The Shocking Truth about Productivity

I talk a lot about productivity and getting things done here at this blog.  Everyone wants to do more in their life.  They want a better business, make more money. They want to be able to mange their time more effectively. They want to get things done well and getting resultsmove on to the next task, project quickly and effectively.

Many people can never seem to get their time management under control.

Is this you?

The Real Problem

But productivity and time management, isn’t your real problem.

The truth is the real problem is lack –  lack of reasons you have to.

There is no real connection between what you want in life and the steps necessary to get there.

The Mission

I am often asked why the Special Force are known for getting things done.  We improvised, adapted, overcame what ever necessary to get the mission accomplished.

We trained for and executed missions where peoples lives depended on the success of the mission – our own lives included. I know it sounds trite, but failure was not an option.

The steps (tasks, projects) we took were all tied to the success of the mission.  That meant we had to get them done. The key is necessity.

Your Goals

How would it be if you established some BAGs (Big Ass Goals) in your life?  Then changed your mindset where you knew those things that have to get done are tied to the BAG.  How do you think that would affect your productivity and time management?

Take the time to sit down and think about what you want – really, want. Is it to take your business to the next level? It might be more time with the family, either at home or on a special vacation.  It might be a better house, a new car.  It might be a different lifestyle.  These are your mission.  Mission comes first, everything else comes last.

When ever I am asked about time management, I ask about a person’s goals.  With great goals, people tend to get er done.

The road to success concept on blackboard

Adopt a Growth Mindset and Achieve Your Goals

Some people just seem to be born to succeed. They appear to have an innate ability to grab the world with both hands and get what they want when they want it. They are called lucky, born with a silver spoon, or fortunate. They are publicly admired and secretly envied. They live life on their […]

dreams in the sky: car,home,money and family

Ask For Success

Have you ever noticed that successfully people asked to be successful? Funny isn’t it? This doesn’t mean that their success was an easy path. Instead it means that they were passionate enough about becoming successful, that they did whatever it took to reach it. The good thing is you can follow in their footsteps!

resolve and planning

Resolve and Planning

There are very specific elements that help you achieve success. Two of the most important elements are resolve and planning, and that’s what I’ll be discussing in this post.

A woman is very frazzled with her hands in her hair.

The G.I.V.E. U.P. Method for Getting Things Done

Do you want to know a secret to success? Give up. Or, more accurately, G.I.V.E. U.P. No, I’m not talking about giving up on your goals and your dreams. Instead, I’m talking about you giving up your negative mindset and bad habits.


How to Make the R.I.G.H.T. Decisions

Where ever you are in life, you’re there because of the series of decisions you’ve made in the past. If you’re not happy with where you are, then chances are you’ve made some poor decisions in the past.


  1. Rebekah Jones says

    Hi Mike,

    You’re really on to something here. goals=motivation. Great reminder – thanks!

    I’m not fond of your BAG definition but that’s just my personal opinion. :)

    • Mike Martel says

      Hi Rebekah,
      Glad you like the post and that it could help you. There are other definitions for BAGs, I just picked the first one that came to mind. :-)

  2. says

    It’s amazing what we accomplish when failure is not an option.

    If I look to all my greatest achievements, in all cases, there was definitely a theme of “failure is not an option.”

    In fact, I was on time, on budget, high impact, for more than a decade simply because I didn’t know we were allowed to be any other way. Luckily, I never learned the bad behaviors, and my own internalization of the constraints helped me get more resourceful over the years.

    • Mike Martel says

      Hi J.D.,
      Yes, I always have said that people do extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances.

      Glad that you liked the post.

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