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The new year activates the โ€œfresh start effectโ€ for many of us, the chance to tackle goals based on a period of time.

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To reach those goals, you may consider the best way to spend your time and concentrate your energy. I contacted many people for their ideas and compiled them into this list.


Hopefully, one or two will make your year a little better.

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ยท Highly recommend reading the 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris. Chock full of tips and tricks to streamline and become more targeted and efficient.

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ยท The concept by Radreads of $10 vs. $100 vs. $1K vs. $10K per hour work. You can have a real impact by maximizing the time allocated to $10K in work.

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ยท Bujo journaling helps me stay intentional with my work and how I spend my time over weeks, months, and years.

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ยท Calendly or another scheduling tool to eliminate many scheduling emails.

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ยท Unfollow people not benefitting your life [these all from different people]:

  • Pruning LinkedIn connections makes for a better experience. Removing them allows more relevant content to surface. Same for other platforms.

  • Removing myself from Slack channels that don't contribute to productivity.

  • I removed 1/3 of all my email subscriptions to focus on what's important.

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ยท Create "essential" tasks on your calendar that align with your core values - for instance, I haveย #family,ย #truth,ย #health, andย #simplicityย daily tasks.

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ยท DeleteMe for subscriptions had so much fun with it

ยท To remove distractions, I use BeTimeful (social media adblocker)

ยท Add Unhook Chrome browser extension to reduce YouTubeโ€™s hypnotic effect

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ยท I force myself to โ€œeat the frogโ€ and do my most dreaded task for the first 90 minutes of my day

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ยท Multitasking is inefficient. I block out time and try not to move away from one task until it is completed.

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ยท I use archiving so that my Inbox only has <10 emails in at any time. With every email, I immediately delete, archive, or move it to a specific folder.

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ยท I decided to no longer do any word puzzle games! as they were my go-to distraction mechanism.

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ยท I'm going to be contrarian here - I recognize that sometimes I want to slack off and treat it as a part of life and good for my mental health.

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ยท When facing something causing you to procrastinate, work on it for only 5 minutes. Set a timer. Itโ€™s easier to commit to 5 minutes, and simply getting started often creates the necessary momentum.

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ยท Consider group notes in a meeting โ€“ set up a GDoc. If someone has questions, they can note them, and someone else may answer. Collective thinking.

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ยท Newsletters go straight to a newsletter folder in my Gmail account so they donโ€™t clutter my Inbox. (I use a separate email account to check when I want.)

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ยท I use the Productivity Planner at work every day.

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ยท Using โ€œthe five-minute journalโ€ in the morning to help me focus on gratitude and three things I need/want to get done that day - work, personal, family, etc.

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ยท Accountability partners. We have to be our own motivators and keep ourselves disciplined, but a coach, friend, mentor, etc. can reinforce the progress.

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I hope these tips allow you to build your dreams faster.

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Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters who can be found here.


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