I haven’t blogged in what feels like forever mostly because I’ve been really busy lately and also because I just didn’t know what to say or discuss. I’m generally known as the guy who gets stuff done or the guy who’s juggling a million projects and launching new products and websites. People often wonder how I can get stuff done. I thought this might be a good topic to share my thoughts.
If I had to boil it down to one thing, it is sacrifice. I simply give up a lot of things other people don’t want to sacrifice.
For one thing, I don’t go out much. I don’t socialize much anymore other than with people who can help me get stuff done or other like minded people who inspire me. I don’t go out boating on weekends or watching movies or go out for drinks. I just don’t have the time if I want to get things done.
I don’t spend a lot of time on Twitter and other social networks. I know that sounds hard to believe since I seem to tweet a lot. If you look carefully I really just share a lot, but I hardly engage. That’s because the sharing part hardly takes any time on my part. It’s very streamlined almost to the point of automation. That way I still have my hand in Twitter but really I’m just busy getting things done.
I delegate and have a team. No man’s an island. Also, no man can do everything by himself. There are only 24 hours in a day. With about 5-6 hours of sleep, 8-10 hours for a day job, there’s really only about 8 hours left to do your own thing. Spending time with my family is important so I take some time to do that everyday and you really don’t have a lot of time left. If you spend that time watching TV, socializing, playing video games and generally chilling out, you just don’t have that much time to spend on projects if that’s what you want to get done. So my secret is that I find people who compliment me in terms of skillset and partner with them or just down right hire them.
So that’s the other secret. I pay people to help me. I know so many people who want to do projects and have ideas, but they have this aversion to paying people. But those same people seem to have trouble getting things done. It’s been my experience that people generally don’t like to work for free. These same people couldn’t conceive of doing work for free, so how can they expect other people to work for them for free. It just doesn’t make sense.
I do business lunches. If you’ve never read the book “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi, you owe it to yourself to do so if you want to get more done in life. I hardly eat alone. Most week days, I try to schedule lunches with people I do business with or people I want to do business with. I try to strengthen relationships through these lunches and learn more about them and what they need.
Like most people, I commute to and from work. I usually read my Kindle or jot down ideas. Some of my best ideas have been conceived during these commutes. So always have a notebook on you for those occasions.
That said, I don’t think I am the most productive person out there. The most productive people I think know how to really optimize what they do and only focus on the stuff that really makes them successful. Thus they don’t have to work as hard. I’m still trying to figure that out.
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