Tips To Be More Productive

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE !!! I heard Olivier Roland’s tips and I learned some good stuff.

You know, sometimes I worked all day like crazy and at the end of the day, I felt like I haven’t progressed. Maybe you have already experienced this? That’s why I’m always learning new things to be as productive as possible. There are 2 books that help improve productivity and time management, it’s “Getting Things Done” and “Cut To The Chase” .

Here are tips from these 2 books to improve all this.

If a task can be done in less than 2 minutes, do it right away

Immediately make a task that requires less than 2 minutes has several benefits:

  1. Adding a task on your To-do list requires less than 2 minutes, it’s the same number of minutes as for a task that can be done right away.
  2. It’s more efficient to add the task that require more than 2 minutes on the To-do list, otherwise this list will be endless and unmanageable.
  3. Don’t make a task that requires less than 2 minutes right away can have disproportionate consequences in relation to the time needed to achieve it (like sending a confirmation or cancellation message).

So remember, if this task takes less than 2 minutes, do it now.

Warning

Sometimes you have to plan moments to focus only on a task or an important project. These specific moments shouldn’t be interrupted, even by a task than requires less than 2 minutes.

Try it so you don’t have any insomnia

Insomnia reduce productivity. Often the source of insomnia is malaise, bad mood, stress, poor sleep hygiene, etc. Insomnia can have serious consequences in the relation with others and can also cause road accidents, drowsiness, memory loss, absenteeism and the list goes on.

For chronic insomnia, it’s advisable to see a doctor for treatment. For transient insomnia (up to 3 months), there is an tip to free your spirit of thoughts that obsesses you.

Put a paper and a pen next to your bed. When you have a thought that obsesses you, you write it on the paper and beside you write the action you have to do to erase this thought.

Here is 2 example:

  • If the thought is: “I have to send a quote to this client”. You note on the paper: “Client quote => Look for supplier prices”.
  • If the thought is: “I have to lose weight”, you note “Lose weight => Look for a personal trainer”.

As you write down your thoughts and the action you should take, you should feel more peaceful.

Have an attitude “Let’s go see”

Sometimes, going on the field can help you learn more than analyze data on your computer. So the next time there is a problem, go see for yourself on the field. This may allow you to have ideas for finding a solution more quickly.

Don’t use a foul language in the workplace

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It may sound like grandparent’s advice but it’s common sense. When you use a foul language, you can offend a person without knowing it. A person who doesn’t feel offended in the workplace is a serene and productive person. An offended person doesn’t want to work and wants to find another job. Many entrepreneurs have lost talented people because of their foul language without knowing it.

Not using foul language avoids conflict and difficult situations to manage.

When you do something, ask yourself why you do it

Often we do things out of habit, without wondering if it’s worth doing. This can waste time and energy and it would be better to stop doing this task or delegate it.

So regularly, ask yourself this question: “What happens if I delete this task?”. If the answer is nothing, stop doing this task. If the answer is something else, look if you can delegate this task.

Do it

No matter what dream you have, do it realize in your life. Here is a quote from Goethe: “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it”.

Close the loop

has anyone ever told you, “Well call you back if there’s a problem”. And 2 week later you have no news and you wonder if everything works well. I know there is this quote: “No news is good news” but it’s frustrating t be in uncertainty. When a person doesn’t close the loop, it leaves others waiting and this can complicate relations. Don’t be like these people, stay in touch to avoid complicated situations.

Don’t let your smartphone become your master

With new technologies, we can stay in touch 24h/24h. But that’s not a reason for every smartphone notifications to be a priority. Sometimes I see people, every time there is a notification, they take their smartphone as if it was the end of the world. No matter where they’re and no matter what they do.

Define time slots and limits for the use of new technologies. Turn them off when you need to be focused for a task or meeting. Let others know that you no longer look at your emails and messages after a certain hour or weekends.

With that, you create a clear border between the moment you work and your private moments. It allows you to destress.

Personally, I turned off the sound for notifications from my smartphone. It’s really cool to do that, I’m more serene.

