How to Develop Laser-Like Focus

How to Develop Laser-Like Focus

I almost jumped out of my seat as I looked up at my friend who just sat down across from me. He was pale as a ghost and his eyes were wide as an owl’s. I looked at him more intently, peering into his overly dilated pupils thinking I may be able to see his brain. He looked and acted irritated like a crackhead, stuttering and unable to put together a coherent sentence without getting lost in his own train of thought. He had taken adderall to get more work done. “Yo man how do you get so much work done and focus like that?” he said while staring into his computer. I looked at him and began to explain how I had to WORK to get over my past fidgety nature and inability to focus. “So you don’t take anything at all?” referring to drugs in a dumbfounded voice. I shook my head…… This is a common problem, we can’t focus, and taking drugs is not the solution. A few years ago, I couldn’t focus. I sat down to do work and after a few minutes my attention wandered off. I could barely last an hour on a quiet floor of Rutgers Alexander Library. Worst of all, seeing my girlfriend study longer and more intensely than me was embarrassing. She would sit and crank out problems for hours while I would become restless and wonder around. At first, I thought she was some sort of super genius and her attentive abilities were innate. And like most, I have always wondered how a select few could achieve such great...
How Having a Baby Actually Gave Me More Time

How Having a Baby Actually Gave Me More Time

How many times have you heard yourself say, “I’d love to do that but I just don’t have time”? I said it more times that I can count. I lived it. In fact my belief that I didn’t have time in my life for anything extra was so strong, that I actually started filling up my life with crap that wasn’t important just so I could maintain this ‘story’. But, I didn’t realize that I was doing it. I wanted to have more time for exercise, reading, leisure and my business but it just seemed too hard to get started. Instead I was spending hours shopping online, playing games on my phone and watching TV “to relax” rather than choosing activities that would nurture my soul or grow my business. While I was pregnant I ‘busied’ myself with collecting everything that we would need for the new addition and made excuses about lacking time to get out of going to yoga class or lap swimming and then I suffered through essential household tasks like cleaning and laundry because they felt like a waste of time. Then I gave birth to my daughter and due to feeding complications I was on a rigid schedule for pumping my breast milk. My time was suddenly ALL GONE.  For 12 weeks I did nothing but sleep, eat, care for my little one and get on the pump. Talk about not knowing what you’ve got til it’s gone! I thought about all the free time I’d had access to before having a baby and how little I’d achieved and I was determined to use...
5 Tips For Being Productive When Working From Home

5 Tips For Being Productive When Working From Home

Here’s the thing. The grass is always greener on the other side. It looks easier than your grass, it seems so much softer than your grass and if only you could have ‘that’ grass, how much nicer your life would be. You could probably come up with at least a dozen things that you would do with that grass. Then it happens. You finally have your chance to take ownership of that fantastically greener, softer version of your own grass and what do you know? You’re sitting on the couch in your pajamas watching the 5thepisode of that insatiable reality show that you have a love/hate relationship with. It happened to me. I worked for 15 years in Corporate America before I had the opportunity to work from home. Like many people working in Corporate America, I’ve always thought that living the life of an entrepreneur would be a piece of cake compared to working for a billion dollar corporation where conformity was the norm and creative freedom was a hobby. In 2010, the opportunity of a lifetime unfolded right before my eyes and for the first time, I was given a chance to step over to the other side of the grass. Once the transition was complete, it took the first 7 days for me to believe that I was actually free. 2 weeks to completely unplug, an entire month to travel to make up for all of the vacation time I never used, and finally after another month of enjoying the emptiness of restaurants, coffee shops, book stores and nail salons during weekday off-peak hours, I realized...
A Life-Hacker’s Call to Action: Start Early, Finish First, Win More

A Life-Hacker’s Call to Action: Start Early, Finish First, Win More

“Diligence is the mother of good luck. Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin I’m a self-proclaimed “life-hacker.” I like to fiddle with stuff; I’ve found that there’s a lot on this earth that we can focus on, and most of it isn’t worth our time. Since I started blogging, I’ve been able get more “things” done than I’d ever thought possible. I’ve reached a moment of clarity in my life. Namely, I’ve started building a blog that people seem to care about, I lost over 12 pounds in just over two weeks, and I finished a novel. Many of you have been in a position similar to where I was before all of this; a place of goals, dreams, and aspirations that were destined to be unfulfilled. But there was a reason I wasn’t able to get anything worthwhile done, and it had to do with a lack of clarity. I wasn’t holding myself to a higher standard—I was going through the motions, trying to “keep up.” If I could just post one more “me too” blog post; write one more “10 Tips to…” article, I’d make it. But you probably know that doesn’t work. You need to find the clarity in your life that will provide not only the necessary motivation to push through, but also the inspiration to give you the right words and thoughts during it all. Here’s what I did. I call it my “Call to Action”: Show up. Woody Allen was quoted as saying, “80 percent of success is showing up.” If you’re trying to finish a project, lose weight, create something...
Creating More Time

Creating More Time

Admit it: you have a project you want to work on. Whether it be renovating the bathroom, starting a personal blog, or just exercising more, there’s something you wish you were doing. You tell yourself that your days are too full. You’d love to pick up a project, but you don’t have the time. The truth is, most of us can make time, if we’re willing to scrutinize our days. This time doesn’t even need to be taken out of your sleep schedule, your work day, or even your pleasure time. Consider the following options: Make a schedule and stick to it Why do we have time to go to work, drop the kids off at school, and catch our favorite TV shows? Because we schedule them into our lives. You can do the same for your project. Decide a time upfront to devote to your project. It can be a daily schedule ( from 8 pm to 9 pm), a weekly thing (four hours every Saturday), or even a conditional schedule (after finishing a work deadline). Just remember – no exceptions once you set a time. Imagine what your boss would say if you didn’t come to work when you were scheduled. Have that kind of mindset when planning your time. Create communication free time periods Our friends and family access us through a wired world. Phone calls, email, text messages, IM, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other communication methods make it difficult for us to create time just for ourselves. What’s worse, all this noise is available to us everywhere our cell phones. Do yourself...
Brian Tracy’s 5 Rules for Greater Productivity

Brian Tracy’s 5 Rules for Greater Productivity

Everyone wants to be more productive to feel more successful and to achieve their big goals in life. While many people have covered the topic of productivity, there is one person that is often overlooked because people don’t automatically think of him when you mention productivity and time management. This man is Brian Tracy. He has written numerous books on topics such as wealth building, success, and time management. Here is a collection of his quotes on productivity that will help you put things in perspective and teach you how to be more productive. 1. “A great life or a great career is built by performing one task at a time, quickly and well, and then going on to the next task.” You might think multitasking is an efficient way of getting work done, but it’s not. Your brain is hard wired in way it can only focus on one thing at a time, so to maximize your productivity you want to single-task everything you do. Your focus is fragmented and not fully harnessed when you multitask. Just think of calling and driving at the same time, it can be done but it causes many accidents because people aren’t fully focused on driving. So whenever you get a task at hand attack it with laser focus and once finished, move on to the next one. 2. “Whatever you have to do, there is always a limiting factor that determines how quickly and well you get it done. Your job is to study the task and identify the limiting factor or constraint within it. You must then focus all of...