5-Bullet Monday #49 (14/12/2020)

written by Dan Silvestre

Happy Monday!

I had surgery on Friday and I am now recovering at home. Thank you for your emails.

This week I published:

The Productivity Secret You Need to Become Ultra Productive (Start Smashing Your Tasks)
Batching is about to become your favorite word. You’re going to decrease the number of tasks you have in a day. And you’re also going to have the most productive week of your life.

And that’s not even the end of it. You’re going to have more fun doing it all.


Batching tasks saves time and prevents distraction. You can use it to improve your work and your personal life too.

And you’ve actually tried it before – we all have.

I’m going to show you why it’s a no-brainer, and how to do a lot more of it.

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What Is the Planning Fallacy and How to Beat It Down (9 Useful Tips)
The planning fallacy is a prediction phenomenon. It occurs that people underestimate the time it will take them to complete a task.

What if you could fix the cognitive bias that causes the planning fallacy to happen?

In this article, you’ll find 9 ways to overcome this cognitive bias.

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Summary and Notes
The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg is a book that explores the nature of habits. Topics covered include the origins of habits, why some habits stick and others don’t. The habits of organizations, consumers, and society.

Duhigg also offers a framework for changing habits at all of these levels. A must-read book on the power of habits and their enormous influence on our lives.

Here’s my favorite quote:

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”

Get the book here.

The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco: Summary and Notes
The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. Demarco is a book that will teach you how to build insane wealth. DeMarco shares the secret to becoming a millionaire at any age. And it is not the kind of advice you receive from financial gurus, parents, or friends.

Becoming a Fastlane millionaire has its own recipe: grow a money tree, reclaim your time, and exploit the law of affection. An excellent book on how to create insane wealth and live a great life.

Here’s my favorite quote:

“Real money and momentum is created when an idea (potential speed) is matched with execution (accelerator pressure).”

Get the book here.

I’ve got a big list of summaries to do so plenty more in the weeks to come.

Right, on to the Medley 😉

Here is your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Monday,” a list of what I’m pondering and exploring.

What I’m planning—
As I wrote last week, I’m taking the final weeks of 2020 to recover from surgery + plan 2021.

So this is really a 2-step process:

  • Review this year
  • Plan next year

Over the years, I’ve tried countless ways of doing this exercise. A few years back, I settled on a format that works for me. I took what I thought were the best parts of each method in order to build my own.

And hey, it works for me.

But I’m always curious: how do you do this exercise? Do you have a specific method that you follow?

And if you don’t do this sort of review + plan: why not? 

Hit reply and let me know.

What I’m pondering—
At the end of last week, I set up my old iMac for the time being while my MacBook is being fixed.

As I started working on it, an interesting thing happened: most of my keyboard shortcuts didn’t work. Why? I didn’t install the apps I have on my Macbook.

Apps that I wouldn’t normally remember now were missing. Sort of like the “invisible heroes” of my workflow.

One that I never noticed but found myself missing a lot was Spectacle. All it does is “Move and resize windows with ease.” So simple, yet so useful.

What are some of your “invisible heroes”?

Hit reply and let me know.

What I’m reading—
I finished reading The Unfair Advantage by Hasan Kubba and Ash Ali.

I’m now reading The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo. In the book, Julie makes the case that great managers are made, not born.

This book is a modern field guide packed with everyday examples and transformative insights. Learn the difference between a great manager and an average manager, when you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway, how to build trust with your reports through not being a boss, and where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers.

I’m midway through and enjoying it so far, a couple of ah-ah moment already 😉

I also recommend her blog The Year of the Looking Glass.

I want to read move about strategy in the next few weeks. Any recommendations? Hit reply and let me know 😉

What I’m waiting for—
To be honest, for my nose to “work” again, ah! 

But apart from that, to be back at my place and start assembling my new “studio” and “productivity desk setup”. Everything has arrived and I’m super excited to be putting everything together.

I look forward to working from my new desk setup.

Now, isn’t that a great feeling? 😉

What I’m building—
Want to level up your productivity game? The Productivity Vault has more than 300+ proven productivity tips. These are all the productivity hacks I’ve spent years collecting and testing.

The tips are divided into categories. Learn how to stop procrastinating, better manage your time, develop laser-focus, level up your email game, and a whole lot more.

You can do this research yourself. Do what I did and spend 2 years reading every piece of info I could find on productivity.

Or you can copy and use ALL of the same productivity tips I’ve used to get results faster and easier than trying to read and find them yourself. I’ve already done the research so you don’t have to. 

All you do is read my collection of the best productivity hacks, then apply what you’ve read.In a MINUTE, you can use and benefit from each performance-boosting hack. Everything that works with simple step-by-step instructions on how to apply to your work and life.

Get immediate access by clicking here.

Please give me feedback on Twitter. Which bullet above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Please let me know.

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