WHAT IS THIS EPISODE ABOUT?
Want to stay focused and overcome “Shiny object syndrome”? Do you struggle to stay focused throughout the day and often find yourself asking yourself “Where did the day go?” and “what did I even get done today?”… Followed by: “Tomorrow will be better!”… only to repeat it again?
WHY SHOULD I LISTEN?
In this episode, I solve that problem for you by giving you the keys to getting more done and staying focused daily… in 4 simple steps.
It took me years to figure out how to do it, but once I did, I learned it’s actually a lot simpler than you think.
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Is this sound like you? You go, you wake up, you’re excited, you’re like, I’m going to go home and be motivated. You sit down in your chair, and you have no idea what to do. So you open up social media, you get distracted on your phone, you have shiny object syndrome. So you jump from thing to thing. You go throughout the day, doing a bunch of little tasks that don’t actually move the needle forward, you get done with the day and you’re like, what did I actually do today, I can’t believe that I wasted an entire another day. And you go to bed and you wake up and you repeat the same process over and over and over again. You’ve been there, I’ve been there. All right, and it sucks. So if you want to be able to go and finally break free from that, create the focus and the clarity that you need to be able to get more done in the day and be a high performer. So you can go out and smash your goals. Well, then you are in the right place because in this episode, I’m going to break down the four steps that you need to do in order to create more focus, get more done, and go out there and finally be able to accomplish your goals and still be able to love and live your life. Alright, so strap in. It’s gonna be an amazing episode. These are the four things I did over the course of four years of learning to be able to go and accomplish this for myself. I’m gonna share them all with you.
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What’s up everybody? Welcome back to another episode of Think Different Theory. My name is Josh Forti. And we listened to a little bit of was that Justin Timberlake and Meek Mill
Guys Welcome back. It’s gonna be a good episode here today a shorter episode because if you see my shirt it says focused on it I wore this shirt specifically for this episode focused how to create focus how we get more done in the day, how we avoid shiny object syndrome, how we do all those wonderful things. That is the topic of today’s episode. I’m very, very excited to dive into this. Um, like I said, it’s gonna be a little bit of a shorter episode, I’m gonna try to keep it like 30 minutes or under simply because I think a lot of you guys need it and a lot of you guys enjoy it. When we have some of the shorter episodes in there where you just kind of want to be like, Hey, what do I need to do? I’m gonna tell you what you need to do. And then you can go out and apply it. This is a very, very action-based episode. But before we dive into that, we gotta catch you up to speed here on a couple things. Okay. First off, I’m looking out the window right now. And if you are listening on audio, you’ve never seen my studio on the live streams before it is off to my left. As is beautiful, beautiful day outside. At least it looks beautiful. Yesterday I went to bed
And I went to bed I pull up my phone. I was like, You know what, what’s, what’s the weather gonna look like this week? I thought, you know, hopefully, we’ll have a nice week. And sure enough, it says it’s going to be in the 50s and 60s every single day this week, which is just glorious because yeah, it’s been cold here, right? In fact, on Sunday of next week, a week from yesterday is supposed to be 70 degrees was amazing. However, I woke up this morning thinking oh my gosh, it’s gonna be awesome. I’m gonna be able to go outside it’s gonna be warm. It’s gonna be amazing. And I think they got today wrong because there’s like snow on the ground. It was super windy and it’s just like, you know, what, some days some days whether Come on, get it together. But anyway, it’s gonna be a great week. This guy’s a great week. This week, guys, Happy Monday. Hope everyone is doing well. If you’re on the live stream, comment below, hit the like button hit the love button. If you’re listening on audio. Hope you’re having a great day do whenever you’re doing working out or driving in your car. Wherever Listen to this. It’s just it’s going to be a good Monday. I got a great sleep last night. We’re ready to rock and roll this week and we got some big goals what we got going on this week, guys, we got um, don’t worry, we’re going to get into the good stuff.
of how to create focus how to avoid shiny object syndrome. There’s actually a step by step format I’ve got right here my notebook that I do every single day and it’s amazing. But anyway, we got we got a big week this week, big day today, we’re preparing for the Traffic Secrets book launch. As you guys know, March 17. Coming up, Mark your calendars. I gotta hold this up. Sorry for those of you on audio, you can’t see this but Traffic Secrets. I got a copy of it. Because March 17 Traffic Secrets come out is actually super super important guys. So listen up. This book right here by Russell Brunson.
The pre-launch of the book starts on March 17. All right, which means that you can order your book on the 17th they start shipping up I think it’s April 5, and then they’ve got the big Traffic Secrets events in Boise, the sixth through the eighth, which will be super exciting. But March 17, is when you’re gonna be a lower your book. So you’re gonna start seeing ads everywhere. Okay, you’re going to start seeing everyone’s going to be sending their emails out to you. Everyone’s gonna be doing everything. Here’s what I have to ask of you. Okay, if I could say this show is sponsored by Traffic Secrets, I would but I think I would get legal trouble.
