 40,000 tons.
- How multitasking hurts you.
- The brain can only archive when it is NOT in the concentration or semi-concentration phase.
- The brain can only produce new ideas if it has many good ideas on file, because creativity is the power to connect the seemingly disconnected.
GTD + R
- Game that serves as Agenda.
Calendar with week or month view
- Only for actions with date.
- Best digital tool for tasks in the market.
Colored bands on the wrist
- Modern version of the loop on the finger to remember something.
Good for structuring information from a Brainstorm.
- To perform hard or unpleasant tasks, set 10 minutes and that will break the resistance to start.
- Serves to talk with teenagers and these with their parents.
- Sequential tasks (example, airplane pilots).
- Full list to find out what is missing.
- Your personal Post Office.
Signal, Ritual, Reward
- Example of brushing teeth.
- Good habits are the basis of a productive life.
How to create a habit
- Focus the energy available to force an action for a while until the habit forms.
Strength continued as a psychological necessity
- Identify yourself fully with the project and take risks. Take personal responsibility.
- Obsess (don’t just be passionate) Everyone praises when you have a passion for something. The obsession is frowned upon, but it is the key to achieving extraordinary results.
- Have an external reason. Do it for someone or for some higher purpose.
- Deadlines. It is necessary to lighten the entire process.
How to focus
The domino effect
- A piece of dominoes can knock down another piece 50% larger than it. That way, if we put a dominoes after another and push the first one, all the others fall. Piece number 23 would be the size of the Eiffel Tower and 31, taller than Everest.
- If you perform the correct action you create the domino effect.
The Pareto law or the 80/20 law
- 20% is the cause of 80%.
Success leaves clues
- To achieve success, we must follow in the footsteps of those who have already achieved it. In other words, copy.
Everything does not have the same importance
- It is more important to make a “success list” than a task list.
- The task list consists of activities that you have to do; The success list is designed to generate results. The list of tasks is long; The success list is short. Apply the Pareto principle (80/20) to convert a task list into a success list.
- That happens because multitasking capacity is counterproductive and makes us waste time.
- We tend to believe that, to achieve success, we have to lead a disciplined life. But it’s not like that. It is not about doing everything right, but about doing just one thing. When we find that activity to focus on, we can be less disciplined in other areas, because that activity in which we stand out can in itself lead us to success.
- The strength of will is limited, therefore, we must use it to do the most important activity before it runs out. In this way, day after day, we will be closer to reaching our goals.
It’s good to think big
- People tend to be afraid to succeed. The greater the success we aspire to, the greater the fear we feel. That is why, in a totally unconscious way, we sabotage our own success.
- Double your goals (for example, if you would like to generate € 1,000 per month of passive income, consider earning € 2,000), act boldly and don’t be afraid of failure.
- It is not enough to think big. It is also necessary to create a strategic plan to turn that thought into reality, hence the Road Map.
The most important question
- Your great purpose should answer the following question:
“What is the only thing I can do to make everything else easier or even unnecessary?”
Ideally, create time blocks of at least 4 hours each.
- Block free time: resting is essential. We must have a moment to relax, so we will be more willing to work later. It is very important not to neglect our rest and our health since without health we will not be able to achieve any of our goals.
- Block time for our only thing: we must devote the necessary time to finish that one thing. If we believe that it will take 6 hours, we should block that time and dedicate it only to that activity.
- Block time to plan: we must spend at least one hour a week to plan our goals. Otherwise we will be guided by the unforeseen events that will keep us from doing our only thing and, therefore, from our ultimate goal.
The 4 thieves of time and productivity
- Inability to say “no”: we must learn to say no to what has no priority in our lives. We have to find out what is the most important activity to do now to achieve our goals and focus on it. We should only say yes to our only thing. Everything else must be rejected because it takes us away from our goals. It will be difficult to say “no”, but it is essential to do so. For example, on investment issues, you must reject any investment proposal that does not meet all your requirements (for example, minimum return, investment horizon, risk, etc.).
- Fear of chaos: by focusing on one thing, we stop doing many others. It is normal that the fact that many things remain undone can cause us fear and insecurity. But, we must keep in mind that, by focusing on our only thing, we will be more productive and achieve better results than if we focus on a lot of insignificant things for us.
- Bad health habits: you have to sleep well and exercise daily to increase energy and vitality. In addition, we must eat healthy. Many people neglect this aspect of their lives as secondary, but in reality it is a critical factor for a healthy, happy and successful life.
- Our environment: the people around us have to support our goals. We must observe the people who are part of our environment and analyze whether they support us or not. We must distance ourselves from all the negative people that stop us in our career towards our goals. And the opposite is also true: we must be grateful to the people who support us and are allowed to get closer every day to our goals.