5 Ways To Be More Organized And Increase Productivity

In today’s fast paced world, we often times have so many things to do that we don’t know where to start. This can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and if you’re not careful and ultimately lead to leaving many things until the last minute or even missing deadlines all together. Well it doesn’t have to be this way.

Following these 5 simple steps can help make you become more organized and maximize your productivity:

1)      Make a list:    Think about the tasks that need to be done for the day and write them down.  This list is important because you will be able to visually see what needs to be done and one by one cross them out as you go. This is more effective than leaving it to your memory and perhaps forgetting some important tasks along the way. Also, seeing tasks crossed out as you complete them can give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going. Some like to make their lists the night before in order to start right away as soon as they wake. Others prefer to make their lists on as soon as they start their day out of preference or because they won’t know what their tasks will be until the day of. Whichever one works best for you.

2)     Important tasks first:  Don’t waste time on smaller meaningless tasks at the start of your day as this can waste your most productive hours. It is no secret that most people start to decline in productivity as the workday progresses. Get the important stuff out of the way first!

3)     Give yourself a deadline:  This is often the reason why some people never follow through on their goals, because there’s no sense of urgency. How many times have you said to yourself “I didn’t get around to what I wanted to do, I guess I’ll do it tomorrow.” This is the definition of procrastination and we’ve all experienced it at one point or another. Set a timeline for each task. Put a time that you wish to complete the task next to each one to make sure you don’t have an opportunity to procrastinate. This method has worked for many people including yours truly.

4)     Hold yourself accountable: After you’ve made your list, assigned important tasks as priority, and given yourself a deadline now you’re ready to begin, right? Not so fast. In my experience accountability is often the key factor that most people underestimate or forget to include all together. Attach a consequence to not completing your tasks. For example, “if I do not complete task #1 I will have to cut a check of $100 to the organization I dislike the most.” Define who that organization will be and tell someone (friend or family member) that will make sure to follow through if you should fail. This can be the kick in the pants that some people need!

5)     Stay away from distractions: Let’s face it, it’s difficult sometimes to stay focused because the phone rings, or you check your emails, etc. If those two are not a part of your tasks, cut them out. A national survey conducted by fuser.com claims that 87% of U.S. internet users spend on average 7 hours a week checking email accounts or social networking accounts. Think about what you could do with that time?

I’m not saying to neglect your vices all together but a healthier alternative would be to finish a certain amount of tasks or all if you can and reward yourself with a limited amount of free time before continuing with your objectives.  Just remember to keep it to a minimum.

Have a fantastic Memorial day weekend, and I’ll talk to you again next week.

Sincerely,

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

www.fixtheknot.com

p.s. For more personalized information on how to establish an effective plan of action and achieving maximum results, you can contact me at gabriel@fixtheknot.com

Zero Fail Option

// Zero Fail Option

What if you couldn’t fail? What if failure wasn’t an option? What would you do?

The harsh truth is that some who venture to seek their dreams are often not well equipped with the right mind set from the start. This is why what I’m about to reveal is ultra important in your overall plans. Do not accept any other option besides success.

Victory is gained as part of focus, hard work, and dedication. Let’s take a closer look at these essentials.

Focus: “Keep your eyes on the prize”. Keep your focus on what is important to accomplishing your goals. It is very easy to let doubt and negativity seep in and even harder to keep it out once it’s in! There are often times in life when the so called “easy route” is within grasp and giving up seems logical. There’s nothing logical about accepting failure. It wasn’t apart of your original plans and there is no benefit in giving up.

Why give up?:  Maybe some friends, family, or outsiders question you or your plans and it’s easier to conform than to ignore. What’s even worse is when you start to agree with them.  Well the truth is that they may not share your same vision and therefore will not have the same faith that you have in your plans. Some of the most revolutionary people the world has ever seen ignored the critics. What would have happened if Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company) listened to his critics on selling a motorized carriage to the masses? What would have happened if President Obama listened to the criticsism of him trying to become the first African-American President in the history of the U.S.A.? See what I mean? I could go on and on and on, but I think you get the point. They kept on because they had a plan and they stuck to it, not listening to those who would try to derail those plans with negativity. Stay focused!

Hard Work: Make no mistake that most anything worth getting is worth paying for. Success is more often than not the result of long hours, days, and years of blood sweat and tears. The culmination of your hard work and determination is what determines the level of your success, and you have to be able to put in the time it takes to get to where you want to be. In any venture always consider the fact that you will have to work and work hard for it. Everything has a price, just ask those who’ve already attained success and see what price they paid for their success. What price are you willing to pay to achieve what you want?

