I bet you’re familiar with that feeling that you’re not accomplishing all you’ve set out to do – you’re not moving forward fast enough, while others around you are seemingly racing ahead at warp speed.
It’s a feeling we all struggle with – hell I’m still grappling with it even now. After all, it’s human nature to focus on our flaws while comparing ourselves to others – even our stone-age ancestors did this while lounging in their caves and wondering why their neighbors had better rocks than them…. Or something like that.
The Reality of Distraction
What I’m getting at is that this problem is only growing stronger in the distraction rich world we’re living in today.
This is the first time ever in history where practically the entire world is connected. Never before has anyone been able to share something that can be seen by millions all across the world – all in the span of seconds. When 100s of millions are able to do this simultaneously, the result is incredible… but not without drawbacks.
With all these people sharing their lifestyles, thoughts, ideas, adventures – it’s clear that only what is outstanding will, well, stand out.
And this hurts us. It hurts us a lot. Because as we see all these amazing lives everyone around us is living while filtering out the mundane, we can’t help feel incompetent about ourselves.
Why aren’t we the ones going on these life-changing adventures and getting 100,000 likes on our posts? Why aren’t we the ones meeting all the right people and getting these perfect opportunities that everyone around us is?
I should mention that this disruption to the world is still in its baby stage. Who knows where this will go… but that’s another post for another day.
Don’t worry, this is going somewhere: This being a personal challenge of mine, I’m about to do my damned best to tackle this issue that’s experienced by so many by providing the tools, methods, strategies, and mindsets I currently use to avoid falling into this pit and avoid distractions, optimize achievement, and take control of life!
Finally, to top it off, seeing as you’re really here for Somiibo and to understand how to best optimize your social media performance, everything will tie together soon – so keep on reading to see how.
Let’s dive down this rabbit hole…
Tools and Solutions to Produce Successful Content
It really isn’t as hard to avoid the distractions holding us back from developing our lives as society makes it out to be. There’s just one caveat: you’ll need to take action.
From many personal development/life optimization books, podcasts, programs, and a touch of cognitive behavioral therapy – I’ve combined all the advice, noted the most consistent patterns, and developed this system for making sure each day moves you closer to the lifestyle you want.
You can start producing successful content right away, and I’ll show you how.
I’ve done my best to make this as applicable to everyone’s situation as much as possible. Since you’re on Somiibo, you’re obviously an entrepreneurial type looking to grow your reputation.
And as entrepreneurs tend to do, we break systems and make them fit our needs. Play around with these tools a little – find what works best for you.
The absolute number one effective way (I found) to stay on track and conquer your days is stupidly simple – plan your days in advance.
I’m in not associated with them, but I love this tool called Trello. It’s a free app (both desktop and smartphone) meant for project management – but I’ve jerry-rigged it for our purpose here.
Basically I use it as a to-do list, with some modification.
What I’ve done is I created a template for each day of the week and filled it with the fundamental tasks and routines I want to accomplish each day and week.
The process is simple – first create a list of what matters most to you:
What do you want to accomplish, not just in the future – but for each day?
What commitments do you have and want to keep? These can be work, gym, health, hobbies, habits, morning routines, keeping in touch with those who matter… think of anything else that falls under this theme.
Once you’ve gotten this list going – think and pick the items to tackle first (keep it simple, you don’t want to burn out).
Side note: I love doing this on pen and paper and listing each item out in what I call a “brain dump”. For some reason, I’m not as productive on the keyboard. When I have a pen in hand, it’s like my mind enters a more creative place. Give it a shot.
Once we’ve got your final list of items and intentions, create a plan, like this lovely setup below, to accomplish them. Here’s my solution:
Again, this is my schedule – yours will and should drastically differ.
It seems quite repetitive, but it’s really not…
Each night before bed I copy the template for the next day (renaming it to that day) and then adjust it to what the actual day will look like. This way, things aren’t repetitive and boring – you maintain that flexibility you crave.
The colors are used to identify grouped tasks that are done together and the time block they are done in. Trial and error is a key part of this equation – use it to figure out how long your tasks take and how to best fit them into a time block, along with which tasks pair together better.
