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5 Ways to Stay Productive… Even Through the Holidays!

November 21, 2013 15 Comments

In life, and especially as we head into the holiday season, there are constant demands that will consume our time and can take our eye off the main thing and the bigger prize. Navigating these distractions is a challenge for everyone, even the most productive people.

Allow yourself to get too far off course and you will find it impossible to provide for yourself and your family in the way they deserve. Life serves up enough distractions, now let’s add Thanksgiving and Christmas to the mix. Even if you don't participate in these great traditions, your customers do. To continue your commitment to 10X production levels, it is mandatory to limit your distractions to the bare minimum. This is the time of the year when I make a complete list of all the activities that might possibly distract me. Then I look at the ones I'm willing to compromise on and be distracted by and the activities that I know have no value at all. Keep in mind that November and December only offer 33 weekday opportunities to work and the rest of the time is Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and weekends. Your last two months of the year are annihilated with distractions and that doesn't even include parties, school, kids, ballgames and whatever other unplanned activities will show themselves. Here are 5 ways to keep your head in the game and remain focused.
  1. Make a list of all possible distractions. Create two columns on a sheet of paper. In one, list the things that won’t ever contribute to your production. In the other column list your "must-do" distractions - the ones not even you can negotiate your way out of! Then avoid those activities in column one.
  2. Remove all whitespace on your calendar. The days in November and December that are free from holiday distractions must be filled with calls, people to see and tasks to complete. Have a strict policy during those times for no distractions and commit to new levels of action. When people complain that they “haven’t seen you in ages,” you know you’re on the right track. The more things you get done, the less distracted you’ll be.
  3. Create time don’t manage it. Divide each hour into four 15-minute blocks of time and see how much you can complete in each 15-minute block. Work fast and furiously to see how much you can accomplish. When you start to approach time this way, you start to move from one thing to the next with little room for distraction.
  4. Share your commitment and get support. The more people know about your commitment and dedication the better. You might even want those closest to you to agree contractually to support you. Let your friends, family and colleagues know your goals are to double sales this month and that you need their help and support.
  5. Get obsessed!! The only way to knock out any distraction is to get completely obsessed. Become as consumed by your production as most people get over eating a fried bird on Thanksgiving and as obsessed as your kids get over Santa delivering gifts. Your energy and posture at work must take on an intense, obsessed-like nature. This approach will cause everyday distractions to seemingly disappear. This is when you don’t even hear the TV or other noise going on around you.
Life is already filled with enough distractions and those consumed by distractions trade experiences for freedom. Successful people are willing to sacrifice the experience in order to build a future and do everything possible with the time they have. When you become completely committed to providing security for your family, the distractions that seem so appealing to the average person will no longer trap you. Successful people are willing to trade the distractions of today for greater freedom tomorrow. Use this holiday to build your hustle muscle and make choices that will result in the life you want, not just a life filled with endless distractions that control the everyday person. Be great!

15 Responses

Rich Girl Business
Rich Girl Business

November 01, 2016

Very timely. Will be implementing a lot of these. Thanks again!!

Tim Zager
Tim Zager

November 01, 2016

Get obsessed! The most important lesson I learned from the 10X Rule.

John
John

November 01, 2016

Staying focused on task takes a proactive approach. Learn to avoid distraction, this is vital for you to reach the goals you’re going to attain. Keep in mind this is a choice you need to make over and over again until its ingrained in your subconscious.

Hey it’s holidays, but it’s not an excuse.

Nate Hollembaek
Nate Hollembaek

November 01, 2016

Excellent article Grant! I truly think that people find distractions to make excuses why they couldn’t work or get anything done. But then they wonder why they never become successful and start blaming everything but themselves.

Matthew Loop
Matthew Loop

November 01, 2016

Well said, GC!

Nuno
Nuno

November 01, 2016

I can’t figure not having yet a GC book. I believe i must make an effort to buy one of thouse good books that time proved me, by many videos and emails like this i keep my eyes on routinely, that have the right to be important must have. I don’t even take, as GC says, important to get rich, i just want to control even if i am going to be poor the reasons behind. Best Regards.

Ed Stabb
Ed Stabb

November 01, 2016

I needed this. I’m going to get in an obsessed. intense-like posture and work like a tasmanian devil in 15 minute segments and tell my friends and family to get factually and contractually out of my way!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

That’s absolutely right Nate!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

You got it John!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Great Ed!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Awesome, keep us posted on your progress.

Edwin Dearborn
Edwin Dearborn

November 01, 2016

Thanks Grant for always providing valuable and timely advice on how to succeed!

Clint
Clint

November 01, 2016

‘Create time don’t manage it’. I just went to weather.com and whenever I find myself doing that I know that I have too much time on my hands. Who cares what the weather is gonna be? I can’t control that anyways!

Clint Warber

Pawan
Pawan

November 01, 2016

Thanks..GC ( Great Cardone) ;)

Dennis Felice
Dennis Felice

November 01, 2016

I wish I would have read this article a little sooner going to wrap the last 8 1/2 days of December up with a strong finish!

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