A month ago my mentor, Derek Doepker, shared a book with me: Double Your Productivity in 48 Hours by Jason Fladlien. Jason is an internet marketer and an insanely productive person.
“Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”
In comparison to Jason, I can definitely be called lazy.
Traditionally, let’s start from
1. The Bragging Style.
More than once, Jason seems to be full of himself. On the other hand, and it will appear in PROS, he doesn’t brag in vain. He actually implemented what he preaches.
From his perspective, he might has merely described reality in dry words.
When you are obsessed, err…, dedicated, your extreme techniques may not be for the faint of heart. I object especially to one advice from the book – to think about your projects in the spare time. It’s not the best, well not even passable, recipe for success for most people. We tend to take work home, and now when so many of us actually works from home, we never leave it.
“Wherever you are, be there. When you work, work. When you play, play. Don’t mix the two.” — Jim Rohn
It’s more than healthy to empty your mind and leave your work behind. If you won’t create the space for doing nothing your brain could never reset. It’s a guaranteed creativity drain.
3. PDF Format.
I’m so used to reading on Kindle and PDF is just not the right fit for this device. I couldn’t look up chapters in the table of content or jump between sections. Thankfully, I still could highlight.
This is a very efficient book. So, it’s full of
1. The Bragging Style.
Jason writes from his own experience. I value this kind of writing a way over even the most meticulous research and theory. His style comes with the whole package of the self-confident entrepreneur who has been there and done that.
2. A Few Simple Fundamentals.
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn
It applies to time management, too. Despite the sophistication of Internet marketing, Jason’s productivity techniques are rudimentary. Everybody can use them.
Ha! He even recommends using pen and paper!
And those are indeed, fundamentals. I included one or two of those tips in Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day (for example, the time journal). These are no new gimmicks, they are fundamentals.
3. Immediately Applicable Tips.
Jason doesn’t joke around, when he talks about 48 hours to double your productivity. In fact, I’d have been surprised if you implemented one of his tips and didn’t take your productivity to the whole new level.
It happened to me, when I used the time journal for the first time. Well, I’m kind of a turtle in life, I take things slowly and never give up. So, it took me two weeks of time journaling to change my approach. But the difference between before and after wasn’t 100%. It was closer to 1,000%.
The same goes with Jason’s techniques. If you haven’t used them before, you may be amazed how much of a difference they can make.
The list of techniques Jason discusses in Double Your Productivity… includes (but doesn’t end at):
-ALWAYS set deadlines
-stick to them rigorously
-track your time
-build productivity subsystems
-limit the number of options
-practice getting into a state of flow
-block your time
-maintain the right study to action ratio
This is a very good book to challenge your assumptions about your own productivity. It challenged my perception of what’s possible.
The book is short to the point and deosn’t overwhelm you with a zillion techniques.
Jason didn’t bother to upload this book on Amazon, so it’s only available through Karta. It costs $9.95. Pricy for a short book. But if your hour is worth more than $5, you will get it back in increased productivity in a few short hours.
Since I couldn’t share this book any other way, I created an affiliate account on Karta and will get a commission for sales made by my affiliate link below:
Oh, and I must warn you, the purchase process is a bit grueling. I got four emails before I could finally download the book. Be patient.
However, there was an unexpected bonus at the end – an audiobook version of Double Your Productivity in 48 Hours!