MY 7 RULES FOR A PRODUCTIVE WEEK


– If I told you everything
I got done this week you would need a vacation and a mojito. What’s up socials, welcome back to Amy TV. Today, I want to share my seven
rules for a productive week, because I had the most
productive week ever, and it’s making me tired rethinking it. But, there were definitely
a lot of moving parts that helped me get as much done as I did, so, I thought I would
share those with you today. I could literally go through my calendar and list off everything I did this week, but I try not to put you to sleep, so we’re just not going to do that. Before we jump in, make sure
you subscribe to this channel. I make new videos every
week, and it would be weird if I was here every week and you were not. Is that what they call ghosted? Maybe?
Probably. My first rule for a productive week is to wake up before the sun. We talked about this in the last video, How to wake up at 5 a.m., even
if you don’t feel like it. Check that out, if you’re
feeling the pressure of not having enough time in the day, and needing some of that me time back. That’s, personally, when I find that I can just think about what’s ahead of me. How I need to prepare,
maybe knock out a few things that I’m not going to have time to do when everybody else starts waking up, and giving me their
expectations and tasks, and needing my attention,
all that kind of thing. Have to wake up before the sun, or really I am going to be
feeling very out of control, and when you feel out of control, you do not do a good job with
anything you have to get done. You feel like you’re on the defense. You feel like everybody’s coming at you, and you’re not quite prepared for it, and nobody needs that, nobody needs that. I don’t need that. My second rule is to
make time to work out. Now, trust me. The easiest task in the
world to exit from your life is the gym when you’re feeling
a little bit on overload, and you have a lot to do. But, I hate to break it to myself. On a regular basis, I do
feel better after I workout, and I’m sure you feel the same. When you exert some energy,
when you get on the treadmill, when you go for a walk,
when you do anything, when you’re done, you not only feel a little bit proud of yourself, but you do have an energy boost. It’s very hard to ignore the fact that that that is a fact at this point. So, it has to be on the calendar, and I have to stick with it, because I know that I’m going to be better at completing all of the rest
of the things I have to do if I have that instant energy boost that happens with working out. The other thing I figured out, I’m more of a person that
needs to take classes. I don’t do well with a personal trainer, ’cause I don’t like when
people tell me what to do. I don’t do well by myself, because I just get bored
and get on my phone. So, I like to go to classes, and I don’t know if you’ve
ever heard of Mind Body, but it’s a really great
place to like find classes. They’re not a sponsor, I literally, I’m just obsessed with
Mind Body right now. I will find my spin classes there, I will find my yoga classes there. I’ll find any kind of
class I want to take. And, when you book it, it can actually sync with your calendar. So now, your gym classes are
automatically on your calendar, and I don’t know about
you, that sounds stupid, but I nerd out over it. Like, I need that future in my life. I’m already adding enough
stuff to my calendar, I love it when an app does it for me, especially when I can go back
and give myself a gold star. When I’m like, “Oh look there’s my work out.” It’s there, you know I did
it, because it’s there. My third rule is to block
time to get work done. So, there’s all kinds of appointments. There’s calls, there’s
meeting people for coffee, there’s going to the dentist,
all that kind of thing. You know, the gym, those
are your appointments. But then, there’s actually appointments for getting work done. If I didn’t actually block
out that time on my calendar, I would not get as much done. It would be too easy to get wrapped up in what everybody else wants me to do. So, I treat every task
that I need to work on like getting my master class done, or preparing a presentation,
just as importantly as any other appointment on my calendar. I’ve talked about this before in a video, I will let you check
it out, but you’ll see that there will be these huge
blocks of time on my calendar just to get something done, and if not for that appointment setting, I would not be anywhere near
as productive as I am today. My fourth rule is to stick
with my appointment times. It’s very easy to get on
a phone call with somebody and allow them to sort of run the call, and even though you
scheduled 30 minutes for it, they end up taking an hour,
because they just keep on going. And, that’s not really good for you, because if that’s not a part of the plan, then maybe you scheduled a
task to happen after that call, which is why you were like, “Eh, I could stay on longer, it’s okay,” and then, that task
