Productivity Hacks That Changed My Life

Have you heard this advice?

“Wake up by 5 a.m. to get a headstart on your day.”

Or…

“Reduce decision fatigue by scheduling your day the night before.”

Now, I’m not saying this is BAD advice…

But too often, these techniques don’t work for the masses.

So what DOES work?

Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you in today’s livestream.

I’ll spill the secret sauce with the best hacks working for me (even with a buzzing ADD mind), and what’s working for some of my closest peers.

Don’t miss it.

Ask Me Anything

Got a burning question about your business?

I’m here for you.

Because on today’s livestream, I’m going to let you pick my brain and ask me anything starting at 6pm ET (3pm PT).

So if you have questions, don’t miss it.

LIVE: Grow Your Net Worth With Your Network

Want to grow your NET WORTH with your NETWORK?

Then make sure you join my live stream today at 2pm ET (11am PT).

On the broadcast, I’ll be joined by a special guest and close friend, Amber Spears.

For those who don’t know Amber, she’s an affiliate managing all-star who’d one of the most connected marketers I know.

And we’re going to be sharing the specific things you should look for when identifying high-quality networking events — along with some little-know tips to help you make the most of every mastermind.

Don’t miss it.

LIVE: My x-ray glasses to spot hidden profits

Imagine for a moment…

You put on a pair of special glasses and suddenly, everything you see is different.

There are secret shortcuts you can take on your way to the office.

You detect magnetic auras around people, either pulling you closer or pushing you away.

And to your disbelief, you see big bundles of benjamins almost everywhere you look.

Obviously, glasses like this don’t exist (yet).

But when they do, I suspect they’d sell for millions.

However, I want to give you the next best thing — for FREE.

You see, you can experience a similar phenomenon when you understand the power of “distinctions.”

These are ideas that once grasped, change the way you view the world forever.

And just like magic glasses, they allow you to spot massive opportunities that are hidden in plain sight.

So on today’s livestream at 6pm ET, I want to share with you some of the most impactful distinctions that have allowed me to become a successful entrepreneur.

LIVE: Why you’re blind to life-changing opportunities

This may sound strange…

But everything you’ve learned up until this point is actually holding you back.

Your knowledge and experience are preventing you from seeing opportunities right in front of you.

It’s the case for all of us.

But the difference between successful entrepreneurs and those who struggle is that the former has found ways to occasionally remove those blinders…

See the world in a new way…

And exploit the hidden opportunities they uncover.

It’s what makes me so effective at what I do. It’s a skill that allows legendary consultants like Jay Abraham and Mark Ford generate such business-changing results (and command such incredible fees).

And it’s what I’m going to share with you in today’s livestream.

To higher profits,

Rich Schefren

How To Enjoy Stress

When someone says, “I feel stressed.”

… It’s often meant as a bad thing.

But for a moment, imagine how much more you’d get done — and how easy it would be to overcome the challenges of work and everyday life — if you enjoyed stress.

Well friends, I have some good news…

Because I’m about to show you that “stress” might actually be the best thing for you. And when you understand the benefits of stress, I suspect you’ll start savoring it as much as I do.

But first, a short story…

As many of you know, I started running Strategic Profits at the beginning of last year.

And with it, came more responsibilities than I’ve ever managed before, like leading a team, executing multiple projects at once, driving forward both product marketing and fulfillment, business development, customer service, and anything else that needs to get done, but lacks a dedicated team member.

Plus, when I started the role, we were planning a big launch for Steal Our Winners, which in itself, had more moving pieces than any campaign I’ve ever been a part of.

Point being, I was faced with challenges unlike any I had overcome before.

And there were many late nights and long weekends at the office.

But whenever I would lay in bed at night and talk with my wife, I wouldn’t complain about all the fires I had to put out that day.

Instead, I’d tell her how much I LOVED doing it.

And the same is true today.

Now, many people in this situation would’ve been scared, or nervous, or anxious, or intimidated. And all of those words could’ve easily characterized the emotions I was feeling.

But instead of looking at my situation through a negative lense…

I viewed my stress as excitement.

“This is fun,” I’d tell myself.

And it’s a habit I’ve worked hard to develop whenever the butterflies in my stomach are flapping at top speed.

Because 95 times out of 100, those butterflies mean I’m doing something that’s pushing me to my outer limits and forcing me to grow as a person.

I’m getting better.

And even though this is a simple shift in perspective, it makes a profound difference.

But here’s the cool part…

I’m not some freak of nature who doesn’t get stressed.

On the contrary, it’s taken my whole life to get to this point (and I still have room to improve).

But one thing that’s helped me get here is by researching the best ways to deal with my emotions, which nowadays, isn’t too hard considering the Internet and the litany of academic literature on the subject.

For instance, most people don’t realize that psychologists have identified two types of stress:

Distress: This is the common form of stress that causes dissatisfaction and depression.

Eustress: This is positive stress that causes enjoyment, focus, and personal growth.
But here’s the crazy part…

Scientists found that the type of event doesn’t impact whether it causes distress or eustress. It’s the way we perceive these events that determine if we grow or suffer because of them.

For one person, a terminal cancer diagnosis might give them a newfound appreciation for life and force them to reconnect with an estranged family member.

But for another, it could send them down a spiraling depression full of anger and resentment.

The difference?

Perception.

As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (don’t ask me how to pronounce it), wrote in his iconic book, Flow:

“How we feel about ourselves, the joy we get from living, ultimately depend directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences.”

In other words:

“The control of consciousness determines the quality of life,” writes Csikszentmihalyi.

