Dominate Your Day, management, Productivity, Smartphone

Social media anxiety, time consumption and inability to stop engaging on it is a huge area of discussion in my productivity seminars and talks.

Some people refuse to realize the consequences of social media (SM) on them.

The fact that they never experienced anxiety or depression before SM says something.

Social media amplifies this anxiety because they WANT you to be engaged in the public defense of your ideas or the attacking of others. Never before have you been able to engage in a nonstop constant public defense of your egoic stories. Your ego secretly loves it and feeds off it, starving you of mindfulness. You can help but be sucked in to the deep, dank dark rabbit hole of it.

Please notice, before social media came along, you didn’t have this particular type of suffering in your life. It’s manufactured, amplified, shoved in your face and presented to you on a screen all day long.

Some experts advise taking tiny steps… aim low… and try to engage a little less every day in the public defense of yourself.

If you lack the self-control to regulate yourself and can’t stop engaging. I say delete the shit. End your weakness. Save yourself.

Dominate Your Day, employment, leadership, management, Productivity

The Stoics Were The First To Talk About How To Maximize Your Productivity.

 

Writings from Socrates, Plato, Confucius, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and other philosophers remind us to master our time, focus, energy, mindfulness and attention to get things done.

How is stoicism relevant to being productive and getting meaningful work done?

The Stoics focus on two key things:

1) How can we lead a fulfilling and meaningful life?

2) How can we become better human beings?

How to do this today:

Ask yourself as you begin working on something… is this the best use of my time now?

Then, identify your high energy and focus times for you. Plug these items into the appropriate time slots so that you can maximize your time, energy and focus.

“Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not within our power are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not of our own doing.” — Epictetus

Ancient philosophers preach the importance of an action mindset, and against worrying unnecessarily in our pursuit of a better life.


Later this week….

They were big believers in and practiced many things that build grit and resilience. How can you take a page out of their grit building play book and benefit.


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Are you here reading this or somewhere else?

Mindfulness is not just a practice it’s the answer…

In many of my seminars and talks over the past 6 months I’ve found myself answering many of the questions on how to maximizing productivity in specific on how to do deep meaningful work with be mindful.

mind·ful·ness

> /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

> noun

> 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

> 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness as an answer was tough for me initially. I’m normally the no-nonsense speaker. Remember my article on “The problems are multi layered and complex but the solutions are simple.” It’s in that article that I made the case for not over complicating the solutions to our problems and all solutions don’t have to be some magical mystical purple unicorn moment where you have a big a-ah!

I’ll make that case again here with mindfulness. First, it’s not woo woo stuff. Being present is real and very powerful.

The challenge of mindfulness in and around productivity is making yourself be present and take a hard look at what you’re doing or NOT doing. Ouch that hurt a bit didn’t it.

Where to begin…

Here are just some of the top mindfulness techniques:

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation.

-Basic mindfulness meditation – Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra.

-Body sensations – Notice subtle body sensations such as an itch or tingling without judgment and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.

-Sensory – Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them “sight,” “sound,” “smell,” “taste,” or “touch” without judgment and let them go.

-Emotions – Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” Accept the presence of the emotions without judgment and let them go.

-Urge surfing – Cope with cravings (for addictive substances or behaviors) and allow them to pass. Notice how your body feels as the craving enters. Replace the wish for the craving to go away with the certain knowledge that it will subside.

How to deploy this in the real world?

-The next conversation you have don’t have your phone in your hand and pay attention to what’s being said.

-Ask the person checking you out at the store or the barista making your coffee “ how are you today?” And really wait for their answer. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Be quiet and just listen to what they are saying.

-Pick a time of the day, say while you are reading an article, reading the news site that you frequent or even watching a YouTube video and be totally present in that moment doing that one thing.

Try it out….


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CEO, Dominate Your Day, employment, hire, leadership, management, Productivity

This one thing will keep you from getting hired.

This is just one of many things that may keep you from getting that new job!

During my leadership seminars we discuss the hiring process. So that the participants leave with a step by step interview checklist.

I’ve been asked are there any… okay we are done here moments durning an interview. The interview is over because of something they did or didn’t do and you have to say that it we are done here!?

There are many but here is an example of just one.

Read the CEO’s letter or reports.

Jamie Dimon recently published his 2019 Chairman’s Letter. I have read all 52-pages and I’m not even looking for a job at the bank. Speaking to a class of graduate business students at Stanford University, Dimon says you’d be surprised at how many job candidates don’t read the letter which he puts out every year.

Some people walk into your office…and they didn’t bother to read the Chairman’s letter that I wrote, which is 30 or 40 pages long. There are people who say, ‘you know you really should think about doing better digital services, but they don’t know about the ones we do.

