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4. Moment

Initiative

We need less motivation than we think, U don't need motivation for too long .... Just long enough to put on the running shoes, Getting started is the hard part, Once you get started you don't need much discipline to continue, The hardest part is that initial moment of discipline. After that it's easy, U need to be motivated for only a few seconds. Know when u're vulnerable and ull know when to turn it on., It's like jumping in the cold pool .... but once you jump and it's fun

Nintendo Wii, Fun reduces our need to motivate ourselves because fun is motivating, Give yourself Wii and ask yourself to finish the task in time or its gone!

Move the table, Avoid the need for motivation, Environment dictates your action, Goal is to make it easier to do something u want to do, And harder not to do, Create an environment that naturally compels u to do the things u must do, Even a 10 second initial technology hiccup can dissuade as much as 50% people from following through on doing what they need to do, The story of lion at Disney

Telling yourself the right story about yourself

Boundaries

Saying No, It's hard to recover from an interruption, 40% of the time u do not resume what u were interrupted from, Never break a rule, Setting a rule and then letting ppl break it makes them ignore you., People feel safer knowing where the boundaries are. It seems harsh, but it reduces their stress and uncertainty.

Increase transition time, How can I make the upcoming thing faster, shorter, more productive?, Even 5/10 mins of this planning can save u 30 minutes off the task, Spend your transition time plotting how to maximize the outcome, Schedule it - put it on your calendar, Think about your outcome.

Shorten transition time, If u find something difficult to do, try killing the transition time and jumping in ASAP., Is like jumping into the cold pool rather than first putting your feet and then your legs and then your waist in it.

Saying yes appropriately, Resist the temptation to say yes all the time

Yourself

Get over perfectionism, The world doesn't reward perfectionism and actually rewards productivity, And productivity can be achieved only through imperfection, Only by doing imperfectly can we get to the glimpses of perfection, How to manage perfectionism and defeat it, Don't try to get it right in one big step. Just get it going, Don't write a book. Just write a page, Instead of trying to do the whole project just take one small part of if and execute on it today, The small steps give you the opportunity to succeed more often which build your confidence, Good enough is enough, The key to perfection is not getting it right, It is getting it often, And if you do it often you'll get it right, Chose the people you associate with very wisely

Single Tasking, How to use it?, Turn off all distractions, Give yourself very tight timelines to complete certain tasks, How many people can run the race while texting?, Because there's nothing like a deadline to help you focus and move things fast, If you only had 30 minutes to finish that report that you think would take you an hour would you actually go and open your email or your browser or check on some unwanted tasks, Benefits, 1. It is delightful. U can enjoy this, 2. U make significant progress on challenging tasks, 3. Stress level drops dramatically, 4. U lose patience for things that are not good use of your time., 5. U have tremendous patience for things that are useful and enjoyable, Why not multitask, It's inefficient, It's unproductive, Stressful, The quality of your output is low

Shoot for imperfect, Don't settle for imperfect. Instead shoot for it

Getting started is the hardest

In Many ways getting started is the hardest part

Procrastination's strongest influence is in the beginning of the project

The surprising thing is that many times the task you are avoiding is actually the one you probably enjoy doing as well, Once you start and have momentum it is hard to stop

If a Task is big and challenging and requires deep thought and effort it can feel daunting to start

We don't need a lot of motion motivation .... we actually need very little ... just to get started

3. Day

Planning the day ahead

You have to plan your day ahead of time

Deciding what to do

It should be in line with the five areas of focus you chose for this year

If you are spending less than 95% of your time in the five areas of focus you need to figure out what you need to stop doing

Make a list of all the things that are important that you need to do

Deciding what not to do

Just as much as you want to make a list of things you have to do you also have to make a list of things that you want to ignore, that you will not do, What are you willing not to do, What's not important to u, What gets in the way

In order to get the right things done choosing what to ignore is as important as choosing where to focus

When tomorrow

If you really really want to get something done decide beforehand where and when you will do it., Calendar it in

Scheduled the most important things in your calendar with the hardest thing the first

Schedule time for the other 5% so that you'll be comfortable not doing it until the scheduled time and you will not have to worry about it

Assign time for rituals, Deciding When and where is the key, Power of ritual is in its predictability

18 min Ritual

5 minutes in morning, Identify the key items, Put those items on your calendar for today

5 minutes at night, 1. Day's Succeses and challenges?, 2. Learnings. What do I plan to do differently tomorrow?, 3. People - thank? Ask something from? Feedback?

