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As a little gift to our subscribers, we put together a little book for you called “18 Tips for Making More Money and Having a Better Life as a Real Estate Investor.” You can download it below.
Enjoy the book (especially the parts on time blocking and email management; these are maybe the two biggest areas where a few simple changes can immediately see a huge jump in your personal productivity.
Meanwhile, read the excerpt down below from a piece on productivity, time, and setting limits on distractions by social media strategist Chris Brogan. His recommendations are spot-on.
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So, what are YOU going to do differently this year?
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“Distractions Are Part of Life”
exerpted from an article by Chris Brogan
You don’t have to be the president of a company to be distracted. You have Facebook. You have Twitter. You have access to more entertainment options than ever before. Your phone can play movies while you sit at your desk, pretending to review the month’s stats. You can have eBay open in one window watching an auction while clicking the occasional bold and italic icons in Word.
We have more screens looking for our eyes than any other generation. Your phone boops and bleeps all the time. We have more channels than ever before on TV, plus Blu-Ray, plus Netflix. The circumstances aren’t really stacked in your favor, for you to stay on target. Layer in your kids, your significant other, your colleagues.
You Own This Life
When all is said and done, you own your time. You own your life. You own the distractions. The excuse of how great Mad Men was last night isn’t that useful to your “I should really finish this book deadline that’s overdue” issue.
In my own life, I tackled some of the distractions as such:
* Nothing beeps. My phone allows incoming calls to make a noise, but that’s it. Texts, tweets, emails, etc, all go in silent. I look at them when I’m ready.
* No TV. This is my personal choice. TV isn’t evil. I just don’t need to surrender hours of time to it.
* Twitter isn’t always on. I used to leave it on to answer people’s messages all the time. I can’t do that. Work needs doing.
* Email isn’t an all-day thing. (see my time blocking post to get more on that.
* I keep goals and projects visible everywhere. Seeing visual reminders keeps my eyes on work.
You Set the Limits
It’s up to you to decide what you want. It’s up to you to decide how to eliminate reasons for failure, and how to make your own success much more real. You decide what to take off the table, and you decide what you want to tackle.
Scary and liberating, all in one. What do you think?