Friday, 12:09 PM
I’ve been feeling a little under the weather this week.
Actually I’m under-playing it for the camera.
The truth is I haven’t even felt like getting out of bed.
When I finally do get out of bed, all I can do is lie on the couch in my office.
I’ve had to put almost everything on the back burner this week.
And I’m glad.
It’s been a learning experience.
When I was finally able to do a little work, all I could do was prop myself up on the couch and work with a yellow legal pad and pen.
Being seated for longer than five minutes was not an option… and DEFINITELY not sitting in front of the computer.
Here’s the amazing thing…
Even being sick and in quite a bit of pain, I’ve been more productive than usual… and have created things that will make me more money… by simply lying on the couch with a pen and yellow legal pad.
I’ve been more productive (in terms of creating things that generate income) than if I were healthy and in front of the computer for hours a day like usual.
Here’s the most important thing I’ve discovered this week:
Wanna know what the biggest unproductive time suck of your entire day is?
Checking Your E-mail!
You know it’s true.
And if that’s how you START your day…
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
There is NOTHING worse you could do to set the tone for a successful day.
Even watching T.V. while sucking down a martini (BOTH kill brain cells, by the way) would be a better start to your day.
Look… of all the messages you get in your e-mail, how many are truly important?
How many truly contribute to your financial well-being, long term goals or happiness?
I’d be willing to bet only about 10%.
And those that you think are truly important could be dealt with just once or twice a week.
This business of checking your e-mail 3… 4… 5… or 10 or more times a day is RUINING your productivity… and keeping you from enjoying a REAL life.
And you guys and gals with smart phones surgically attached to your hand and/or hip…
You’re REALLY screwing up!
You obviously place ZERO value on your time.
Look, I ran businesses in the “pre cell phone” era… and it worked perfectly.
Actually we were probably more productive back then.
Here’s a little history lesson for the whippersnapper Internet generation…
See, we had this miraculous invention that worked with a cassette tape called an “answering machine.” This ancient contraption would answer your phone when you couldn’t. The caller could leave a message and would expect a return call within a few days.
Now with smart phones and e-mail the expectation has changed.
People expect you to get back to them within MINUTES. And if they don’t get a response within 24 hours or less, they’re REALLY pissed off… sending multiple messages wondering why you haven’t answered.
The most important thing you could do right now for your productivity, wealth and happiness is…
Get away from your e-mail as much as possible…
and smash your smart phone with a SLEDGE HAMMER!
I know… I know.
You think e-mail is vital to your business… and YOU are different.
You have it under control.
(That’s a common theme amongst addicts, by the way. They delude themselves into believing they have their addiction under control.)
You probably do NOT have it under control.
And you’re DEFINITELY out of control if you have a smart phone that beeps every time you get a new e-mail.
Now you no longer have just a little time management problem…
You have a full-blown ADDICTION!
And it’s going to be tough to break.
But if you’re smart you’ll do whatever it takes to break free.
I sincerely hope you don’t have to get sick and bed ridden with a broken vertebra and multiple ruptured disks to discover this on your own. But if that’s what it takes… then consider it a blessing.
E-mail on your computer or smart phone comes with a MILLION distractions.
Come on… you know I’m telling the truth.
Checking your e-mail turns into 90 minutes or more wasted on nonsense.
The yellow legal pad and pen… far away from your computer… and with your smart phone dying a slow painful death after being smashed with a hammer… comes with almost ZERO distractions.
Cross my heart and hope to die… swear to God (or Darwin for the atheists)… and with none of the typical guru B.S income exaggerations…. I have generated MILLIONS with nothing but a yellow legal pad and pen.
Even though I prefer to write on the computer, Gary Halbert FORCED me to use nothing but a yellow legal pad and pen the entire year and a half I worked with him.
I HATED it at first.
But now I totally get it.
Don’t wait for a major injury or illness to discover this for yourself.
Try this for just a week:
- Turn off your cell phone and hide it in the garage…
- Turn off your home phone, too…
- Only check your e-mail twice a week. Three times at the MOST…
- Go to the library every day… or a nice park… or the lake… or any place that’s quiet and makes you feel good… with nothing but a yellow legal pad and pen.
You’ll be amazed what’s going to happen.
Who knows… you might even come up with a sales letter that’s gonna make you a million bucks.
When you’re making that kind of money you can hire some poor schmuck to carry around your miserable smart phone and answer your time-sucking e-mails…. while you actually enjoy life for a change.
P.S. Heck… you could even lie in the sun by your pool writing your weekly blog post on a yellow legal pad if you wanted. Then hand it off to your virtual assistant for transcribing and posting to your blog.
That would probably work, too.