5 Productivity Tips When Working Remote

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The 5 Tips

  1. Build a Regimen / Schedule
    1. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore schedule of minute to minute or hour to hour, but at least what you need to get done and when. You’re likely going to fail from time to time, and that’s fine but keep this as a goal for your days.
  2. Schedule Meetings At Low Motivation Times
    1. If there’s a certain time of day that you always hate to work, schedule meetings during that time that way you’re forced to work during that window
  3. Act Within 3 – 5 Seconds
    1. When you know you have to start working again, or knock out that big project, just go for it right away, don’t sit and start to debate with yourself on whether you can push it off or not. If you’re anything like me you’ll always push it off…
  4. Promise Deadlines To Others
    1. You’re more likely to get stuff done if you promise a deadline to a client or co-worker
  5. Don’t Fall For The “Eternal Tomorrow”
    1. It feels great planning out all the work you’re gonna do tomorrow while you sit and watch Netflix all day today. Don’t fall for this trap. “Tomorrow” may not come for a long time, or possibly never at all.
  6. It’s A Self Disciple Problem, Not a Motivation Problem
    1. This is the most important tip of all. Motivation comes and goes you can’t rely on it. When you’re feeling less motivated shift your focus to relying on self-discipline, not motivation. If you wait to be motivated, you could be waiting a long time to get anything done.

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Transcripts Of The Video

hey it’s lauren coming in hot with five

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tips for how to work

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how to get done when you’re working

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remote or working out of the office so

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number one is going to be a schedule or

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regimen so what you want to do is you

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want to build out some sort of schedule

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or regimen

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um and it does don’t hold yourself to

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like strict deadlines and stuff like

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that i need to be done with this at 7 30

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and you start this at eight you know you

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have to have it somewhat flexible but at

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least have

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a level of like chronological order of

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what you want to get done when you want

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to get it done

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so for me it’s waking up in the morning

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ideally i’d like to do five minutes of

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meditation

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after that

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some other sort of shower and boring

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stuff like that and then i’d like to

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journal

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um usually for about five to ten minutes

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after that i get into

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uh what should have been done yesterday

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kind of looking at projects and how

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they’re coming along uh what i need to

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get done today emails and then kind of

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jumping into some of the work that i’m

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doing

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and then anywhere from about 9 30 to 11

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i’m going to go work out at the gym

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after that come back in the afternoon

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have some food usually take like an hour

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nap and then um start again

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uh with kind of like usually i have like

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a main focus and then my meetings are

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usually an afternoon as well so that’s

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what works for me find something that

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works for you if you don’t stick to 100

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it’s okay it’s not the end of the world

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but it’s good to have a sort of like

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aspirational goal every day that you can

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kind of work toward and then you know

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kind of slowly but surely over the weeks

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we’re closer to that so

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number two

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schedule meetings and low motivation

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times

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so there’s a big um what i mean by that

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is that when you’re you know that

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there’s certain parts of the day that

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you may not be quite as motivated so

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schedule meetings or something with

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other people during that time that way

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you kind of force yourself to work so

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for me i know the afternoons after i

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take that nap usually i don’t really

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want to get back to work

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so i schedule most of my meetings in the

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afternoon because i know in the mornings

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i’m pretty motivated to work and so it’s

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not that hard for me to get to work

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however in the afternoons is a little

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bit harder so i try to schedule pretty

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much all on my meetings um in the

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afternoon that way i’m forced i know i

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have to get back up

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because um other people are kind of

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holding me accountable for that so maybe

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you’re a morning you don’t really like

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the morning that’s kind of the roughest

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part for you maybe you just start

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scheduling meetings from 9am to 11am

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that way you’re forced to get up and you

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hold yourself uh other you kind of have

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other people holding you accountable

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without ever actually even knowing which

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is pretty cool so number three

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act within three to five seconds of

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uh what you want to do so after waking

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up from those naps or after like getting

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up in the morning usually there’s a

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three to five second window if i tell

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myself uh whatever man i’ll push it off

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or i’ll get that work done tomorrow or

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oh man you know uh we’ll just call it a

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day um if you do not act within that

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third first three to five seconds it’s

