Dominate Your Day, employment, hire, leadership, management, Smartphone, Uncategorized

9 skills you should learn that pay dividends forever

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Dominate Your Day, leadership, management, Productivity, Smartphone

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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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

What are your MIT’s for the day?

Grind. Hustle.

Sleep less.

Do more.

Constant sacrifice.

Just to get things done is total BS.

You need to make the executive decision to do and complete two (2) Most Important Tasks everyday. Yes! Just two. I know you have 714 tasks. Some of them a low level, low energy, low focus tasks like water the plants and refill the stapler. That’s busy crap work. Not meaningful work.

MIT’s move the needle on progress.

By deeming two tasks MIT’s they rise to the highest level of task work. Then you can tap into the best time, highest energy and laser like focus time you have available to get these MIT’s done!

Take some action NOW!

Try it out.

  1. Pick two task.
  2. Make the commitment that they are MIT’s
  3. Place them in your day where they WILL get completed. Use my Time. Energy. Focus. Chart to determine the highest and best use of your time, energy and focus.
  4. Make it happen!

For a comprehensive course on how to use these three highly available optimizing determiners – TIME. ENERGY. FOCUS.

Click here to check out my NEW eBook and Video Course. Use discount code “mit20” for 20% off the already low introductory price of $39.95.

Dominate Your Day, Productivity

How to Win Tomorrow Today

I’ve have been doing a lot of speaking in the construction industry with associations and companies.

I have a featured article on How to Win Tomorrow Today in this months Construction Executive Magazine.

— Read on www.constructionexec.com/article/how-to-win-tomorrow-today

Dominate Your Day, Productivity

Here we go again…

Last month bagels emojis. This month landing emojis.

Over the past two decades of working with some of the most productive (and busiest) people. I am well qualified to say this… If an emoji concerns you… YOU must have a lot of free/down time, all of your projects completed, financial security, job security and overall you are lighting the word on fire with all that you accomplish.

Not quite you say…

I think I’ve isolated the problem.

An article today in the Los Angles TImes covers the apparently upsetting “landing” emoji. This is after last months “bagel” emoji fiasco.

They say (they are always a bit over sensitive) the current emoji on the left is a bit too “crash-y” their word definitely not mine.

As a pilot (again, qualified to address this) I can tell you the image on the left is a typical landing position called nose down. This position happens normally in a decent and landing. However, in all fairness the picture on the right is called the flare. This also is normal and a part of a non-crash-y landing.

The point is who has time to fret and worry about nose down or flare. Crash-y or not so crash-y? I’m even somewhat bothered that I am taking my daily article writing time to write about this. I’m even more up set that I’m using the word “crash-y.”

How to focus.

I offer my audiences this idea shift when it comes to this area of focus, getting more done and blocking or resisting unwanted, non-productive endeavors.

Focus is NOT about saying YES to the right things. Focus is about saying NO to the wrong things. This perspective shift allows you to have the meaningful and results producing work in front of you. As apposed to… what do the new emojis look like and are they accurate. It’s an emoji. Come on.

You could just type “Landed.”


Eric Herdman is a Professional Speaker and Keynoter. He is an expert at human optimization, productivity, energy and focus. Helping people be their best most productive selves.


Smartphone, Uncategorized

Keep It Simple For Being Insanely Productive

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I test a lot of productivity, habit and human optimization apps.

I have to because I am constantly asked at my seminars and keynotes “what app do you recommend” for this or that? I try to always have a recommendation to offer. I even have a PDF document that contains my current and top recommendations. However, I recently discovered something about my app choice and usage. Personally I have migrated back to most of the native (IOS) apps. If I don’t use a native app I noticed that my chalices were always for the simple app.

Simple is where the freedom is

I pondered why and how I choose the apps for may daily productivity and what I kept coming back to was simple! Simple is fast. Simple is not over complicated. Simple is reliable. Simple doesn’t require a lot of brain power thus not creating decision fatigue. Simple is all I require to get the job done.

 

Stop giving yourself decision fatigue by going simple

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Let me share some of my thinking here with you so that you can make an informed decision on if simple will work for you in the app department.

As a productivity expert speaking and writing on the subject of getting more done I have to tell you everything you can do to reduce decision fatigue is essential to your productivity success. We make 25,000-65,000 decisions a day. These decisions start as soon as we wake up. Snooze? No! I mean yes, I’m tired. Brown shoes or black? Oatmeal or avocado toast? Should I take Warm Springs road to work or the I-215? Some of these decisions seem trivial, but be warned: brown shoes or black shoes takes just as much out of the decision making allowance as making a decision on $100,000,000 project. Yep, true story.

This is why simple easy-to-use apps are key in not giving you decision fatigue. If the app is over complicated, just the act of adding an item to a to-do list can be taxing. I counted how many decisions I had to make to add a task to a very popular to-do app. Eight! It took eight decisions just to enter a simple task. I don’t know about you but I need all of the brain power I can recruit for higher cognitive pursuits. So, how many decisions is it to enter it into a “simple” app? None! Hit the plus sign and type, done! Want to save an article to read later? I tested a very elaborate app that boasts tons of features. It’s an app that is made for this sort of curation. It took 9 taps just to send it to the app. Two more click to specify the destination location. I switched to using Instapaper and in two clicks I have it sent, saved and ready to read as soon as I open the app.

Try it out see if simple works for you.

Below is a list of simple apps to test. Kick the tires see if you notice the reduced trouble and decisions to execute just using the basic functions of these apps.

To Do:

     Reminders (Apple IOS)

     Swipes

Notes:

     Notes (Apple IOS)

     Pen and paper (Yep, going old school)

Calendar:

     iCal

     Google Calendar

Reader and content curator:

Instapaper