7 Productivity Hacks You Could Be Using Right Now

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Wait, is this your relationship with productivity?

Admit it, you envy productive people. You keep telling yourself that you could be more productive if only you use your time better and smarter. You read books and blogs and listen to podcasts on productivity hacks. You know the drill by heart: Set goals, use a timer for uninterrupted focus, avoid distractions, focus on one task at a time, and just hustle after what you want. But when it’s late morning already, and you have not accomplished any of your to-do items even though you got up early and hustled to work.

You wonder to yourself when you will figure this productivity ‘thing’ out.

Here’s the problem: Your relationship with productivity is a forceful one.

You want to force productivity into your day, rather than, shall we say, integrate it? Forcing habits, routines, and ideas into ourselves fails every single time.

Why is this so hard to see this?

Because the failure is not immediate, it happens gradually. See, at first, when you force yourself to use a timer to complete a task, you will be successful at it. But it doesn’t “stick” and sooner or later, your older, stronger, and more established habits will swing you back to your natural rhythm. And you are back to wondering why productivity is so elusive, so out of reach for you.

Well, it isn’t. You can achieve it but first, improve our relationship with productivity.

Stop forcing productivity. Start integrating it instead.

Instead of forcing productivity into your life, choose to integrate it.

First, you need to understand the pieces of the puzzle that create a completely productive system for you.

I repeat the important keywords: For You!

Then integrate these pieces as small building blocks into your lifestyle, your habits, and your natural rhythms. In order to know what these building blocks are, you have to understand what is getting in the way of your productivity and what is enabling your productivity? Do you know that already?

Because sometimes, there are no outside forces, no deadlines and no pressures from others to get anything done. You need to drive yourself to results. You need to motivate yourself to be productive. And you need to do this every day, sometimes, multiple times a day, and it feels like a massive effort.

How do you make productivity flow into your days?

How do you make it your standard mode of operation, not something you need to strive for?

7 Productivity hacks you could be using right now

Yes, tools and apps and technology can make us more efficient, and sometimes enable lots of productivity too. We are not going into that here. We are taking the indirect approach to productivity. The only thing you need to put these productivity hacks to work is your decision to take them seriously.

If you have doubts that it won’t work, make a deal with yourself. Commit to doing them for only a week. If you are not massively productive at the end of that week, come back here and let me know. We’ll find you a new solution!

Now, the seven productivity hacks you could be doing now:

1. Empty the mind, focus the mind.

Professional sports athletes and dancers pump themselves up before a performance by visualization and meditation and affirmations and more techniques. In essence, they empty the mind clutter, they quiet the mind chatter, they put everything aside so they can focus singularly on the task at hand. First, you empty your mind, then you focus it. Do this by simply saying it out loud.

For instance, before writing your daily 1000 or 5000 words a day, you say: “I empty my mind of all chatter. I focus my mind on writing 5000 words now.” Repeat this mantra. Believe it. Get on board with it. Focus on it. Then and only then start your work.

2. Tackle the ugly monkey first. Then a big reward.

You’ve heard it but are you doing it? Eat the frog first thing in the morning. Attack the ugliest task first. One thing I’d add to that: put the ugly task or the frog on the calendar and treat it like a meeting. You can only do this if you’ve already done #1: Empty the mind, focus the mind.

And one more thing, give yourself a reward. Seriously, reward yourself like you would a child or a dog. Your own sense of accomplishment is a great reward but why not throw something else in the mix? I love and dread making my career videos. They take massive efforts of preparation, focus, creativity, attention, energy, and presence to create. I am at best exhausted for the rest of the day after doing just two.

But, but but BUT, I also feel the greatest sense of completion and accomplishment when I am done. Then comes reward time. I give myself downtime, movie time, or yoga time.

3. Exercise the body 30 minutes a day. Minimum.

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Look, I am not saying you can’t be productive without exercise. I am saying don’t be!

Your body’s health and happiness is directly related to your productivity and throughput.

When you are sick, you are not doing so hot on the productivity scale. To avoid using sick time, stick to any exercise routine that works for you but do 30 minutes minimum per day. Every Single Day!

Exercise is one of those productivity hacks that doesn’t make sense at first because it feels like you are taking time out from work but in fact, you are getting time back: with more energy, more focus, better health and higher creativity.