doesn’t have a time slot to get done now. So, if you’re not rigid with people about how you spend your time, you’re not going to be
rigid with yourself, and I do believe that there
is a scale of rigidity, that you should be on, in order to make sure that
you are being productive. Maybe you don’t have to be
as strict as I might be, but if you just let anyone else decide how much time you’re
going to spend with them, then, clearly, that shows
that you are not valuing time the same way that other people are, and that you’re as readily
available whenever you want. The thing that I make sure people know, is I am not readily
available whenever they want. People call me on a regular basis, and I will know who it is, and
I will not answer the phone, because if I am doing something else, and I take a call from them, I’m taking 15 minutes to 30
minutes out of what I was doing to take a call with them, and they just decided
they were going to call. I’m a millennial, I do
not answer the phone. So, stick with your appointment times. If you know you have time dedicated towards something that seems
to be getting into your space, like, it has to get
done right this second, you know you’ve made time for
it later, it gets done later. And, if you only scheduled
30 minutes for that call, call’s done, and you’re
gonna love my next tip. The fifth rule is to have
a plan when it gets awkward that you’re sticking with
your appointment time and you really need to tell somebody that “Our time is up.” This happens to me quite frequently, so, maybe somebody watching
this is gonna be like, “Hmm, Amy has said that to
me before, now I know why.” If I schedule time for someone, there is a very set amount of time. With coaching clients, I tend to talk to them for 60 minutes, but I always make sure they
have 90 on my calendar, because I never want to be
cutting them off too soon, but for maybe other people in the world, or even those people who
get to that 90 minute mark, and they’re like, “Oh, well, I have something
else to talk about,” I have the perfect thing
for you, you must say, “Unfortunately, I need to jump, but,” and then, fill in the blank with some way of
summarizing where we’re at. So, let’s say you got
on a call with someone, things are going great,
maybe you need to meet again. “Unfortunately, I’ve
gotta jump from this call, “but, I’m gonna send you an email “so we can find a time to meet next week.” There you go, that’s a really
great way to set the tone for, “Hey, I gotta go.”
and, I’m sure you do, too. My sixth rule for a productive week is to block similar appointments together. This is something I started
doing with my clients, as there’s a few dedicated days that I will spend on client calls. And, instead of them
being able to schedule whenever they want
throughout an entire month, and having me maybe running
in from a coffee appointment, sitting down to coach with them, and then I’m off to
work on a presentation, and then I’m off, on a
plane, to go somewhere. I have found that I’m
a lot more productive if I have similar
appointments chunked together, so that I’m always in coaching mode, or I’m always in some other kind of mode, when that other appointment is happening. And, last, but not least, number seven. Make time for those you love. Call you mom, spend time with your family. Sit on the couch for a half hour and watch TV with your husband, that’s the kind of thing I
actually have to make sure I program to build into my life, because, I know it sounds crazy, like, it’s not natural for me to shut off. I will keep working on things,
I will keep filming videos, I will keep doing work,
work, work, work, work, because it’s the thing I know
I have to do in front of me. But, sometimes, if you don’t take time for yourself to recharge,
and let the people know in your life that you’re
doing this for a reason. You’re doing this so you can have a little more flexibility to be with them. Then, why are we doing this at all? It’s very easy to get caught
up on the hamster wheel, so, take that time, even
if you have to schedule it. Mom, I probably have put on
the calendar to call you. Okay, what are your rules
for a productive week? I want to hear them in the comments below, because, I love to add new ones. So, I’ll be looking for
those, leave a comment. For those of you who are new, I appreciate you for being here. For those of you have been
around for a long time, I appreciate you for being here. Maybe you noticed, last Sunday, after the video posted, we
hit 100,000 subscribers, so thank you, very, very, very much for helping me reach that
milestone, I appreciate it. But, business as usual. Doesn’t matter how many of you are here, you are stuck with me, we are going to just keep making
videos, and making it good. That’s all for today, socials, thank you so much for tuning in. I appreciate it, as always. Make sure you subscribe for good vibes, and remember to continue to go
after the life that you want. Not someone else, not
someone’s Instagram account, yours, the life you want. Cheers. Perfect moment for Lucy to start chasing a squirrel
in her sleep. (laughs)