That. But listen, we have some amazing, really cool bonuses when you go and buy this book. I think usually how Russell does this is the free plus shipping. So the book is free, you just pay for shipping. But maybe because it’s a little bit different maybe it won’t be that way but I would assume would be a free plus shipping. So basically you pay whatever it is 10 bucks or whatever get the book shipped out to you, you get it for free. But I want to win the affiliate competition, there’s gonna be some massively huge massive names. All right. And if you place in the top 20 of the affiliate competition, you get to get all these bonuses and cool and Russell’s like thinks you’re cool, basically. So I want to win. And more importantly, I want to help get this book out to as many people as possible. I want to get it in the hands of as many of you guys as possible. And here’s the cool thing. Okay. We have some amazing bonuses. Now I know everybody claims they have amazing bonuses. Here’s the deal, though. We have some, like epic bonuses. And the reason I can’t tell you exactly what those are, is because I’m under like legal contract, not to say until the day of the launch and
I promise you, not everybody has access to what we’re going to be giving away if you buy through the link. So if you want to buy it through someone else great, but you should also come and buy through the link, we’re gonna be sending out emails, we’re gonna have a waitlist page going up probably Monday of next week where you guys can go and get all the details about all the bonuses listed out except for the the super, super cool bonus. But like some amazing stuff, we got breakdowns of different things, we got some software stuff that we’re doing our breakdowns of all that we’ve got bonus trainings, of course, I’m coach, like all sorts of amazing things. So this book is gonna be amazing Traffic Secrets. Don’t miss it, Mark calendars March 17. A big, big, big, big launch that Russell wants to sell 100,000 copies in the month of March. I want to help them get there. I’d love to be able to sell 500 copies or thousand copies for him. We’ll see what we can do so market calendars for that. And we forgot how many guys are excited for that. You’re super super excited. If you if you promise me that you’ll give me a chance to have the best bonuses ever let me know. Alright, let’s dive in today guys, we had a busy busy week this week. mokka waste your time going to get right to this here and I’m going to show you how to create a
This amazing focus and be able to get more done avoid shiny object syndrome using four simple steps, because I think it’s going to be really, really beneficial for so many of you guys, I know it was beneficial for me. And by the way, guys, if you are anything like me for the past, gosh, by four years, I’ve been battling this well, three years I’ve been going over the past six months or so, since right before the world trip really figuring this out, but like shiny object syndrome and not being able to stay focused and getting to the end of the day, to the end of the day and being like, I don’t even know what I got done today, right? And you have this feeling of just like, was that day of complete waste or you find yourself sitting there on your phone, playing some game, distracting yourself from what you need to do, rather than just going and getting it done. And it’s just been It was super frustrating for me because I felt like this was this cycle that I could not break. Right and so I started to really look at obviously you guys know me the brain and going and studying the brain and how habits are formed and all this other stuff and energy states and all that other jazz but I basically I went and I broke it down to like four things that I just do on a daily basis. Every single
Network daily weekly basis that do every single day it’s helped me tremendously not only has it allowed me to become more focused
it has allowed me to get more done it has allowed me to enjoy my life a little bit more actually it’s really really cool we’ll get into why that is and also like it it’s cool because it by nature cuts out a lot of the distractions and a lot of the shiny object syndrome then you think that you need to go and do because it almost like allows room for it’s really, really cool. So we’re gonna dive into that and get started who’s ready for this? Okay, guys, the four steps to creating massive focus getting more done all of that jazz. Let’s see what they are number one guys start taking notes. You’re like I said is gonna be a fast episode. We want to go create focus. Okay, the number one thing and I gotta back up here little bit, actually, I have to tell you about how the brain works really quick before I go on from number one here, okay? When you go and you make decisions, all right, your brain when it makes the best decisions, it’s when it’s fully awake, fully functioning right. It also has a limited amount of time.