Dedication: Dedication to what you want to accomplish is ultimately a key ingredient to your level of success. There will inevitably be ups and downs in any venture and you must be able to stay level headed and dedicated to making your vision a reality. Like the captain of a ship you must stay the course with absolute certainty that you will arrive at your destination. There will be distractions, people, events, etc. that will try to pull you away from your path. When those opportunities for straying arise ask yourself if what you’re doing is getting you closer or farther to what you want?

Now, given the formula above, what would you do if failure was not an option?

What “Zero Fail” plans would you make?

Have a great Monday…

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

Accept Responsibilty

Accepting responsibility for your current circumstances  is a step in the right direction if you’re looking to make progress in life. When you take charge and say to yourself, “I know that I am where I am in my life because of the choices I’ve made and no one else is responsible for where I go from here but me.” That is a very liberating statement because it gives you the power to change/alter/control your life.

The truth of the matter is that some people go through life blaming others for their misfortunes when in reality they have but one person to blame. Blaming others is the easy way out and will only lead to excuses as to why you can’t or won’t succeed.

Take charge and make today the day that you start accepting responsibility for yourself. No more excuses! Put yourself in total control, and take massive action toward your goals starting today.

Make it a great Monday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

P.S. For top notch coaching, motivation, and tips contact me directly at gabriel@fixtheknot.com

We are who we hang out with…

The old saying is “if you want to soar with the eagles, you can’t scratch with the turkeys”.  This is especially true if you have plans to amount to great successes in life. Hanging out with the wrong crowd can have its consequences and ultimately lead you on a direct path to nowhere. However, surrounding yourself with people that are or want to be successful is one of the major steps to success. By surrounding yourself with high achievers, you will have the positive influence needed to constantly challenge yourself when the inevitable “bumps in the road” start to roll in. It is no secret that success and positive energy are both contagious. So is negative energy and negative people. Negative people are similar to a contagious disease. Stay away! Instead surround yourself with positive influences and continue to challenge yourself day in and day out. That is a major step toward the success you seek.

Always remember that a negative thought has never produced a positive result and vice versa.

Have a great Wednesday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

P.S. For top notch coaching, motivation, and tips contact me directly at gabriel@fixtheknot.com

The Truth About Fear…

It’s only natural as human beings to experience fear but when you break it down to its core you will discover there is really nothing to fear.  F.E.A.R. has often been referred to as False Evidence Appearing Real. It’s what we condition our minds to believe that creates the very real fear we experience. When we experience fear our whole body changes from the inside out. Notice that the nerves start to rattle your stomach, and you may even start to sweat. Your mind starts racing and begins to experience something that probably hasn’t even happened yet but it sure does feel real. These are all emotions and reactions that started with a single thought. Fear. The best way to combat fear is to do the things you fear most and conquer them. I personally have had a fear of heights and of falling. So what did I do to face that fear you ask? Stood near the edge of the Grand Canyon’s West rim which is infamous for (among other things) not having any guard rails. There I was standing 4,000 + feet above sea level looking at the mighty Colorado river which looked more like a gentle stream at that height. Was it terrifying? Yes. But instead of focusing on that emotion, I instead, focused on what beauty I was surrounded by and decided what better place to meditate than at the top of the Grand Canyon! What happened as a result? Well every time that I feel that fear trying to creep back in my mind, I remind myself of the Grand Canyon and what I conquered that day. I also remind myself that the fear I felt wasn’t allowing me to enjoy the beauty that surrounded me. The truth is it was always False Evidence Appearing Real. There was never anything to fear but the perceived fear that I had implanted in my mind.

Make it a great Friday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

P.S. For top notch coaching, motivation, and tips contact me directly at gabriel@fixtheknot.com

“DREAM BIG, worry small”…

I’m borrowing the title of today’s email from something one of my mentors wrote on his twitter account recently. Tony Robbins said that his good friend Pat Riley wrote this as the tagline on his emails. Let’s analyze what this simple phrase can mean to you.

What exactly is dreaming big? In order to dream big you have to remove the doubts, fears, what ifs, etc. Instead focusing in on the finished product rather than how you’ll get there. This is how successful people have thought and realized dreams for a very long time now. Think about Walt Disney and his famous mouse. Here was a man that came up with a cartoon character that has captured the imagination of millions of people (especially children) accross the world. Where did it start? In his thoughts, dreams, note pad, etc. He had a vision of what he wanted to accomplish and he put that into action. He had a vision of a theme park that would become the standard for all theme parks and he turned that vision into a reality.