1 minute every hour, Refocus, 1. Did I use my last hour properly?, 2. How am I going to use the next hour?, Who am I going to be?, What am I going to do?

The power of a ritual is in it's predictability

2. Year

The four elements that make you

Your strengths, Play the game that is suited to your strengths, Or invent A different game where you will win, Do not fall into the rut of playing the conventional game

Your weaknesses, The most successful people do not try to conquer their dysfunctions quirks and potentially embarrassing insecurities, They seamlessly integrate them to make an impact in the world

Your differences, Trying to distinguish ourselves by being the same as others but only better or faster or stronger is hard to do and very hard to sustain, It's much easier to be different and to be who u are, Don't try to Blend in, Assert your differences

Your passions, Desire, Our obsessions are one of the greatest telltale signs of success, Understand your obsessions and you will understand the natural motivation. ... the thing for which you would do anything, Pay less attention to shoulds and more attention to wants, Persistence, You can do anything as long as, You want to achieve it, You believe you can achieve it, You enjoy trying to achieve it, If you want to be great at something you actually need to spend time being clumsy at it, Because you need to learn, Because you will fail along the path, Because if you try to protect your ego you will never learn, As Malcolm Gladwell said in his book outliers any greatness is only achieved after 10,000 hours of practice, And if you do not enjoy the hours of practice you will not do it, If you spend 10,000 hours you will be great at what it is you wish to do. Guaranteed, Ease, The recipe, Make a list of all the things you love doing, Separate the things you do with people from the things you do alone, Look at the activities you do alone and figure out if you can and want to do them in a way that includes other people, Spend 90% of your time doing things you love with other people who also love doing those things. If possible take a leadership role, Your time will be best spent doing work that you enjoy so much that it feels effortless, You will always work tirelessly at your passions. hard work Will feel easier, Meaning, Understanding what matters to you, 1. What's awesome, What about your daily work matters to you?, What about your daily life matters to you, What part of your life is a source of pride, What impact do you feel you're having on people ideas or things that are important to you, 2. What's neutral, What are you spending time on that you don't particularly care about, What doesn't matter to you, What's not important to you, 3. What alienates you, What are you spending your time on that contradicts what matters to you, What make you feel bad, As much as possible spend time on what's awesome that is what matters to you the most

Avoid

Surrender after failure, The path to success is like bodybuilding, A muscle only grows if you work it until it fails, You need to use more challenging weights, You need to fail, Growth mindset versus fixed mindset, If you believe your talent grows with persistence and effort then you seek failures an opportunity to improve, People with growth mindsets feel smart when they're learning Not when they are flawless, If you have a growth mindset then you use your failures to improve, If you have a fixed mindset you'll never fail but you would never learn or grow either, Set goals which have 50 to 70% chance of success, That's the sweet spot for high achievers

Paralysis, Don't be paralyzed by an uncertain future. Just keep going

Annual focus

The secret to thriving in life is to do fewer things

Identify five areas that you will focus on and which comply with the four elements that make you as discussed earlier

Spend 95% of your time in those five areas of focus

1. Pause

Seeing the world as it is not as you expect it to be

The confirmation bias, We look for data, behaviors and evidence that show us that things are the way we believe they should be, Put it another way we look to confirm that we are right, The confirmation bias makes us feel better, But on the other hand the confirmation bias makes us behave worse

Instead of seeking evidence to confirm your perspectives and beliefs we can seek to shake them up

Expanding your view of yourself

Don't just see yourself as a manager or as an executive or as an entrepreneur

See yourself as a golfer or a skier Or a chessplayer or a sailor or friends or a social worker or a father and preferably as a combination of all of the different things that make you up

Because you will learn things in each of these different areas which will help you move forward in other areas much faster

Because it will give you a perspective outside of your limited scope off your identity and help you solve problems

Stop reacting to The past and start acting towards the future

Most of us do the following, Event ->, React ->, Outcome

We instead need to do this, Event ->, Outcome ->, Act

The fundamental ideas

The hardest part about managing your time is not the planning. It is instead in

The execution of the plan

Getting started

Sticking to your areas of focus

Ignoring nonpriority

Avoiding the Allure of unproductive busyness

The secret to thriving in life is to do fewer things

It's impossible to get it all done and it is dangerous to try to do that

The key is to identify what's worth doing and what's not worth doing

4 elements that make you

Strengths

Weaknesses

Differences

Passions, Perserverance, Desire, Ease, Meaning

We need less motivation than we think

just 1 minute

Just put on the shoes

Just break it down and get started on the smallest peice

18 minutes ritual

When Tomorrow