How To Get More Done (Even If You’d Rather Curl Up And Die)

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Admit it.

You wonder how some people get so much done while others don’t.

How did they achieve so much with their life and business in such a relatively short time?

They must have developed some kind of superhuman power.

They can’t have demanding jobs or little kids.

They probably have great support.

Whatever the reason, somehow their life must be easier than yours. Otherwise, how could they keep going, day in and day out, month after month without ever giving up?

They must know something that you don’t. Or, do they?

The Problem With Getting Things Done

If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone.

One of the very worst uses of time is doing something really well that doesn’t need to be done at all.

Many people hit a certain point in their life’s journey when they say they just can’t find the motivation to keep going on.

Chances are you start out excited; you draw up a plan, set a new habit, and then what?

Life starts getting in the way.

You think, “Oh, okay, I’ll work on this once things calm down tonight,” but

by evening time, all you want to do is collapse.

You want to check your emails or maybe relax and have some fun.

If you do, you’re still feeling guilty about it. The little voice in your head tells you that you should be working.

You can’t even enjoy your down time because of the things you haven’t got done.

Could there be anything wrong?

You decide to be more serious this time, perhaps you just need the discipline to power through it.

You tell yourself you’ll have no fun today, not even looking at your e-mails, you must accomplish something today, no matter how long it takes.

And yet another day goes by and you’re unable to get anything done.

You wonder whether you’ll be able to reach your goals, you promise to do better the next day.

Want to know what’s wrong with you?

I can tell you exactly what’s wrong with you.

Not a damn thing!

Chances are, there are just a few things you should be doing that you’re not. And the following list will motivate you and help you get more done.

1. Sleep More

I bet that most people don’t take this seriously, but the truth is that your body needs relaxation and some stress-free time.

Make sure you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day.

Ask successful and happy people, and they will tell you that they take the proper amount of sleep every night very seriously.

For example:

I go to bed at 10:30 p.m. every night and wake up at 5:30 a.m. every morning.

Now, this schedule might not work for you, so you can try different times, the goal is to get 7 to 9 hours sleep every day.

Start doing this today and you will be surprised at the improvement you’ll feel.

2. Find Your Center And Purpose

You need to activate your physical body every morning with stretching or going for a walk.

“You might say, well Cephas, this is nothing new I’ve heard it a million times.”

But can I be straight with you for a moment? Do you work out or stretch every morning?

If your answer is ‘NO’ then continue reading…...

It’s time to awake this drive in your life, every morning set 50 minutes outside of your work for your body; by doing this, you’re helping your body to find clarity and stay active to help you through your busy days.

3. Schedule “Block Times”

Blocking out some time every day and devoting it to a project will help you

become more productive.

For God’s sake, you’re not expected to do anything else during this time.

Start out by taking 20 minutes to write down everything you want to get done during the day, then set your block time and start with the hardest project on your list.

If you want to be devoted to this, go to a private area during your block time, shut off your phone and emails, face a blank wall, sit down, and work on your project.

If you do this properly, you’ll be surprised by how unstoppable you’ll become.

Ever heard of the old question, How do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time.

How do you get more done? The same way: break it down into specific step-by-step activities and “then you” start with the first one.

Your ability to make a decision and take action is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and getting things done.

Your ability to set plans and take action with them will determine how fast you can achieve your goals and pave your way to success.

The very act of thinking and planning will unlock your mental power, trigger your creativity, and increase your mental and physical energy.

The sooner you start working the more productive you’ll become.

So why not start now?

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