If you are not doing this, you are sabotaging your every chance at massive productivity and subsequently, massive success. Exercise clears the mind. Exercise rejuvenates the body. Exercise helps with digestion and perspiration is a natural purifier and detoxifier. Exercise combats countless health problems. Exercise builds your confidence. Exercise heals and strengthens the body. Exercise controls your weight. Exercise improves your mood and kicks in your creativity. Exercise gives you time to connect with your body and your mind.

The result: A more productive you!

4. Do nothing first, then do everything: Meditation.

If you are too busy to meditate 20 minutes a day, a zen master once said, then meditate for an hour. Meditation, like exercise, gives you time back and the quality of the time that you get back from meditating as little as 10 minutes a day is much higher than if you were to skip this. See, you don’t need hours and hours of time to be massively productive.

You need only to increase your level and quality of productivity during the time that you have. Meditation is an excellent tool to help you achieve this.

These guided meditation tracks have been my go-to source of meditation for several years now, and I can’t recommend them enough. Do it for the sake of productivity and you may just fall in love with meditation in the process.

5. Streamline the process: Stick to one single tool.

You don’t need more tools and apps and processes to be more productive. It’s not a linear process. You need to eliminate and in fact, I suggest sticking to a single method.

If you are following Getting Things Done by David Allen, then stick to just that system. If you are trying a new app, then use only that app.

If you are following the Pomodoro Technique, then stick to that.

Use one single system or app or tool for a period of 2 weeks, measure results, then move on to another if you are not happy or continue using that system if it works.

6. Watch what you put in your mouth: Eat a high-energy inducing diet.

Your diet couldn’t be more instrumental to your productivity. If you live on caffeine, sodas, junk foods and fast foods, you are willingly handing over hours of power productivity over to your body so it can digest and deal with the “food”.

Think how productive you feel after a heavy lunch or after a day or two of eating poorly? Think how much effort it takes to just focus when you are tired and dizzy from a hangover? Note: I’ve never had one but I’ve observed a few who did! Not pretty!

Now compare this to how productive you feel after a healthy meal, a green juice or a raw salad? If you’ve never had a green juice, grab The Healthy Juicer’s Bible and add juicing to your life, if only for the increased energy. Change your diet if you want to super charge your productivity. Simple as that.

7. Get the rest your body needs: More Sleep, not less!

Are you obsessed with getting less sleep so you can secretly brag about it? The person who sleeps 4 hours a night is not a hero. Sleep loss can lead to serious health issues, loss of focus, and according to WebMd, it dumbs you down! Ouch!

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve tried every hack to sleep less over the years, and now that I am getting enough sleep, my productivity has doubled! Doubled!! I love my waking hours just like you, and yes, I do wish that we needed less sleep so we could participate longer hours in life, but that’s not up to us to change, and if you force yourself to sleep less, it catches up sooner or later.

Commit to getting enough sleep and be proud of it. And trust the rested happy body to give back with focus and productivity.

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10 productivity blogs you should be reading.

Here’s 10 great productivity blogs with a link to one of their best articles. Read and grow your own productivity:

  1. Getting Things Done
  2. A Year of Productivity
  3. Productivityist
  4. Productivity501
  5. Dumb Little Man
  6. Change Your Thoughts
  7. Smarter Strategies
  8. Steve Pavlina
  9. Lifehack.org
  10. Prolific Living

Ready to go from procrastination to productivity?

These hacks are the path to your long-term sustainable productivity. You can break the cycles of procrastination, rewire your brain, release old patterns and lay the groundwork for a new cycle: more productivity. Now if you can’t remember all the details, just know the single secret to your long term productivity.

Everything else is secondary and pales in comparison. This one is the one non-negotiable in your list. This is the one thing you cannot afford to sacrifice when things get too busy and when you are too tired and too preoccupied.

This is the only thing you will definitely regret if you overlook it long enough. If I must say it in a Shakespearean tongue, then I will:

If thou wishes to be a productive human being, thou canst neglect thy health! ~ Prolific Living

Why do it alone? Stop being a hero. Work with an expert.

If you have done all of these productivity hacks, and you are still having trouble integrating productivity into your life, stop losing more time, and start working with a productivity expert or coach to build a system that works for you. I had only 6 weeks to write, edit, layout and turn in a 40,000 word manuscript to my publishers for my first book.

Even though my specific project – in this case, turning in a book to publishers – may be unique, I followed a productivity and results-oriented system that can be replicated and applied to other projects, and I gladly share this and other productivity tools that have served me well with my clients. Interested in super charging your own productivity? Apply to my coaching program here.

Don’t leave yet! Share your single best productivity secret in the comments below.

