How to Double Your Personal Productivity in Just 30 Days – 1 – Preparing Your Attack

How often have you said to yourself, “If only I could get twice as much done as I do now!” The good news is, you can… as long as you have the right method and the motivation to change. In this 3-part series, I’m going to teach you a step-by-step method that will allow you to double your personal productivity in just 30 days. Actually, you could do it in a week, but I prefer to allow for the fact that most people aren’t very consistent at applying new information!

1. Scheduling the Time:

As I emphasized in Part-1, you want to schedule your High Value Tasks (HVTs) for times when your mental and physical energies are at their peak, usually first thing in the morning, although that varies from person to person.

Your next decision is how much time you want to set aside for a given task. In general it’s pretty hard to stay focused for more than one hour of solid working time, so dividing your working time into one hour chunks is a smart way to go. Then, even if the task you’re working on takes two hours to complete, you need to schedule at least a 10-15 minute “stretching break” in between your two one-hour chunks to ensure you’re at your best when you start the second round.

The next vexing question is when to STOP working. Do you quit when you say you’re going to quit, no matter where you’re at, or do you plow ahead until, come hell or high water, you’ve completed your entire tasks?

This is where many people get into trouble. The danger of plowing ahead is that you can end up just working and working longer and longer, until your whole day disintegrates into an undifferentiated mass of low-productivity work. And you DO NOT want that. On the other hand, completing a task has such a huge psychological payoff that you won’t want to stop if you’re close to the finish line. So how do you resolve this conflict? Just apply these guidelines:

1. When you’re scheduling a task, first determine how you’ll know when you’ve finished it! Since you may well be working on a sub-task – one component of a larger task – admit that to yourself and make sure you specify what determines completing the sub-task rather than the larger task.

2. Then determine how long the task will likely take. Then add at least 25% as a safety net – most of us consistently underestimate the time we need.

3. If the task can be completed within a one hour time chunk, then you work at it until it’s completed.

4. If the task is a longer task or a more “creative” one where it’s difficult to say how long it will take, then you stop working after your allotted time expires, no matter what.

2. Preparing Your Workspace:

Make sure your work area is clean and neat: a messy environment will compromise your productivity. Be sure to lay out any documents you’ll need in advance and make sure you have any electronic documents or web pages you’ll need open and ready before you begin. Otherwise, you may spend the first 10 minutes of your “working time” just digging up these items and becoming more and more frustrated.

Next, turn your phone’s ringer off and send all incoming calls to voice mail. If you’re in an office and have an assistant, make sure he or she knows you don’t want to be disturbed. If you’re working from home, negotiate with your family so they know to leave you alone as much as possible when you’re really working.

Also, close your email, your Twitter, your instant messaging and any other means of electronic communications you have. If you’re really serious about doubling your personal productivity, you MUST be willing to make your self 100% “available” to your work for defined periods of time, and that means making yourself 100% unavailable to the demands and interruptions of other people while you’re doing a blitz on your HVTs.

3. Before You Start:

Now that you’ve prepared your physical workspace, it’s time to spend a few minutes on your mental workspace. Going into a task fully motivated will significantly improve your productivity, a lesson every athlete knows all too well.

Find whatever inspires you in your work. It could be success stories in your industry, a book about personal effectiveness, time management or productivity, or simply the vision of what you are working towards. Then spend a few minutes reading or thinking about this until you feel “in the zone”. But don’t stop there…

Close your eyes and visualize yourself working on your task. Make sure you FEEL how easily you’ll complete it and the feeling of personal satisfaction that comes from that. Once you can feel all that, then you’re truly ready to begin.

And once you begin, have a timer or stop watch nearby so you can play “beat the clock” – a phenomenal method for keeping your relentlessly focused on the task at hand.

All these preparations – which most people simply skip over – are absolutely critical to doubling your productivity. Without them, no matter how well you’ve prioritized, your execution will be second rate and the time it will take you to complete a given task can easily increase by 3-400%. So resist the temptation to dive into your work without doing these preparatory steps first. At first these steps may seem tedious but once they’ve become a habit for you, you’ll understand how essential they really are.

