Productivity

weekly-planning-workbook2017-cover"There is no excuse for not preparing for something that is inside your control."

- Anonymous

After being asked more times than I can count, today I'm sharing my Full Weekly Planning Process I've done religiously for the past 5 years. This article is meant to be a reference piece. I've also included a free Weekly Planning Worksheet download at the bottom, to make sure this stuff is super easy for you to do. Updated 2017:  We've created the wildly popular Should I Quit Test.  Be careful taking it though, your life my change real quick!  And in your honor, we've put together life-transforming courses that we are extremely proud of. For now let's get into the fun...

"I don't have enough time."

Think about that statement for a second. How often do you say it?  How many times a week or even each day? There is no bigger killer of dreams than those five words.  But have you ever noticed that the busiest and most accomplished people never seem to say them?

5 best books of all time to reread

"The difference between who you are now and who you are five years from now, comes down to the people you meet and the books you read."

~Anonymous [Tweet this Quote]

The Link Between Reading and Success

It's no secret that when I get into things I tend to obsess. In the past few years I've read hundreds of books. No joke - I keep track of every title during my weekly planning process. I owe much of who I am to the things I've read. Just about the only benefit of my absolutely miserable first (and only) 'job' after moving back from Spain was that I had a 45-minute train commute every morning and night. That travel time became sacred. And that was when I became absolutely obsessed with reading. So much so that I took a few speed-reading classes and I even became the head San Francisco instructor for one of them.

Richard Branson Productivity Space

"The more you do, the more you'll do."

- Anonymous

On discovering the ultimate source of confidence & productivity...

Not long ago I attended an event with Sir Richard Branson and a bunch of other entrepreneurs. Something about his message and his presence brought clarity to a concept I've inherently known & practiced for years. Now that it's clear, I'd like to share it. It's a topic I rarely write about, but it's a huge part of every one of my days (often before I check an email, write my first sentence or even open my computer). It's the primary foundation of not only my own confidence and productivity, but that of almost every successful lifestyle entrepreneur and CEO on the planet.

"So, how do you get more done?"

Why is it that so many successful people seem to be able to do so much? How is it that the more accomplished the person, the more it seems they're able to get done? Shouldn't it be the opposite? How is a CEO of one company able to found another one on the side, while administering his charity and still taking the occasional family trip? For years this has blown my mind. With how much effort it takes to do one thing well, I couldn't imagine how people who seemed even 'busier' than me could produce magnitudes more results. Then I figured it out.

taylor swift becoming famous

"If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change."

~Taylor Swift

Today I want to challenge you to be different. Not necessarily better. Just different. To stand out in a way no one has. I challenge you to do something that causes people to say: "What the */$# are you talking about?!" The path to this type of recognition (and even fame), be it business, social or whatever, is not as complicated as you think.  So why is it that some people seem to crush it while so many others flail around in mediocrity? Somehow the lucky few become overnight-famous, while the rest spin their tires. *Side note: by now I hope you know that nothing meaningful happens overnight - we seem to like to think it does for others, but it's really all in our head. I've made a study of the ordinary vs. extraordinary since as long as I can remember. And spending time with all kinds of relatively well-known Living Legends, exposed some interesting results. And I have good news.

"Goals in writting are dreams with deadlines." ~Brian Tracy

*Note: Below is my full list of goals for 2012, which I created using the free Goal-Setting and Action Workbook. If you haven't downloaded your copy, do it now and let's get cranking, because it's time to share your biggest goal of 2012 with our community! *****

There's no getting around it, accountability creates results.

For some reason we tend to have a difficult time keeping promises to ourselves. But most people absolutely hate breaking commitments with others. That's exactly why further down this post I've shared every goal of mine for 2012. Showing you all everything scares me a bit, but I know that the more people I commit to (10,435 of you as of today), the more on the hook I am and the more likely these things are to actually become reality. I've found no more powerful way to produce results. So now's it's your turn. In this edition of Ask The Reader, I want to hear what matters to you most this year. This is your chance to speak up and add direct value to what we’re building at Live Your Legend, and get specific help on your biggest goals, both from me and the community.

2011 life lessons

“Making a mistake once is called learning. Making it twice means you're not learning."

~ William Brett Wilson

*Important Note: If you haven't gotten your copy yet, the totally free 2012 Goal Setting and Action Workbook is available for download. It's been downloaded over 5,000 times since last week and people seem to be getting a lot from it. Here's the link to the download page. I hope it helps. Enjoy! *****

As far as I'm concerned, life is about learning and helping...

The more you can do the former, the better prepared you are to accomplish the latter. We all learn things every day. The problem is we also forget the great majority of what we learn, sometimes just moments after learning it. In order to avoid that and give today a chance at building on yesterday, you have to have a process for learning things once (and for all). After all, the first time you learn something, it's experience, but the second time it's foolish. As a part of my weekly planning (one step in my goal setting process), I write down any lessons I learned from the past week, either from my own experiences or that of others. Below is the list of the top 2011 lessons from an initial list of hundreds.

2012 Goal Setting Guide

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin

The Big Announcement: The 2012 Goal Setting and Action Workbook is officially live and available for download. The best part? It is completely free. I just added it to the subscriber-only Epic Work Toolkit, so all you have to do is enter your email below and you'll get full access (as well as some other awesome exclusive free tools). *Note: if you're already subscribed, entering your email will not double subscribe you. It will just take you straight to the download page. Enjoy! In the past few weeks over 9,000 people have downloaded this, so I can't wait to see what you think! The only favor I ask is that you share it with people who need it by using the the Twitter, FB and "email this" links above and below (but only if you feel like it). Download the free workbook here:

Reviewing Accomplishments

"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years."

~Bill Gates

*Important note: The below are the results of the first step of my annual goal setting process, as outlined in the totally free Goal Setting and Action Workbook that will be available for download later this week.

***** I usually try to spend the week between Christmas and New Years not doing much at all. It's mainly family time, relaxing and some pretty deep reflection. One of my favorite parts of the year is this annual pondering. I'll spend hours on end reviewing my events, goals, weekly planning documents and each month on my calendar. Just to let the past 12 months soak in. This is always the first step of my annual goal setting process and the first step of every new year. You notice the quote from Bill Gates above. Well, I like the to think of that even shorter term:

Most people overestimate what they can do in one day but underestimate what they can do in a year.

It's amazing, if not mind-blowing, what any of us are capable of accomplishing and experiencing in just a few months.