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  • http://www.thedynamiclife.com Joe

    This is fantastic, Farnoosh! Health and wellness are such underrated parts of our lives when it comes to truly reaching our potential, having energy, and spreading energy. I love the notion that exercise doesn’t take time, it makes time. It’s so true. I too have fallen victim to busy weeks when I tell myself I just don’t have the time to make for exercise or training. What happens? My energy levels aren’t the same, I feel sluggish, I don’t have as much confidence, etc. I’ve realized that doesn’t work at all, and now I’d much rather sacrifice 30 minutes of anything else just to get a quick workout in.

    Thanks for the great reminder on the inter-connectivity of physical and mental wellness!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Joe, thank you so much. Brilliant mindset, and you know exactly what I am talking about – of course, it’s because you have already done with skipping your exercise and realize it is just not worth it. The results of a life with exercise and focus on health are just astounding. We cannot afford to give it up. Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://ensojourney.com/ Alejandro Reyes

    I totally agree with you on this one!

    I can remember last year, when I started to exercise, at first it was really tough. I would be very unhappy when I couldn’t finish my routine. But then I noticed something. My whole life started to change, I could design or code for longer periods of time without feeling overwhelmed.

    When I added a healthy diet and better sleep times, I truly noticed a leap forward. Now I just keep devoting time to care for my body, my mind and my soul. And the world keeps opening up.

    This post works like a great reminder that I’m doing the right thing, for instance it led me to meeting you, and I have a lot to learn from you.

    Thanks for this great post Farnoosh. You rock! :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear Alejandro, I love the slow progression of how you started to notice the beautiful effects of exercise in your life. And BRAVO for devoting care to your body, mind and soul. “The world keeps opening up.” < Love this phrase. Thanks so much for a fantastic story here!

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I’m happy I was the winner at the twitter party! Thanks for your generosity. I had a blast.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Tess, I sent them over to you – did you start to do the routines yet? You are talking about the 10 Minute Invigorator, right? So glad you had fun. Thanks for being there!

  • http://www.BetterBloggingWays.com/ Shamelle@BetterBloggingWays

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I haven’t done any “case study” but I know for a fact that on days that go swimming, I feel more refreshed, energetic and productive.
    Despite knowing the benefit, I am sometimes a bit lazy (if I say so myself!) to started on exercise. I am trying to make it a priority.
    Good thought proving post Farnoosh

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    It’s not much but in my small way, I say thank to you this thanksgiving week. If you have time, checkout my latest post.

    cheers
    Shamelle

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Shamelle, that’s your case study, dear! You don’t need to be in a lab suit and have a notepad to take notes. You know that you feel better after exercise. And we all get lazy, but as long as you keep getting back into it and not give up, you are going to be fine! You are very very welcome and I’ll read your post right now.

  • http://www.freelancewritingblog.com Ruth – The Freelance Writing Blog

    Needless to say, I completely agree with this point of view. People often ask me how I find the time to devote to a 2-hour daily yoga practice. But the truth is, if I didn’t do my yoga practice, I would be so much LESS productive. It is the most grounding, motivating, invigorating thing that I do. It is indeed a big time commitment, and I’ve had to adjust my life accordingly, but the payoff is ten fold!

    Everyone should heed your advice Farnoosh! It’s spot on, in my opinion.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Ruth, hi, hi! Your 2-hour Ashtanga practice blows me away but you are probably tired of hearing that. How do you do it on days when you might have an injury – heavens forbid but it happens to the best bodies – or when you might have pains and aches, and I know in yoga, we get better with the practice and we heal as we do it but still. I am amazed. My hard-core routine is over for now and I am getting ready to leave. I plan to walk a lot in Australia, and do yoga in the room much as possible! One day, an Ashtanga studio will open near my house, right? ;))!! I am VERY proud of you – you are my role model in practice! THANK YOU for stopping by.

      • http://www.freelancewritingblog.com Ruth – The Freelance Writing Blog

        Ah, injury, I know it well.

        I was practicing well into 3rd series, about a year ago. Slowly, over time, I developed a very, very serious and debilitating back injury. I had days when I couldn’t walk. Needless to say, the impact on my daily (and beloved) yoga practice was dramatic – even sun salutations caused spasm. But (with support from my teacher), I persisted and came to my mat every single day.

        At first, I did just a very modified surya namaskar A…then B…then slowly I added the standing postures. Then seated from Primary.

