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Hey, what is going on, guys?
So, we are right at the tail
end of December right now.

And what I wanted to do
for the last video of 2017

on my channel is give you guys 10 ideas
for starting out 2018 more productively.
And, you know what, I don't think
we really need a whole lot
more preamble than that,

so let's get started.
Tip number one, if you
have not done this already,

try using a habit tracking app in 2018.
And, there are a ton of these out there.
My personal favorite is called Habitica
because it basically turns habit tracking
into an RPG-like video game
where you get stat boosts

and weapons and gear and go on quests.
And, you can even partner up with people
who will keep you accountable.
But, there are also a bunch of
decidedly less nerdy options

out there including Momentum and Today
which are both on iOS
and Loop, which is an Adroid exclusive.
I find that using a habit
tracker is really useful for me

because the act of marking
down when I actually do a habit

creates a streak.
And, when I look back on that streak,
I don't want to break it.
As Peter Drucker once may have said,
"What gets measured gets managed."
Tip number two, and this one
is really, really simple,

try experimenting with pre-planned blocks
of uninterrupted single
focus time on your calendar.

Now, we've talked a lot on this channel
about the power of focusing on one task
for a long, uninterrupted period of time,
but a lot of times it's really
easy to convince yourself

that more urgent, but easier
tasks or less important tasks

should be done right now.
So, if you start your
week, or at least your day,

with a plan that I'm
gonna, say, do my homework

from two to six pm, and do nothing else,
then you're more likely to do it,
and you're more likely to
focus only on that task,

which is difficult.
All right, tip number three is to start
an accomplishment journal.
This is exactly what it sounds like.
You're keeping a simple
record of everything

that you've done, either on a daily basis
or maybe on a weekly or longer basis
depending on how much effort
you wanna put into it.

But, I find this practice
to be really useful

because as you get older and as you get
into more of a schedule whether
it be with school or work,

the days can start to blend together,
everything becomes a routine.
And, when this starts to
happen, you can start to feel

like you haven't really
accomplished anything in a while

because your brain has
sort of filed it away.

And, that could demotivate you.
But, if you have an accomplishment
journal to look back on,

you can see that, yes, you
actually have accomplished

a good deal.
Now, My Impossible List
that's over on my website,

College Info Geek, is a form
of an accomplishment journal.

I basically mark off any
time I achieve something

really big that I set out to do.
But, my suggestion here is actually
that you try doing an
accomplishment journal

on a daily basis.
Essentially, as you finish
tasks during the day,

write them down in a note on Evernote
or your note-taking app of choice
or on just a scrap of paper
and then at the end of the day,

or possibly at the end
of the week, review them

and see what you did.
And this can actually have
benefits beyond just looking

at the checked-off items
on your do-to list.

Because as you probably know pretty well,
a lot of times, tasks come
up in the middle of the day

and interrupt you and things
that you didn't anticipate just happen.
So, by keeping a record
of all these things,

you're gonna have more accurate picture
of what you were actually
able to accomplish.

And, when you're going
through your review sessions,

that more accurate picture
is gonna enable you

to make better and more
intelligent changes

to the way that you work.
Okay, so you probably saw
this fourth tip coming,

but in 2018, you should
make a lot more time

for sitting on the couch, eating Doritos,
drinking Mountain Dew and playing Halo.
(chuckles) Just kidding.
You should make a lot
more time for exercise.

And, yes, this is a pretty cliche tip,
but a lot of people
don't prioritize exercise

especially when they're ambitious.
Their work takes up all their hours
and they just don't make it a priority.
Now, it's also true that
when a new year rolls around,

a lot of people get it into their heads
that they are finally going to exercise
consistently this year.
And, maybe you're thinking that.
My one recommendation here echoes
what I talked about last week.
Start small, restrict your time scale,
and don't bite off more than you can chew.
Because when you start the new year,
you have a lot of motivation
and you might not have

a whole lot on your
plate, so it's really easy

to stick with a goal.
But, later on down the line,
when stuff starts to get

into your way, your schedule
starts to get a bit more busy,

that's when your
self-discipline is truly tested.

So, if you set a goal that
stretches your capabilities

and challenges you a bit,
but it's still doable

within your schedule, even at
its most challenging points,

you're going to stick with it.
One additional thing
that I'll mention here

is that if you wanna
exercise more regularly,

it can be very helpful
to sign up for a class

at your school or your rec center.
And, this could be a
class that teaches you

a new sport you haven't tried before,
which can be really fun and
which I did with ice skating,

or it can just be a workout class.
In either case, signing
up for a class gives you,

one, a community of people
who are doing the same thing

as you, which is a lot of
fun, but, two, an obligation

that doesn't exist just in your head.
You're not relying only
on your self-discipline.

You now have other people who
are expecting you to be there.

Tip number five is something
that you can take advantage of

while you're on winter break
or you're not otherwise

overloaded with tons of
classes and homework.

Take some time to redesign
your living space,

or your room, to take advantage
of the 20-second rule.

If you haven't seen it
already, I did an entire video

a while back on the 20-second rule.
And, I'll have that linked in
the description down below.

But, essentially, the 20-second rule
is all about increasing the difficulty
and the time that it takes
to get into the things

that you don't wanna do
so often, the bad habits,

and reducing the time and
the friction that it takes

to do the things that you
want to do more often.

So, if right now you play
way too many video games,

maybe put your game controllers
in a drawer somewhere

or maybe even take the cord
out of your PlayStation

and put it in a closet.
That way, it's kind of a pain
in the butt to set it up.

And, on the other hand, if
you wanna read more often

or maybe practice an instrument,
buy an instrument stand.

