15 money-making strategies That Will Boost Your Productivity

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You feel you have the right idea. You know your company can make the difference in the market. Somewhow, you just can’t make that journey to success. You lack the productivity due to little to no motivation.

In today’s article, I’m sharing with you the 15 ways that can help to boost you productivity level.

1. Wake up Early (Hear Me Out)

This is the ‘early bird gets the worm’ saying. Many successful people swear by it. My personal favorite would be Mark Wahlberg’s schedule. He wakes up around 2 to 3am and start his day with workouts, and work afterwards. In a nutshell, he gets a lot of things done as people just about to get off bed.

There are numerous studies that point out how your work rate improves tremendously since your brain is fresh in the morning able to perform tasks at optimal level – making it the most ideal time to get many important things done early on.

However, I do also know successful people who get up later. If you’re a night owl, then trying to wake up early means you’re going against your body’s natural rhythm. Some even shared that night time is perfect as most inspiration comes around the hour. No one can argue if it’s the truth. Do whatever that works best for you.

However, I don’t recommend this since it causes a lot of setbacks to your body as multiple clinical researches have found that lack of ‘night’ sleep could potentially lead to a number of chronic diseases.

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2. Stay away from distractions when you first wake-up.

You open your eyes first thing in the morning and instinctively grab your phone. This is a mistake according to brain performance expert Jim Kwik, you shouldn’t look at your phone for the first hour of the day.

The main reason is that your brain is highly suggestible during this time. As a result, this trains our minds to become distracted because of the release of dopamine we get from our electronic devices. Your productivity also takes a hit for the rest of the day because we want to keep experiencing those good feelings. So, instead of getting to work, we stay glued to our phones.

3. Eat breakfast.

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No surprise here. You need fuel to give you the energy to power through the day. Of course, you shouldn’t devour a doughnut and wash it down with a sugary drink.

Think healthier options that involve high protein like eggs or protein shakes. Add in berries, raisins, avocados into green smoothies too and not to forget a boring cup of coffee.

On top of the energy you’ll receive, these types of foods are good for your brain by improving your concentration and memory.

If breakfast is not your thing, like Elon Musk, be sure to take a heavy brunch or lunch like he does when you get the chance to help fuel you to work for the rest of the day.

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4. Exercise

If you exercise when you first wake-up, even before eating breakfast, you can overcome your grogginess. This will make it so much easier to start your day early rather than taking things slowly – which is a big ‘no’.

Remember, physical activity doesn’t just improve your overall health. Any manner of exercise will help you de-stress and clear your head.

5. Meditation and stillness.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve struggled with anxiety. If you’ve ever dealt with this, then you know it can sometimes be almost impossible to be present. It can also make falling asleep a chore or start your day with dread.

Meditating hasn’t wholly erased my anxiety. But it has made an enormous difference. It has helped calm me down and return my focus to what’s going on right now. Best of all? You can meditate whenever and wherever you like, whether if that’s right before bed, first thing when you wake, or when taking a break at work.

Practice meditating with good breathing techniques – it helps.

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6. Make your bed.

I think my mom would love this entry, even though I don’t believe that I was a messy kid growing up. Anyway, making your bed is a great way to begin your day productively.

Frankly, I wasn’t really an achiever in making my bed. It was until I found I have sensitive skin that forced me to make it a habit. Turns out, bacteria are accummulated in bed if not care for it. I started making bed after knowing this and went the extra mile to spray the bed sheet and pillows with special antiseptic to kill bacteria that irritated my skin.

The importance of making bed is crucial as it sets your mindset to a winning mentality. During his 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas, US Admiral William H. McRaven said:

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

7. Recite affirmations.

Initially, I was someone can be seen as reserved. I don’t talk much back then. I just had own priorities to work on. This was something I knew had to work on since building a great business requires you to network with people.

This was where I found out about affirmations. Simple affirmations like “Today will be the best day” can make all the difference in the world. They help you focus on what you want to achieve. These affirmations release ‘positive thought’ neurons’ that can help you build you winning mindset.

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8. Read.

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Except for taking care of your health, reading is the best thing you can do for yourself. It helps you develop new ideas and perspectives. It helps reduce stress, expands your knowledge, and improves brain function such as memory, focus, and concentration.

