The Productive Procrastinator

images (3)It’s like procrastination has become an accepted ailment that people now have.  It’s almost like a worthy excuse.  “Well I just waited too long,” or “Sorry, I was just late”… but since when is that an excuse, let alone a worthy one?   Could you imagine the quality of life you could have with yourself, your team, your employee, your employer, or anyone you are in contact with if they did not accept procrastination as an ailment.  If they took it for what it truly is.  The $500 Millionaire (5H$M) defines procrastination as the complete lack of care, discipline, and desire.

download (9)The 5H$M has some thoughts to help procrastinators be productive.  The problem with being a procrastinator is that life goes on.  Even if you’re late, life is not waiting.  Most procrastinators are very surprised when they get into a jam or time crunch, but if you looked at their past ability to manage their time or priorities, you will see that it is very clear how and why they are in this situation.  Life goes on and time keeps moving.

Here are 5 steps to be a “Productive Procrastinator”.

  1. Acknowledge but do not accept.
    1. We all have a bit of “I’ll get to that later” in us but we need to understand priorities. Too many times people accept their own excuses not to get things done, rather than acknowledging the obstacle to getting things done and finding a way to make it happen.
  2. Figure out how it works.
    1. Each of us works differently so review how you have gotten things done in the past. Most procrastinators DO get the work done, they just wait to the last minute and do JUST enough to get it done.  No matter what they say, rarely is it their best work.
  3. Create a CONSCIOUS system for it to work in your benefit.
    1. TIP OF THIS BLOG!!! Everyone’s strategy is different but the 5H$M suggest to do one thing that will radically reduce you stress and increase your quality of work/life. Take ANY deadline that you EVER have, and move it up 24 hours.  The 5H$M calls this the “Day Before Deadline” If you have a paper due, bill due, proposal due, etc…it is very simple, move it up a day.  If it is due on Tuesday, it needs to be 100% complete by Monday.  If it is due on Monday, get it done on Friday so you don’t have to worry about it over the weekend.
  4. Use this system to start gaining positive results.
    1. Once you start gaining positive results over and over again, then your subconscious mine will start doing this on its own.
  5. REPEAT
    1. Repetition is the only thing that makes conscious effort into subconscious results

images (4)Nothing in this blog is mind blowing or earth shattering.  This is something that can make your life stress free.  We talked in past blogs about time management and it comes down to making a decision.  When it comes to making a decision, the 5H$M wants you to know that being INTERESTED is not strong enough.  The 5H$M suggests that you NEED to be COMMITTED instead.  When you are COMMITTED, you will do whatever it takes.  When you are INTERESTED, you will do what is convenient.

If there is one tip the 5H$M would want you to take away outside of the “day before deadline,” is to stop just being interested in you life and start being committed.


Why Self Growth Doesn’t Work Anymore

Self growth is NOWHERE near as powerful as it once was.  The principles are still true but the desired outcome has changed.  It’s gone from an internal growth to an external growth.  Less focus on “who I am” and more focus on “who I appear to be.”

Why Self Growth Doesn’t Work Anymore.


Why Self Growth Doesn’t Work Anymore

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Self growth is NOWHERE near as powerful as it once was.  The principles are still true but the desired outcome has changed.  It’s gone from an internal growth to an external growth.  Less focus on “who I am” and more focus on “who I appear to be.”  People are focused on appearance and focusing on what things they are DOING, WEARING, or SAYING, rather than who they are BEING.  When external things are your desire, you will always be let down when you get there.

Up until about 50-75 years ago, self growth has been based on improving character ethic.  Being a better person rather than just appearing to be a good person.  Now it has become more about personality ethic.  It is more about the human relationships and how to get what you want out of someone. How to get someone to think you are better than you are.  Basically, if you fake it, and fake it well enough, then others will believe it is real.  the problem, is when it comes to fulfillment of life, that is not enough.  That is such a short minded thought process that unfortunately fits so well in today’s society but the $500 Millionaire promises that if you go back to the basics of focusing more on WHO you are and less on what you do, it will be MUCH easier to get more of what you want for the rest of your life.

It is like people are starting to believe that magic is real.  Although the $500 Millionaire loves magic and is amazed during a good trick, it always comes down to the fact that it is a trick.  Some better than most but in the end, it is all a trick.  People are just looking for tricks they can do in order to appear as a better person.  Like a trick, this is very short lived and takes a TON of practice and effort to keep it alive.   If you were to ask ANY magician how they get SO good at the tricks they will tell you that it is hours, days, and years of practice.  They constantly have to practice to keep the world believing their trick is real.