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really easy to push things off push it

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off till tomorrow

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one thing that goes into level number

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four

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is don’t get into the eternal tomorrows

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so what do i mean by that so when i

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started working i realized very quickly

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and i still do this

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is that it’s very easy for you to say

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tomorrow i’ll get this done you get

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really excited about that there’s like a

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hit of dopamine that we all get when

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we’re like oh tomorrow it’s going to be

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killer you know tomorrow like you see it

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a lot with dining tomorrow i’m gonna

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start my diet or next week i’m gonna

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start my diet and i’m gonna get my

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together and i’m gonna stop doing drugs

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or whatever it’s the same thing with

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work right where you’re like tomorrow

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i’m really gonna get all the work done

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that i have on my plate

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today’s a little bit of a wash but

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tomorrow it’s gonna be great and you hit

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this you get this hit of excitement

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you’re like man i’m really gonna get it

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done and then you realize sometimes

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tomorrow never comes you’re gonna push

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that off for weeks and weeks in some

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cases which is is a bad deal

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so number five

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promise deadlines to others so kind of

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the same as like just bringing in other

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people to keep you accountable like for

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the meetings is promising deadlines to

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others so if you promise deadlines to

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others usually you’re more likely to get

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done if you promise a deadline to

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somebody else as opposed to yourself so

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that’s a little big uh really big one

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actually got from gary vaynerchuk

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um bonus one or maybe i can’t freaking

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count so actually we have six

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this is what you get when you follow

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digital nomad lifestyle an extra tip

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so numbers

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uh number six

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um a big shift change that i actually

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had in the last uh month or two is it’s

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not a motivation problem it’s a

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self-discipline problem what do i mean

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by that so when you’re feeling uh

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low like when you’re feeling less

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motivated just recognize that that’s

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really not the root of the problem we’re

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the problem with self-discipline

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motivation is going to come and go if

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you’re relying on motivation you’re

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going to be uh you’re going to be fun

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quite frankly so really what you want to

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focus on the self-discipline so shift

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that when you’re feeling for me it’s in

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the afternoons or

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sometimes early in the mornings when i’m

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feeling a little less motivated

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shift that

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mindset from oh man how can i make

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myself feel more motivated or oh man i’m

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just feeling really low low motivation

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today and i don’t know if i’m gonna get

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things done shift that idea from

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motivation to self-discipline it’s not a

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motivation problem it’s a

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self-discipline problem whether or not

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the motivation is there you need to have

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a self-discipline to get that done

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that’s as much of a reminder to me as it

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is to you so

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as a recap the six tips to getting

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done when you’re working remote number

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one schedule a regimen schedules and

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regiments have literally saved my life

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i believe i live my life by those things

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that’s like some sort of joke

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number two schedule meetings and low

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motivation times so if you’re meeting up

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with employees or client meetings or

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something like that trying to schedule

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those low motivation times that way

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you’re forced to actually work during

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those periods

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act within three to five seconds

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and you don’t need to get some done

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if you act within those first three or

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five seconds it’s way easier than after

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you’ve already kind of made the decision

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to hold it off push it off tomorrow or

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sleep for another three hours or

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whatever

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number four promise deadlines to others

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promise deadlines to others you’re more

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likely to get done than if you promised

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it to yourself number five

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um

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actually through number five in there

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the eternal tomorrow

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do not get caught up in the eternal

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tomorrow of tomorrow i’ll get it done

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and getting really excited and kind of

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like

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getting super pumped about tomorrow and

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how great tomorrow is going to be and

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how you’re going to get all your stuff

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done tomorrow because it’s probably not

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going to happen

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and then number six

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it’s a self-discipline problem not a

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motivation problem that’s a huge one

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that i like i want to reiterate time and

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time again to myself it’s a

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self-discipline problem

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not a motivation problem it’s not that

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you’re feeling low motive low motivated

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that’s not an issue that happens to

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everybody motivation comes and goes if

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you’re relying on motivation you’ve got

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to be screwed you have to have some

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self-discipline recognize it as a

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self-discipline problem not a motivation

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problem you can’t rely on motivation but

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you can’t rely on self-discipline all

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right

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