HOW TO GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME
EPISODE 90 of a Daily Dose of Greatness Quest with Trevor Crane
SUMMARY & INTRO TO THE SHOW
Today, is episode #90 and I share a strategy on how you can get more done in less time.
While making this podcast, I was applying the strategy to myself just to show you how effective it can be.
So I made the deadline. I don’t have to face the consequence and I get to chillax in my jacuzzi as a reward. Cool!
DAILY QUOTE #1:
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – Parkinson’s Law
DAILY QUOTE #2:
“When you give yourself a period of time to get something done, you get it done.” – Trevor Crane
Do you have problems getting more work done in less time?
Think of something that you have been putting off doing or is taking you a long time to finish. Apply these steps and see the results.
Step #1: Set a deadline
When you set a deadline, you can get something done within a really tight timeframe.
Step #2: Set a negative consequence
This is a self-imposed consequence that you are going to apply to yourself if you do not accomplish what you set out to accomplish.
Step #3: Set a reward
This is a reward you give yourself as a form of celebration for accomplishing what you set out to do.
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So I am excited for you. Today we’re going to talk about how to get more done in less time. And you’re going to love today’s show, because it’s gonna be short, it’s going to be sweet. And I’m going to share with you a funny little story that just happened.
All right, I know you’re gonna love the show.
(INTRO – AUDIO)
So how to get more done in less time? This is a question that is often asked to me in a lot of different ways. Like, I have a publishing company now how to help people write books, and they’re like, Hey, man, How’s it? How long does it take me to write the book? How long does it take me to publish the book? How many people need to buy it to become a bestseller? You know, how long does it take me to lose weight? How long is it going to take me to start this business? How long is it going to take? How long is it going to take?
And there’s an answer. And it’s an answer that is tried and true, this is just a proven fact things will take as long as you give them there’s something called Parkinson’s Law. I think I’ve shared this with you before, but is it that that your, the task will expand or the time will expand in order to, uh, to fill the time that you’ve allotted, I think it’s called it’s an adage that says “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
So the secret to getting more done in less time.
The number one thing is that you set a deadline. So when you set a deadline, you can get something done within a really tight timeframe. But you need a couple more things with this deadline. And I’m going to share those with you right after I tell you this story.
So I was trying to record today’s podcast for the last 40 minutes. So it’s a 10 minute podcast. And they spent 40 minutes getting it done. And that I’m basically sharing with you how I failed to get my podcast on in a short period of time. Why? Because I did not pick a deadline to get it done. Now I’m in the car. I’m coming back from the chiropractor’s office right now. And I’ve got to drive from the chiropractor’s office to my house. And in that time frame, my deadline is to get my podcast done. So you and I have to finish this the next few minutes, or I’m gonna have to suffer the consequences. The consequences for today.
And this is my tip number two there is that you set a negative consequence, self imposed consequence that you are going to apply to yourself in order to if you do do not accomplish what you’re going to accomplish. And so my consequence today is, if I don’t get it done, by the time I pull up into my driveway, I’m going to shut it off, someone out of a half finished podcast is going to be out there.
And then I’m going to look stupid right in front of you. Because I did not get it done within the time frame that I had, or what it is that I didn’t get it done. I just press stop. And I didn’t finish. And I’m also going to do one more is I want to go ahead and give myself a third thing helped me get more done in less time, which is that I’m going to set up a reward.
So let’s assume that I’m able to get this podcast done in a time frame that I now have. What I need to do is also set up a reward now this is how to supercharge your behavior. You know, I think that there are success principles that we learn and that we can apply it what a ton Ronson, Tony Robbins said that success leaves clues.
If you study some of the highest performers that are out there, they set deadlines to get things done, they have negative consequences that will show that they don’t get it done, because they’re typically committed to other humans. And then that means that they will let them down or look stupid, or whatever it ends up being. But we also have a reward.
Now, the reward for hard work typically is the reward that you get, like, when you go to the gym, you build muscles, and you look sexier in the mirror. That’s cool. But I’m talking about a reward that you can give yourself that you can is more of like a celebration. That’s a compliment for yourself.