Instead of being a Magician, the same effort can make you a Master.  Magic is not real but becoming the person you want to be and mastering yourself is possible.  The “magical” secret is it takes less time and effort to better yourself and just be you, than to constantly act like you are someone you are not.  Don’t trick people into thinking you are something. Instead just master being a better version of you.  If you show me your actions I can tell you what you believe.  If you fake those actions, within time, the cracks show and truth always shows through. Do not try to be who you want others to think you are.  If you want to be successful first it starts from the foundation and build you way out.  For more of this, please see the Click here to learn more about foundations taught by the 3 Little Pigs.

If you are not being you…you are just trying to hard at life.  If you want to live a simple, fun, and fulfilling life, just start being you.

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How To Get 32 Hours in a Day

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How To Get 32 Hours in a Day.


How To Get 32 Hours in a Day

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**Disclaimer: The $500 Millionaire (or anyone else for that matter) cannot give you more hours in a day.

What he can do, though, is teach you a way to get 32 hours worth of productivity in just a 24 hour day.  You cannot control the time given to you, but you can control how you use that time. The best thing you can do is wisely choose how to spend your time.  Time equals life.  Manage your time and you can manage your life.

Time management gets a bad rap as one of the least “sexy” self-growth topics.  But if you can become a master of your time, then you’ll become a master of your life and the $500 Millionaire thinks there’s nothing sexier than that!   He will show you how he masters his life by managing his time.  He wants you to understand one thing…you don’t have time to NOT do this.  Watch as he shows you how 30 minutes a day gives him an extra 8 hours a day, over the majority of the population.

Peak Performance Hours

The $500 Millionaire always makes sure he is working during the peak performance hours each day: 4AM-Noon.  Yes, he understands that there are a handful of successful people who do their work late at night, and that’s great.  But for the rest of us and the way the human body naturally works, the 4AM-NOON time-block is proven to be two times more productive than any other time-block in the day. If you are able to get 2x productivity during this 8-hour block, that would mean that you get an extra 8 hours to your 24 hour day, which then leads you to having 32 hours worth of things that you can “do”.

To Do List

To Do ListHaving a written out to-do list, not an electronic one, is a key element to mastering your life.  This not only keeps you on track but it really helps you stay accountable.  The $500 Millionaire is in the middle of creating an ultimate planner that you can use for this part of your life.  This is an item that we will be working on with the most impactful success program out there, Eagle University.  This program  has the best time management curriculum the $500 Millionaire has ever seen, and much of his time management practices come from what they teach.

Here’s how the $500 Millionaire’s “to-do” list works.  Write down each “to-do” task and cross each item off as it’s completed.  ANYTHING you need to do that day, big or small—it doesn’t matter, goes on your “to-do” list.  In the evening at the end of the day, you take that day’s “to-do” list and re-do it for the next day.  The $500 Millionaire will re-do his list before bed so that his mind is clear and can work throughout the night to rest and solve some of the problems he will have to deal with the next day.  Our mind is at work while we sleep, so sleep is a MAJOR part of time management…which we will explain further along.

Matrix

time_management_matrixAt this point, your “to-do” list is just a bunch of stuff simply jotted down in no real order.  So, the $500 Millionaire turns these random to-do’s into an effective structure.  When it comes to time management, all we are really doing is managing our events.  The way we manage our events is by setting priorities.  So, the next question we should ask ourselves is, “what needs to happen when?”.  The $500 Millionaire sets his priorities using a proven system made popular by Stephen Covey. See link at the bottom of this blog for more on the Covey Matrix.  Structuring your to-do’s into a prioritized matrix is essential to maximizing your time and mastering your life…and will also be necessary for the next step in the $500 Millionaire’s time management system.

90 Min Segments

After he sets his priorities, the $500 Millionaire compartmentalizes his day into what he calls “time buckets”.  These “time buckets” are slots that repeat throughout the week for general categories of tasks.  For example, the $500 Millionaire populates his calendar on Monday-Friday with the following 90-minute time buckets: Personal Growth, Business Growth, Business Management, Team Building, Family Time, R&R, and Charitable. Typically, every Monday looks the same, every Tuesday looks the same, and so on.  The $500 Millionaire already knows what he will be focusing on at any given time on any given day in the future.

