Busting the Procrastination Myth (Live Video)
The Productivity Show #1: Procrastination and Productivity
In this show, discover one big tip that causes us to procrastinate and how many others overcome it and why you should bin the To do List.
The Raw Un-edited Transcript
Hello and good evening to the productivity show. My name is Chris Hallett. I need his evening here in the United Kingdom and I believe it's early afternoon if you're watching this from the USA and a very warm welcome to this first show. We're broadcasting live and I'm currently in Wolverhampton, which is in the middle of England, about 130 miles north of London. Um, cause I know a lot of people will be watching from different parts of the world and maybe not sure quite where we are. So if you've joined the group it'd be great if you could just introduce yourself. I know a lot of the people already and I know some of you know each other, so it'd be great just to share a little bit about each other, about what, um, what you do, where you are and what you're expecting to get out of this group so that I can best serve you and help you.
00:54 And of course the other members of the group will also contribute and chip in and provide you with their wisdom and advice. Now. I appreciate it's always a little bit challenging joining one of these groups because you never quite know what you're going to get. And that was brought home to me last week. I'm currently working with one of our large utility companies and I did a session around mindfulness because as well as helping businesses streamline their operations and deliver projects and products most successfully. One of the other things that I do is help people get this thing in order to their mindset. I am also a qualified and registered certified hypnotherapist. So I ran a session around mindfulness and in the Qa and feedback at the end. Hi Nikki and glad you could join us. Very welcome. A warm welcome to you in that mindfulness session.
01:54 The first of all, I wasn't sure what I was going to talk about cause it's, it's such a massive area. Um, and in the Q and a at the end of it, um, when I asked the people it wasn't what they expected and did they get things out of it? They should. Well, yes I did, but I didn't quite know what I was going to, to expect to get out of it because as I say, it's such a vast, vast area. So I've got lots of things to share with you, lots of content for you based on my experience, some of the things I've studied, some of the things I've learned from other people and, and real practical experiences for working with large corporate businesses. Um, and now bringing all of that too, too much smaller businesses to help you become more efficient, more productive and get over this thing called procrastination because you know, it's affected me at some point.
02:46 It affects everybody. So let's have a look at how we can just banish it once and for all. Um, one of the things that has always helped me have certainly helped me in the last six is looking at the value that we deliver to our clients and customers. And it doesn't matter if it's an internal customer within a business or an external customer, it's, it's looking around what the value is that we can provide to those people. Now the topic of this week is, is productivity and procrastination because they seem to be, they seem to go hand in hand with each other. And at the end of the day, we all want to be more and more productive and more efficient in our work so that it frees up our time so that we can do other things. Now, one of the questions that people always ask me is how do I get so much done?
03:43 Because those of you that know me well know that in the course of a week as well as working full time our business and also developing other content or the products. Um, I really musical theater group, I do two dance classes, I studied Italian. Um, we go to the theater, we go dancing. And very soon in about a month's time, we'll actually start on medieval reenactments season. And so one of the questions that people always ask me is how do I fit all of that in? Because the one thing that we all have in common, and it's a finite resource, is this thing good old time. We all have 24 hours in a day. So the big challenge is how do we use that time to deliver what we have to deliver to our customers, to our clients in the most efficient way. So before we get into that, let's look at this thing called procrastination.
04:46 Now, one of the big problems, one of the biggest causes of procrastination is that we attempt to bite off too much. So most people run a to do list. Now, that's one thing that I don't do a few years ago, I dispense with this notion of having a to do list because one of the things that I know people do is they put big blocks of work on their to do list. Yeah. They might say, well, launch a new website. Let's deliver and create a new information product. Let's create a new piece of software and that sits on their to do list. Now, many, many years ago, my, my daughter, when she was little, she's now 28 years old when she was little before I really understood and studied about how this thing worked. What we're used to do was put small portions of food on a plate and cut it up into small pieces. So what she saw was a plate with a small portion of food and things that she could easily pick up and eat.
