8 Small Habits To Practice Daily In 2023 To Become Ultra-Productive(POWERFUL)

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🌼8 Small Habits To Practice Daily In 2023 To Become Ultra-Productive(POWERFUL)

#3: Spend 1 Hour Per Day On Skill-Building

Focus On Systems — Not Goals

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If you’ve ever struggled to achieve your goals, it might be because you’ve focused too much on the desired outcomes and too little on your systems.

Goals are specific outcomes that you either achieve or fail to achieve (e.g. lose 20 pounds or earn a promotion at work).

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Systems are a set of habits and routines that you follow on a consistent basis in order to make progress toward your goals.

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As James Clear said in Atomic Habits, “Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”

For any goal you set, define the system (e.g. the habits and routines) you need to follow in order to achieve these goals.

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For example:

Goal: Gain 5kg of lean muscle mass within 6 months

System: Lift weights 4x per week + eat 100 grams of protein daily

Goal: Have a $50,000 investment portfolio within 5 years

System: Invest 25% of monthly income in ETFs and Index Funds

Goal: Self-publish a book within 9 months

System: Write 800 high-quality words per day

Simply put, goals are the desired outcomes, while systems are the vehicles to achieve those desired outcomes.

As James Clear wrote, “The key to success is not to focus on your goals, but to focus on the systems that will help you achieve those goals.”

Do Important Work Early

Studies have shown that for most people, the morning is the most productive time of the day.

For most people, that’s when their energy levels, willpower, and cognitive performance (memory, focus, mental clarity) is at their best.

In other words, the morning is the perfect time to work on your most important, most challenging tasks. These tasks require you to be at your best, so it makes sense to perform them when you are at your best.

“The best time to start working on important tasks is first thing in the morning, when you are fresh and your mind is clear.” — Brian Tracy

Besides, how you start the day sets the tone for the rest of the day.

When you knock a big task from your to-do list early in the day, you’ll carry that momentum with you throughout the entire day.

As Brian Tracy wrote, “The first hour of the workday is the rudder that steers the rest of the day.”

Spend 1 Hour Per Day On Skill-Building

Warren Buffett is one of the best stock market investors of all time. But according to Buffett, there’s one investment that supersedes any financial investment:

“Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself. Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet.”

My personal rule is to invest at least one hour per day into building my business skills or financial intelligence.

Every business skill you learn can increase your earnings capacity and allows you to make more money for the rest of your career.

And every investment in your financial intelligence can help you to better manage your money and grow your wealth for the rest of your life.

As Warren Buffett said, “The best investment you can make is in yourself. Anything you can do to develop your own abilities is probably going to pay you the best.”

The more business and financial skills you stack, the better you’ll set yourself up for financial success.

Invest In Your Network

Investing in yourself is not just about learning new skills, it’s also about surrounding yourself with successful people.

Who you surround yourself with is who you become.

As Warren Buffett said:

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.”

The more time you spend around ambitious people, the more you’ll soak up their mindset, habits, and wisdom.

My entire life changed when I stopped spending so much time around negative people who dragged me down — and started connecting more with positive, ambitious people.

Remove Distractions To Facilitate Deep Work

The ability to focus on a task for at least 60–90 minutes without getting distracted is a superpower in today’s distracted world. But to facilitate this type of deep work, you need to be serious about one thing:

Remove all possible distractions from your work environment.

Most people won’t do this, because they’re addicted to the dopamine kick that these distractions provide.

But these distractions are detrimental to your productivity.

Studies show that each time we get distracted, our brain needs roughly 22 minutes to refocus.

This is called attention residue — which implies that some of your attention is ‘left behind’ on the distraction.

As Sophie Leroy, a professor at the University of Washington, says:

“If you have attention residue, you’re basically operating with part of your cognitive resources being busy, and that can have a wide range of impacts — you might not be as efficient in your work, you might not be as good a listener, you may get overwhelmed more easily, you might make errors, or struggle with decisions and your ability to process information.”

That’s why the most effective people are serious about deep work.

They understand it’s the most productive human state possible — a state of peak cognitive performance.

Here’s what I personally do to create a distraction-free work environment that facilitates deep work:

Turn off notifications from email, texts, and especially social media

Put your smartphone out of sight (out of sight = out of mind)

Put on noise-canceling headphones and listen to a focus playlist (like this one I created)

Close all internet tabs that are completely unrelated to the task at hand

Keep a notebook or post-it next to you to write down quick thoughts or to-dos you shouldn’t forget

Schedule when you’ll deal with potentially disruptive tasks (such as email) so you won’t get tempted to work on it during focus hours

Doing this will literally make you more productive than 90% of society — who are constantly operating in a state of semi-distraction.

Optimize Your Environment To Hack Your Habits

As James Clear writes in Atomic Habits, “Design your environment so that your desired behavior becomes the default behavior.”

By intentionally optimizing your environment, you can make good habits easier and bad habits more difficult to perform.

It’s habit-hacking 101.

If you want to break the habit of snacking on junk food, keep healthy snacks within easy reach and store junk food somewhere inconvenient.

If you want to read more books, place the books you want to read somewhere clearly visible and within quick reach.

If you want to spend less time on your smartphone, download an app blocker like Forest or Minimalist Phone, or Freedom.

“The more you shape your environment to support your goals, the easier it will be to develop good habits.” — James Clear

By intentionally setting up your physical and digital environment to support your goals, you tilt the odds in your favor.

Instead of having to rely on Spartan levels of self-discipline to improve your behavior, your environment makes it easier to perform at your best.

Seek Clarity — Not Motivation

Many people think they need motivation to be productive, but what they really need is clarity.

As Brendon Burchard writes in High Performance Habits:

“If you don’t decide what you want in life, you can’t change your course to get it. No goals, no growth. No clarity, no change.”

Highly effective people aren’t more motivated than most others — they’ve simply defined their goals, priorities, and action plans more clearly.

Remember, clarity is the gateway to personal growth and productivity.

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Be Intentional With Your Time

As Seneca said, “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”

How you spend your time is how you spend your life. So if you waste your time, you’re wasting your life.

The Stoics understood this like no other — so they were very intentional with their time.

“Putting things off is the greatest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.” — Seneca

Become more intentional with your time. Waste less of it on trivial distractions. Use it more productively.

Time is the most valuable resource, so don’t spend your time, but invest it.

Contributed by Jari Roomer

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