To make this work, you must put your tasks into the matrix mentioned above and then you take those prioritized tasks and assign them a spot on your calendar in the corresponding time bucket.  The $500 millionaire  suggests using an application like Google calendars for this process.

Filling in Segment in terms of benefits

When speaking with the Executive Director of Eagle University (www.eagleuniversity.org), Maria Grasso, she explained that she writes her tasks in terms of benefits.

Maria shared a quick synopsis of how she uses this tool below:

First decide the benefits you want to receive. At Eagle U, participants know what benefits they want to gain by the goals they set during a goal setting session.  For example, I have a goal that reads, “I engage in personal growth for at least one hour a day, five days a week”.  The benefit I receive from engaging in activities that relate to that goal is that I become a better person.  One of my time buckets might read, “I am becoming a better person”.  This makes it harder for me misuse my time.

Basically going to Little Johnny’s baseball game might make it on your calendar under “family stuff” and you might skip over it if something else comes up.  But, if you had scheduled in that time as “strengthen my relationship with my son” it might cause you to stick to your schedule and actually be excited to reap that benefit.  Just like you are to write you goals in 1st person, positive, present tense, you should also fill in your time buckets the same way.

Getting good sleep

Sleep is perhaps the most valuable time bucket in your day.  The $500 Millionaire urges you to make sleep a priority.  If you are not fully rested, then every task in your day will be like trying to cut down a tree with a dull saw.  Sharpen your saw by making sure you are getting your 6-8 hours of sleep.  The WORST thing you can do is under or over sleep. Here are a few tips to make sure your body is working like it should during your most critical time bucket:

  • Do not eat 2-3 hours before you go to bed.
  • Re-write your “to-do” list before you go to bed.
  • Stop doing any work at least 1 hour before you need to fall asleep.
  • Do not fall asleep with the TV on.

Sync Digital with Paper Each night and morning

At night the $500 Millionaire suggests writing out your “to-do” list for the next day, as mentioned above, and then prioritizing your “to-do” tasks into the matrix.  Now, you will be ready for your 15 minute planning session the next morning, where you convert your matrix into your time buckets. This is when you will take what you have on paper and put it into whatever planner you use, whether it’s a digital or paper planner or calendar.

The key to getting 32 hours out of your day is simply management.  Time management is life management.  Manage your time and you can manage your life.

Interesting Articles:

Click here to see a GREAT example and Explanation of Covey’s Time Matrix

29 Successful People Who Wake Up Early


Wealth Effect: The Danger to Our Economy and Our Life

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Simply put, “wealth” is a state of being, a state of mind, and really just a feeling—a feeling that most people want and some spend their whole life pursuing.  What we need to understand, though, is that because “wealth” is a way of life, it is not a destination to reach as much as it is a constantly moving target you are always aligning yourself with.  The truly wealthy are not waiting for the achievement of being wealthy but instead are enjoying the journey of being wealthy.  That is when life becomes a lot more fun.

It is confusing for most to understand the current economic state of our country.  One media source reports an optimistic outlook, while others report an impending doom…HOW CAN THAT BE?  Well, get ready to be even more confused because according to the $500 Millionaire, both are telling the truth!

When you look at ALL of the economic indicators, not just numbers chosen by your favorite media outlet, you will see both an increase in the economy AND a decrease. There are multiple correlations like that, of course, but the interesting thing that the $500 Millionaire is now seeing is the negative correlation between savings and investments.  The $500 Millionaire feels the cause of this negative correlation is a term used in economics called the “Wealth Effect”—when the value of stock portfolios rise due to escalating stock prices or an influx of total money in the stock market.  When this happens, investors feel more comfortable and secure about their wealth, causing them to spend more.

Think about it from a government standpoint.  There is a need in our lives for government, and when correctly and ethically run, it is what keeps this country strong.  The issue is not government, though, the issue is the politicians. What politicians want is for their voters to be happy, and a simple way to make people happy is let them appear to be wealthy.  It is quite simple for the federal government to achieve this “feeling” by using the “wealth effect” to their advantage.  By lowering interest rates on savings, there is almost no difference between having your money sit in an account or simply sit in cash under your mattress.  This lets people feel as if they should do something with this money.  Since safe saving has little to no yield, the fed can lead consumers into other options.  The problem is that the banks need people’s money and the politicians need the bank.