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100 thoughts on “MY 7 RULES FOR A PRODUCTIVE WEEK”

  • All good tips, the biggest one that has been working for me for years, is putting it all on the calendar…it does wonders! Have a wonderful day!

  • Hi Amy, I have been binge-watching your videos for the last 3 days ?.. Just got your book!
    Thanks for all the tips!

  • Frank Siciliano says:

    What's a call? Is that the message thing, but it comes out of the phone like someone is talking, and in real time?

  • 1. Wake up before the sun.
    2. Schedule Your Workout.
    3. Block out time to work.
    4. Stick to your Calendar times.
    5. Practice your exit.
    6. Schedule Similar tasks together.
    7. Make time for loved ones.

  • Marloes Teunissen-Arends says:

    I just started following you and I loooooove you, you're hilarious <3 I decided to check my e-mail twice a week and also, when planning appointments I usually send a couple of options right away so they can e-mail me back with their best option. Takes away soooo much e-mailing!

  • I bet your MBTI personality is ENTJ “Leader” personality of the 16 personalities.
    Efficient, strong willed, charismatic and self confident but cold and ruthless and with a disregard to the emotional side of things.

  • Loved the "I'm a millennial! I don't answer the phone." ?? BTW you were recommended by another lovely entrepreneur I follow on you tube. She's called Erin May Henry and owns the The May Collective. I don't know her, I just really like her message. You should check her out. X

  • Aminah Abushahma says:

    These were such great tips! I watch a lot of videos on how to be more productive & this one offered new ideas I've never heard. One my biggest struggles regarding productivity is cutting off conversation with ppl, I'm always worried about hurting their feelings. So this was exactly what I needed! Thank you!

  • Aminah Abushahma says:

    Also, I just found your channel recently, but I absolutely love it so far! All of your videos are SO helpful!! ?

  • Grisel de la Torre says:

    1. Prepare the night before
    2. Wake up at 5:30 AM
    3. Meditate for 15 minutes
    4. Exercise for 60 minutes
    5. Drink hot lemon water instead of coffee

    If I follow the tips above, I’m for sure gonna have a productive week!

  • Aireen Arellano says:

    Amy, I just discovered your channel, and your content is just what I need. I just started waking up consistently at 5am, and to find your huge cache of productivity videos is just what I need to keep my rockstar 2018 going. Your tip of being control of your time resonated with me, because I am a terrible people-pleaser who wants to make all my clients happy and will break my schedule to accommodate an “urgent ASAP need right now” request, only to be left frustrated and missing other deadlines I set for myself by end of day. Thank you for reminding me this is not good for me or my clients longterm. Keep up the amazing work!

  • i love how you're so assertive and you know what you want. for example, when you said you don't like to have a personal trainer because you don't like people telling you what to do, and you don't like exercising on your own because you get bored. it just reminds me of how i, as an individual, am allowed to choose what i do and don't want to do… it's kind of a new concept to me because i'm a people-pleaser and i forget that i'm allowed to just say no to things even if i don't have a good reason. i'm 19 and realizing SO many things about life and it's so cool and yeah basically you're a really cool and inspiring person!!

  • Neutralised Noob says:

    there are those less important things which I don't add to my calendar and I end up postponing them… I'll add them to my calendar! Thanks for that tip!

  • Audio Books is my tip for a productive week. But while your super busy be productive, you could listen to a book on the way to meetings, work, and/or to/at the gym , Etc lol

  • Omg thank you YouTube for creepily knowing what I want and putting this channel in my recommendations. Ok so now that I’m on a marathon.. must say.. just watching you makes me feel better lol. I feel put together right now! On the couch!! On YouTube! Having a drink! Lol. Can’t imagine this week. I’ll binge watch before Monday morning for sure! 🙂

  • Melissa Schmitz says:

    The most frustrating thing about being in college is that your time isn't respected. It's very hard if not impossible to block days off for certain things. It's so frustrating

  • Thank you ?? for the ULTIMATE AMYTV BINGE playlist!! Woot! Saves me SO much time going back and looking at what I want to watch first!!

  • Margaret Wacyk says:

    New to your channel and really loving all these tips. Now I finally have an exit strategy for long-winded phone calls I could use!! Cheers!

  • As a classic ADD creative, I have to use the Pomodoro Method to manage my time (and give myself breaks). I liked your suggestion, with Chris Ducker, that saying "no" to something meant saying "yes" to something else. I almost immediately had an opportunity to do that, and it felt freeing to say no to something that would have not been super profitable and kept me from the bigger projects I need to keep moving forward. I'm curious about your all caps titles. Any particular strategy to that?

  • Listen, I know I have to wake up early. BUT, with my kind of studies (in which any 5 mins break is kind of too much time to waste), I find that staying up late works out best for me. That been said, staying up late (which is mostly good for my studies as I get more done) leaves me with up to 1 hour in the morning to get ready. I desperately want to have some me time in the mornings, but I can't do that on the expense of my studies. Please help?

  • Nice video on productivity Amy. Additionally I would like to include routine cleaning tasks like laundry and vacuum, commute time to and from work built into the calendar to get a more realistic estimate of my available time.

  • Chaumette Solutions says:

    Very helpful video. I also encourage people to schedule meetings with me using online tools. Saves the email/phone tag game trying to find a time that works.

  • Why to even be or feel sorry when someone takes too much of your time, thinking you are available for their drama? Sometimes you just need to cut people off when you feel that they are invading your time.

