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The Counterintuitive Productivity Hack You Can Use Every Day

I am a lazy person.

Yep, it’s true.

People assume you must have to be some kind of natural super-human productivity machine in order to run a successful business. But you don’t. Believe me.

In this week’s video, I’m going to show you how you can get more done in your busy schedule, EVEN if you feel like you have a full calendar and can’t fit more in. I’ll give a hint: Deadlines are your friend

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70 Replies to “The Counterintuitive Productivity Hack You Can Use Every Day”

  • This is a productivity tip I heard for the first time. It is counterintuitive. Coincidentally, I was at a meeting last week and used the same tip by accident. It felt good. I will continuously incorporate this into my daily schedule.

  • Brilliant, Matthew…!!! Appreciate your sharing with us all sorts of precious experience and comments. You are truly a genius…

  • So right! The weekdays are far more productive… if I could be as productive on the weekend with “me” stuff, I’d be so much better off. Unfortunately, I need the weekends to recharge from my high productivity weekdays!

  • Getting my whole house clean with a two year old autistic toddler that keeps things thrown around….busy busy busy. How to do it all???

  • Hi Matt,
    Sorry if this is completely left-field, not related to this blog post specifically, but I’ve recently discovered you through your videos on YouTube, and I have a burning question, relating specifically to a not-often-discussed issue: the asexuality spectrum. You’ve talked in the past about the issue of sex, and pointed out that showing attraction isn’t the same as expressing intent… is that still valid for someone like me who may NEVER want to actually “go there?” In my case I can still find someone attractive, still want to be close to them, but just not want to cross that particular line. Are there any changes you’d suggest in showing that flirty side (desire/attraction) if that’s the case? I don’t wish to lead anyone on, but I’d like some guidance if you don’t mind! :)

  • Hello Matt, today your video resonated with my work calendar but not my weekend calendar. One thing that I would add is dedicating lunch or just one hour to getting the errand list done. For example, if you know that there are things that will take an undetermined amount of time, email for example, looking at the volume and planning out a rough estimate to how long each email will be you write can help break up the hour. Try this with grocery shopping too, it helps keep a budget. ;-)

  • I delayed producing my Vlog today because I took an extra long Sunday nap. Yes, I taped it, but I did not upload it, edit it, and post it. I keep an extra long working To Do list, so I cannot even begin to finish it in a given day. I can’t imagine you have a solution, yet I’m ok with the idea that you can give me insider tips on being successful with my next guy. Thanks for the blog spots.

  • Thanks, Matthew for this simple yet great advice!

    Like this I could prepare a short presentation for tomorrow’s class before meeting a friend for lunch :)

    And I also set another appointment for afternoon, so I can be productive before that time!

    Much Love from Germany

  • You’re funny… the bathtub scene… My other comment is, I agree with you about the counterintuitive prod. I’m a person that needs structure to get things done, otherwise, I’m all over the map. I’m in communications doing a project for raising awareness about species at risk. I’m in Canada. Great work you’re doing. Cheers!

  • Hi Matt,

    I’ve already seen you in a bathtub… I meant your video ;)

    I love your life advice videos, great to help me become a better me! This one strikes true to home. I have a lot of things going on at work, and I do notice that when I have an entire day, a lot less gets done.

    Hope you have an awesome day,

  • Hi Matt,
    I want to de-clutter, have been procrastinating.
    I’ll give myself a couple of hours in the room and schedule it in This week. See how it goes.
    Love your advice.

  • Matt, your life hacks have added new perspective to my life. Today I have complete what is required according to my boss.

  • I love when it isn’t just dating advice :)
    Don’t laugh at me but I have always applied your advice (yes … even the dating advice) to the areas of my life that are not going so well. Like marketing, networking … making friends. I have been in a wonderful relationship with my guy for 14 years so dating advice is not an issue for me but if you change the wording around just a little bit … you can apply your tips to almost anything! Anyway … I am breathing and alive and actually read and listen to all your stuff and I just wanted to thank you because you really do help me out in areas of my life I didn’t really want to focus on.

  • @lisa kennedy
    I too have 2 boys on the spectrum. one mild and the other more severe and omg yesssss I agree about the cleaning… I just take it one day at a time and try not to be so hard on yourself. xoxoxoxo glad I am not the only autie mom out there

  • Yep, I got this from a book on procrastination: schedule your fun first and you’ll be more productive during the blocks of time in between. This past Saturday ended up working that way for me as I met up with a friend at 2 PM. Even though I slept in super late from being jet-lagged plus picking up housemates from the airport the night before, I still squeezed in paying bills and tackling finances before meeting up. Made an impromptu stop at my favorite store because it was close by and having a big sale and I needed new sandals for summer. I arrived home around 4 and had another friend coming over between 5:30 and 6 PM. So I spent about an hour putting together a blog post and getting photos off my phone. Then the evening was free to hang with my friend and be off to a party!

  • Hello Matt,
    I am happy every time I notice there is a new video online from you!
    It really feels like you are a man who does understand what I really want and need!…
    Well, who knows if you do so well in every other area of life, but you seem to be really good in giving advices already! Would be interesting to find out what else you are really good in… ;-)
    But, back to your videos: they are really fun to watch (you have a great sense of humor – one more thing you can add to the “Matt is good in” list!), and lots of beautiful pictures! I guess it might be Jamesons creative view on the world that provide the Ideas for the looks of the videos. The camera work is amazing! Especially in those short movies you guys do from time to time! The ankles, movements, backgrounds… the sound too! Seems like you know what I want too…
    Great job guys! I can only learn from you!
    Want more of that!


  • Definitely agree. Currently working on my Master Thesis, and I have to set my own deadlines etc. When I clear my whole day to work on it I procrastinate soooo much it’s insane.

    I book my days, and fill them up as much as possible, like going running in morning, yoga in the afternoon, meetups, friend-dates or date-dates in the evening. In between I have my thesis to work on, but almost never do I work on it in the evening. I want my freedom too, and I feel very happy and productive about that.

  • I have been putting off studying for the bar exam in July! I purchased the online bar review program back in March and felt that I had soooo much time to prepare so I held off. Well…we are almost in June now and I STILL haven’t started yet. Ugh….This video REALLY helped! Thanks Matt!

    1. Girl you better start that lol just make a schedule for yourself that you can study 2 hours every day. Goodluck!

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