How to Get More DoneJan 22, 2024
Did you hear about Elon Musk’s recipe for global domination?
Is it revolutionizing transportation both on Earth, through electric cars - and in space, via new-and-improved rockets?
Nope, it's 80-hour workweeks.
Elon Musk said that a person needs to work 80 to 100 hours per week to change the world.
Musk himself has said he works 120 hours per week.
Yet, working that much is counterproductive for most people.
Which means just because Elon Musk does it, doesn’t mean you should.
How to Get More Done
In the 19th century, when organized labor first compelled factory owners to limit workdays to 10 hours, management was shocked to discover that output actually increased.
You can get more done by working less?
Yes, it’s true.
And I’ve found that when I get into "focus mode," I instantly become more productive.
It's as simple as removing interruptions for a block of time, so you can concentrate on the task at hand.
After coaching for 25+ years, I’ve found most of my audience doesn’t have this insatiable thirst to become a billionaire or take over the world.
You don't want to spend hours at the gym every single day either, like a hamster scampering on its wheel.
If you’re anything like me, you want to be mindful with nutrition, so you aren't overweight or obese.
That's because so many preventable diseases are linked to having too much bodyfat... heart problems, cancer, and diabetes to name a few.
You want to be lean and strong.
You want enough to have a happy and healthy life.
You want enough to take care of your children and perhaps a few more generations.
Which means you don’t need to destroy yourself (and your relationships) working eighty hours per week, no matter what anyone tells you.
You don't need to endure two-hour "apocalyptic" workouts that break your body.
Because the only things that matter are the results.
And if you can get the same results in half the time, what’s the difference?
That’s the key behind my “focus mode” mentality and it’s the complete opposite of what Elon Musk is telling you to do.
Because you don’t need to work as hard as you think to achieve your goals.
You just need to become more productive.
One more thing worth sharing today.
The Four Agreements is a book you should add to your reading list.
The title refers to the four things everyone needs to keep in mind and take action on.
The four things that create love and happiness in our lives.
Understanding these commitments is easy and simple, but actually living and keeping these four agreements can be very challenging.
Integrate these four agreements into your life and every area will improve.
Now, they may not replace goals, but they are the foundation to achieve any goal.
They are the foundation to being a good human being too.
1. Be impeccable with your word
This is integrity.
Doing what you said you were going to do.
Committing to when you said you would do it.
Saying only what you mean.
It's also avoiding using negative words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
This can have a nice carryover to the negative self-talk we often feed ourselves throughout a fitness journey.
Use your words to drive happiness and love, not negativity.
2. Don't take anything personally
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
Nothing others do is because of you.
When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others you won't be impacted by their negativity.
This one clearly carries over to several facets of life, but it also impacts your fitness journey.
"Oh come on Sue, why are you getting that grilled chicken dish? What are you trying to eat healthy or something? Just get the burger and beer!"
Have you experienced that peer-pressure situation?
We're trying to make healthy choices and our social circle gives us a hard time about it.
Now hopefully they're just joking, but it can still weigh heavily on you.
Don't take anything personally, keep your head down, stay positive, and focus on your journey.
3. Don't make assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
Communicate with others as clearly as possible to avoid misunderstandings.
Whether it's communicating with your coach, communicating with your spouse, or communicating with your coworker... don't make assumptions.
Spell things out clearly, ask good questions and don't assume.
4. Always do your best
This is my favorite one.
In every moment, you should always be doing the best you possibly can.
Life is too short for half-hearted efforts in anything.
Now, an important thing to understand: Your best is going to change moment to moment.
Your best when you're sick is not going to be as good as when you're healthy.
Your best when you're tired is not going to be as good as when you're rested.
That doesn't matter though.
In any situation, always do your best, whatever that looks like at that time.
Hope all of this is helpful.
So, if you’re tired of merely working hard and spinning your wheels, check this out:
In many ways, it’s the most valuable thing I’ve ever created because it’s saving you your most valuable resource… time.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online longevity personal trainer, or you want to visit the best age-management personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.