05:59 And when I go to restaurants and I see families there with small children with plates piled high with 30 fills me with dread because those poor children are looking at that and probably thinking how on earth do I start on this? And the same is probably true when you've got this great big piece of work sat on your to do list and you're thinking, how can I, how on earth do I start this? Which angle do I come at it from? Which bit should I tackle first? So it's in all of our interests to break that work down into much smaller pieces. Now I'm currently working as a site with the utility company and we are transforming the way we deliver software projects. And what we're doing there is actually breaking that software into small components that we can deliver quickly and easily and efficiently to the end customer. So instead of doing a whole bunch of design work and development and then releasing something, we're actually developing software quickly to deliver to the customer so that they get value out of it.
07:20 Now, many people have seen the to do list as a, as a savior and it's a means of documenting and pulling everything together that you have to do. But the downside is that some people take it, and I've been guilty of this and they use it as a means of creating extra activity to make themselves look busy. And when I speak to people and say, I don't have a to do list, they said, well, how'd you keep track of all the tasks? Well, some paper and use post it notes. Some people use the physical journal, some people use things like Evernote or one air. There's all sorts of tools that people use, but what I actually use is one single book and I'm going to talk a lot more about how that book works in a future episode of the show. Because what I really want you to do from today is if you are running the to do list, go away and look at the things you've got on it and see if you can break them down into much smaller components.
08:25 So for example, if you're launching a new online product, so to say an information product is that then breaks down into a number of components. So I'd imagine there's going to be some presentation slides, there's going to be an opt in page, you might want to auto responders, you probably want a sales page and the actual course content itself. So what you need to think about is what is the, what is the initial project, the initial product that you can launch to your customers to make this viable? It might be just a simple opt in page. And few years ago when I discovered this technique, I actually launched an online information product with Webinar slides and a simple opt in page and a payment page. And that was it. The content was built at it afterwards. But I looked at what I could deliver quickly and easily to the customers to make this viable one for them to get some value out of out of it, but also to enable me to launch this product quickly.
09:40 Now, one thing that I'm putting together at the moment is a resource guide, which is called 21 procrastination book busting tips. That's going to be available in the next two weeks. So if you want to have a copy of it, I don't even have the optin page at the moment. Um, but drop your name in the comment section below and I'll make sure that you get a copy of it. Now one of the questions I've been asked, uh, by, uh, a gentleman who many of you will already know Jeff Herring, his question to me was, how'd you stay consistent in beating procrastination and being productive? And it all comes back to this focusing on the value of the product or the item that you're working on to deliver your customers. Now I actually go through quite a long process of looking at where I want to be, setting goals.
10:43 Um, this is not a five minute tasks. This is quite a long task that takes me a number of days, but it's one that I'll share with you in coming episodes. Um, Hi Jeff, great to have you on that, on the show tonight. Um, so just talking about the question you asked me Jeff, about um, how to stay consistent in beating procrastination. So I, I create a vision of where I want to be in the future. I create goals that are helped me go to deliver that vision. And one of the beauties of doing this is I've gone through a process over the last eight or nine years of working more with this thing, the unconscious mind at that, how we achieve things. Once you create that vision and create a set of goals that are achievable and you live and believe your mind, then six heads opportunities for you to work on those things.