This is true, your brain has a limited amount of decisions that it can make on a daily basis. Okay, like there is a finite number, meaning that you cannot just go and be sharp on the 800 decision, it’s not going to be as sharp as it is on the first decision when you’re fully awake. Okay, so that’s the first thing. The second part is, is that when you’re awake, and when you are focused on something, and when you are in something, you’re you’re much further down into the rabbit hole of understanding what needs to go on than when you first sat down. Okay, so if you were to walk into a situation, and yeah, you have a rough idea of what’s going on, because you’ve been around there before, but you walk in and boom, you have not had any of your creative juices flowing, right? And someone’s like, hey, make a decision, boom, you’re going to be able to make a less informed decision than if you are there and you are, you know, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour, two hours into it. If you’re two hours into something, then you’re seeing how all the parts and pieces are working, and then you’re gonna be able to know
We need to do this, we need to do this, we need to do this. That makes sense. Okay. So when we do that, if we know that the best way to make decisions is a when we’re awake and be when our creative juices are flowing on a project of what needs to be done, then we should make decisions at that point, right? Which is why and we know we have a finite number of decisions, right? Which is why you always instead number one, you always, always, always need you plan tomorrow today. Okay, plan tomorrow today, which means I do this at night. Before I wrap up work for the night, every single night I do this, you’re gonna ask Leah. I’m always like, wait, I gotta write out what I do for tomorrow. I gotta wrap what I do for tomorrow. Okay, if you watch my Instagram stories, you have seen me do this over and over and over again. I have whiteboard specifically designed for this. I will sit down and I’ll go Okay, listen, right now I’m at the end of my day, right? I am in this creative state to be able to go and figure out where I want to go from here. I’ve had five six
789 10 1112 hours worth of processing and figuring out where I’m at. Step number one is okay, now I’m going to from that position right there, I’m going to go Okay, what are the next steps that I need to take? What am I going to be working on? I’m going to go plan out what I’m going to do tomorrow. Today. This is a very, very simple task. And a lot of these asset I’ma tell you, you’re gonna be like, Is it really that simple? Yes, it’s really that simple. It’s amazing. It will fundamentally change your life this this, these four things have completely revolutionized how much I’ve been able to get done in a day. How how my days have gone my productivity, how much money I make, like everything is wrapped around this. So number one, plan tomorrow today, I actually learned this one from Sam Evans. I think that that’s his signature saying is planning tomorrow today. Get a whiteboard, open up Trello get a journal. Right here. I’ve got mine. Okay, I got two other journals over here. Some place where you can walk out the next morning and you can see exactly what you need to get done. Because then guess what, when you wake up the next morning, you’re gonna roll out of bed and if you have a home office like I do, right, you’re probably going to be going to work within the first two or three
being awake. But when you roll into the office, whether it’s home or not, you’re gonna sit down, your brain should not have to make a decision on what you’re going to do. It should already be planned out. Why? Because your creative juices aren’t flowing yet. Number one, number two, you’re just waking up, right? You’re not in full functioning state yet. And number three, it’s going to take weight and distractions because guess what your brain is going to convince you in the morning. Oh my gosh, the dishes need to be washed, oh my gosh, I should actually see the clean my office window, oh my gosh, I should go update my Facebook status or I should go do this. Or I should go to that. If there’s not a plan. You’re going to start doing things before you go and make your plan. It’s natural happens to all of us. We all do this, okay. So if you make a plan out, literally you go. Sit down in your chair, open up your notebook, go out step one today, right email or step one today, prepare for meeting step one today, but whatever that thing is, and then you just go and do that. Okay? Make sense? Okay, that’s step number one.
Plan tomorrow today. Step number two. Now, this one is super interesting because it ties right into what we just talked about. And when I first say it to you, you’re gonna be like, Josh, there is no way. I’m only going to do that. Right? Like, that’s, I have so much more to do than this. Okay? But I gotta tell you story. Okay? I would go. And I would be like, how many things can I get done in the day, I’m a productive human being right? I want to maximize my 18 hours, I’m awake in a day I can fit all this stuff into I can do all these things. And I would go and I would start one task. And let’s say I had like 18 tasks out there. Okay, I would go and I start one task. And as soon as that one task got hard, I would switch to different tasks. And as soon as that other tasks got like mostly done or I got bored with it or got tired with it, I’d switch to the next task. And then the next step and the next steps you ever done this before, kept like you go and you get done with the day you’re like 12 hours into your day or six hours in your day, whatever. And you look back and you’re like I’ve started eight projects, and I have finished none of them or I’ve only finished one of them.
You get to the end of day and you’re like, a lot of little things get done. And in the process of a lot of little things getting done, you created more tasks. And now that 18 or 12, or 18 tasks at the beginning of day 224 or 28. And then you’re trying to make out what you need to do tomorrow. And you’re like, holy crap, I got 28 tasks. I don’t know where all these came from, I can’t do it. And then that pushes into the rest of your week. And you’re basically going and planning your entire week out on tasks that didn’t even exist until today, and it’s just this cluster mess, right? feel this way. Feel me. Okay. So, step number one plan tomorrow today. Step number two, this is very, very important. And it’s like, Wow, it’s so so powerful. You only do three main things per day.