  • I have mind body!!!!! I love that it updates my calendar so I never double book!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! It is free too!

  • Rusty Pietrzak says:

    Interesting videos, but all I see is someone who talks about doing things, about planning to do things, taking meetings to talk about doing things- YOU NEVER ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING!

  • Kat Musni Fitness says:

    Oh my gosh, YES!! I need to plan my exit. My clients always suddenly come up with all of these questions at the END of our sessions.
    Thank you always for your videos, Amy! <333 RAWWWRRR

  • "Continue to go after the life you want, not someone else, not someone's instagram account, yours – the life you want" This quote and the way you delivered it really stuck with me. Really good advice, thank you so much Amy!

  • Sweett And Simple says:

    What to do when my culture is very religious. When they throw a surprise event and I say no. They won’t take MO for an answer. My reputation gets ruined and my husband forces me to go to show respect. But I already have blocked time for HOMEWORK! Because no one is going to do it for me! I’m a mother of 2 boys, have two jobs and a PT student. ?

  • Tiffany Sandow says:

    Amy Thank you so much! Request, can you do a video elaborating more on exiting / ending your time with a person and more importantly with a client please. Thank you!

  • Jenny Salonga says:

    Hi Amy I started following you yesterday and just watched 3 or 4 of your videos. I have been struggling to do the things I really wanted to do. And watching your videos helped me a lot. I tried following so of your tips and last night I put my phone away from me. I'm failed on not checking my phone this morning but I will try my best haha. Thanks a lot ..

  • Ashley Fountaine says:

    My job frequently has interruptions, from calls or meetings that I am forced to work into my schedule. How do you recommend people get major projects completed while readjusting to these forced interruptions that can take hours from your standard week?

  • Prettiieedarlingg says:

    Hi Amy,

    I've been watching your videos now for around a month or so and let me just say you are quite inspiring and your focus for your life and career is amazing. I do however have a question, how do I apply all of this when my job title is basically handling reception for a company and also handling parts of payroll for the same company. As being in a receptionist role I need to be available to everyone and every call to the office but I find it difficult to be organised with all of my payroll duties? I just want to know how do I apply this to my current role?

    Thank you- Erin

  • Jennifer Vanegas says:

    I’ve watched a bunch of your videos now (new subscriber) since you’re such a planner of time, blocking time, and being strict about it.. Could you possibly do a video about getting out of the mindset of thinking there may be an emergency that’s gonna mess up your organized planning of events and calming that anxiety that comes with it? Such as “I have this really important thing to get done, what if this and this happens? Then I won’t get it done. Then the next thing won’t get done and it’s gonna mess up everything.” Hopefully that made sense. Thank you! You’re really helpful.

  • Clara Cabrera says:

    I just followed you recently and wow! You hit 100k here and just 5~ months later (now), you're up to 219k. How inspiring! Keep up the good work and I'll keep this in mind for a tough week ahead. Thanks!

  • Im freelance from home and for me even hard wake up at 8 am , and most of work i shojld do is early morning,but money is not real motivation for me coz i have enough i guess ,but if i wont continue working they end pretty soon lol strugle is real ahah and i guess i hide myself in sleep to hide from life andpressure abd resposobility . I understand it but dont know how to start get over it feeling and back to motivation feeling.any suggesting pll or similar situation ?? Lol

  • Maija Makkonen says:

    Waking up before the sun is a bit hard 'couse I live in Finland (nightles nights and dayles days) but the others were a really great tips 🙂

  • I love how you say wake up before the sun and 5am in the same sentence, here in Queensland Australia the sun is fully functional by 5am usually! It is breaking the horizon at 4am.

  • You got me motivated to get up before the sun and I am actually sticking to it??
    But I still have issues to stick to my other appiontments. Amy tips for that?
    I also struggle to go to bed on time…Any tips to improve my night time routine?

  • I feel like it's kind of presumptious of people to call without texting to ask "is this a good time to talk". Lol, I HATE talking on the phone.

  • Just discovered your channel/videos and I am enjoying the vibes and topics! What is the lipstick (color) you are using? I really like the color!

  • jean junior jacques says:

    what can I do to get your your phone # junlando. I need to plainning something with you. may be I'm not motivate.But, you are my motivator and I'm appreciate you so much. considers me like your babe. you want to guide everyday. So, when, I'm become mature enought, I'll do the same for you. don't give up if you want to get me tomorrow.

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  • You are a pretty girl with pretty ideas. But the way you speak, it really puts me off. Please don't speak sicarstically and try to speak normal. I hope you don't mind.

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