Want to be massively productive?
This 4-minute trick by Marie Forleo will change the way you work so you can get more done with less stress and overwhelm.
The 4-Minute Trick For Massive Productivity
Transcript of the Video:
Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and a life that
you love. And today is our favorite day of the week because it’s Q&A Tuesday. That
means Q’s and A’s and this Q comes from Ashley and she writes:
“Hi Marie, your videos are my go to whenever I’m having issues with something. I just
watched the video where you talked about 4 habits of really productive people, but I’m
still stumped. My schedule is never the same. I work in production and with private clients
that means sometimes I’m on set for 4am and other times I see clients at 6pm. I can’t
seem to get a handle on morning routines and non-negotiables. My dog never gets walked
at the same time, I never go to sleep at the same time, and I’ll go days with no work
only to work ten 12-hour days in a row. Because I can’t set a regular routine and everything
is inconsistent, is there anything else I can do to be more productive and get it all
done? Thank you for making incredible videos and content all the time. Ashley.”
Ashley, this is a great question. My schedule is never the same either and I travel quite
a bit, so I really understand the challenges of inconsistency. That being said, there is
one super simple and super powerful productivity habit that I think everybody should adopt,
especially if you have an inconsistent schedule. It only takes 4 to 5 minutes every single
day and it sets you up to win huge like never before. Know what it is? It’s this. Planning
your day out the night before.
This is so darn simple, yet hardly anybody does it and it’s one of the most powerful
things that you can do for yourself. So no matter how late at night you go, before you
wrap up just take 4 minutes and really think through everything that you have to get done
for the next day. So here’s how I usually do it: first thing I do is I open up my calendar
and I take a look at all the appointments that I have for the next day and the time
that those appointments will take.
Like this: 1:00 I’ve got a team call that lasts 30 minutes. 3:30 I have a MarieTV script
review that’ll take about an hour. And then I have a 6:30 spin class.
Then I write down all the projects and the tasks that I need to get done and I give myself
a little bit of an estimate about how long I think each project or task will take. Of
course, these are estimates, sometimes I get things done faster and sometimes they take
longer, but at least I give myself a baseline to work off of.
9-10:30am I’m gonna write a first draft of a sales video script. I’m gonna give
myself about 90 minutes. Then from 11:30-12:30 I’m gonna review my social media schedule,
give myself an hour for that. And from 2:30-3:00 I’ll do a little email clear out.
And finally I make a new little section at the bottom of my notepad with personal things
that I need to handle for that day.
For example, get Nanny a birthday card and mail it. That’ll take me about 30 minutes.
Order more Kuma food, all of 10 minutes, and book a haircut for the next month, takes me
Boom, that is it. Super simple. So when I do this it informs exactly when I need to
be at my desk and working, which tells me when I need to wake up to have enough time
to do my little morning routine and get everything done without feeling rushed or stressed. The
worst thing you can do is wake up in the morning and go straight to your computer and open
up email and then all of a sudden you’re pretending to work all day and at the end
of the day nothing important ever got done.
Nobody’s perfect and, of course, not every day goes as planned, but this system gives
you the best chance possible at making sure that your most important projects get done,
especially if you have an inconsistent schedule. And, by the way, if you haven’t seen our
other MarieTV about urgent versus important, you should really watch it because I think
you’re gonna love it. So let’s wrap this one up on a tweetable.
If you plan on having a successful life, start by planning your day.
That was my A to your Q, Ashley, I really do hope it helps. Now I would love to hear
from you. Whether you have an inconsistent schedule or not, what’s the single most
important thing that you do each and every day to make sure your most important projects
Now, as always, the best discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com,
so go there and leave me a comment now.
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