05 February 2015

Top 100 Powerful Tricks to Get Unstuck in 2015 by Robin Sharma

I stopped watching Korean drama online last year because I felt like this 'hobby' has turned me into a chronic procrastinator. I realize of how much a waste of time it was. The time spent watching my favorite drama can easily be replaced by more productive activities.
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But recently a friend recommended me this Kdrama Hyde, Jekyl & Me and I finally find myself got hooked on Korean drama series again. While waiting for the weekly episode, I would go on a movie marathon. Knowing how purposeless this activity is, I want to turn it off but it's very hard to stop watching. I made a blog post only once in January. I missed an entire month of workouts. There are so many things can be done instead of watching movie online. I am distracting myself so much with Kdrama marathons, and this has to end!

Have you ever feel limited or stuck in life? Don't get caught up in your emotion of feeling stuck. These tips from Robin Sharma may help you find the motivation to get moving so you can get unstuck.

100 Powerful Tricks to Get Unstuck and Becoming More Productive in 2015 

1. Turn off all technology for 60 minutes a day and focus on doing your most important work.

2. Turn all your electronic notifications off.

3. Work in 90 minute cycles. Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel. Tons of science is now confirming that this is the optimal work to rest ratio.

4. Start your day with at least 30 minutes of exercise. Workout 2 times a day. Exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. So do 30 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 6 or 7 pm to set you up for wow in the evening.

Read this Reality Check: What is Your Hate-Love Relationship with Exercise?

5. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.

6. Take one day a week as a complete recovery day, to refuel and regenerate (that means no email, no phone calls and zero work). You need full recovery one day a week otherwise you’ll start depleting your capabilities.

7. Learn to protect your time and say no to interruptions. The data says workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. Distractions destroy productivity.

8. Schedule every day of your week every Sunday morning. A plan relieves you of the torment of choice (said novelist Saul Bellow). It restores focus and provides energy.

9. Work in blocks of time. Creative geniuses all had 2 things in common: when they worked they were fully engaged and when they worked, they worked with this deep concentration for long periods of time. Rare in this world of entrepreneurs who can’t sit still.

10. Drink a liter of water early every morning. We wake up dehydrated. The most precious asset of an entrepreneur isn’t time – it’s energy. Water restores it.

11. Don’t answer your phone every time it rings.

12. Invest in your professional development so you bring more value to the hours you work.

13. Avoid gossip and time vampires. (average people love gossip; exceptional people adore ideas).

14. Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.

15. Keep a “Stop Doing List”. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.

16. Get up at 5 am and take 60 minutes to prepare your mind, body, emotions and spirit to be remarkable during the hours that follow. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life. Being a superstar is not the domain of the gifted but the prepared.

17. Don’t do so many meetings. Have meetings standing up. ( Relaxing and sitting on chair in meeting makes it long and descriptive. Having meeting standing up means meeting should be shorter, smarter, and faster which is not more than 15 min .)

18. Keep the promises you make to others – and to yourself. The project that most scares you is the project you need to do first.

19. Stop being busy being busy. This New Year, clean out the distractions from your work+life and devote to a monomaniacal focus on the few things that matter.

20. Read “The War of Art”.

21. Watch “The Fighter”.

22. Become the politest person you know. In a world where technology is causing some of us to forget how to act human.

23. Remember that all great ideas were first ridiculed. Remember that critics are dreamers gone scared. Be “Apple-Like” in your obsession with getting the details right.

24. Take 60 minutes every weekend to craft a blueprint for the coming seven days. As Saul Bellow once said: “A plan relieves you of the torment of choice.”

25. Release your need to be liked this New Year. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity. You can’t be a visionary if you long to be liked.

26. Don’t say yes to every request.

27. Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone.

28. Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days. And so they make mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mindset of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems.

29. Hire a personal trainer to get you into the best shape of your life.

30. Superstars focus on the value they receive versus the cost of the service. Give your teammates, customers and family one of the greatest gifts of all: the gift of your attention (and presence).

31. Every morning ask yourself: “How may I best serve the most people?”

32. Every night ask yourself: “What 5 good things happened to me this day?”

33. Don’t waste your most valuable hours (the morning) doing low value work.

34. Leave every project you touch at work better than you found it. Your job is not just to work. Your job is to leave a trail of leaders behind you.

35. A job is not “just a job”. Every job is a gorgeous vehicle to express your gifts and talents – and to model exceptionalism for all around you.

36. Fears unfaced become your limits. Do work that scares you (if you’re not uncomfortable often, you’re not growing very much).

37.  Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action.

38. Write love letters to your family.

39. Mess creates stress. (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganized, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done.

40. Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.

41. Keep a journal. Write in a journal every morning. And record gratitude every night. Your life’s story is worth recording.