If you’ve done enough research about Warren Buffett, or the late Steve Jobs, you’d know how much these people love to read. Truth is, no matter how smart or successful you are, you should never stop learning.

When I started running my businesses, reading got me to stay up to date with latest development in my industry. The business I was in changes frequently, so there was a lot of adapting to do from time to time. This is where reading helped me to remain competitive.

9. Schedule your time.

Mark Cuban once said how he’s not bothered much by ROI (Return On Investment) but more concerned about his ROT (Return On Time). This is an indication of how important time is. It is obvious that unlike, money, you can’t make back the time invested – unless it’s worth the effort. This is why scheduling your time is essential.

If you don’t schedule your time, then you’re going to wander aimlessly and having no direction is the last thing you want whilst running your business. Sure. You know that certain things need to get done. But, which ones are your priorities?

When exactly are you going to cross them off your to-do-list? Are there deadlines that you must adhere to? Creating a schedule helps you answer these questions and plan accordingly.

10. Pare down your decisions.

We all have a limited amount of brainpower. If you spend too much energy making low-level decisions, then you’ll experience decision fatigue. You won’t be as productive when you’re mentally drained.

Look at Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Bill Gates and so many successful people – what do they have in common other than great work ethics? They don’t get bogged down with looking rich. As long as they have proper attire on, they are good to go. Their priorities are ‘parked’ elsewhere.

I suggest that every night, you layout your wardrobe and prep your meals for tomorrow. Or, you could do this for the entire week on a Sunday. The idea here is to reserve your energy and willpower for what truly matters.

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11. Put pen to paper.

There’s a routine called Morning Pages practiced by people ranging from journalist Oliver Burkeman and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss.

The idea is that when you first wake, write 750 words to clear your head. For me, this is the time I’d normally write down (or go through) my to-do list for the day. It will keep me focused on getting those tasks done for the day.

And science has also found that handwriting can spark creativity and help us learn.

12. Focus on yourself.

With so much going on in your life, it’s easy to neglect your own self-care and priorities. Over time, you’ll get burned out. No matter how amazing of a person you are, everyone needs time to rest, play, and learn. If you don’t put yourself in your schedule, then it will get filled with other time requests.

13. Practice gratitude.

It’s been found that those who spend five minutes writing down what they’re grateful for have increased their sense of well-being by 10 percent.

And, as you know, when you’re a better mood, you’re more productive.

You can also pray – thanking everything you have and have accomplished if you’re the religious type.

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14. Socialize with your teammates.

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Socializing with people have been found to have positive effects to your general happiness, and healthier lifestyle.

This certainly does not mean you should be socializing with people all the time – that’s time wasting.

Instead, schedule your time to allow yourself to kick back, relax and meet people to socialize.

Try working in a coworking space or catching up with a friend or colleague for lunch. And, worst-case scenario, schedule a conference call with your team.

15. Set hard time limits on certain activities.

This idea is similar to ‘Shooting for the moon. If you missed it, you’ll at least land on one of the stars.’ If you need a grade B, work like you’re an A student. If you need $1 million, work like you’re worth $10 million.

This may sound overwhelmingly difficult at first. However, by constantly setting up tough tasks – your mind and body will get attuned to such conditions. At the end of it, what you thought was impossible, was actually do-able.

Conclusion

If you’ve experienced long enough time as an entrepreneur, you’ve learned that there is no one cure for every disease.

In this case, some methods work perfectly for you while others don’t. Every entrepreneur and his or her business is different. So you need to mix and match what works best for you.

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Top Seven Deadly Reasons of Business Failures and How to Avoid?

A survey by CB Insights has compiled ranges of study on businesses that failed. The report found 20 top reasons, naming absence of market, lack of capital and a startup team which did not fit for the job in the top three.

Whilst the report listed 20 reasons, I decided to only focus on 7 most deadly reasons you need to pay more attention to and how to overcome it:

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How Starbucks Did It? (5 Must-Learn Best Business Lessons)

“We’re taking time to perfect our espresso. Great espresso requires practice. That’s why we are dedicating ourselves to honing our craft.”

