Rock Star Productivity: Time Management Tips, Leadership Skills, and Other Keys to Self Improvement

by Erin Falconer

What's in the book?

One of the quintessential tools to grow yourself out there!

    • Productivity Starts with the Mind
    • Starting Your Day Productively
    • Getting (And Staying!) Motivated
    • Breaking Bad Habits (And Cultivating Good Ones)
    • The Dangers of Multitasking
    • Making the Most of Procrastination
    • Making Time Work For You
    • Being Productive Without Sacrificing Happiness



It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the first, official publication of the PickTheBrain blog – Rock Star Productivity: Time Management Tips, Leadership Skills, and Other Keys to Self-Improvement.

Anyone who follows our blog, newsletter and social outlets knows, is one of the great joys of my life. With a library of more than 2,500 articles (and growing), PickTheBrain covers all things ‘personal development,’ written by authors from around the world. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest resources for self-growth available on the Web, and with our readers’ support we continue to grow, day by day.

It is exactly the wealth of material available from PickTheBrain that inspired us to prepare this collection of productivity articles – an easy, comprehensive guide for improving success and happiness.

The experience of assembling this book was exhilarating for me. As I poured through thousands of posts, looking for just the right ones, I was reminded of the quality, passion and dedication of not only the authors, but also of our incredible audience. Though PickTheBrain is comprised of authors and readers from more than 45 countries, offering a broad range of perspectives, one thing in common stands out: a collective conviction to make our lives better. Both our readers and authors share this unanimous bond.

Without further ado, I present you with your guide to “Rock Star Productivity” – one of the quintessential tools to ‘grow yourself’ out there!


Erin Falconer is a Canadian living in Los Angeles. She has had a varied career that includes screenplay writer, stand-up comedian, political consultant and is now proudly, heavily invested in the online blogging world.

For the past 3 years, she has been the editor in chief and co-owner of PickTheBrain – one of the fastest growing and most trusted self improvement websites & communities on the web. With over 200 bloggers from around the world contributing content, PTB is not only a great passion project but has truly become a powerful global voice and brand in the self improvement space, being read in over 35 countries daily.


The first “motivation killer” is a lack of confidence. When this happens to me, it’s usually because I’m focusing entirely on what I want and neglecting what I already have. When you only think about what you want, your mind creates explanations for why you aren’t getting it. This creates negative thoughts. Past failures, bad breaks and personal weaknesses dominate your mind. You become jealous of your competitors and start making excuses for why you can’t succeed. In this state, you are not at your personal best, both assuming the worst about others and losing self-confidence.

The way to get out of this thought pattern is to focus on gratitude. Set aside time to focus on everything positive in your life. Make a mental list of your strengths, past successes and current advantages. We tend to take our strengths for granted and dwell on our failures. By making an effort to feel grateful, you’ll realize how competent and successful you already are. This will rejuvenate your confidence and get you motivated to build on your current success.

It might sound strange that repeating things you already know can improve your mindset, but it’s amazingly effective. The mind distorts reality to confirm what it wants to believe. The more negatively you think, the more examples your mind will discover to confirm that belief. When you truly believe that you deserve success, your mind will generate ways to achieve it. The best way to bring success to yourself is to genuinely desire to create value for the rest of the world.

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