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  • You know what I love? Being productive.

  • Being productive isn't hard. It just takes a little thought.

  • So first off, if you don't have a Life Map for 2016, make that right now.

  • This is your big picture. It's your goals, and your dreams, and everything you hope to accomplish in the new year.

  • Next, you're going to break down each of those things into executable actions.

  • I do this with all of my big productions. It's where you list each step

  • that needs to be taken in order to accomplish your goal.

  • Now, taking these steps is not going to be that hard.

  • But focusing on taking these steps probably will be.

  • This is when you have to learn how to work smart instead of hard.

  • And distribute your energy and efforts to the tasks that are going to bring you the most reward.

  • For example, I used to riddle my To-Do List with meaningless tasks

  • like clean the cat litter, or do laundry. Simply because I was addicted to the feeling of accomplishment that I got

  • when I crossed it off.

  • Oh. That feels good.

  • (excited shudder)

  • Plus, even if I didn't do the most important things I had to do that day

  • I still felt good seeing that I did something.

  • But if you only write down imperative tasks--the ones that would create some real progress in your work you'll notice exactly how much you're getting done.

  • Or not.

  • Some people also find writing a To-Not-Do List helpful.

  • This helps remind them that they don't want to succumb to time-wasting tasks like refreshing social media or watching TV at least when it's not scheduled break time.

  • The best thing you can do for long-term productivity is to create a Daily Ritual

  • That way you're productive on auto-pilot.

  • Next, learn how to say no. This is something that I still personally struggle with.

  • You know, I want to do everything. I want to take every opportunityyou never know what's going to lead to what!

  • But remember the Life Map.

  • Keep your eye on the prize. If you say yes to a bunch of projects that don't give you great results

  • that's wasted time.

  • Stop multi-tasking!

  • Multi-tasking is just a fancy word for being bad at everything you're doing.

  • Don't neglect exercise and healthy eating.

  • That's your energy.

  • Kill distractions!

  • If you really need to write, I recommend going out of the house and turning off your Wifi.

  • And there are plenty of programs online that you can install that will block social media sites

  • for certain hours of the day.

  • Now this is all stuff we know, right?

  • Spend less time on the internet, get more donethis isn't new.

  • But sometimes it's good to hear.

  • It's good to have that reminder of all the things we know we should be doing.

  • I mean you probably clicked on this video because you wanted to sort of feel like you were kinda doing something.

  • Right?

  • Wrong!

  • So get off Youtube, and get to work.

  • Thank you for waiting.

  • And thank you to Audible for sponsoring today's episode.

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  • With over 180,000 titles to choose from

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  • I like listening to audiobooks when I'm commuting to the hospital or washing my lab coat at the end of the day.

  • Currently, I'm listening to "Getting Things Done" by David Allen

  • because I want to increase my productivity on diagnosing patients like yourself

  • while simultaneously juggling my ground breaking cancer research

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  • Just what the doctor ordered.

  • (chuckling)

You know what I love? Being productive.

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