I recently read a book called The ONE Thing by Gary Keller. The basic idea behind the book is to simplify your life and focus all your effort towards goals that make other things unnecessary or easier.
In my opinion, the most important lesson of the book is something that the author introduces as a focusing question. It goes like this:
“What’s the ONE thing I can do that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
You can apply this question to various parts of your life, like your spiritual well-being or your physical health. But in this case, let’s apply the question to one of the most important parts of our daily lives: work.
There are many ways to apply this question to your workday, but if there is one particular part of work that people are struggling with more and more, it’s handling their email effectively.
What makes a good daily routine for an entrepreneur? This is one of the questions I tried to answer in my recent collaboration Rebecca Livermore, The Daily Entrepreneur.
This is a big question, and an important one, for anyone trying to achieve success. In today’s post, fans of “The Daily Entrepreneur”, and those just wanting a few ideas on how to achieve more success in their lives, are in for a treat with another viewpoint on this topic, featuring the health and mindfulness rituals of success.
Adnan is a businessman, marketer, blogger and author with a lot of experience building and keeping his own entrepreneur daily routines. Enough from me, take it away Adnan….
The following is a sample from my book Declutter your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload. If you’re struggling to keep up with stream of messages that flood your inbox, then I encourage you to check out this book and learn how to develop the habits that lead to “daily inbox zero.”
Getting a handle on your inbox starts before you check email. In order to end every day with a clear conscience, you’ll need to address the underlying psychology behind how you view email. In this section we’ll cover six limiting beliefs many people have about email.
They’re called “limiting beliefs” simply because they limit your ability to do great work. Rather than spending your time focused on important projects, it’s often easier to respond to that ding of a new message and immediately respond to it—kind of like a rat chasing down a piece of cheese.
If you want an empty inbox on a consistent basis, you first have to address these six limiting beliefs. Some of them might not apply to you, but take the time to look at each one and decide if you’re making these mistakes.
At the end of your work day, do you ever feel like you could’ve done more?
Maybe written more words. Completed more tasks. Or simply just did more work.
And does it leave you feeling a little… incomplete? Like you’ve wasted your day?
Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can leave work feeling satisfied and fulfilled with what you’ve accomplished, and all it’ll take are a few “productivity hacks” to get you there.
Have you ever had a really important project you want or need to do and for some reason you just can’t find the discipline to dig in and get started? What about when you do start a project. Do you ever get stuck in the middle of a project and can’t continue but you have no idea why?
It feels like something is blocking you but you don’t know what. A lot of times, we procrastinate important things due to mental models.
In my book “23 Anti-Procrastination Habits,” I talked about how the root cause of the “procrastination habit” comes from our self-limiting beliefs.
In today’s post we’ll go over these limiting beliefs, how they create mental obstacles that prevent you from taking action and six-step process for overcoming them.
One of the cornerstones of productivity is creating effective to-do lists.
We all begin projects with a lot of energy, but as interruptions and distractions pile up, you can quickly lose focus.
It’s easy to write a list. The hard part is to write one that helps you complete the important things.
The solution is to use multiple lists that each focus on a different aspect of your life.
And that’s the core concept of my latest Kindle book:
Read on to find out more details about this book.