That means that your job… or your spouse… or your President… aren’t responsible for your distress.

YOU ARE!

Personally, when I first uncovered this idea, it was a breakthrough for me. And since then, through study and practice, I’ve learned how to control the way I perceive stress.

And it’s been a game-changer.

Because now I find high-stakes, high-intensity work to be some of the most enjoyable, fulfilling, and satisfying experiences of my life.

And I suspect that by making a simple tweak to your own narrative about stress, the same could happen for you too.

You pen pal,

Matt Rizvi

Speaking Is Ruining My Writing

This is going to sound strange…

But it’s becoming harder and harder for me to be a productive writer.

Getting into flow is more challenging.

My mental bandwidth is stretched like taffy.

And I’m finding it nearly impossible to carve out time to sit in silence and execute my most celebrated skill.

The reason?

I just TALK so damn much these days.

As our team grows, my time is increasingly spent in meetings.

And that’s not a bad thing.

Meetings are where I delegate tasks, make decisions, clear bottlenecks, plan our operations, and provide feedback.

They’re muy importante.

And they allow me to leverage my time effectively.

But meetings also involve a lot of speaking on my part and require a similar amount of mental focus, creativity, and energy — especially as an introvert by nature.

In fact, nearly 6 hours of my day today was dedicated to meetings alone.

And that’s why I’d go as far as to say that speaking is ruining my writing practice.

The solution?

I need to scale my writing ability.

Which means:

Outsourcing more to members of my team…
Training up staff to my level of expertise. And…
Spending more time reviewing and editing copy instead of writing it from scratch.
Point being:

If you too are managing the day-to-day operations of your business — while also creating assets that require hours of deep work — then at some point, something’s gotta give.

What roles you move off your plate is your choice.

But you better choose wisely.

Your pen pal,

Matt Rizvi

How I Got Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Some people have it. Some people don’t.

I’m talking about getting your business in the news.

Because even though connecting your name to a top-tier publication is a MASSIVE credibility boost…

Most entrepreneurs still don’t know what publications are looking for, let alone how to convince them to give your product or business the time of day.

And here’s the thing: Journalists are busy. Very busy.

So with deadlines and editors breathing down their necks, how do you position yourself as a hot topic worth writing about?

Well, on my livestream tomorrow, I’m hosting surprise guest Rhonda Swan, CEO & Founder of the Unstoppable Branding Agency…

To show you actual case studies on how to get featured in well-known media outlets and top-tier publications.

Stress + _____ = Growth

A couple of years ago, I discovered a powerful growth formula that I’ll never forget.

The source?

Best-selling author, Ryan Holiday.

You see, I was at a lecture in San Francisco where he was interviewed about how he finds “stillness” while maintaining such a productive lifestyle.

(For context, Ryan wrote 9 books by the ripe young age of 32.)

Not-so-supringly, there were lots of ideas that resonated with me.

…Like when Ryan explained that the reason he’s so prolific comes from his daily writing habit.

In fact, he believes that anyone who puts in the work — 365 days a year — is bound to produce volumes, whatever your craft.

But what I found most interesting was Ryan’s take on “streaks.”

For instance, he told a story about how excited he got when he bought an Apple iWatch because of the notifications telling him the number of days in a row he exercised.

It was motivating.

And even though it was tough at first, he soon found it emotionally easier to keep the streak alive than to break it.

But around day 37, he started to feel like crap.

Yet he kept exercising anyways.

Until at one point, his body felt so bad that he went to the hospital where he discovered that he had mono, which was exacerbated by the exercise.

And then it took him 2 months to recover.

The lesson?

Pushing yourself is important.

…But so are breaks.

“Stress + Rest = Growth,” Ryan said.

And I couldn’t agree more.

White-knuckling it will only get you so far.

At some point, you need to slow down and be still.

Your pen pal,

Matt Rizvi

A Bad Place To Work

Is your company a bad place to work?

If you’re an entrepreneur, you may not want to admit it.

Heck, you might not even know if you’re making this mistake.

You just see the symptoms:

High turnover
Low morale
Low productivity
Unengaged employees
Constant infighting
Political maneuvering
The list goes on.

But before you can fix a problem, you have to define it. And then create a vision for what life looks like once you’ve solved it.

In fact, it’s something I’ve pondered a lot recently as I grow our team at Strategic Profits.

And to help me with this dilemma, I turn to my favorite source of wisdom:

BOOKS

For example, last weekend I came across a couple powerful passages from the legendary Ben Horowitz in his book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things.

He writes:

“In good organizations, people can focus on their work and have confidence that if they get their work done, good things will happen for both the company and them personally. It is a true pleasure to work in an organization such as this. Every person can wake up knowing that the work they do will be efficient, effective and make a difference both for the organization and themselves. These things make their jobs both motivating and fulfilling.”

And in contrast:

“In a poor organization, on the other hand, people spend much of their time fighting organizational boundaries, infighting and broken processes. They are not even clear on what their jobs are, so there is no way to know if they are getting the job done or not. In the miracle case that they work ridiculous hours and get the job done, they have no idea what it means for the company or their careers. To make it all much worse and rub salt in the wound, when they finally work up the courage to tell management how fucked up their situation is, management denies there is a problem, then defends the status quo, then ignores the problem.”

Clearly, it’s better to operate a good organization than a bad one.

But setting that goal is 100X easier than achieving it.

So what are the solutions?

That’s what we’ll discuss next week.

Till then.

Your pen pal,

Matt Rizvi