What Are Your Rules?

Let's imagine something for a minute...

Imagine if there were no rules. 

Imagine if it was okay to drive 100 mph on the highway

Imagine if you could jump from a skyscraper and not die. 

Speeding and gravity. 

There both rules. 

Rules that we have to follow. 

What are the rules in your own life? 

I consider productivity to be a strength of mine. 

However, just like anything else, it's a skill that must be practiced.

I think people forget that. 

You don't just wake up and instantly become productive. 

You must practice it, recognize the negative patterns, reinforce the positive behaviors, educate yourself on it, and continually implement it.  

Over the course of this week, I'm going to share some strategies to really increase your productivity, get more done in the day, have more time with family, and make more impact. 

It starts with your rules. 

Do you have a rule about what time you wake up?

Do you have a rule about what time you go to bed?

Do you have a rule about not checking e-mails until 10 am?

Do you have a rule that you must get at least 20 minutes of exercise every day?

How about a rule that you won't waste time on negative people or dwell about negative things?

Do you have a rule that you won't eat sweets more than once per week? 

You create your own rules. 

Think about the nutrition side. 

A vegan is someone who doesn't eat animal products. 

It's a rule. 

You can't eat steak three nights a week and be a vegan. 

Now, being vegan is a choice, but with that choice comes a set of rules we must follow. 

Being productive is a choice, but with that choice comes a set of rules you must follow. 

Just like being fit is a choice, but with that choice comes a set of rules you must follow.

I have a list of rules that I follow every day. 

You have to start with that. 

You have to put up some guardrails. 

I'll share a couple of my rules...

I get up at 4:30am.

I meditate for 10 minutes. 

I read for 30 minutes. 

I write for 30 minutes. 

I don't check social media or e-mail until those are done. 

I plan the next day the night before. 

Those are rules. 

There non-negotiable. 

Now, here's something interesting. 

I've had a rule of reading and writing every day for a couple years now. 

It's a really strong habit. 

However, once Kaden was born I realized I couldn't just wake up and read and write at my own pace. 

I began to break the rule. 

I caught myself and set a new rule. 

I get up at 4:30 am.

As I write this I've been up for over an hour and have had zero distractions because everyone in the Spurling household is still sleeping. 

It's a rule now. 

Is it always easy?

Of course not. 

But if I didn't treat it like a rule I would allow myself to hit the snooze button. 

So...

What are your rules?

You have to set boundaries. 

You have to set guardrails.

Don't let external forces control your productivity. 

That's this weeks challenge. 

Set three rules that you're now going to live by every single day. 

As you continue to get better at this, you'll tweak the rules you do have and begin to add some others. 

Alright. 

What are your rules?

I'd love to hear them. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling

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