So now that I’m saying that, I got to think of one because I didn’t come up with one Mr. came up with a deadline of get this podcast done in the time frame that I’ve got. And then it came up with the consequence that I look silly in front of you, they have to finish it before I pull up into the driveway and just cut it off and mid sentence. So I needed a reward.
So what could be a cool reward you don’t want, the reward will be I’ll go in the pool when I get home. Now, that’s a that’s I know, that’s a minor one. But if I don’t get the chance, if I don’t finish my podcast in that time frame, I don’t get to do that. I won’t get my pool, jacuzzi. So I’m going to be able to chillax in my pool and jacuzzi for a little bit before I start my day if I finish my podcast.
So there we go. I have a deadline, a consequence, and the reward. Now a lot of people come to me with getting their books done. And they’re like, dude, how long does it take? And I’m like, well, it’ll take as long as you get it. And I start with their date and deadline, when do you want this thing done. And this puts pressure on people.
Now, some people don’t like deadlines. Maybe you don’t like a deadline. But if you set a deadline to get your book done, to lose weight, to study for the test, to to make money, whatever it is, you need to get a goal in a deadline. And so when I what I do with books, and I’m like, and when you want this book done.
Now, one of my buddy said he was booked on in like three months on my book done well, no. So we reverse engineered what he had to go to. And then what happened is he went out any practice some of my marketing strategies to go ahead and pre sell and tell people about this book that was coming out. And what he really wanted from the book was to position himself as a speaker and to start booking, more speaking gigs, or some speaking gigs. And he wanted to pre sell some of his books.
So it came back with Jimmy three days later. And he said, Trevor, I got a problem. He goes, I got a little celebration, but I got a problem. He’s like, Hey, I use your strategy. And it worked. I booked the gate. It’s actually a really big one. Like, that’s awesome. And he goes, but I got some bad news is like, what is it? And he said, Well, I pre sold 250 books. I’m like, that doesn’t seem like that’s bad news.
And he goes, dude, this thing is in a month, I have to give the talk in a month. And I have to show up with 250 books that I’ve already pre sold. I haven’t written a word of my book. Well, guess what happened. We got his book done in 30 days.
See my my clients and I will work together and you reverse engineer what you need. When you give yourself a period of time to get something done, you get it done. My first book took me 20 years to write Actually, that’s a little bit inaccurate. I thought I was going to write one book in my 20s, I thought I was going to write another book in my 30s, I thought I was going to write another book in my 40s.
I finally decided I had to get this book done. I hired a mentor he started helping me we set a deadline and I kind of was like wishy washy about it to the deadline was approaching. And when I will often do to help people get their books done is we set a firm deadline on Amazon. So to really screw you to really put the pressure on.
And this does feel like pressure when you have the pressure building inside of you. And and you have partnered with a billion dollar company, which is Amazon to get your book done. And your book is coming out by a certain date. See Amazon, once you put your book up available on Amazon, people can preorder it they can free by it. But that also screws you or it holds you accountable. Because the accountability is that they give you 30 days to get your excuse me 90 days, get your book done.
So I’m about to pull up into my driveway. And I’m finished with today’s podcast. basically giving you a challenge. I’ve given you a little strategy. And what I will use with Amazon is the last little pieces. My as my wheels pull up on my driveway is that when you pre launch a book on Amazon, all that means is you ready to give them a cover in a description of your book, still rolling slowly rolling into my driveway where I’m going to finish this before I come to a complete stop.
When you pre launch your book on Amazon, they give you 90 days to submit your final manuscript. So really, what ends up happening is that I have yet to have a client miss that deadline and they get a phenomenal book done within 90 days or less, because they set a deadline. They have consequences, because Amazon blackball you I’m doing my CFO, Amazon will blackmail you blackball you, you don’t get your book done and within that time frame and then they will you you you get the reward of you actually get to deliver your book to everybody. you preorder it before it came out.
How to get more done in less time.
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