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Why Getting Up Earlier Doesn’t Make You More Productive

If you're an entrepreneur, you need to hustle 24/7. You need to be always on. You need to make superhuman efforts and far outperform the average 9-to-5 working chump.

And getting a solid 8 hours of sleep just doesn't fit that picture, does it?

This is the kind of message I'm seeing a lot in entrepreneurial circles. More specifically, I've recently seen the spread of the idea that entrepreneurs ought to wake up at 5 AM or earlier, to get some extra productive hours in.

It fits the picture of the look-at-me-I'm-working-so-hard hustler, but it has little to do with real productivity. In this video, I explain why I think getting up super early is the dumbest trend in entrepreneurship.

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Why “Board Velocity” is a Key Factor for Highly Effective (and Motivating) Work in Trello

Trello is a powerful tool for managing your tasks and projects. But unless you use it the right way, working with Trello can feel slow, frustrating and demotivating.

In today's video, we're looking at a key factor that can help you get more out of Trello, whether you're working alone or with a team. What we're diving into today is a psychological factor - it affects how you feel and how motivated you are. And that will have a huge effect on how much work you get done.

Check out the video to learn all about this factor, which I call "Board Velocity".

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How to Use Trello Like a Badass, Part 2: Creating Kick-Ass Content

​If you want to ​publish better content, you have to change what you do ​before​ you start ​writing or filming.

In this post, I'll show you the content outlining technique that I use to create better blog content, videos, presentations, sales pitches,... whatever form you end up communicating in, the first steps should always be the same.

Check out the video to discover my technique.

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Manage Your Tasks & Projects Like a Badass (with Trello)

In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.​

Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!

Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Reconnect With Their Wild Side

Here on ActiveGrowth, I'm always looking for tools and strategies that will make you a better entrepreneur.

Note the emphasis, there: it's about you becoming a better, more focused, stronger entrepreneur. That's a key point. External things like technology and marketing tactics matter, but not as much as you.

The greatest tool you'll ever be able to apply to building a business is your brain. And today's episode is all about those two things: becoming a better entrepreneur by building a stronger brain.

Listen in to hear our unconventional, but highly effective approach to this.

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What Does Your Business Stand For? A Guide to Creating Your Own Manifesto

What is it that you really stand for? What are your biggest values that motivate your decisions? What differentiates you from other companies and makes you more than just a seller of a product or service? Why are you doing it all? 

Recently, we published the ActiveGrowth Manifesto to declare our answers to these questions.

In today's podcast episode we explain all the reasons behind publishing this manifesto, why you should do the same regardless of the type of business you have, and the action steps on how you can do it.

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Personal KPI: The Tools I Use to Measure the Right Things & Give Myself a Productivity Advantage

"What gets measured gets managed." This quote by Peter Drucker hints at a powerful productivity tool that few entrepreneurs make good use of.

Think of it like this: if you measure the wrong things in your business, it's like you're trying to drive with the handbrake on. If you measure the right things, it's a free productivity boost that costs you almost no effort.​

For entrepreneurs, an important way to measure the right thing is in the concept of Personal KPI (key performance indicators), which we introduced in this podcast episode about overcoming perfectionism. In today's post, I'll show you the tools you can use to put this advice into practice.

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7 Highly Effective People Reveal Their Favorite Productivity Hacks

Warning: if you're always feeling highly productive, know your goals and priorities and not even the combination of crying babies, barking dogs and unreliable internet connection could distract you, this episode is not for you. Everyone else, read on. 

Staying produtive all the time is hard, especially is you don't have a boss and coworkers in the same room to hold you accountable. There's just too much distraction.

The Thrive Themes / ActiveGrowth marketing team is fully remote and has no office. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, not so much when it comes to productivity. When you can work from whichever timezone and location you want, (my most random location was an Uber in Vegas), without any of your co-workers around you, you have to develop some extreme self-discipline and focus to get shit done. 

In today's episode, we all gathered around to share with you how we keep our habits, stay on top of our duties and get quality work done, even when nothing else is stable in our daily lives.

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Join My 2018 Productivity Experiment

Today, I'm turning my usual approach on its head.

What I normally do is test out different tools, systems and ideas in my own business and life and then report here (in articles and videos) what worked and didn't work for me.

Today, I'm inviting you to join me in my role of being a guinea pig for a new idea. I'm sharing a simple tool that I've developed to make me more productive in 2018, so you can start using it as well, right away.

As you'll see, it's perfectly suited for the start of a new year, which is why I wanted to give you the opportunity to join me in a year-long experiment.

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Do You Feel Like You Aren’t Ready Yet?

A failure to get shit done is a very common problem among entrepreneurs. We're all better at coming up with ideas than at seeing them through to completion (as we've discovered in various previous posts).

When you procrastinate and deliberate instead of finishing and publishing, you always have good reasons. At least, they sound like really good reasons when you tell them to yourself...

One of the most common reasons to put things off is the feeling of being unprepared. You're just not ready for this yet. You just need to get a bit better, learn a bit more,...

In this video, I reveal something about myself that will help you change your mind and get more done.

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The 80% Rule – Unraveling Our Culture’s Greatest Myth About High Performance

You've been lied to.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but you've been lied to. And it gets worse: you've been lied to by some of the people you admire and look up to, the most.

Specifically, you've been told that you should always give it your best. That you should always give 100%. Perhaps even 110%.

That is the path to success and excellence, is it not? That's how the rich and famous managed to climb to their position in life.

In reality, this is an idea that, if followed in earnest, will keep you small, weak and frustrated.

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The Secrets Highly Productive People Use to Make Self-Imposed Deadlines Work

In the past four episodes of the ActiveGrowth podcast, we've dug deep into the topic of entrepreneurial procrastination.

From forming highly productive habits to resisting the allure of bright-shiny-object syndrome, we've covered many tools that can help you finish projects (and grow your business) faster.

In this episode, we're looking at another massive productivity booster/challenge: sticking to deadlines. 

Listen in to discover how you can set deadlines for yourself and ship, without putting the work off until the very last minute. 

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