When interest on savings is low, so are the bank profit margins.  Therefore, the only real way for the banks to make money is by offering loans and other liabilities.  With the interest rate so low on borrowing money, many people can now buy homes and still have more money left over. Now they can put it in things like homes, stocks, and other investments that they feel will yield a higher return. With

the fed’s help, the stock market is rising, houses are easy to buy, and spending is increasing faster than savings. Which means, more than ever, people are distracted by the “wealth effect” until eventually the bubble pops and it is too late. Click Here to See The Economic Sneeze

There’s obvious danger to our current economic situation…but also danger to our lives.  There are multiple times where the “wealth effect” can and will destroy someone’s life if not mitigated. Here’s a similar concept to what I mentioned above, when people are seeing that “things” are making them feel wealthy, they are assuming that THEY are actually wealthy.  If the $500 Millionaire wants you to get one thing out of any blog written, it is that wealth can NEVER come from “things” but instead wealth comes from experience. True wealth is eternal and “things” are not.  An achievement is a thing.  That is it.

It is a destination, and end point and achievements are merely a moment.  Have you ever reached a goal or an achievement and it wasn’t as good as you thought?  The difference between willing $1,000,000 and earning it is a night and day difference.  Same thing is achieved, yet a different journey had, and consequently a different experience under your belt.  By the time we realize an achievement has happened, it has already passed.

So why do “achievements” feel so good. Ready for this? The answer is that they actually don’t feel good.  The achievement is too short lived to even feel like anything.  What REALLY feels good is the success behind the achievement.  As you have heard in the past, the $500 Millionaire describes success as the progressive realization of a worthy ideal or goal.  It is the progress.  It is the blood, sweat, and tears put into getting to that achievement that made it worth it.

Wealth has NOTHING to do with things.  Wealth has to do with the state of mind you are in and the journey you have traveled.  Do not fall victim to the “wealth effect” in your personal or financial life.  If you confuse “things” with wealth than you will eventually be let down.  Some of the wealthiest people are not recognized as financially “rich” and some of the financially “richest” people are some of the least wealthy people.


Duty’s Disconnect vs Glory’s Gift

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Duty is a word that has been accepted by society as a strong and powerful word, when all it really means is to do what you are supposed to do…nothing special.  The issue is doing something strictly because it is your duty is boring.  It slows down life and gives it very little meaning.  Now, I don’t think the word “duty” is necessarily a negative word, but it has slowly become detrimental to the things we do in our lives.

Basically there are two reasons why we “do things”: 1) Because we have to and 2) Because we want to.  There are times where what we have to do and what we want to do align perfectly and there are times where they are completely against each other.  Basically, “duty” is doing what we have to do but without the “why”—which is how we are actually FULFILLED by what we do. When we are doing our “duty”, we are just going through the motions, so it is easy to disconnect.  When you enter in the gift of “glory” (another way to look at your “why”), that disconnect goes away.

Just as the word “duty” has become more and more prevalent in today’s society, the word “glory” has experienced the opposite. According to the $500 Millionaire, this is because of its religious connotation, but like most views of society as a whole, that is just plain dumb. “Glory” is a word that has not been in my life in a way that it should be.  The actions that I take are usually the right actions morally, but that’s just because they are the right things to do.  Until now I’ve spent very little time understanding why I do the right thing.  But, the REAL reason why…is to give “glory” to the person or relationship I am doing it for. The $500 Millionaire has given three examples below where this concept could help or hinder our growth.

The key to showing “glory” is through genuine gratitude.  Being grateful is MUCH more than just saying thank you.  To show true “glory” to those we care about is to be truly grateful for them.  More than show it, we need to know it.  I have always thought that gratitude was a belief of mine, and I would have told you I was always grateful. But, the $500 Millionaire showed me how glory and gratitude collide.

GLORY [glawr-ee, glohr-ee] noun, plural glories

  1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent;renown:
  2. something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride:
  3. adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
  4. resplendent beauty or magnificence:
  5. a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
  6. a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.:

Husband/Wife or Boyfriend/Girlfriend.

