how to have a

SIMPLE LIFE
as an entrepreneur

let go of the consume less
past
say no,
when you
mean it

turn off
the phon...
how to

GET UP EARLY

by Anna Vital

plan an exciting

schedule your
most important
plans for
the morning

breakfast
to lo...
by Anna Vital
first thing successful

“eat
the frog”

people do in the morning

visualize
work
out

real work,
no email

t...
HOW TO

WORK FAST
S
have a one

track mind

keep

an average person has
70,000 thoughs per day
which is
49 per min

don’t ...
how to

THINK FASTER
by Anna Vital

say,

“Yes, and...”
- first principle of
improv
comedy
relax

your jaw,
your mouth may...
headphones
for noise cancellation
mirror
to remind self
who one is

blackout curtains
to sleep well

light
for productivit...
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Simple Life As an Entrepreneur

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If you were to visualize a productive life, it would look something like this.
BEING UBER-PRODUCTIVE
The new entrepreneurs are expected to be fast. Fast to learn, fast to do, fast to decide. After all, entrepreneurs succeed when they do things faster and better than a large corporation.
That means being uber-productive. This year I experimented with uber-productivity. I made a new year resolutions a year ago. Not so naive about my self-discipline any more, I did not kid myself that I would just do it. I had to “pre-do” to make sure that I actually do it. Let me explain.

"PRE-DOING" YOUR GOALS
When I set a big goal, like change my life, or be more productive, I normally failed. Predictably so. Until I started using a tool, well familiar in the startup world. You can call it beta testing. Or just “pre-doing.” When a startup company launches, they are usually so far from achieving their goal that they have to launch before they are ready. Otherwise they would never launch. Their money would run out, the team’s enthusiasm would drain and the investors would lose interest. That’s why a startup launches a beta, something that looks like their product and almost works, but not quite. Same idea goes for some Kickstarter projects - they pre-sell something that is not quite done yet. So “pre-doing” works for companies with small resources and a lot of enthusiasm. Why couldn’t it work for people with little patience and a lot of optimism about life around New Year? That was me last year. So I wanted to “pre-do” my goal of being uber-productive.

PRODUCTIVITY TEST IN VILLAGE, THEN IN CITY
I started by doing what I do best - visualize what I will do. I visualized a productive live for me in a series of infographics (see above). That was the pre-doing part. Then I followed the graphics like a mind map. I went to an Indian village (Indian, not Native American) with limited internet access, put the graphics on my walls and followed them like a map. I worked. And did nothing else. It worked. So I “pre-did” my goal for 3 months. But village life made it easy to be productive - other than snakes and lizards there weren’t many distractions. So the experiment had to continue in a more mind-grabbing place. A metropolis. There I went for another 7 months. As life distractions piled on, I had to make additional graphics to stay focused. But after life again was minimized to its bare and beautiful necessities, the last 3 months I spent like this. And as I write this, I can say that I have “pre-done” my last New Year resolution, so next year looks promisingly productive.

We Really Have About 9 Years

Is it worth it to go through this just to be productive? After I deducted everything that one has to do in life, like sleeping, commuting, working and eating - I put a number on the time we all have left of our lives to do what we want. 9 years. Even still in my twenties, I am in a hurry to make those 9 years count.

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Simple Life As an Entrepreneur

  1. 1. how to have a SIMPLE LIFE as an entrepreneur let go of the consume less past say no, when you mean it turn off the phone let go of perfectionism sever unhealthy relationships have an alter-ego (to deal with complicated things) purge your belongings wear minimalist clothes move closer to where you want to be walk more by Anna Vital run slowly, and you will get there faster
  2. 2. how to GET UP EARLY by Anna Vital plan an exciting schedule your most important plans for the morning breakfast to look forward to it so you are excited to get up and do it sleep in total darkness melatonine, the sleep hormone, is produced in the dark turn off the phone (you know why) read a book (not online) you can’t browse away from it drink water before going to bed it is relaxing and rejuvenating choose a blanket that keeps you warm best sleep is between 62-70 F (16-21C) put the alarm across the room can’t hit the snooze button
  3. 3. by Anna Vital first thing successful “eat the frog” people do in the morning visualize work out real work, no email talk to customers Steve Jobs: Mark Twain, “Tackle the hardest problem on your plate.” ask myself Tony Robbins, “Visualize how you will make your day.” Funders and Founders Barack Obama, “ I do it just to clear my head and relieve me of stress.” David Karp, “Don't check your email and do real work.” Craig Newmark: “Customer service.” “Every morning I asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
  4. 4. HOW TO WORK FAST S have a one track mind keep an average person has 70,000 thoughs per day which is 49 per min don’t stop don’t question if you get stuck for more than 30 seconds, move on lights bright listen to music background music helps finish tasks faster . increasing light levels from 300 lux to 2000 lux improves productivity by 8% (most offices work at 300-500 lux) anything you do in the first 15 minutes keep your make write short 1st draft in 15 minutes (let it be bad) 140-character emails do use a timer if you can’t hack it in 15 minutes, you can’t do it at all otherwise you don’t know what you are saying by Anna Vital desk clear it will clear your mind 10000 lux is full daylight (not di direct sun)
  5. 5. how to THINK FASTER by Anna Vital say, “Yes, and...” - first principle of improv comedy relax your jaw, your mouth may talk on its own - body intelligence if the other side is silent, let the silence be, don’t feel like repeat you have to fill in something several times while you are thinking work with the 1st thought that comes to mind - it is there for a reason listen to your gut, it thinks faster than your brain visualize your knee jerk, follow the now produce a “mind jerk” least effort principle
  6. 6. headphones for noise cancellation mirror to remind self who one is blackout curtains to sleep well light for productivity dress to feel official bed for resting book for reading before bed alarm for keeping track of reality Funders and Founders chair to think in drawers to hiding gadgets tea for hydration by Anna Vital

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