I live by a handful of fundamental beliefs – you probably think of them as clichés.
One of those is that there is no such thing as a free lunch. In other words, if you want to be successful, you need to put in the work. This flies in the face of virtually every marketing message you hear today that promises instant riches, perfect relationships and rock hard abs with little effort. However, just this once, I am going to go against one of my fundamental beliefs.
You are seconds away from hearing a simple piece of advice that is guaranteed to improve your productivity by at least 25% within 30 days – guaranteed.
Ready? Here goes.
Eliminate the following excuse from your vocabulary – “I didn’t have enough time.” This one simple adjustment will change everything and here’s why.
You always have enough time.
Saying, “I don’t have enough time” is never true – never. If you don’t do something it’s because you chose to do something else. There are no exceptions to this rule – none. This simple recognition will improve your productivity because you will no longer commit to activities that you know you won’t complete. You will begin to understand one of my favorite quotes from Patrick Lencioni – “If everything is important then nothing is important.”
This shift in your perspective will help you recognize the difference between a “should” do and a “must” do. Productivity is a direct result of spending your time on the most important activities.
That’s it. Quit making excuses and get clear about what’s important.