4 Tips For A More Productive You

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2012 is the year for you to gain control over your perceived obstacles and excuses!

Don't ever say you can't, because you can. You can always make it happen at the eleventh hour, just before the buzzer or when your back is against the wall. For most people, pressure is what pushes us through resistance, mental blocks and mediocrity. Although this is normal human behavior, it also means that you CAN do better. You CAN gain control over your time management, stress levels, perceived obstacles and excuses. 3 Ways To Avoid Unwanted Stress

Or as most people like to call them, "reasons."

You are capable because you make it happen when you have to. To do better on a day-to-day basis, it's simply a matter of learning how to make it happen when you want it to. Here are four tips for transforming yourself into a more productive person!

1. Create Pressure On Your Own

If you really want to do better, find someone who's willing to hold you accountable. This could be a colleague, a good friend, a family member or a life or business coach. The only requirement is that they are capable of understanding how important their role is in this setup. It can't be a "Maybe we should do it because it'll help" type mentality. They have to take their accountability role seriously.

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Once you've found the right person for the job, tell them what it is that you need and want to accomplish! Make sure to give them a deadline. Once you know the deadline, work backwards and set an accountability date. It's important to clearly state what you plan to accomplish.

For example, if you want to write a book, how many pages or chapters will be completed, and by when? If you want to lose weight, how many pounds will you lose by each check in? If you want to save money, how much will you have set aside each time that you talk? Your mini-goals should ensure that you'll reach your target by the final date.

If you don't meet the targets that you set, your accountability partner should help you determine what went wrong and where adjustments should be made to get you back on track. You don't have to do this alone!

Another great way to set pressure? Announce your deadlines and what you're doing to the world. Share it in an email to friends and family, spread the word on social media and shout it from the rooftops! Once you put that intention out there for others to see, it automatically creates pressure to come through.

2. Build In Systems, Structure and Motivation to Bypass Resistance

What gets you in the zone when you finally do get crackin'? What inspires you to do work when you otherwise wouldn't bother? What pumps you up and gets you excited about a project or challenge?

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All of these little things that you think nothing of, these are essential triggers to improving your productivity and focus so that you meet your personal and professional goals.

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