Join us next time for the third and final installment of this 3-part series on how to double your personal productivity in just 30 days, when I’ll share with you the strategic secrets of flawless execution.

– Dr. Symeon Rodger

Top NYC Beauty Salons

There are numerous beauty salons established in New York to facilitate and take care of individuals’ appearances. New York is amongst the most expensive and posh localities in the United States. Hence, the salons located in New York are equally sophisticated and high-priced. However, individuals can also choose to patronize downtown beauty salons that offer huge discounts. Beauty salons are now going out of their way to focus on branded systems and resourceful methods to enhance individuals’ looks. The beauty treatment offered at the salons differs according to each client’s requirements, and the equipment used is disinfected after every service, ensuring safe and hygienic management.

There are beauty salons that offer the basic manicure services and pedicures, and those that offer nail therapies as well. Many top NYC salons are very popular. Individuals who can afford the services avail them regularly. Some of them include metamorphosis day spa, feline spa, Maria Bonita salon and spa. There are many salons, such as the Cartsten Union Care Salon, that have professional staff and are famous for best color treatment for hair. The salons are very particular about having clean towels, pedicure tubs, tissues, and cotton balls for manicures. New emery boards and fresh soapy water is made available with each round of therapy. The staffs in these top salons are professionally trained and are extremely skillful to provide the best of services.

Top New York salons employ the use of air filters to stop the smell of acrylics from stinging the client’s nose or eyes. Many additional services are being offered at beauty salons, other than the basic skin treatments with tips and simple hair coloring treatments. These may include spa level manicures and tanning, aromatherapy, natural nail care, hair perming, straightening, silk or cotton nail wraps, and organic and botanical products for pedicure massages. The treatments can vary from the traditional ones to the elaborate flower power wraps.

Many sites provide information about top NYC salons. The services and rates can be found at these sites, and customers can avail discount schemes provided by the salons.

Qualities To Look Out For In A Beauty Salon

Beauty salons offer more than just hair services; most generally they take care of every part of your body through different services. If you value how your body gets treated with every session that you go for, you should pay attention to what the beauty salon you have selected has to offer you. There are a few qualities that every good beauty salon should have and they can help you choose the best beauty salons to get your beauty treatments from.

Exceptional services

Hair and beauty salons should not only offer a variety of services, but they should be high quality services to you the customer. Remember that there are shops that deal only with hair, but a full beauty salon should offer other services including hair, hands and feet services, cosmetic, body and face services. Whether you are going for a haircut, pedicure, and facial or makeup, the services that you get should be professional. Look at all the services you can get from your salon and just how professionally they get done. A salon that offers more than one service is better because it means you can get any beauty treatment whenever.

Reliable operation hours

It is hard to find a beauty salon that offers services round the clock, but it should at least have reasonable and reliable working hours. The hours of operation should be flexible to match customer schedules in that you know you can rely on the salon when you need the services very early in the morning before going to work or very late in the evening after a hard day at the office. When comparing the best beauty salons, make sure you check from what time they open and at what time they close and then relate the hours to your normal schedule so you know whether you can trust the salon to come through for you when you want an appointment.

Modern beauty equipment and quality products

They can both determine the results you have with your treatments. Hair and beauty salons that are always upgrading to better equipment and safer products tend to offer better services. Find out what equipment the salon has to achieve a desired look or treatment and whether you can trust in the quality of the beauty products it uses. It is better to be charged a slightly higher price for the services and enjoy quality than lower prices for low quality services.

Inviting atmosphere

Cleanliness is paramount for any good beauty salon. It should at least be well lit and clean from the floors to the equipment and items used on you. You will feel more relaxed in a salon that shows a little effort from the side of the management. For instance a beauty shop that has mirrors that are elegantly framed, soft music, towel racks that are organized and display cabinets and other features have an easy time creating an inviting ambience. The atmosphere should generally make you feel at ease and give the staff confidence as they work.