The CEOs of publicly-traded companies must publish their insights and forecasts in annual reports. Some, like Dimon, go even further and offer deeper insights into macro-economic events that impact their companies. If you’re a leader, reading Dimon’s letter will make you smarter. If you’re looking for a job at the bank, readings Dimon’s letter will set you apart from the other candidates.

Read every page of a CEO’s letter before a job interview.

Bonus tip! Look at the rest of their website while you are looking for the CEO’s letter.


Eric Herdman Is a Professional Speaker and Author. When companies need orchestrated human optimization solutions for their productivity & leadership problems they contact me for proven, reliable, pragmatic techniques.

This article was written and fueled by: priming my brain with 42 article before writing. Time restricted feeding. Lions mane added to my cold brew coffee. The right environment for this work Starbucks. Binaural Beats playing in my headphones. It’s the right TIME for this work. The right ENERGY cycle and my FOCUS was optimized to be awesome. My new book is all about getting the right things done at the right time. For more info on how to do this to yourself click here

Dominate Your Day, Productivity, Smartphone

Do not disturb doesn’t work. You might want to go to the next level.

Do not disturb doesn’t work. You might want to go to the next level.

The gloom and doom of our phones are destructive to our work, relationships and our mental health.

I’m sure you know it’s ruining your work by the constant notifications, the FOMO that you cannot control and the attention residue it causes.

As for our mental health. How is my smartphone hurting me in this area.

Check this out.

It Distorts Our Perception Of Reality…

How many times have you heard people mention things like this:

“The world is total $hit.”

“Did you see that horrible story on social media?”

“The world is coming to an end.”

“I cannot believe they are going on a vacation again!”

Our smartphones in combination with social media has the ability to distort the users perception. The reason for this is because the media is biased of course and whatever bleeds, leads.

Now, this is one of those aspects of where you have to decide does your phone and social media use you or do you use it? Unfortunately, most people let the use of this tool impact them in a negative way and are totally clueless on how destructive this actually is.

DND didn’t work.

I tried DND (do not disturb). That still let people and some notifications in. Then, I switched to airplane mode. Cutting off all communication in or out.

What a great feeling.

I turn it on-

-When I am speaking

-With clients

-Sleeping

-Working out

-When I’m working and need to focus

I can hear it now. I can’t do that.

Can’t means won’t.

You can… just flip it on and it’s done!

The problems with our phones and social media are complex I’ll give you that. However, the solution is easy, simple and fast.

Dominate Your Day, Productivity

To become superhuman you’ll want to: Think lazy, do the easiest thing and probably only need to do one thing.

But that one easy to do lazy thinking one thing could do wonders for you.

I get into protracted discussion in seminars, on airplanes and sometimes standing in line for a coffee about how to “hack” you.

In other words how to make you a better version of you.

Super-human performance has ALWAYS fascinated me since the age of 11. That’s the age Rick Forman, my next door neighbor call me FAT! I asked him a question I have asked all top performers. You see, Rick was a top performer. He was fast (sprinting and distance speeds were awesome). He was lean. Yes, he was 16 but still he kept himself that way. He was always active and moving around. So a top performer in a teenage kinda way.

The question I asked him was…

What would you do if you were me and fat? He quickly replied… push myself away from the table before I was full and run with me everyday. So I did just that and it worked like a dream.

Simple right?

Yes it was. Easy to understand. I knew exactly what to do. I just implemented. Done!

That was 1978 sage advise then and now by the way. But… Back to present day.

On a recent airplane trip I was in a conversation about bio hacking and hacking everything a human could do to themselves. This went on for two hours and thirty-five minutes of the whole way from Seattle to Las Vegas.

The end result of the conversation was… wow she said so much to try and do. I said yes but you didn’t ask me the right question yet. I know all of the hacks and tricks but you ARE NOT READY for cold showers, caffeine naps, light exposure, Myo-sets in the gym or an intermittent fasting ketogenic carb cycling, paleo carnivore eating plan YET!

What’s the secret then?

What! Why not she protested? What is the question then? “What would you do if you were me?” I just spent over 2 hours getting to know this person. I discovered that yes, she could of benefitted from all of the hacks we discussed but only marginally. There was one thing that she disclosed to me that she needed to do first. This need to be handled before any of the other optimizations would make a difference. Do this one easy thing and you will multiply your productivity, health, cognitive functions and look better by doing so…

What she said. Tell me! What would you do if you were me?

I replied, prioritize this above all else. Make this happen everyday. Start and end it the same time everyday and try to get eight hours of it and you will be amazed of the results.

She said are you talking about…..?

Sleep?


This article was written and fueled by: priming my brain with 38 article before writing. Time restricted feeding. Lion mane added to my cold brew coffee. The right environment-for this work Starbucks. Binaural Beats playing in my headphones. It’s the right TIME for this work. The right ENERGY cycle and my FOCUS was optimized to be awesome. For more info on how to do this to yourself click here