Worrying wasn’t apart of his plans. Worrying doesn’t put plans together. It breaks them apart. Eliminate the worrying for now. It has little/no benefit. Dream as big as you can and work as hard as you can to make it work. If you refuse to give up, you will eventually succeed. Count on it.

“Failure cannot cope with persistence” – Napoleon Hill

Make it a great Monday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

You’re so lucky…

It is easy to drift into a false sense of reality when we believe in luck. Luck is merely the result of a series of events, choices, or actions that landed you in the right place at the right time. Is there really such a thing as luck though? Are there lucky people or are there people that make themselves lucky by the actions they take? I believe in the latter. Sometimes it’s fun to say “that person is so lucky” but the reality is everything has a cause and effect. Just like every action creates a result. Whether good or bad there’s a result. If you continuously put yourself in a good position to succeed then where does luck fit in? It doesn’t. The same goes for bad luck. Unless there is some universal conspiracy against you, your results most likely reflect the actions and choices you’ve taken along the way.

The best part about luck is that no matter what happens, you can create “good luck” if you are willing to put in the time. Hard work, persistence, and a good attitude will bring you lots of “good luck”. You have always had the ability to create it, but it is sometimes easier to dissolve one’s responsibility and blame misfortunes on “bad luck” when in fact luck had little to do with the outcome.

Don’t wait for the universe to randomly select you. The odd’s do not favor you that way. Trust yourself, have faith, and constantly move forward through hard work. That’s a sure way to start creating “good luck”.

Make it a great Wednesday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

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How to Use Fight or Flight in Everyday Life

It’s pretty much common knowledge nowadays that fight or flight is our primal response to stress in life or death situations. We usually respond by either staying and fighting or going in the opposite direction (flight). This basic human response manifests itself when we are faced with life and death circumstances, but we experience a similar choice when we’re faced with less threatening situations in our daily lives. When we have an obstacle in the way of getting what we want out of life we also have the choice to stay and fight or choose not to deal with it and flee. When we are confronted with relationship struggles, family troubles, work/career troubles, etc. we also have the choice to stay and fight or flee. It’s just a matter of how important it is to you to stay and fight. If you keep this mindset in your daily life and in the choices you make, you will discover that the choices we make, pave the way for the life you will live in the future.

Where we are today is a product of the choices we made yesterday. Remember that, and you will recognize the impact of your choices the next time you’re confronted with an obstacle in your life.

Make it a great Monday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

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Being Proactive vs. Reactive

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

August 18, 2010

Are you the type of person who takes on the world as it comes to you, or are you the type of person that takes on the world before it comes to you? The difference in mindset can be huge. If you are the type of person that “reacts” to things, situations, etc. you’re approach is reactive. If you are the type of person that takes initiative to make things happen instead of reacting to them, you’re approach is proactive. Becoming aware of which category you fall under is something that can affect all aspects of your life. For example, if you’re the type of person that procrastinates consistently you can only hope to react to the consequences that will follow if you insist on procrastinating. However, if you become proactive you will instead prevent procrastination, and feel the benefits of being in full control of your life and where it goes from here. In other words the responsibility will be yours and yours only. If you observe any successful person, you will see that their character is more proactive than reactive. Am I making this clear?

In today’s uncertain  times and with the global economy the way it is, would it help you to just react to it or would It be more beneficial to you if you were to instead ask yourself what can you do to help your situation?  Proactive vs. Reactive.

This small change in behavior will impact your life in a more positive way than you might think. Always remember that no matter how bad things get in your life, no matter what anyone says, you will always have the power to turn things around. It’s up to you to believe in the power you have to change things.

Work hard, exhaust your resources, never give up, and stay proactive. The results will speak for themselves.

Make it a great Wednesday.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

P.S. If you have an area in your life which could use some improvement, contact me today and we’ll work together to get you to where you want to be!

Laughter Is The Best Medicine…

Post by: Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

August 20, 2010

According to a recent article from the Mayo Clinic, the data is mounting on the benefits of laughter. We all know that laughing can take the stress of your mind and “lighten the load” so to speak but there are also physiological benefits too. According to this study, laughing increases oxygen intake in your heart, lungs, and muscles while at the same time increasing endorphin levels in your brain.  That’s not all though. It also relieves pain in the body because laughing forces  your body produce natural painkillers that will aid in the relief of aches and pains. In some cases laughter has even helped cancer patients get rid of cancer for good!

So next time you’re feeling a little down or are experiencing some aches and pains try watching a funny movie, or whatever makes you laugh and watch your stress go out the window. Your body will appreciate it!

“Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life”   -Unknown Author

Make it a great weekend.

Gabriel Lorie

Certified Performance Coach

gabriel@fixtheknot.com

www.fixtheknot.com

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