A 4-Step Process For Making Every Day Productive

Some days are ultra-productive. You wake up, know exactly what you need to do, and do it. Boom.

Ask yourself, though: How consistent are you about this? If you’re anything like me, superhero-levels of productivity aren’t regular occurrences.

A lot of days start more haphazardly; maybe you sleep in too long, or maybe you’re just not 100% clear on everything you need to do. Luckily, there are some useful habits you can practice in order to start having more days of the ultra-productive variety.

In this video, I’ll give you a 4-step process that will help you get a productive start to each day – and give you momentum you can use to finish bigger projects.

(If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.)

Summary and Links

Below you’ll find a quick sum-up of each part of the process, along with links to tools I use.

Habit 1 – Plan Your Day the Night Before: By taking the time to plan out your day before you go to bed, you’re using what should be your most de-stressed time of the day to strategize.

  • My favorite tool for this is… a whiteboard. I also plan out big projects in Trello.

Habit 2 – Use the Clear to Neutral technique: When you’re done working for the day, reset your workspace by closing tabs, cleaning up, etc.

Habit 3 – Wake yo ass up early: Getting up early enough to have a good chunk of time before you start school or work gives you the opportunity to relax a bit, clear your head, and practice the next technique…

Habit 4 – Have a morning ritual: Practicing a few small habits every morning gives your motivation levels a “momentum boost”.

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5 Comments:
  1. Really liking the video posts. Glad you’re getting into that medium. I’ve implemented a sort of morning ritual this semester. I get up at 8 everyday, which gives me 1.5-2 hours before I have class, plenty of time to wake up and work on my personal projects. I agree with the idea of feeling “beholden to my past self” with planning the night before. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Fizzle, but in one of their podcasts they talk about how as a solopreneur you have to switch between CEO and “worker bee” mode. They do this with a weekly review of tasks, but I think it applies on a day-to-day level as well. Taking care of the “CEO” stuff for the next day the night before allows me to be in “worker bee” mode right after getting up, not having to expend the willpower to plan my tasks.

    Looking forward to listening to the latest podcast when I get a chance as well.

    • The CEO vs. Worker Bee video was actually one of my inspirations for getting back into doing YouTube videos! I’ve been a Fizzle member for probably a year now; the forums there are always a great place to connect with other entrepreneurs.

      Let me know what you think of the latest podcast; btw, you’re featured in it 🙂

  2. What time do you usually go to sleep? I’ve been interested in creating a morning ritual for myself in the past couple of months and the thing that usually gets me is that I often stay up until 12 and rarely 1, letting me “justify” sleeping in until 8 or 9 since I slept so late. I’m sure this will change when school starts, though, but it’s been a struggle for me this summer.

    • I typically go to bed around 11, so I get a bit less than seven hours of sleep a night. When I was starting out, I still had trouble going to bed at a decent time – I’d usually get ideas and stay up late working or doing research.

      To solve the problem, I set up a habit in Lift called “Be in bed by 11 every night” and then checked it off as I was going to bed. Doing that helped me get into the habit, and now my body is used to the schedule.

      • Hey tom!! I love the structure behind the vids. They’re simple and the content’s superb!!!

        Drinking a bottle of ginger juice in the morning before walking helps a lot because of the metab being boosted and cleansing too. Great for fat loss. I do it and i’d say it works.

        Would you be okay if I used this and added my own twist to it? I’ll definitely credit you. I’ve been following you for months already and the consistency’s amazing!! Nice work!!!! 🙂

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