8 Simple Rules to Have a More Productive Day

I get a lot of emails asking how I find the time to write an email every day and have a more productive day.

2 reasons:

1) I type fast [Thank you, Grade 10 keyboarding class].


2) I make my day as productive as possible.

Here’s how to make your day more productive.

Step 1 – Get up earlier.
And yes, that requires going to sleep earlier. But I’m not talking an hour or two…but only 10 or 20 minutes earlier per day.

The extra 20 minutes are magic time…the time in morning when I, as many people do, get more done than they do in several hour blocks at other points later in the day. So get up sleepyhead, and use the solitude to take care of business.

(And when you get into work, do the same. Get in early, get straight to work, and you’ll find yourself ahead of the crowd in no time.)

Step 2 – Water x 2
Water plays an important role in getting my morning off to a fast start.

First, I drink 2 cups of cold water before I take the dog out. Then we come back in and I start on
breakfast while sitting down to start writing for 30 minutes.

The second role of water is the shower. Aside from the obvious reason for a shower, I have found that standing under running water is when I get most of my bright ideas (bright being a subjective term, I suppose).

And I’m not the first to say this…Matt Furey has brought this up as well, saying that he gets a lot of his ideas when surrounded by water…there must be something about being in water that stimulates the mind.

So powerful are the effects of water on my creativity that I literally have to write the ideas down as soon as I get out of the shower. Once that water stops running, the ideas start to vanish…

Now the only thing that compares in terms of idea stimulation, for me, is exercise. So when you workout, take a note pad – not only to record your workout but to brainstorm and problem solve.

Step 3 – Nutrition
I’ve started the day with the healthiest supplement possible – fish oil, and I eat protein, fiber, berries, and nuts to start my day – giving me the fiber to control my appetite and blood sugar till the next meal.

Step 4 – Green Tea
Do not pass go. Do not stop at Starbucks.

Do not collect your regular caffeine-loaded beverage. Instead, brew your own organic Green Tea to provide you with a lower dose of caffeine (or none at all if you get naturally de-caffeinated Green Tea). Don’t overdose on caffeine every morning.

If you drink a couple cups per day, switch at least one over to Green Tea.

Step 5 – A Steady Supply of Protein, Healthy Fats, and Fiber
Self-explanatory by now, I should hope!

Snack on almonds, lean protein sources, fibrous vegetables, an apple, etc. over the morning to keep mentally sharp.

Step 6 – Bodyweight Energizer Bunny
Remember the secret to instant energy when you hit a mid-morning motivational slump…

“I’m a Personal Trainer from Malta, Europe and have been following your daily newsletter for some time. I recently incorporated your Y-Squat into my routine and I must congratulate you, it’s a really great exercise. I always focus on bodyweight squats and multi-directional lunges for the lower body (I don’t like machines much) and this simple modification of arm placement has added a whole new purpose and challenge to the exercise. Well done! On another note, being busy as you are, how the hell do you find time to write a newsletter every day? I’d really like to know how you do it! Keep up the good work!”
Richard Geres, Malta-Europe

Step 7 – Don’t let lunch rob you of your mental energy
Unless you want to go straight from lunch into an hour-long productivity-destroying nap, then lay off the breaded veal sandwiches at lunch.

Stick to the program: lean protein, fibrous green vegetables, Green Tea, healthy fats, etc. Avoid these mental buzz killers: soda, pizza, a lot of bread, french fries, desserts, and so on.

If you want to run an elite mental engine, you have to burn high-performance fuel.

Step 8 – Lose Fat & You Will Make More Money
Now that’s an unconventional way to increase productivity.

But welcome to the harsh reality of size-ism.

Research shows that overweight men and women make less money than their normal weight colleagues. While the world is not fair, you can even the playing field by eating and exercising properly.

The Turbulence Training lifestyle and workouts will help lose fat, while increasing your creativity and productivity.

I smell promotion.

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Helping you get more done everyday,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

PS – For 10 More Productivity Tips…

Click HERE for Part 2 and make Tomorrow more productive

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July 6, 2008

Dusty @ 12:58 am

A few more lists of ‘good’ foods, particularly those in the ‘fat’ family would be appreciated. Building a non-boring diet is a challenge for many. It’s so easy to go astray that more on this issue is probably going to get more folks into the working-out mode sooner rather than later, or not at all.

Thank you,

Senior Professional Golfer

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November 18, 2008

Yavor Marichkov @ 8:46 am

I too get lots of ideas in the shower..

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Chris @ 1:35 pm

Awesome post Craig. Some very good reminders of stuff we should all be doing. Getting up and going for a walk is a great idea! I am sure it does a world of good to get your mind flowing and wake things up for the day!

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January 6, 2009

a.zwiggelaar @ 2:00 pm

Take a memorecorder and put it on when you take a shower. Just leave it on and if you have a good idea, talk loud enough and you will have your ideas on a digital tape. You can listen to it after the shower as it only have to take 10 minutes, but you won’t forget your good ideas. Make sure that the memorecorder stays dry! And let the humidity go out of it, or it might get damaged.

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