Save your computer file regularly

There are 2 types of users:

  • Who often back up
  • Who don’t back up until the day they lose important data

Losing files on a job you’ve been working on for months is very annoying. So backup often and take advantage to make copies at different locations (such as an external hard drive). With Cloud, you also have access to Google Drive and Dropbox which are very effective. Better to save than not enough.

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-Steph

Infopreneur And Service Provider

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE !!! I heard Olivier Roland’s tips and I learned some good stuff.

A personal trainer who is in the gym where I’m training ask me how to give courses online. But when he asked me this question, I noticed that he didn’t believe it or maybe it wouldn’t work with him. In the personal trainer business, there is part that is an intellectual service. What I mean is that there is a part of this job, which is to give people advice so they can improve.

All the skills that give advice can be turned into a product (information product). There is a huge challenge for personal trainers and service providers who trade their time for money. How to make more money (because there is a lot of competition) while a person can’t be in several places at the same time physically ?

Advice online

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The trick is that instead of explaining the same thing to someone 1000 times, you write a book/ebook, you makes videos or your do an online training program. With these supports, it allows you to save time on repetitive tasks and automate a part of your income.

Some might think that this method doesn’t work with all types of service providers, but with the technologies evolution, it’s changing. We find online training program for salsa, golf, guitar, boxing, mma, auto mechanics, plumber, etc. do some research on Google or DuckDuckGo and see.

For example, you want to learn boxing. Traditionally, you have to go to a boxing club to learn and improve your technique with sparring. But you learn that there is an online boxing training program from Floyd Mayweather. In this training program, Floyd Mayweather shares his best tips and techniques to improves your boxing performance. Are you participating in this online training program or not? I think so, especially if you’re passionate about boxing.

If you have the budget to participate in Floyd Mayweather’s online boxing training program, you’ll be very motivated to do so. Even if Floyd isn’t near you to correct your technique, he has clearly good tips to share with your to improve your performance and your boxing technique.

This is why it’s important not to put barriers to explore new things, to put in place innovative projects because it’s doing things that we learn what works and what doesn’t work.

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A Rare Habit To Have To Be Successful

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are the most curious. It has an extremely simple habit that the majority of the population doesn’t have. This habit is to ask questions but be careful, they’re use 2 way to ask questions :

  • By curiosity to try to understand the history, the motivation and the methods of a person or a company.

  • To question things that everyone agrees with. Are these things that everyone takes for granted true or not ?

It may be trivial, but how many people have met athletes, entrepreneurs or others great people who have just said : « Wow, that’s amazing what you did ». Then they could ask : « What motivated you to do that ? » or « Do you have a piece of advice that helped you on your journey ? » or « Do you make a stupid mistake that will stop you ? ».

When you ask questions about things that everyone takes for granted, you can sometimes find gold mines. What I means is that there are things that many people think is true when it’s wrong because they didn’t verify the information. So, this may be a gold mine that can make you rich at all levels.

It happens because we, human beings, have an imperfect representations of how reality works. That is, we’re like prehistoric explorers with rudimentary maps. The closer your mental map is to how the universe really works, the more likely you’re to do relevant actions, so to be more successful in your life in all areas of spiritual wealth (being happy, living long, create value, etc) and material wealth.

Ask to understand

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For example, Erico Rocha ( ooh, read this article ) is a Brazilian entrepreneur who has an incredible success in the information field in Brazil and he’s someone very curious. When you tell him one thing, he’ll understand that you have implicitly accepted that as a truth and he’ll question you on it.

You can do that too, and that opens doors that you never imagined.

Here is a concrete example. Many people think that handwork things are better than industrial things. This is a truth that most people have accepted without verified the information and this will influence their thoughts, decisions and words. Now let’s ask ourselves : « Is something handwork automatically better than an industrial thing ? ».

It’s true that there are some handwork things that are better than industrial things, but is a handwork book better than an industrial book ? We can ask the same question for a car, is a handwork car better than a industrial car ?