Put your guitar right
where you can pick it up

and play it within five seconds.
Or put your book right on
the table so you can walk in

from class, grab it, and
start reading for a bit.

Anything you can do to reduce
the friction between you

and a good habit is gonna
reduce the willpower required

to remain consistent in doing it.
And, the same is true
of avoiding bad habits.

Tip number six is to start
looking for regular parts

of your work process that
you could either automate

or make more efficient.
For example, I recently
both of my credit cards

to autopay so every month
I no longer have to log in

and pay them manually.
And, another thing that I've
been doing on a regular basis

is that when I start noticing
that I have to go to a folder

on my computer really, really often,
I will pin it to my quick access toolbar
so that way I can easily click it
instead of having to navigate
through the entire tree.

Now, one word of warning here.
Not everything that you do
is a candidate for automation

or even more efficiency.
And, actually there's
a really good comment

over on xkcd called Is It Worth The Time
that essentially breaks down the threshold
at which you should
actually start thinking

about spending time automating something
rather than just doing it.
Though, I'm gonna be honest,
sometimes I just like to
automate things for fun.

And, if you find that fun, then do that.
Tip number eight is to go and
disable all the notifications

and badges on your phone,
or at least most of them.

In the past, I'd always
unconsciously let apps

have notifications turned on
and they'd have badges turned on
and eventually my home screen
would turn into this mess

of badges and little red numbers
up in the corners and distractions.
And, I really don't wanna be
giving that much attention

to my phone.
It should be working
for me, not sucking up

all of my time.
So, at one point during this year,
I went into my phone
settings and I disabled

basically every notification,
every little sound

and every little badge on
the home screen that I could

other than the ones that
were completely essential.

And, speaking of things
that are essential,

or rather, non-essential, tip number nine
is to take the apps off of
your phone that you don't need

or otherwise block access to them.
For example, my friend Martin actually
went into his ad blocker
settings on his iPhone

and disabled basically every
single site in the world

except for language translation sites.
And, doing this eventually changed
his brain's automatic response
whenever he got the urge

to look something up.
Rather than getting distracted on Safari
and probably clicking a bunch of links
he never meant to click
in the first place,

he just made a voice reminder of it.
And, then later on when
he was at his computer,

if it was still important
enough, and it often wasn't,

he could look it up.
For a less drastic example,
I've often had email apps

taken off my phone, I've
often had social media apps

taken off my phone.
In fact, there are certain apps
that I only have on my phone

when I'm traveling.
Essentially, I don't wanna
have access to those apps

on my phone, because access to
them while I'm trying to work

represents a mental burden.
Tip number nine, again, because I realize
I accidentally skipped
eight is to identify

the time at which you
regularly consume media online

and replace it with reading.
I think it's pretty safe
to say that most of you

are like me and you have
certain times of the day

where you just automatically to Reddit
or you go to Facebook
or you go to Twitter.

And, these times are probably
not all that valudable.

Valudable (chuckles).
And, you also probably don't
read as much as you'd like to.

So, by consciously identifying these times
and then maybe scheduling
some reading time

during the exact same
times, you'll start to avoid

this unconscious social media consumption.
And, finally, tip number 10,
when you're setting your goals

for 2018, or whenever you set goals,
make sure that you prioritize
them and understand

which of those goals is
the most important one.

Doing this is absolutely
crucial if you wanna remain

consistent on those most important goals.
Because, inevitably, you're
gonna run into absolutely

chaotic days where you
just don't have time

to do all of them.
And, when that happens,
or when you're feeling

demotivated and you just
don't wanna do anything,

you can think back to
what you've prioritized.

And, you can tell yourself,
I'm going to do that

no matter what and these
things that are less important,

I can let fall to the wayside.
That way, well, you may
derail on certain things,

and you can always get
back on those things later,

you're always gonna remain consistent
on what's most important.
Now, one additional thing
you should do this year

while your motivation is high
is establish an online
presence for yourself.

And, whether you're
looking for an internship

or maybe a full-time job or
applying for a scholarship

or just looking for a
place to build a portfolio

for your art, the first
step to establishing

that online presence is eating cheese.
And, the second step is getting yourself
a professional domain name.
You can see mine over at thomasjfrank.com
which I got in college and
which actually helped me

to land an internship.
And, as I progressed in my career,
I've redesigned the website a few times
to match my progression.
Now, if you're ready to lock
down your own domain name,

the best place on the
internet to get it is Hover.

Hover has over 400 domain
extensions for you to choose from

ranging from the classics
like .com and .org

to more interesting ones
like .limo and .ninja.

And, unlike a lot of other
registrars out there,

they don't have annoying upsells or popups
during the sales process.
It's super easy and you can
get the entire thing done

in under a minute.
Once you have your domain,
you can also use Hover

to easily connect it with the
web service of your choice

including Medium and Squarespace
using their connect feature.
And, they also have tool for setting up
a professional email address.
So, if you wanted to say
thomas@thomasjfrank.com,

well you can't have that
one, but you could have

one linked to your domain.
So, if you're ready to start establishing
an online presence, give Hover a try
and get 10% off your first purchase
by going to hover.com/thomasfrank
which you'll find

in the description down below.
I wanna give a huge thanks to Hover
for sponsoring this episode
and supporting this channel,

and, as always, guys,
thank you for supporting

this channel by watching.
If you enjoyed this video,
you can hit that like button

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You can also get a free copy of my book
on how to earn better grades right there
and check out our latest podcast episode
where we recap the year right over there.
Lastly, you can watch one
more video on this channel

by smashing your face into your phone
right around this area of the screen
and other than that, I will
see you in the next video.

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