Guess what, only three things Josh, how are we supposed to be productive and get things done? Let me explain. Okay, um, there’s a reason I only do three things in a day. Because when there’s only three things to do per day, guess what, I’m going to get those things done. Because even if I were to start one, and then get bored of it, and then start a second one and get bored of it, and then a third one, and get bored
Guess what, I’ve only got three days, I’ve got to go back. And I’ve got to start finishing the first one, and then the second one. And then the third one, it allows me to eliminate everything else that I need to do. And say, these are my three core tasks. And it helps my brain create focus, because now, I am not stressing, I am not worrying about anything else. One of the biggest things I noticed about myself and a lot of entrepreneurs, other entrepreneurs as well, and I’m sure that you guys probably know and can relate to what I’m talking about here is part of the reason that I am not completely present and completely focused on what I’m doing. And having a hard time following through on the project at hand is because my mind is in a million other places. And it’s like oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it’s already 11 o’clock 1115 today, I’ve got so many other things I gotta do this and I gotta hurry up and then you’ll kind of brush it off and go to the next one. Next one next one, and you’ll knock out the little things first, and you’ll come back and the the main things that you actually needed to get done today didn’t get done today. You know, that is that is because you
Your mind is elsewhere and your mind is not completely focused and completely present on the task at hand. Now, you might be thinking, Josh, I don’t think I can just limit myself to three tasks a day. Now, I’m not saying like literal three tasks like, okay, reply to voxer. Okay, that’s not a task, right? Like, that’s something that you’re going to do whatever. I’m talking three core projects, because let me ask you something. Let’s do the math here. Okay.
What’s three times five? Let’s say you work five days a week, okay? It was three times 515. Alright, so in one week, if you were to do three core tasks a day, you would get teen core tasks done throughout that week. And when you think about something, when’s the last time you got consistently, a month straight, got four consecutive weeks of 15 tasks done, I mean, like core major product projects. So for me, like my three tasks for today, and I’m I’m looking at my literal whiteboard right now. All right. One
Is the Traffic Secrets launch? All right, I need to plan that out. That’s one task for today, that’s probably gonna be my longest as well, you can take me four or five hours to go and figure out the strategy and things like that. That’s number one. Number two, we’re moving over some of our processes from one system to another. And so I have a meeting with my assistant. So number two is prep for my assistant prep for my meeting with my assistant, okay, to be able to move those things over. All right, that’s the second task that I’ma do. And the third thing that I’m going to do is I have a meeting tomorrow for the podcast, create a content creation that’s starting, we hired a team, we’re doing the onboarding tomorrow, I have a meeting with them, I have to get them a bunch of stuff. And I have to get it over to them and get prepared, right. So there’s, there’s three core things. I’ve got a Traffic Secrets launch, I’ve got my meeting with my assistant, and I’ve got projects to get over to my content, people boom, three tasks now, or other things gonna come up in there. Yes, but those are little things that all should be related to those tasks. Now those are three pretty big
tasks. So they do those three today. And I have three equally big tasks tomorrow and three equally big task Wednesday and three equally big task Thursday, three equally big task Friday. By the time I get to Friday, I’ve got 15 pretty massive tasks done. When’s the last time you did that? Got 15 tasks done in a week, and then did that consistently for an entire month or an entire year? Let’s do some quick math here. 15 tasks a week, 60 tasks a month, 750 tasks per year. Think about that. As a lot if there’s 50 we if we’re working 50 weeks, if you got 750 things done, that’d be amazing. But so many of you guys are like, No, I’m gonna do 12 things. And this was me, all right, like I’m, I’m talking about places like I’m gonna go get 12 things done 18 things on 22 things. I’m gonna get all these little things done. And by the end of the day, I have like one or two of them done. Maybe most of them are small. Most of them are half done. And then I get to the end of the week, and I’m like, great. I got three projects done my entire week rather than every single day. So step number one plan tomorrow today. Step number two, when you’re planning your
For tomorrow, you get three core tasks. I’m not saying that you can’t write out some Oh, reminder, email back selling sell reminder, email back, you know, reply back to this or get a document over little task, not a big deal. Dedicate 15 or 20 minutes to do right away in the morning to get those done. And then focus on your three core tasks. Okay? Make sense? So far, guys like in this. If you’re listening on audio, if you have questions about this, please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram at JLS HFORT. I my name at Josh Forti. And I can get back to your questions. If you’re watching on video format, feel free to drop your questions down below and hit the like button or the love button and I will be getting back with you guys in the comments. Okay, so number one, number two, and number one is by tomorrow today. Number two, only do three things. Okay, number three, and there’s four steps here. Okay, number three.