Analyze around you people who think that handwork things are automatically better than industrial things. Be careful, these people aren’t going tell you that explicitly. They’re just going to say things like : « Did you see ? I bought this wooden spoon, it’s pretty, huh ?!? It’s a handwork thing ». In this case, you can ask the question : « For you, are handwork things better than industrial things ? » With that you can analyze the way of thinking of this person on this subject.

With this habit, you’ll change your state of mind. This habit of asking such questions allows you to find those unconscious acceptances that influence our thoughts, actions and words. When you use that, it gives you a lot of advantage in life to be successful compared to people who don’t understand that.

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-Steph

Non Constructive Criticism

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

These are comments that published regularly on social media. What is the difference between non-constructive criticism and constructive criticism ? Ask yourself this question : « Does this criticism have the will to help me ? ». If you don’t feel the will to help you, it’s like 95% of critics, it’s someone who criticizes just to criticize. These non-constructive criticisms based on an extremely superficial analysis of your content.

These people read the first 5 lines of an article, listen to the first 2 minutes of a podcast, watch the 2 first minutes of a video or read only the title.

When you publish content on internet, you’ll have people who will afford advice on what you do when they haven’t taken time to really understand, to analyze what you mean. It’s known that in communication there is an huge loss of the message’s meaning between what you mean, what you say, what people hear, what people understand and what people remember.

There is also an important factor is that in all areas, beginners have an opinion on everything and they say it. Does this give them a false sense of competence on topics they don’t master ? Yes, it’s ego on my opinion.

To be honest, it has happend to me to comment on something that I didn’t take time to analyze deeply. I gave my opinion based on an extremely superficial analysis and we all have already do it. Just understand that this is a normal human behavior and that it’s not a problem.

Attention, it’s not necesssary to remove these comments because they will never disappear. The goal is to reach enough people who understand your message and practice your advice.

1000 real fans

1000 fans

To succeed on internet, you only need to have 1000 real fans. It means people who understand what you say, who agree with what you say, who like your content, who share and who buy your products. You can have 1 million people who hate you, if you have 1000 real fans, that’s enough.

Many people are afraid of negative comments and that’s a shame. Imagine yourself in 10 years. You talk to a person and you explain to him/her that 10 years ago, you had a blog, a podcast or a Youtube channel and that you stopped it because of a negative comment that touched you. Think about that, do you realize how ridiculous it is ? So continue to create content on internet.

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-Steph

Have A Little Or A Big Audience

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Is better to target a large audience ou a smaller audience but more educated ? Good question.

Audience size

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Often people tell me to put more humor in my articles because it would touch more people. It’s not a bad idea to put more humor but I don’t want to become a comic. I don’t care and I don’t have the talent to do this. My blog is about bodybuilding, weights training and I show to all who want to see how I develop my body and my blog by providing advice. I know I will touch a smaller audience than if I do something more popular or pure entertainment.

I also know that among th people who read me, there are many who will never apply my advice or not much. Because there is always an abyss between education and action. I know where I’m going by doing this and I estimate that 5 % of people who read me apply what I share and improve their lifestyle. Most other say : « Wow, it’s interesting ! » and after they forgot.

It doesn’t matter if you target a smaller audience than the number of people who are connected on internet. What is important is that you connect with people who are compatible with your mission. My mission is to help people to have a better muscular body without supplements and to create a company with a blog. I lot of people don’t like this message and I’m OK with this. I’m fighting for the small minority who apply my advice and improve their lifestyle.

I know this small minority of my audience can influence people around them to have a better lifestyle regardless of country and it makes me happy.

Elite audience

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If you want touch a big audience, it’s good too, you can mix humor and education but can you offer a content/product that attracts the elite of your audience ? Something that can interest extraordinary people of your audience. Extraoridinary people of your audience can be people who have accomplished a lot of things, people very educated or luminaries. Offer something to attract your hiddent audience.

Your hidden audience will not appear because they don’t have a truly reason to do it. The reason why they will appear, it’s because you will offer them something that interests them. A high-end service or a specific product.

