Keeping yourself productive is one of the biggest challenges for the entrepreneur, especially if you’ve been used to working in a different environment previously. Being your own boss can easily end up being just like having an extremely lenient boss who lets you spend all day browsing cat videos on YouTube without getting dressed, until you get to the end of the month and realize you don’t get paid because you didn’t actually do anything.
Luckily, James Mielnik is here to help. James is the CEO of Get Altitude, a great organization originally founded by Eben Pagan to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. James is also an expert in productivity strategies. “There’s something called Parkinson’s Law, which says that you’ll always take as long as you have on any task,” James told me, “so that’s why I block my time off into 60-90 minute chunks and really focus on one task. It gives me a bounded time limit for each thing and gets them done much quicker.”“After those 90 minutes are up, take the next half hour off, totally away from work. I live by a lake, so I go for a walk, or go paddleboarding for a bit. We have so many distractions in our life today, and we try to focus on so many things at once that we’re always bouncing around like a pinball. So before you start working again, switch off your phone, close down any programs and apps you don’t need for work. You need to have a planned time for taking care of little distractions like this, making phone calls, checking emails; and then you can focus on the highest leverage opportunities first.”
Check out the rest of the podcast to hear James and me discuss:
- How to keep up your good habits while traveling.
- James’ own personal routines and habits that have helped him achieve massive success.
- And how James created value and worked his way up to the top of Get Altitude by ‘moving the freeline’ – a truly fascinating story.
If you like what you hear, come back next week when we’ll have another Hardcore Entrepreneur telling us their secrets. In the meantime, check out Get Altitude’s website for more information, and keep your eyes open for Eben Pagan’s online course called Wake Up Productive.