        It’s been 9 months since the injury materialized, and I’m almost back to my full practice. I’ve learned so much through the experience. I’ve learned to persist in the face of pain and challenge. I’ve learned how to observe my feelings without investing in them. I’ve learned the value of a daily, meditative yoga practice – no matter what it looks like. I’ve learned more from my injury than I could have possibly anticipated. Not surprising though, since I believe that setbacks and challenges present the greatest opportunity for growth and learning (did you read my post about my 14 year old daughter, who has Down syndrome?).

        Of course, you know these things Farnoosh – you write about this point of view all the time. It’s so helpful for me to find validation in your posts!

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Ruth, I know too well about injuries but I am just amazed – simply amazed – by you! I am going to make an effort in 2012 to recommit to my yoga journey and no, I haven’t read about your daughter. I’d like very much to know more. I am sure she is an amazing inspiration!!
          It’s great to have you here; I am so glad we found each other. Namaste for now, dear Ruth, and here’s to your complete healing and to coming out stronger on the other side :)!

  • John Sherry

    I’m with you Farnoosh but I would say it’s a double edged sword – yes, increase productivity but also beware unproductivity which slips into our mind via subtle thoughts such as, ‘I’ll take a break and take time to review everything’, or ‘I don’t want to push ahead in case I make a mistake, I’ll stick with what I’ve got for now’. Productivity see growth and self-actualisation, unproductivity sees ennui and self-defeat. Keep them both where you can see them and attend to them in equal measure.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear John, thank you for always adding an angle that I did not talk about and one that only you can articulate so well. Beware of ennui and self-defeat, for certain. Pushing through with relentless productivity takes something of a super power but it is possible in each of us. Thank you, John!

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com J.D. Meier

    It does start with your body. If there’s no juice, it’s tough to want to change the world.

    > It gives birth to a cycle and so long as I can keep up the momentum
    What a great way to describe the cycle.

    I’ve actually traded productivity for meaningful results. While I’m highly productive, I always make sure it plugs into a story, whether it’s a little story for the day, a bigger story for the week, a bigger one for the month, or a much bigger one for the year. I think we are all authors and we get to write our story forward.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi J.D., how are you? Thank you for giving another thumbs up to the body care. Hmm. I never thought of it that way – productivity has to make sense in the big grand scheme of things, is that what you mean?
      I do love the closing phrase though :) It’s perfect!

  • http://patrickspaycheck.blogspot.com Patrick

    Great stuff as always Farnoosh, I really identify with the points about exercise and letting habits slip. Establishing a routine can be so hard especially when your body is adapting to the new demands of exercise, but the rewards are immense; I have had only one day off sick at work this year and that was due to a knee strain, rather than illness.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Patrick, thank you – and oh yes, it’s not easy. So so hard! But the rewards, like you said, are nothing short of immense. You must take some serious care of yourself, and here’s hoping you keep it up seriously well in 2012. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • http://nochnoch.com noch

    thats exactly what my career coach said to me, forget everything else, career, priorities, etc, get your sleep and physical health back in shape first!!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear noch, hello again! Smart career coach, listen to him/her and come back anytime. And always stay healthy and vibrant :)!

  • http://theway2fullconsciousness.wordpress.com/ Veehcirra

    This explains why I feel so refreshed when I wake up around 4.30am compared to 9am especially on Sundays. I always feel so full of energy when I wake up early, don’t really know how to explain it. I find your blog so inspiring and Farnoosh following up from your vegan post, I have re evaluated my health habits :) and am proud to report I have seriously started stretching, yoga via my DVD and walking, the gym is a nightmare though. Thank you!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Veehcirra, how funny – 4:30am is my regular wake-up when I go to my studio except this week where my pass ran out and I am getting ready for a trip so I am sleeping in and wondering WHY :)! I will be back into it. I go through phases, and yes, that’s exactly why you feel better when you get up so much earlier. Keep up your new and smart habits, I am very proud of you and thanks for sharing!

  • http://lifeskillstoday.biz Stephen Budd

    There is never a bad time to recommit to better health. I agree with this article. I also wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Never a bad time at all, Stephen. Thank you so much for the wishes and I wish you the very same happy Thanksgiving wishes in return.