Ask yourself : « What can I offer to my elite of my audience and how can I do ? ». Because it’s worth it for your content and your product/service to offer something for your elite of your audience.

-Steph

Have Mentors ?

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Sometimes the simplest idea can open your mind. Once, at the end of my training, while I was eating, I was talking with a friend about problems I had. And he said a very simple thing: « When you’re in a deep water, you sink or you return to the beach ». In my head, it was « Wow », it motivated me to continue to fight to achieve my goal. And once I had achieved my goal, I’ve realized that I had become mentally stronger.

I don’t want to have more adversity in life, it’s not what I mean, but when it happens, I act. I refuse to lose, that’s my attitude, my mindset. I know that adversity is a test that will make me stronger in all domains in my life. This will give me more experience of life. My experiences make me richer inside. How I can help a person if I didn’t live his situation.

The reason I say that good things coming to me, it’s because I don’t allow negative things have results with me. I always try to use experiences to my advantage to have more wisdom, to become stronger. When I say that life is what you make it, it’s a reality for me and I often say it. Sometimes people want to take videos on their smartphones with me and ask me advice. I can’t make a 10 minutes speech, that’s why I say this sentence.

life is what you make it

There is still another thing, train your mind. You train your body, you fuel better your body to be more aesthetic, more symmetrical but you must do the same with your mind as King Solomon. Train your mind as hard as you train your body. If you don’t train it, it will become weak.

Read the King Solomon’s story, he asked to God to have wisdom, not to be rich. With wisdom, he could get all he needed and more. I’m not saying you have to be like King Solomon but he can inspire you to change your lifestyle. Life is knowledge. Anyone can memorize information, it’s knowledge. It’s not impressive to me. Understanding that knowledge and use it in life and be able to explain it in a simple way to make clear to another person, that’s what impresses me.

You really have wisdom and power when you control your mind and body to control your own life.

Sharing knowledges you have received, create opportunities that you never imagined.

Do you master what you know ?

-Steph

Average Not Acceptable

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Being average isn’t acceptable, it’s simple. I encourage people to pay attention to their ecosystem because you chose the lifestyle you want. It’s true, it’s sound cliché or corny but it’s the truth. If you’re in a group of people who doesn’t motivate you, who doesn’t motivate each other to improve, you will fall in a mediocrity circle. If you stay long in avergage, after a while, you begin to decline.

This is what is called a plateau in training. If you lift 20kg (44lbs) in your training each time and you keep that weight a long time , your body will get used and it will begin to decline.

Being in average will take you to mediocrity ! It’s something you don’t want, you want to stay motivated, you want to be around people who motivate you and you want to motivate others. When you’re afraid to do something, you want your friends motivate you and you want to motivate your friends when it happens. That’s how you grow and you become better.

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Sometimes a person gives you good advice to help you to advance or help you to avoid to make a mistake. If you don’t apply the advice, it’s your story, you keep it in your head. That’s why you have to keep an open mind to accept advices from others. You must train yourself to have this state of mind to be open and go to places where you can get good advice. All things can be a tool that help you to move forward either a positive or negative situation.

When you are facing a difficulty, don’t be overwhelmed by your emotions too long because there is always something that can help you to overcome this difficulty. Don’t be afraid, be brave and if in your entourage nobody has this mindset, it’s better to be lonely until you find one.

In your life, you will meet many types of people but you don’t want to be surrounded by people who put you down, who are sadistic, who slow you down. You want people who motivate you, it’s a steady progress.

mediocrity

For me, life is something in constantly progress. I don’t mean that’s the definition of life, I don’t know what is the definition of life but it’s a point of view that I have and I apply it every day . I’m personally in progress in all areas of my life and it makes me happy.

I know some people is living difficult times and that’s why I like to motivate people because they can overcome these difficulties. Me too, people motivated me when I had hard times and it’s my turn to motivate others.

If I can motivate you a little, that’s cool but around you with people who motivates you. Avoid people who put you down, you don’t need them. Let me say to this kind of people « Fuck you ».

-Steph