1 TIP to stop wasting time

Here is an interesting concept that I picked up after reading Tim Ferris’s book ‘The Four Hour Work Week’

Tim held himself and others he consulted in business accountable for their success by frequently asking at set times throughout the day:

‘Am I being as effective as possible with my time, or am I just inventing things to do to avoid the important?’


With this simple sentence Ferris discovered that productivity increased so much that he and his clients could do more work in 2-3 hours than most people with typical 9-5 jobs can produce IN A WEEK! This is because natural human behaviour is shifted towards procrastination, the infamous art of being busy without being effective.

Have you ever wondered why when you need to go to the gym, or do sprints, or do your final piece of a project your brain magically finds other things to do? 

It’s like YOU think, “well I really need to finish writing my report or I’ll be in trouble.”

But your BRAIN thinks, “yes but have you seen those videos of cucumbers scaring cats?!”

You then find yourself on youtube. Not writing that report.

This is exactly the same as your training. You know what you need to do to achieve your goals, you do! Want to bench 100kg? Want to deadlift 200kg? Then next time you’re in the gym ask yourself the following question;

“Am I being effective? Or doing useless stuff?”

So the next time you find yourself ‘running the rack’ doing the classic 20 mins of rower/cycle/treadmill, keep yourself on track by asking the above question.

Make sure all of your training has a purpose and is progressive towards your goals and you will soon achieve more in the next 6 months than most people do in 2 years.

Rise Above


Anthony Shaw

Head Coach
Raw Strength Gym, Warrington

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