Hyper Productivity – 5 Tips to Work Faster Than the Energizer Bunny

  1. Use the 5-second rule religiously
  2. Move fast for repetitive tasks – channel your inner line-cook
  3. Don’t hesitate on your plan
  4. Take care of yourself
  5. Have patience

Move fast in the micro, be patient in the macro – Gary Vee, CEO of Vayner Media, has said some version of this numerous times.

Moving fast in the micro consists of the actions you perform on a day-to-day basis. These actions are usually a means of achieving a long-term goal. Being patient in the macro is setting realistic time horizons and being able to grind through them to achieve those goals.

In lieu of this, speed is king in the present. But quick fixes and shortcuts to long-term goals are not.

I will now elaborate on the 4 techniques you can adopt to work with speed in the present while remaining patient in the long term.

1. Use the 5-Second Rule

The 5-second rule, coined by Mel Robbins, is defined as:

  • Counting to 5 and then start doing!

It is a self-imposed deadline that primes us to act.

A similar scenario hypnotizes the globe every 365 days. 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!!!

Counting to 5 is the same concept. However, we don’t drink champagne and kiss a mate. We get out of our heads and get to work.

What to work on is up to you but the 5-second rule is often applied to things you dread doing. It doesn’t need to be limited to tasks either, it could be any behaviour that expands your comfort zone:

  • Talking to strangers
  • Putting on your running shoes
  • Getting out of bed

Those are my personal bullet points.

Audit your life and see what behaviours you can subject to the 5-second rule.

2. Move Fast for Repetitive Tasks

I’ve always marvelled at experienced chefs working at high-volume restaurants. Their speed tells you that they’ve been honing their craft for a long time. Speed only comes when you’ve mastered the motor movements associated with your craft.

We all have repetitive tasks to accomplish on a day-to-day basis.

  • Cooking, cleaning, and dishes are examples.

Even though dishwashing isn’t “your craft”, why couldn’t it be? Become a master of the dishes and you’ll find yourself having more time on what actually matters.

In the book, Neuro-Discipline, Peter Hollins states that you should perform repetitive tasks when your mind is fatigued.

A tired mind doesn’t need to think that much when performing a repetitive task like doing the dishes. And since you’ve likely done the dishes numerous times, you can consider that your craft for 20 minutes or so.

If you move with the speed of a teppanyaki wizard, you can cut that 20 minutes down to 10.

When your brain is running like a Ferarri, don’t use it for move-in day.

3. Don’t Hesitate on Your Plan

Making a to-do list the night before frees up your energy for the day.

Science tells us that humans, on average, have the capacity to remember 3-4 things at a time. Planning out our day in advance frees up the number of decisions we can make. Writing tasks down means that we don’t have to actively recall them throughout the day.

That said, when we plan out our day, the time in between tasks must not be spent in a state of hesitation.

I can’t tell you how much time I wasted on my phone in between tasks on my to-do list. I also had the habit of stalling before starting a workout that I had to perform anyways.

The act of stalling accomplishes nothing but extending the dreaded feeling of getting started in the first place.

The next time you start stalling, try out the 5-second rule and get started.

You will 100% feel better during and after completing that task.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Usain Bolt isn’t Usain Bolt without his bed.

And when the sun sets, his speed is sure to ratchet down a notch (even if he’s running track in dreamland).

Our days should be efficient and our nights for methodical relaxation. Speed’s greatest enemy is fatigue. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has been a moniker that no one should hang their head on. That quote is a fallacy because a lack of sleep sure feels like death the next day.

If you’re fatigued, you can’t work with speed.

Conclusion – Have Patience

You’ve been working as hard and as fast as you can, yet you still see no tangible result.

I like to think of a result as a culmination of all the habits I’ve acquired. Awesome results are proportional to the amount of work you put in. Therefore, working with speed leads to more work being done, and that leads to better results. The logic here is sound. However, life is far from logical.

Life requires blind faith that your efforts will pay off. This type of faith isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those willing to take the leap.

And when you’re in free fall, have the patience to keep falling at breakneck speed.

Then eventually, at an unknown time, you’ll land and be glad you stuck it out.

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