Habits make up who we are. They also play a huge role in who we can become. There are numerous bad habits that hurt our productivity every day. These are common habits that don’t seem like a big a deal…
Todd Herman is a high performance coach who has spent 20 years helping people achieve the levels of success we all dream about. From Olympic athletes to executives to online business owners, he knows how to get results.
BestSelf founder Allen Brouwer had the chance to sit down with Todd for an hour to discuss the lessons in Todd’s program that can make you more productive, harness your alter ego and help you be your best self.
It’s easy to let your time slip by. You get by doing just the minimum you need to keep your job and maintain your lifestyle, but at the end of each year, you look back and realize you haven’t accomplished much more than maintaining the status quo.
Even on a daily basis, you can have all sorts of grand plans about what you want to achieve and all the items you want to cross off your to-do list. But the end of the day comes, and you find that you’ve barely finished the first tasks on your list.
Habits are our Achilles heel. No matter how hard we try and what external changes we make — houses, our sense of style, friendships and more — habits keep following us. It becomes especially difficult when we start allowing these habits to take over our lives.
Learning how to break bad habits should be as easy as following a formula. It should be as easy as identifying what we want to stop doing and simply to stop doing it. But that’s easier said than done, especially when life gets stressful.
The right paper planner can mean the difference between you accomplishing your goals and remaining in the same place. The best planners give you a place to jot down your thoughts, goals and dreams, free of the distractions (and cables) that come with digital devices. Your paper planner can be the gateway to achieving things you never thought possible.
But how do you go about finding a new planner without getting overwhelmed?
Not a day goes by without there being another article on LinkedIn or one of the major business publications about time management activities. Many of these articles target an audience of managers who needs to figure out how to help their employees become better at personal time management.
However, what many of these articles miss is the importance of personal time management as the basis of all other time management pursuits.
There’s a lot of advice floating around on the internet when it comes to goals. You can find guides on how to set goals, which goals to avoid and even which goals are most important. What often gets left out of this discussion, however, is the question of goal types. How many different kinds of goals are there? After all, you can’t set goals if you don’t understand the types of goals available to you.
We have a fear of being still. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that people believe being busy is “a sign of success and hard work.” This is why no driven person would ever dare say that they weren’t doing anything for the afternoon or that they were taking a day off from pursuing career goals. In our society, such actions would be perceived as laziness.
This tendency, however, can be harmful for effective goal setting.
Do you ever wake up feeling overwhelmed by all the work you have to do? This feeling can be paralyzing and demotivating, causing you to spend an entire day floundering around instead of doing your best work.
We recommend using a day planner to keep your to-do list from running rampant in your head. With one of these tools, you can map out your daily to-do list, weekly plans and larger goals with ease. However, the number of day planners on the market can be overwhelming.
The number of productivity apps on the market is overwhelming, but the right tools are essential for doing your best work. To help you identify the ones that are most effective for your process, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 productivity tools that will actually help you get more done, without getting in your way.
With more options comes more stress, but you can cut down on distractions with time blocking.
We rarely interact with single-functionality technology anymore. Every piece of technology has a number of uses. When we open our laptops to write a report, it’s not like using a typewriter. We’re not limited by our laptops to just write. Instead, we can also check our email, pull together that presentation and make plans for dinner — all while “writing that report.” Learning the practice of time blocking will ensure that your to-do list doesn’t get lost in an endless stream of distractions.