February 2008, Starbucks made it on top news headline that it has shut down its US operations. Speculations and rumors started brewing in the media fearing for the worse.

For Howard, apart from the headache he suffered from the company’s recent losses, he knew the operation shutdown happened for right reasons. The losses and problems made him to take drastic measures for the company he built. In short, he ordered the shutdown because he cared.

Here’s the four must-learn best lessons from Starbucks’ shutdown in 2008:

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8 Things Poor People Do That The Rich Don’t

To become rich, first, you need to stop doing things that make you poor.
In today’s article, I’d like to share with you the 10 things poor people do that the rich don’t. Let’s do this.

1. Poor People Focus On Saving

In truth, if you’re broke you need to make more, not save more. One of the things poor people do is stress over money.
On the other hand, rich people see it as a tool, a resource that can be used to get to where they need to be – which is to make more money.
Saved money does not grow, you need to put your money to work, don’t squirrel it away for when you’re too old to live your best life. Put into investment that gives good returns if you find the idea of running business is too challenging.

2. Poor People Get Paid Based On Time

It’s important to grasp that results are the real currency of the world, not effort. For some this is a shocking revelation.
It does not matter if you are the best at your specific job. If you are not contributing to the bigger picture you will be seen as just another number.
Don’t be afraid of making big moves, shock everyone and change the world.

3. Poor People Blame Others 

Don’t fall into the blame trap. Blaming external circumstances take away your power!
No matter the challenge, it is your responsibility to change it.
Rich people gain self confidence from knowing that their lives are in their own hands if they want better lives, they do better. Stop blaming, start acting.

4. Poor People Think They Have All The Answers

If you ask a poor person why they are poor they will give an answer or rather their belief, why they are poor giving mostly excuses. I may sound harsh, but if you listen, they never really talk about what they should have done, instead, they give reasons which they believe are valid.
One of the things poor people do is talking about other people rather than ideas. They’ll say they are not lucky or even go further to say rich people become who they are by lying and cheat. Poor people tend to be highly-opinionated about anything that is outside their realm of influence.
Rich people are continuously learning, continuously growing and stepping out over their own boundaries in the search for self development.
What’s worse than people than have an opinion on everything?
People that listen to them! It does not matter how perfectly you do things or how successful you become there will ALWAYS be haters.
Haters will drag you down to their level if you let them, that’s all they want, to feel equal.
Put the blinkers on, don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

5. The Rich use their time effectively

Poor people spend a lot of their time doing activities that do not bring any value. Browsing facebook, watching television etc.
While watching celebrity gossip might be interesting, it does not bring any value or benefit to you. It does however benefit the rich celebrity who instead of watching TV is on TV.
They are creating more content (gossip) while the poor are consuming it.
Of course not all media is bad, there are educational books, TV shows etc. And sometimes you need to simply disconnect from the World. That is fine.
However, if you are spending a lot of your time consuming mindless content, it could be a sign of something going on in your life that you do not like.
The rich and the succesful work on their growth, their mission and their problems first. Only then do they possibly consume some entertainment.
 

6. Poor people try to look rich

How often have you seen people trying to impress others with the things they own, the new car, the latest phone.
They are trying to look rich to impress those around them, even those that do not know them. These things are meant to show how succesful they are. How rich they are!
In fact, Poor people spend more on trying to look rich instead of working on actually getting rich. And, all of that stuff that they spend money on is holding them back.
These things that they are buying do not bring any real value. These things become a burden, you have to keep working to afford these luxuries.
How often do you see these type of guys ended up selling their expensive cars or homes? You know the answer to that.

7. Poor people don’t look at the bigger picture

While it is a good thing to be present – focusing on future goals is just as important. Truth is, poor people often lack to look into the bigger picture – or the future.
Focusing the smaller picture, or to focus in short term goal, it lacks direction which is an element to failure.

8. Poor people do what everyone else is doing

Lastly, this may sound arrogant, but in reality, if you do what everyone else is doing, you’re mostly gonna end up like EVERYONE ELSE – broke and average.
If you wish to become rich, you gotta do what the 1% does – which is to take road less traveled.

Ending

That’s it guys for today. Let me know what you think about the article and tell me if you think I’ve missed something.
Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon.
Happy weekend! And don’t forget to Execute.