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Stop Wasting Time: Why schedules are important.

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Here is some motivation today provided by Jordan Peterson who is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He begins by reminding us of how much time the average person wastes in a day. Before you read on, ask yourself this question: How much time do I waste each day? Make a mental note of the number.

Peterson says, “I often ask undergraduates how many hours a day you waste, or how many hours a week you waste? The classic answer is 4-6 hours a day. … That’s 25 hours a week, 100 hours a month (2 1/2 full work weeks). It’s half a year of work weeks per year.”

I often ask undergraduates how many hours a day you waste, or how many hours a week you waste? The classic answer is 4-6 hours a day. … That’s 25 hours a week, 100 hours a month (2 1/2 full work weeks). It’s half a year of work weeks per year.

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That number seems outrageous, but probably rings true. You can calculate the number anyway you want, but Peterson suggests if you put it to a number of $20 per hour, it is around $50,000 per year wasted. A financial number any of us would find enormous.

So what is his suggestion to remedy the problem? Peterson recommends making a schedule, but he cautions many people get it wrong.

Jordan says many people view a schedule as too restrictive, “Make a schedule and stick to it. It’s not a prison. I have to do this, then I have to do this. WRONG!”

He says instead you should view a schedule as a tool you use to create the most beneficial day for yourself. He says, “Set the schedule up so that you have the day that you want. That’s the trick.” He continues, “If I could set it (the schedule) up so it’s the the best day possible that I could have, practically speaking, What would it look like? Then you schedule it. “

He goes on to talk about how you need to think about what you actually want in life, and schedule things responsibly, and try to stick to it. If you only hit 50% of what you scheduled, then you were a lot better off than if you just wasted all of the time. As you get better at scheduling and as you become more productive, then you will become better at it.

One thing he said that I took particular note of, especially because Peterson is a clinical psychologist is, “You cannot be mentally healthy without a routine.”

Do you currently have a schedule? Will you start one, or improve on your system in 2019?

Watch the full motivation video below.

Jordan Peterson: Motivation of being more productive.
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Wim Hof, Conquer Your Mind

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Certainly you’ve heard the sports cliche, “90% of performance is above the neck”. It’s hard to accept especially when you consider the daily self-inflicted pain swimmers endure. But were it not for the mental toughness, would the body comply? Of course your body has to be there, but isn’t it your mind that guided it?

But what about the mind expanding thought of doing something commonly thought of as impossible, such as:

Climbing Mt. Everest in shorts, or running a half marathon barefoot in snow?

Impossible? What if you had such access and precise control over your mind that you were able to regulate your body temperature and withstand such extreme cold? Again, impossible?

Wim Hof, holds 26 world records including the longest ice bath of 1 hour and 52 minutes. He defies previously held scientific beliefs by controlling his mind, and his body temperature.

Wim Hof’s achievements expands the world of possibilities for all of us. For instance, in track a sub-4 minute mile was thought to be an impossible feat. But once Roger Bannister broke it, others quickly followed.

I can think of other accomplishment that we would think of as crazy or impossible such as tightrope walking between the New York Trade Center towers. Or free climbing El Capitan. Or jumping from a plane without a parachute.

I’m not recommending that you become an extreme thrill-seeker. Instead, I’m suggesting that you reflect on your own preconceived ideas and mental limits. Realize that you have built a mental image of what you can and can’t do. And, most importantly, you can change that mental construct immediately.

What lessons can you learn from Wim Hof, and how can you use this lesson to improve your life or achieve your goals?

Wim Hof’s accomplishments teaches us what we once thought impossible may actually be possible.
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David Goggins on Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

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David Goggins, former Navy Seal and ultra-distance athlete talks about how to use your mind to overcome great challenges.

He argues that we seek comfort and it’s important to put yourself into uncomfortable situations in order to grow.

He says the biggest war we are going through is right in our mind and we have to train our mind to be tough.

His story about his first 100 mile run in under 24 hours is amazing. Would you have been able to do what he did? How can you strengthen your mind so that when life gets tough, you can overcome great challenges?

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