42. Do more than you’re paid to do and do work that leaves your teammates breathless.

43. Leave your ego at the door every morning.

44. Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save so many of them.

45. Health is wealth. Life’s short. The greatest risk is risk-less living. And settling for average.

46. Believe in your vision and gifts when no one else believes in your vision and gifts.

47. Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax).

48. Make excellence your way of being (versus a once in a while event).

49. Be on time (bonus points: be early).

50. Be a celebrator of other’s talents versus a critic.

51. Stop watching TV or sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams. (Bonus points: sell your tv and invest the cash in learning and self-education).

52. Finish what you start.

53. Your diet affects your moods so eat like an athlete.

54. Spend an hour a day without stimulation (no phone+no Facebook+no noise).

55. Release the energy vampires from your life. They are destroying your performance.

56. Make the choice to let go of your past. It’s dusty history. And polluting your future.

57. Set 5 daily goals every morning.

58. Achieve 5 little goals each day. In 12 months this habit will produce 1850 little goals–which will amount to a massive transformation.

59. Smile more (and tell your face).

60. Do a collage filled with images of your ideal life. Look at it once a day for focus and inspiration.

61. Plan your week on a schedule (clarity is the DNA of mastery).

62. Remember the secret to happiness is doing work that matters and being an instrument of service.

63. Develop your kids. Don’t just parent them.

64. Remember that victims are frightened by change. And leaders grow inspired by it.

65. Start taking daily supplements to stay in peak health.

66. Clean out any form of “victimspeak” in your vocabulary and start running the language of leadership and possibility.

67. Do a nature walk at least once a week. It’ll renew you (you can’t inspire others if you’re depleted yourself).

68. Take risk. Take on projects no one else will take on. Set goals no one else will do.

69. Step out of your comfort zone. Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable at least once every 7 days.

70. Say “sorry” when you know you should say “sorry”.

71. Say “please” and “thank you” a lot.

72. Remember that to double your income, triple your investment in learning, coaching and self-education.

73. Dream big but start now.

74. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and drop our IQ by 5 points!). Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. (It’s all about practice).

75. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes.

76. Write handwritten thank you notes to your customers, teammates and family members.

77. Be slow to criticize and fast to praise.

78. Give your customers 10X the value they pay for.

79. Use the first 90 minutes of your work day only on value-creating activities (versus checking email or surfing the Net).

80. Breathe.

81. Setting goals. Remember that ordinary people talk about their goals. Leaders get them done. With speed.

82. Be thankful for your talents.

83. Look at the bright side. Know that a problem only becomes a problem when you choose to see it as a problem.

84. Brain tattoo the fact that all work is a chance to change the world.

85. Watch the amazing movie “The Intouchables”.

86. Remember that every person you meet has a story to tell, a lesson to teach and a dream to do.

87. Risk being rejected. All of the great ones do.

88. Spend more time in art galleries. Art inspires, stimulates creativity and pushes boundaries.

89. Read a book a week, invest in a course every month and attend a workshop every quarter.

90. Remember that you empower what you complain about.

91. Get to know yourself. The main reason we procrastinate on our goals is not because of external conditions; we procrastinate due to our internal beliefs. And the thing is they are stuck so deep that we don’t even know they exist. But once you do, everything changes.

92. Give your life to a project bigger than yourself.

93. Know your values. And then have the guts to live them–no matter what the crowd thinks and how the herd lives.

94. Become the fittest person you know. Get fit like Madonna.

Read: Marilyn Monroe's Diet an Exercise

95. Become the strongest person you know.

96. Become the kindest person you know.

97. Know your “Big 5″–the 5 goals you absolutely must achieve by December 31 to make this year your best yet (I teach my entire goal-achieving process, my advanced techniques on unleashing confidence and how to go from being stuck to living a life you adore in my online program “Your Absolute Best Year Yet”).

98. Know that potential unexpressed turns to pain.

99. Build a strong family foundation while you grow your ideal career.

100. Stop being selfish.

Having a "Stop Doing" list is one great idea. It is just as important as having "To-Do List." Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results. Maybe you need to stop checking Facebook every 5 minutes to get yourself unstuck and increase productivity.

Have you tried keeping a stop doing list? What 5 things would you stop doing today? Share in the comments below. I always love to hear from you!  

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  1. This is a really great list!! I always check my email in the morning but I think that is a great idea to wait until later!

  2. These are awesome tips! I can relate to a few of these, so I think changes are in order for this year!:)

  3. This is an AMAZING list. I need to do 5, & 6 more. E-mails are such a time suck, and I need to take time off once in a while LOL. Love all the other tips too. "Be the Kindest Person You Know" - Lovely!! :) Happy new week!! XOXO, Elif

  4. Hi WorkingMomMagic, Dee M, & E Mamakli. Thanks for sharing your opinion. I want to thank you for dropping a comment.


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