And you guys know this one? It’s just it’s you just have to do it. It’s hard at first it’s because it’s an addiction. Get off of social media. All right. Get on
off of social media. Now,
I don’t mean that you have to like, delete your Instagram, delete your Facebook never listened to a podcast again or anything like that. But you cannot be constantly going and scrolling on social all the time every day or even giving yourself that temptation throughout the day because your brain is addicted to it. It’s literally an addiction. It’s in your brain. It is a hit of a drug. It’s a chemical that goes off. It’s like, Ah, that feels good. It’s just like, you know, similar to smoking a cigarette or having a drink of alcohol or whatever else you’re addicted to sugar, right? Like it is an actual addiction that your your body craves your mind craves the hit that you get the dopamine hit that you get from checking your notifications on social media on my phone, I do not have Facebook. Okay. I’ve told you guys this before. I do have the Instagram app. However, I’m gonna give you a little tip here. Actually, let me back up here. Deleting Facebook alone.
I was spending, I can’t remember what it was
between, because you have that like the app that can tell you how much time you’re spending on each platform. And I wanted to say that on my phone app, I was spending between like three and six hours a day on my Facebook app, at one point. And this was over a year ago now I think was the thing. But like, let’s just say it was one day, let’s say it was two hours, on average a day I was spending on there two hours a day on Facebook that I was spending on my phone. Keep in mind, I didn’t even clue my computer. by deleting that app, I free up two hours of my day. And if 30 minutes of that transfers over to my computer, now that I’m on Facebook, creating content, great 30 minutes now an hour and a half per day, times five days a week, 50 hours, five hours, six, seven and a half hours a week, times, you know, every month, you’re looking at 30 hours a month, times, you know, 50 weeks out of the year was 30 times 50 hundred 50 hundred 50 hours, right? Is that what it is?
Or no, no 1500 hours that you’re
Saving 1500 hours. Is that right? Yeah, gosh, it is, wow. 1500 hours of your time just by deleting my Facebook app off my phone. Okay, it fundamentally changed my life. Now, on Instagram, I still do Instagram Stories every day. And people ask me this a lot. They’re like, Josh, how do I balance the time of being on social media and in creating content for that, and not being distracted by it? Let me tell you what I have. I don’t have on my phone, the Facebook app, it’s not there, so I can’t get on it. I have messenger but it’s all muted. Okay. on my computer, I have Facebook, but I have something called newsfeed Eradicator. It is a Google Chrome plugin. Alright, so think about this Google Chrome plugin that blocks my newsfeed I can still see my timeline, I can still see all the groups that I’m in and things like that, but my newsfeed is blocked on Facebook. All right, so I’m now watching it on Facebook. I’m on my phone. I’m not seeing my newsfeed on a computer. I never seen my newsfeed ever guys. So people are like, oh, Josh, wanna
People said, someone tags me that I can see it. It’s just in my group, I can see it if it’s in a group. I mean, I can see it, but not my actual timeline. Okay? Now I’m not saying you have to go and do that. But I’m telling you is I have created such a complete focus on this to say, when I am on social media, I am a creator, not a consumer. And I have a list of people that I follow that I’m going to go consume their content anyway. So I’m still gonna go search Russell Brunson his content, I’m still gonna go watch that. I’m still gonna go see Steve Larson’s content, I’m still gonna go consume that because I’m going to search them out because those are people I follow, but I’m not getting distracted. Now on Instagram. Same thing, except for I have the Instagram app, but I follow a very select few people. I follow people that benefit my life and make it better. I follow people that I’ve had on the podcast before that have a good Instagram account that would be to build the relationship or enhance the relationship if I follow them, but then I literally go and I mute all of their posts. So my my Instagram story line, my feed right now is literally and some of you guys can see this, if you’re watching on video is literally just my posts because I’ve muted
everybody else’s posts are not seeing them. Now, once again, you don’t have to do this, you could leave every now and then I’ll unmute somebody’s timeline so I can see what they’re doing. Right. So like, you don’t have to mute everybody. But you can mute a lot of people, because that’s a distraction. And because you’re not being present on you. And when you’re constantly going and viewing I’m not saying scrolling on Instagram is wrong. I’m not going, saying that going and seeing other people’s timelines are wrong. What I’m saying is during work hours during the time that you need to be going and getting things done, you can’t be looking at those things, because it’s a distraction. And it’s going to make you feel like oh my gosh, I’m so inferior to them, because it’s just a highlight reel. Remember, social media is just a highlight reel to make people think how cool You are right? Or how cool they are. So you go you get rid of that distraction. Now you’re completely focusing completely present. Now. We waste so much time on social media. It’s not a bad thing. But you’d be a producer, not a consumer except for the people that are actually going to change your life. So people’s stories that I watch pretty regularly, Russell Brunson and Steve Larson, those are two people’s stories that I watch almost every single day, right? Why? Because they’re bringing value to my