11:40 Which is another reason why have dispensed with the to do list. Because by creating a to do list, what you're actually doing is overriding the way your mind works, to work on stuff that you think is more relevant. So one of my tips will be, and you'll hear this repeatedly on all the shows that are to come and audit your seat in the content I write, is to trust your unconscious because it knows better than you what you should be working gum. But once you go through that process of creating a vision and setting goals, your unconscious takes over a bit. Like driving a car. You probably no longer have to think about how you drive a car because it's instinctive and it'll be coming instinctive to you around the things that you need to work on. Now, one of the things that we've got coming probably in next week's show is what I call them mini more minimum viable product. So again, back to our um, uh, coaching product example where we talked about launching an optin page, a sales page, uh, uh, uh, a set of Webinar slides. What this session will teach you is how to go through that process to create that minimum project that you need to get out to your customers want so that they see some value from it. And so that you get the benefits of that value as well. It could well be some income. Um, couple of other questions that I've been asked, um, is,
13:23 um, why does procrastination it, why does it stop us dead? And one of the reasons is there's a set of the ounce studies is we create these big things for us to work on and it's a little bit like trying to get, um, thick jelly through a small pipe. It creates a blockage. So what we need to be doing over the, over the coming weeks is work on everything we possibly can to free up those blockages, work on the small things that will enable us to become more effective, more productive, and deliver more value. One thing you could try is quite simply saying that you'll no longer do procrastination. In one of the questions I was asked to resign and these I don't want, I'm not stressed out and I simply refuse to do it. So likewise, I refused to procrastinate. I refuse to procrastinate anymore. So just push it to one side, move past it and work on the things that are important to you and to your clients.
14:35 So if you have a question for me, then you can pop it in the chat box. I'll answer it now or if you think of a question, um, after we finished, then I'll, I'll be on Facebook later on this evening and I'll drop an answer into, into the chat box. If it's a personal matter and you want to message me directly and then please feel free to do so. Um, and if you do want a copy of the 21 procrastination bursting tips, there's will get launched already in the next couple of weeks. Then either send me a private message or drop a message in the, in the comments below and I'll make sure that you get access to that. So if there are no further questions, I'm going to wrap up for this evening. Um, and just before, okay, so a question is you just come in and so nick is asking, you may press crass donation is down to the fear of failure. Hmm. Okay. Um, so I actually take people through a process to eliminate theaters. Um, it's using a technique or timeline therapy. Um, and I guess one of the things is failure is an interesting thing because I've been there. Yeah.
15:55 An example, um, that nine years ago what I completely failed, and I use the word in inverted commerce now because the one thing to realize is that as we go through life, we experience all sorts of events and we'll get one of two things from that event. Let's say to goal that you want to achieve or an objective that you set out to achieve. And you may not achieve it in the way that you thought. So you'll get one of two things. You'll either get the result that you wanted or you'll get some feedback. Now the word failure has a negative connotation around it. So I quite simply tell people that there is no such thing as failure. There's only feedback. So whatever, there's any event somewhere in everybody's life where afterwards they think they failed. The failure is in the inability to learn from that event.
16:57 Now, in my case, I got headhunted to run a local, uh, a startup business for a local, like a local entrepreneur after three months. He's one of those situations when he asked me to name my price, you know, how much did I want to run this business? Which is a situation most people never find themselves in. And it's one that was completely alien to me. Um, but nevertheless, I run this business for three months. It was, uh, the last month was a torrid time, but I can add to it feeling very, very damaged mentally to the point where I couldn't work. Now, a lot of people would look at that and say, ha ha, that's a failure. The one thing I did is flipped that round and said, well, okay, what is it I've learned from it? How have I learned to run this business? And how are they learned to treat people in a way that I wasn't being treated, but I can help people be better at what they do.
17:58 So one thing you can do is just eliminate the word failure from your vocabulary. Look at the events that haven't yielded the results that you wanted in the past and learn from it. There's always a learning that will come out from those events. I hope that answers your, your question, Nikki. If you want to get on a one to one call within like explain a little bit more about how that process works and then I'm more than happy to do so. Um, how did they keep it because you just joined us. Um, so are there any further questions before we wrap up? You're welcome Nikki.
18:39 Okay. The recording will be there in the Facebook group and uh, I'll be putting more content into the group through the coming week and I look forward to hearing from you and your feedback. Please let me know. Um, yeah, what are your thoughts about our first show? And if there's a specific topic around productivity or efficiency, then just drop me a message or comment in the it in the group and I'll pick that up in one of the future sessions. And I wish you all a very good evening or good afternoon and, uh, look forward to seeing you next week.
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