How I Had My Most Productive Day of 2015 & Upcoming Toronto Visit

by Dan Gheesling

dan-gheesling-be-productiveBeing productive is subjective.

It all depends on what we expect ourselves to do, our ability to assess (or be overly hard on ourselves) the day, combined with what we actually execute in the day.

This week I had my single most productive day of the year, and it was extremely simple to figure out why.

For the first time in 2015, I was able to get everything done for my online business, offline business, and my gaming channel all in one day.

Most of my days, I end up coming home with things still to do, but more importantly, feeling like I left something on the table.

You may be able to relate to this feeling, based on how you set your day up (ie. if you have a checklist with 1,000,000 things on it), but that’s a whole different story.

Bottom line, it was really simple to understand why I had my most productive day in 2015.

It was simple to understand and plan for, but not easy to execute.

How I Pulled It Off (Book Recommendation)

I do a ton of reading. At any given time I’m usually reading 2 personal development/real estate books and one book for fun (Game of Thrones).

Recently, I started reading the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. It’s a really quick read, with a simple concept to help your productivity.

I can break the book down for you in one sentence, but you’re going to need to read it for yourself to understand how to make it your own, to change your day.

Essentially, what the Miracle Morning is all about is creating your morning routine, and it “helps” you wake up way earlier than you do now.

Chances are when you just read “wake up earlier than you do now” you may have shuddered, that’s OK, I did the same thing. I’m not exactly a morning person, but if you’re ready, this book will help persuade you into moving the needle closer to being a morning person.

Once I read this book, I started getting into a 12 round boxing match with the concept.

I don’t enjoy getting up early, but I really enjoy what it does for my entire day.

I don’t enjoy working out first thing in the morning, but I know how important it is for having an overly productive day.

The trick is finding a way to make getting up and working out fun and enjoyable, even if it is just the outcome.

If you want to make a change in your productivity, this is the simplest way, but definitely not the easiest.

I read a ton of books and I can’t recommend all of the ones I read, but while the Miracle Morning does not present anything earth-shattering new to the reader, it gives just enough to spark change in your daily life which makes it worth a purchase.

Toronto Speaking Events!

Canada is becoming like a second home to me! It is without a doubt one of my favorite cities to visit, so whenever I get an opportunity to come back, I jump at the chance!

Next week I’m going to be making what seems like my semi-annual trip to Toronto.

Here’s where I’ll be at:

March 26th – Niagara College 

March 27th – Brock University

At both schools I’ll be speaking about action-based leadership. My presentation is based on my book Clean Your Own Mirror.

I always enjoy getting the opportunity to meet and speak to students to hear their stories and how they plan to make changes to what they do based on the presentation.

As of right now both events are closed to the public, but may open up next week to the public. The best thing to do is keep an eye on Twitter.

I will also be in Toronto, co-hosting on The Morning Show, Monday, March 23 through Thursday, March 26th on Global!

Take Away

In the last post I wrote, I asked you to let me know what would help you get more out of each post that I write. A big thanks to Laura Dyas for pointing this out:


The take away (tip) is a great suggestion. So thanks to Laura :) here it is:

1. If you’re looking to be more productive in your day, SOMETHING has to change, whether drastic (new morning routine), or something simple.

2. Try changing one thing about your day (don’t check email, schedule a block of time, etc.), but change something and re-evaluate at the day’s end.

3. If you decide to make a change, let me know in the comments below here – and more importantly, after you tweak your day with one thing, follow up and let me know how it helped or hurt!


  • Colleen Kelly

    This is so funny. I actually decided about 3 months ago I guess, to start getting up earlier. I’m a night person. A “night owl” I guess. When I took care of my Mom, I was up all night and through half the next day. She needed 24/7 care. (It was my Dad mainly, and I, and a visiting nurse twice a week ).
    I’ve tried for a long time to turn that schedule around. I had no idea how tough it would be. Though, it was 10 years I had that schedule, so I guess I should have expected it to not be that easy. About 3 months ago I actually did it! I made the change!.
    I started getting up around 5 am, sometimes around 6. It’s been such a great change!. I get so much more done, I really do! My day is longer and I am just feeling so much more accomplished. :)
    Since I already made the change, I can tell you what I think was that made the difference for me.
    I wanted to get up to workout earlier. That was motivation for me!. I am not a morning person, or like to workout in the morning. No way. Yuck. :) Being up later, it just left me tired and just getting started too late to fit in working out without rushing. It just wasn’t working out, (no pun intended) ;) I still workout in the afternoon, but much earlier now. It’s made a big difference!. My Tweak was cutting out things that kept me up later!.
    Thanks Dan for taking the time to write the post. I know you’re busy. It’s always such a treat to read it! :)

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