Life. And when you’re creating content, keep this in mind. So for me, one of the things that I do when I create content, I do stories every single day. I have not missed an Instagram story. Probably for three years. I’m not kidding you, every single day of my life, I put out an Instagram story, because that’s content that just needs to be there. But I keep in mind, I think about Okay, how do I want my consumers seeing me? How am I serving them best? I don’t like flashy people, not because I don’t like them as people, but I don’t like that type of content, because it doesn’t really benefit my life. A lot of my friends on social media that I’m homies with, and I would hang out with, I don’t follow their stuff or consume their content because it’s just flashy and they’re just showing off. Not a bad thing. Not for me. What I want to do is I’m like, Okay, if the Why do I like following Russell? Why do I like following Steve, why do I like following these people? Right? Because they’re very real. They show what’s going on in the day. They take you on this journey. They’re not trying to show off. They’re not showing me their Lambo. They’re not being
Like, hey, six hacks to getting blah, blah, blah, no, they’re actually providing value to my life. And those are people that I aspire to be like, so if I can kind of see Oh, man, I saw, you know, Steve going on run and being really really focused on his exercises and oh, Steve involved in the community and oh, Russell driving his kids to school and oh, Russell, you know, working out every day or, or hanging out with Dave or whatever, okay, I’m like, Okay, this is going to kind of start to shape who I become, right? So that’s going to shape who I become. Because I’m an internet entrepreneur. I never leave the house. I don’t hang out with people in real life lot. So I’m hanging out with them virtually. I’m following the type of people that I want to become like, Okay, I’m going to view their stories and their content of who I become like, I’m not doing that throughout the day, unless I’m on social media, right? And my dedicate time for that. But I am doing it in the evenings in the mornings, like whenever it is, I have my time there. So I can become like that. I want to produce that same type of content on social media for my followers, because I want to be someone that my followers can look up to and say, Hey, listen, I’m going to get all social media. I’m going to unfollow everybody except for you, Josh, except for you. You know, whoever that is. I want to
One of those people that say you follow me because I’m real not because I’m showing off you follow me because I share the journey because I’m doing teaching moments, not because I’m showing off and because I’m providing real value to your life, not perceived value because it’s a Lamborghini or something flashy in front of it makes sense. hope that makes sense. So number one plan tomorrow days absolute must plan tomorrow today, write it out. When you’re making that out, focus on three core things, what are your three core tasks that you’re going to do to get that done and be productive that day? Third thing, get off the social media. If you need to delete the Facebook app off of your phone, fine. Do it if you need to. There’s another really cool app. And in fact, I should, I can drop it below there’s an app is called self control app, you can get it on at least on your Mac, I don’t know about you know those lame Microsoft computers that shouldn’t be even allowed to exist in this world. Because Mac is so superior in every way imaginable. Now, I don’t have strong opinions at all. But um, if you have an iMac or MacBook Pro, something like that. There’s an app you can get. It’s called self control. It’s a little black spade with a scarf.
In the middle of it, and you can literally go, you can open up a tab a browser called like Facebook, right. And then you can set a timer and it will prevent you from accessing that site for however long it is you want to go. So if you don’t want to put on newsfeed Eradicator, you still want to be able to see your timeline totally fine. Just when you’re working, set your parameters. So you literally cannot go and access that site, create mass focus, fail to get these things done. Okay. So that’s number three, get off social media and if you are producing when you are producing on social which all of you should be producing content in such a way that says I like I’m going to actually benefit my customers life, my followers life. And I am going to add in such a way that my, my prospect by customer my follower says I want to become like that, because a lot of these people are not hanging out in real life, especially, you know, like people like Internet entrepreneurs. And so where they’re interacting with people where they’re having conversations, who they’re following, and developing to become is the people at the following and social. I’m going to become a whole lot more
More like Russell Brunson and Steve Larson, that I am going to become like, you know, someone down the street that lives right next door to me, because that’s what I’m following interacting with. Right? So keep that in mind. And the final thing, and this one, Oh guys, I have grown up. All right. Anybody that’s been following me for like,
over two years, maybe three years, but for sure, for sure. Three years, but probably over two years, knows that. What I’m about to say next is about polar opposite to anything that I used to believe and do.
I used to be the guy that is Hustle, Hustle, Hustle, work 18 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’re not hustling, if you’re not grinding, you’re not getting ahead, you’re wasting your time. You’re not staying focused, you know, like Work, work, work, do the work, do the work, do the work, hustle all the time constantly. That was my life. Right? And many of you guys saw that. I have gone through tremendous changes in my life, tremendous growth, mentally, mostly personally, like just in general and
One of the things that I have noticed that works really really well for me when we when I do this and actually probably the first time that I got introduced to it formally by someone was Taylor Welsh. His interview on Think Different Theory last season season one I believe he was the first interview that we ever did.