Important note: Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t finish all the tasks in a time block by the deadline. Don’t push back the next block unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you don’t finish all the tasks in a time block (and you won’t for a while) – don’t sweat it, simply move on to the next time block. You’ll be doing it again soon anyways. There’s also a time element – the more you follow this schedule, the more you train yourself in finishing your tasks and blocks faster and more efficiently.
Don’t underestimate this method – the feeling of completing what you’ve set out to do is unlike any other. Don’t take it from me, take it from ex Navy Seal commander Jocko Willink (highly paraphrased):
2. The “10–3–2–1–0” System
This simple formula I picked up from Craig’s book “The Perfect Day Formula” is incredible in ensuring you get the best possible sleep, rest, and energy you need to optimize the next day.
Apply these 5 easy steps throughout the day and see for yourself how you feel the next day:
10 Hours Before Bed
No more caffeine consumption
Generally, it takes around 10 hours for the stimulating factors of caffeine to leave your bloodstream.
Keep in mind – this is an average figure: All of us have unique biological makeup and our bodies behave differently. Feel free to experiment.
3 Hours Before Bed
No more food, especially alcohol
Do this, and you will not only have uninterrupted, restful sleep, but will also avoid heartburn (gastric reflux).
As for alcohol, it actually interrupts your sleep cycles and the deep sleep we all love and need.
Side Note – if you’re in your teens to 30s, I get it: every now and then we like to enjoy the night with good company and refreshing beverages. These tools don’t apply every single day; otherwise you’ll be in a cage. Use these 5 steps and other tools for when you want to wake up feeling amazing and conquer your day.
2 Hours Before Bed
No more focus on work
This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything that engages your mind – in fact that’s encouraged. This is the time to do what excites you! Focus on your hobbies (or learn a new one), read a book, call some friends or family, journal your day, etc…
What you avoid is what falls under the category of “work” in your mind. These can be work projects, checking emails, work calls, thinking about meetings – all that mental toll that keeps you awake and on edge.
1 Hour Before Bed
No more screen-time
This one’s pretty self explanatory – no more using your devices before bed. I know – you want you check that post or reply to just that one text… but it’s only for one hour. You get notifications when you sleep too, does the world stop because you don’t check them right away? Nope! You got this.
Use this time to read, journal, play an instrument… anything that doesn’t require screen use. Also – look into blue-blocker glasses, they block certain light waves emitted from lights and lamps that stimulate the brain and keep you awake.
0 – The amount of times you hit snooze in the morning
Personally this is by far the hardest part for me, the bane of my existence. Also, it is hands down, the most important piece of this system.
Your alarm clock is ringing. You’re half asleep, wrapped in your blanket and annoyed that this blaring noise dares disturb your sleep. All you have to do is hit snooze, and you’ll return to that comfy land of warmth with a smile on your face and drift off once again. This is the usual morning routine for most people, and one that leads to your downfall.
Jumping out of bed as soon as that alarm goes off sets forth a momentum that keeps going and sets the tone for the day. You’ve just conquered what most people fail to do, and you haven’t even been awake for 1 minute yet. Starting the day off with a win… not too shabby.
That’s the essence of the formula – simple, right?
Although it’s meant for optimizing sleep and restfulness, when paired with the other tools mentioned, you’ll see for yourself just how big of an impact this will have on your life and image.
Also – if you liked this, be sure to check out Craig’s website for a bunch of other useful tips and posts centered around this concept.
3. Somiibo’s Solution to Writing Good Content
At last – how Somiibo ties in and supports this:
How much time do you roughly spend on your social media? Think about it for a second.
Plus, that statistic uses a sample base of internet users from 16-64 years old, so let’s be honest; the number’s probably way higher.
That sucks! Spending that much time each day just to check all your likes repeatedly and scroll through everyone else’s highlights isn’t just wasting your time, it’s also making it more difficult to return back into your productivity zone.
That’s where Somiibo get’s to play the role of Superman. With your social media accounts being managed and maintained, you’re free to let go of all that worry and focus on making your day into what you want it to be.
You’re no longer thinking about how many likes your posts will get, how many followers you have. It’s already taken care of for you with Somiibo!
Use this time you’d otherwise be wasting to really optimize the life you live. Think about it: the less time you spend on social media and instead work on making your own life awesome, the better your posts will be – drawing in more natural followers and likes.