How many times have you done something for your significant other and the reaction is not what you were expecting?  Or even worse, how many times have you done something nice and they actually got mad? Fortunately I have been blessed with a VERY understanding girlfriend but I, like most guys, am prone to make that mistake.  The $500 Millionaire is not suggesting that we don’t do what should be done.  For example, we shouldn’t stop doing “good” things for our significant other to show we deeply care if we aren’t getting the reaction we expect. The mistake we make is that when we do it, we don’t truly understand WHY we are doing it.  We do not take a second to reflect.  We are not doing it just to do it, but doing it because we want to…because we are grateful, and because we care.

Now I am going to pick on guys here for a second. As guys, we are wired to naturally mess this up because we have to consciously think about these actions of showing our gratitude and care.  Most females tend to naturally do this, where this is something we as men have to purposefully do.

Let’s look at some of the things that we are supposed to do and I want you to think…“Am I doing this because as a boyfriend/husband, this is my duty and it is just my job to do it?”  OR “Are am I doing it because of how grateful I am to be with my girlfriend or wife?”. Why do you hold the door for her, take care of her, get her flowers, or celebrate an anniversary?  If you EVER get sick of doing these things, it is not because she is ungrateful but instead, because you are ungrateful.  These actions should be done for the “glory” of your significant other, not because you feel you have to do it.  Again, this is one thing that I feel females naturally do better than males, and causes a major disconnect in most relationships.  Females, just because I am ragging on the guys here, don’t think you are off the hook.  You need to understand that this is something that comes natural to most of you and patience/understanding is a valuable attribute to focus on during these times.

Entrepreneurship/Employee/Manager

The employees that I have had over the years have been on all different levels of what I would deem a “good employee”.  What I have found, though, is that no matter where they are on that scale, they share a common trait with other people at their same level.  The “BEST” employees on this scale are the ones who focus on the “glory” of their job over the duty of it.  An “OK” employee will make the calls they need to make and will do the things they need to do.  They are acting out of their “duty”.  The “BEST” employees I have EVER had, in any role from Administration to Sales, do what they need to do because they are grateful for what they are doing and the team they are doing it with.  They do these tasks for the glory of their team, of their company, of their boss, and of their cause.  These employees who understand “glory” are the ones who will take the company to the next level and, as an employee, will constantly find fulfillment in their job. Doing our “duty” at work or in our company is not a mistake.  The mistake is that we do not take a second to reflect on why we do it.  We are not doing it just to do it but are doing it because we want to…because we are grateful…because we care.

As an entrepreneur, how many times have you started a business because you thought it was a good idea? And, how has that worked for you?  How about all of the times you started a business because there was a MAJOR need and you had to fix it? If you have only had the first experience that is probably why your business is not taking off.  If you have EVER had the second experience…be grateful.

As a manager, as you are trying to motivate your team, how much of that is in a selfish mindset because you want to do what will help you grow versus what will help your team grow.  Make sure that you are constantly doing things in the glory of your team, and you will find that your team will go to war for you without blinking an eye…be grateful.

Religion

Uh oh, The big bad “R” word! As a Christian, the $500 Millionaire talks in terms of God but if you cannot see past that word, insert whatever word you want so you can understand the point here.  The $500 Millionaire is amazed at how many people go through the motions as a “Christian”, or really any religion, based of fulfilling their duty to God rather than actually giving Glory to God.  Going to church on Sunday and then living the rest of the week against everything you “stand” for is an outrage.  This is one area in life where doing it out of “duty” doesn’t fool anyone but yourself.  I mean at least holding a door for someone might make them think you’re nice!  As you have read in my past posts, if the word God is not something you believe in, call it the universe or call it nothing, but whatever you do, take time to reflect on why you are doing this.  Why are you waking up in the morning to go to Church on Sunday?  Why are you reading this long confusing book?  Why are you praying?  The mistake is not that you are doing these things, The mistake is that you are not taking a second to reflect on why you do it.  I do not just do it just to do it but I do it because I want to…because I am grateful…because I care.

Glory does not just show up for most people.  Instead it needs to be something that is focused on and reflected on.  I would like for you to take some time today and reflect on your actions and see where you are acting strictly out of of “duty” and where you are acting out of “glory”.  I would bet that if you focused more on acting out of “glory” for your friends, family, loved ones, co-workers, companies, and God, you will find that life is much more satisfying and much more fulfilling.

Understanding why you are doing what you are doing is what makes life more enjoyable.