But it is having dedicated off times, having dedicated times when you have off to do absolutely nothing. this past Saturday, just two days ago, took the whole day off. I think I worked for an hour maybe if that just kind of put some things in place and some pieces there. But then the rest of the day, I did nothing. It was 60 something degrees outside. I went for a walk I laid in bed I watched Netflix I hung out with Leah, I went out to eat just did basically nothing all day took the entire day off to just unplug and reset. It was amazing. You know what I woke up on Sunday and I’ve chose to work on Sunday and have Saturday off rather than vice versa. You do whatever you want, but on Sunday
Today was a workday for me because Saturday was my day off, I was focused, I was energized, I got tons done I got so I was so so focused. The reason that this works, not only is it like just natural, like we need bed rest, our bodies need rest. God created us that way. But there are actual low points in the energy cycles of your brain and of your body where literally your body will go and just be in a low energy state that day. And if you can match that, and if you could actually go and be like, Okay, I’m going to give my body that time to rest. It actually gives your body time to rest and reset. So the other five or six days a week, you can literally go and have the energy that you need to go and perform Taylor Welch, him and his salespeople actually do something really, really interesting and actually be curious enough, they still do this, but he shared this on the podcast in season one. He’s like, we know that we need a weekend break. We need a day off to reset, but we also know that there are roughly once a week, every single week. There is a
half day that we know that our salesman’s bodies and, and you know, even my body is going to have a low energy day. So we try to work that into the schedule. And we try to be the ones that can choose when that’s going to happen by kind of like forcing it to happen that way or like prompting it to go into that state of rest or low energy. And so Taylor was like every Wednesday morning is a allow a lazy morning for him. So Monday up at 6am. out, boom, work, work, work Tuesday up at work or work Wednesday, lay in bed, scroll on Instagram, sleeping late, relax, going to work at noon. Why? Because you’re allowing your body to reset. And now productive Wednesday afternoon, productive Thursday, productive Friday, productive Saturday or Sunday, right back on a Monday, Tuesday, whatever that is. So it doesn’t have to be Wednesday morning for you. But figure out for me it’s a solid entire day that I like to have that or at least most of the dakine like maybe catch up on some emails and stuff. But then no hard work, no recording, no things like that. Go get out of the house. Go do
Do something drive somewhere, take you know, take a day trip, go to the mall, lay around and do nothing, watch Netflix allow your body to just indulge in whatever it kind of wants to go do obviously within within reason. Because your body needs that reward to reset. Because if you’re constantly going and like, keep it off, no, I, I can’t do this, I can’t do that there are other wrong with watching Netflix, right? There’s nothing wrong with taking time off and going for a walk and taking care of your body spending time with family, you know, hanging out doing whatever. It’s just when that becomes a distraction. And when that comes into your day, every single day, it pulls you away from what you need to be doing. And so if you’re like, let me play let me let me play this out the exact opposite of the four things that I just told you to do versus the four things that I told you to do. Okay, so if you didn’t do the four things, it would be like oh, wake up today. Let’s say it’s 7am let’s say it’s a good day right? I wake up I sit down at my desk I check email, check my Facebook, I check Instagram, I check Twitter, check YouTube, maybe watch a video, check email, things like that hour, hour and a half has gone by I stopped I sat down in
started my day at you know, let’s say you start working nine. So an hour hour and a half goes by now it’s 1030. You’re like, oh, man, it’s 1030. Well, let me let me do this quick project over here, go wash the dishes, go get your mail, like whatever, because you’re not really focused. Scroll Facebook for a little bit longer. Now it’s 11 o’clock. And you’re like, All right, now I’m going to start work for the day, right? So now you’re two hours into your day, you’re like, well, I got to make out my list. So now, you know, 20 or 30 minutes is spent working on your last check in social media. Again, you’re checking Instagram every time you you finish a task. So now it’s 1130. And you’ve just started your first task. You get there and like, man, I really want to watch Netflix, but I can’t you’re constantly trying to tell yourself that is bad. Two o’clock rolls around, you’ve gotten three half tasks done, nothing completed, done. You’re like, man, I need to I need some motivation. I need to learn how to stay focused. So you open up YouTube, you watch a Gary Vaynerchuk video or a Grant Cardone video. You go back to some of your tasks. You take a meeting that you don’t need to take to distract you from something then it’s time to go eat dinner, you go get dinner at five or six o’clock at night, you sit back down at seven o’clock.