  • http://zestnzen.wordpress.com Anne Egros

    Hello Farnoosh,
    Indeed that is great piece of advice.
    I found I stick better to my routine when I have fun or meet people.
    I love Zumba but it is hard to socialize at the gym, nobody has time. I do as much as I can 2 to 3 times/week. I love also walking outdoor and hiking with a group of people to have real conversations as I work from home on my PC most of the time. When I need superpower to go back to healthy weight and energy after over-indulging on sweets during the Holiday season, I do some cardio and strengths classes to pump my muscles and morale up.
    Happy Thanksgiving !
    Anne

    I need about 1/3 of the time to finish tasks on my “to do list” when I exercise at least one hour three times a week. I work from home on my computer so I am craving for getting out as mucha as I can.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear Anne, thanks for your thoughts here and also on Google+.
      Oh I tried Zumba once, and you are right indeed – you must make it fun! And it seems you really know your body and your system so you are doing what works for you – that’s real power, baby!
      And thank you for the vote of confidence on the powers f exercise. Lovely to have you here, Anne, come back anytime!!

  • http://www.myrelationshipsupermarket.com Anne Lyken-Garner

    I definitely agree with you, especially about exercise. It’s great for creative people like us who’re writers. It’s really good for opening up the mind to new ideas. Another thing, as we have sitting jobs, exercise is really important to us if we want to stay healthy.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear Anne, thanks so much for your insights here. Oh we can’t exercise enough it seems, especially as writers, so true. I was committed to an exercise routine and so I was either there or lost money that I had invested in the program and it takes a serious amount of discipline, indeed! Glad to hear you are committed to your health as well!

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  • Negar

    It seems fitting that I am behind on the blog, as it seems that every post touches me exactly when I most need it! I needed this post this week, precisely. So funny it took me until March to read it :).

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      That’s ok, you get to things when you do and that’s a good thing because they are here to stay, Negar joon. Welcome to the November blog posts and I hope that the effect lasts on you a long time :)!

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  • Rich

    The Shakenooshian quote needs a little wordsmithing. My iambic pentameter needs more wordsmithing, but this should work better:

    Wishest thou production, rising,
    Up, and up, thy yield, to greatness,
    Draft beast, dull tool, human be-ing?
    Strength, yea, health, gives faithful service.

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi @richwheeler:disqus I had not heard this quote but I love it all the same. Thanks for sharing!!!

      • Rich

        The quote was from the article, “If thou wishes[t] to be a productive human being, thou canst [not] neglect thy health! ~ Prolific Living.” You had not heard my quote (“Wishest thou production rising…?”) before because I just wrote it.

        It seemed an appropriate use of time because I have neglected my health for the past few years. It also demonstrates that, to be more productive, I need to spend more time away from the computer.

        • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          That quote in your last comment is MY quote, @richwheeler:disqus I made it up :) And I’m glad you came up with yours too! Hey, you need to also do something else besides getting away from the computer. Check out my 10 Minute Invigorator and watch first video free: Program: https://www.udemy.com/10minutes/?couponCode=10minutes

  • Lisa Burbank

    Hi, Farnoosh,
    I do a lot of these things already: hatha yoga daily (or almost; I am human; I get lazy some days…and definitely feel the difference: tired, sluggish, etc.). My diet could use a little overhaul from time to time as I am a French fry fanatic (although I bake them in the oven instead of deep-frying…). And I am working on getting better sleep. I used to do the Supergirl thing of only getting 4 hours’ worth per night and have some health issues now as a result. The one thing I would like to incorporate is the meditation. My problem is that every time I meditate, I fall asleep. LOL! Any suggestions? I am afraid to meditate in the morning before work because I’m afraid I will make myself late to work by nodding off. Does anyone else have this reaction to meditation? What do they do? I would love some words of advice. Thank you in advance!

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      @lisaburbank:disqus How nice to see you. Yoga daily yes! I am very proud of you!!! And yes some days (like today) I just don’t feel like it. So to meditation, yes it’s dangerous to do it upon waking up but what about before bed? I love to incorporate it before going to sleep. However, the idea is to relax but NOT to fall asleep during meditation in order to get the full benefits. Have you tried my favorite tracks? These work like a gem for me – esp. Angela’s voice: http://www.prolificliving.com/innerpeace

  • Katie Milton

    Great tips as always! I loved the reminder about getting active for 30 minutes each and every day. This is a tough one for me even though I understand it’s benefit. Reading your post helped me feel more motivated to renew my commitment to myself. Thank you!

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi @katie_milton:disqus Yes, make exercise a habit like brushing teeth, and just put it on the calendar. It’s not the benefit – forget that – it MAKES YOU FEEL so AWESOME! You’re doing it to feel better because you deserve to feel (and look) your best. Don’t you, my dear? :) Glad you enjoyed it and please share the post and the message.

  • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

    Oh I see. Then you have to switch it up yet again. Do you have flexibility to do it in the middle of the day in a quiet space? I think you should get the program, He has a refund policy but you won’t return it. I love mine years later. Enjoy meditating with Reawakening @lisaburbank:disqus!

  • Bill Murphy

    Farnoosh
    – You and I have re-connected recently which I have really enjoyed. You are a
    bright light! It may interest your readers reading my perspective since I currently
    own and have created businesses that employ over 20 people and generate
    millions of revenue. I say this just so that there is a bit of a context from
    which my comments are based on for your readers. I love your writing on
    exercise, meditation, and sleep….they are all right on the mark. I am only
    going to comment for now to the exercise part though. The interesting thing
    about exercise that I have been personally experimenting with over the years and
    been researching is that usually there is an 80/20 rule to one’s to-do list
    each day. If I have 5 things I want to do in a day….really only one of those
    items is a game changer item. I find that this item is usually tougher to do
    and creates anxiety and stress in my brain. Also, usually this 20% item is
    highly creative and entrepreneurial and really has to be done by the owner/creator/entrepreneur..
    The other items, to a lesser extent, might be able to be delegated or as I mentioned
    are not going to move the dial for me and my businesses.
    As a species we are only 12 generations (250 years) into a way of life that overall is not very physical as compared to our age as a species 200k+ years. Sitting at a computer for a lot of the Western World is counter-evolutionary. With exercise I know that I am getting my entire body really involved beyond a computer screen. Scientists are continuing to learn that there are certain chemicals in the heart that are able to penetrate the brain barrier which lessen stress and anxiety caused by entrepreneurship,building businesses, or working in high expectation business situations. These are newer discoveries and have a much more profound impact than the normal ‘runners high’ endorphins that most people are already aware of. There is a simple formula to use for your heart rate for exercise. 220 – (your age) times 70-80%.

    Buy a cheap heart rate monitor and get your body into this zone for a couple of
    minutes a few times a week during your workouts. This is a great compliment to meditation and yoga practices as well. I love getting the heart involved since we are all trying to create and add value with our businesses. The more we create from the
    heart and not from the ‘head’ the more our customers will benefit :)

    Books to read:
    “Spark
    – The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain” Ratey MD
    “The Story of the Human Body” Evolution, Health, and Disease” Dan Lieberman

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      @disqus_I0YSNHHFBB:disqus Thank you so so SO much for sharing your success tips and for giving exercise and movement and breathing and invigorating activities a shout-out because I can’t agree with you more. You are right about everything and it makes it that much harder to break away from these habits that society has imposed upon us so it takes that conscious decision and action to get out there and move and breathe and exercise. Thank you so much, Bill and continued success to you in your life and businesses. :)

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  • http://becomingsuperfluid.com Alison

    Great great post, thank you! No. 1 is especially important for me as I have a very busy and active mind. My mind declutter technique is to do a “mind dump”, where I write a list of all my “to dos” and worries on a piece of paper before I start my morning writing session. Once they are down on paper I find I a clearer mind. You don’t realize how much you are trying to remember until you free up that space! Then I do a centering exercises, focusing on breathing and my intention for the session. Thanks for a great blog.

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi @disqus_j5yiAd0pli:disqus Great that you know what’s important to you and did you know that writing is a therapy in itself for clearing the mind? Check out 750words.com or Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages. Welcome here :)

      • http://becomingsuperfluid.com Alison

        Great to have found you! Finding your work so helpful. I love Julia Cameron’s morning pages so thanks for that link. I did those for years. Then I came across Eric Maisel’s work (psychologist and creativity coach) and he suggested that it may be more useful for people who tend to get overwhelmed, distracted or procrastinate to do their writing work first and then the pages. He has seen many people who have journals and journals full of morning pages but no completed articles or books! That was exactly true for me, so I decided to change tact and have now have published in academic journals and on my way to completing my doctorate.

        • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

          I have got to check that out. I started to use the morning pages for the writing purposes. Blog post ideas, newsletter, video scripts, book chapters… so it was all over the place but it wasn’t just the stream of consciousness either. However I too abandoned it. I’ve got the throughput in terms of writing so not worried about that – what I LOVED from morning pages, @disqus_j5yiAd0pli:disqus, was the peace of mind and stopping the thoughts on paper. I think it was my therapy. I’ve got to start them again. And congrats on the accomplishments :)! Oh and do share this post with your friends since you found it so helpful….

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