And you’re like crap, where did my day go? Now I’ve got to hurry up, try to force everything in from from seven o’clock to nine o’clock before you gotta go home or spend time with your, your wife, your husband, your kids, whatever you go, you rush rush through, you don’t really get anything done. And now you’re like crap. Well, I didn’t really get anything done. What am I gonna do tomorrow? Well, I need some me time. So I’m going to go watch some YouTube again. And you go through that, you know, I mean, so now you get here and you’re like, crap, what I do today, I’m not sure. And then usually ends today. And instead of making out today, you’re like, well, I’ll get through tomorrow. And maybe you have some stuff written down. Maybe you don’t. And then you do and you repeat the exact cycle over and over and over again. And this whole week, Friday, Friday night, you get to the week, and you’re like, this whole entire week, all I did was watch YouTube, gets tracked on social media, not finished projects, want to watch Netflix, but couldn’t and I beat myself up over it the whole week. And you get done with that. And when you finish typing your Facebook post, or when you finish that YouTube video, you don’t feel good. You’re like, man I shouldn’t been doing I gotta get back to work. I gotta go back to work. Gotta get back to work. You beat yourself up over it. So now your brain is programming yourself to think that watching YouTube or being on social
Media is a bad thing, but you’re addicted to it, you can’t stop and you’re all confused. Whereas instead if you went and you’re like, all right, it’s Sunday night. Tomorrow’s Monday morning. I’m gonna be up at seven o’clock. I’m gonna start work at nine. All right, what am I going to do tomorrow? And I go and I look out and I go Okay, what am I three core projects that need to get done just by three main things. For me, it was just going to go off mine today. It’s Traffic Secrets meetings for the moving of software’s and stuff for my content team. Okay, so that’s why I don’t want to do what I do. I wake up, I go and do my stretches, drink a bunch of water, get woken up, eat breakfast, I feel good. I sit down at nine o’clock. Boom was the first thing I do at nine o’clock. I don’t pick up my phone and go check Facebook. I don’t look at Facebook on my computer because it’s blocked off. I can set my control timer. I go Okay, first things first. I’m sitting down Traffic Secrets. It is go clear out my whiteboard. I get started. I don’t think about anything else. Nothing else is distracted. Nothing’s there. It’s not there. And I know when I’ve got that urge to watch my YouTube video when I’ve got that urge to watch Netflix you know I can do I can be like You know what? Follow up.
I watch the interview that I want to watch on Wednesday morning or on Saturday when I have my time. And I create this little list over here of things that I want to watch I want to do, I can always come back to them but I stay focused and stay focused, stay focused. I’m not on social media I get it done. Now new and I’m like crap, there’s a mayor this amazing is new. I’m going to go eat I’ve gotten this one massive project done. It’s not enough. It’s are the way I feel good about myself. I’ve got momentum. I lunch, I sit down, I get my second project done. Let’s say I start back up at one I get the second project done by 230. I take a 30-minute break, go quick. Reset, come back three o’clock to six o’clock I knock out that last task. I get done. I eat dinner. I come back I have one hour to recap the day, figure out where I’m at, figure out what I’m gonna do tomorrow. Seven o’clock, I’m done. Boom. I’ve done everything. I’ve been off social media. Now at nighttime, what can I do? I can go in from seven o’clock till 11 o’clock. I got four hours. I can spend time with my wife, my husband, my girlfriend, my boyfriend, my kids. I can go to exercise, I can do stretch. Heck, if I’m single or if I’ve got
The time I can go and I can watch YouTube. I can watch Netflix, it’s fine because not during work time now or I can go on I can better myself, listen to podcasts, read books, whatever. Okay? The next day I wake up, same thing, boom over and over and over again. Now when I get to Friday, I’m like, Damn, boy, I got 15 things done this week is amazing. I’ve been so productive. I deserved reward myself. So what happened Saturday morning, you sleep in your Wake Up you go. First thing you do is you turn on Netflix, you feel great. Why? Because you got 15 tasks done today off, you can do whatever you want. Now, you created focus. Now you can go explore other things. You can go do whatever you want. And you’ve gotten so much done throughout the week because you maximize the capacity of your brain to be able to go and get those things done. So number one, plan tomorrow today number two do only three core projects per day. Number three, get off social media. Use the self-control app, if you need to use the self-control app, delete the app off your phone if you need to do that. And when you are producing content for social media, make sure that you are producing
Content that allows people to want to be like you and actually benefits their life. Because if they’re going to do that, then you feel good about yourself. You’re building this loyal audience with them, and it’s now productive rather than destructive. So that’s number three, number four dedicated time off one day per week, maybe a day and a half where you do a day plus a half-day somewhere. Now you’ve created focus, you’ve allowed yourself time to just be you hang out with whomever you want, and now you’re done and good to go. Make sense guys? All right, I said this is gonna be a little bit of a shorter episode. It’s still what going on 40 minutes now, so I’m gonna wrap up here but I want to make sure that this makes sense to you guys that you’re understanding this. If you have any questions about this, please hit me up on Instagram. Down below. We’ll link it at Josh Forti my name. @JoshForti follow me on there shoot me a DM I just cleared out every single one of my messages over the weekend. I had over 100 pending requests like hundreds of them. I went through and either deleted or applied to every single one of them so my inbox is cleaned out. So hopefully Fingers crossed I can get back to you guys relatively
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