How To Increase Productivity In Your Business With Tor Refsland!

Happy Thursday and welcome to this day’s post where I talk to you about someone awesome. I have spoken about so many awesome bloggers in the past so you can find them listed here.

Today, we have another guy you’d like to meet if you care about how to increase productivity in your business.

I read his blog so frequently and can tell you he’s the go-to guy when it comes to productivity tips. I also was featured on his blog as one of these incredibly busy experts who shared on 80 productivity tips.

Meet Tor Refsland

Tor Refsland pictureTor Refsland was working as a SAP system administrator for one of the biggest companies in Norway. He was working hard toward becoming one of the youngest leaders in the company. Then something happened…

On a vacation in Turkey he almost died by falling 393,7 feet into a certain death while paragliding. It was a HUGE wake up call. He started to review his life and decided that he needed to do some major changes.

He had been working his b*tt for about two decades helping business owners and shareholders to build their dream. It dawned upon him that he might as well do the same for himself.

So he decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion – to help online entrepreneurs SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS.

Why Time Management And Productivity?

He choose a field that he is passionate about, but also which he’s really good at.

When he used to work for one of the biggest companies in Norway, it was a total grind working crazy hours. No matter what he did, he couldn’t seem to keep up with his never ending growing to do list.

He knew for a FACT…

that if he didn’t do something about the situation FAST…

he would either LOSE his job…

or get BURNED OUT (or both).

So he created his own time management system, where he managed to increase his own productivity with 200%. In other words, he managed to do in 2 hours what I used to do in 8 hours.

He is sharing his system in his free eBook.

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Then another life changing event occurred.

A Princess Was Born

The 1st of June Tor and Sara became the proud parents of baby daughter Luna.

Tor Refsland

Having a newborn baby with colic meant that he really needed to put his time management skills to the test.

After several tweaks and rearranging his schedule, he managed to find a great balance between being a father and putting in the necessary time for his business.

Tor says that learning how to save time is just the first step.

He says that how you spend your time is what really matters.

If you manage to save 30 minutes per day and you spend it by watching a stupid sitcom, it was all for nothing.

The funny thing is that after becoming a father, he is able to produce more results in his business, despite working fewer hours.

It’s All About Kaizen And Focus

Kaizen is a Japanese word and it means to continuously improve (yourself or a process).

In every activity Tor does in his business, he’s constantly looking to crack the code for that SPECIFIC activity, so he can get the BEST results with using as little time as possible. It’s all about finding the best way to leverage your time.

In about 8 months, he won the award for “Most Epic category” on Jon Morrow’s blog Boost Blog Traffic, he got interviewed 6 times, guest posted 15times forbig websites and got featured as an expert on 24 websites. For more details, click here.

He says that nothing of that would have been possible, if he didn’t FOCUS on how he spent his time.

It’s important that you focus on your most income generating tasks for your business every single minute.

Download his eBook “Insane Productivity Hacks” and learn how to DOUBLE your productivity within 7 days.

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40 thoughts on “How To Increase Productivity In Your Business With Tor Refsland!”

  1. Really a great inspirational interview. utilizing time properly and increasing productivity is an art and one can achieve the same by following great dedication & discipline only.

  2. Hi Enstine,

    It’s incredible how these near death experiences chance people’s outlook on life. I’m a big fan of the idea of working a less than 8 hour day but being more productive in the fewer hours. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hello Tor

    The story behind it all is exceptionally intriguing.Tor you have an astonishing story. Having a close passing background will bring about anybody to think back on their life.Thanks for sharing an incredible article.your efficiency tips are awesome.

    Have an incredible day.

  4. Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment, Brent.

    Yes, this is indeed the right time to apply my time management skills. LOL 😉

    Have a great day!

    Rock on 🙂



  5. It’s my first time seeing your beautiful baby girl, Tor. Congrats again!

    I guess if there ever were a time to hack your productivity, this would be it, huh?

    Nice job Enstine on featuring one of my faves on your blog 🙂



  6. Hi Tor,

    Welcome to Enstine blog, nice having you here……..your falling story is a very touching one, but thank God you’re here telling us how it happen; that is an evident that you’re alive and kicking.

    Time management is one very important issue that affect almost everyone, there are plenty to do at any given day that I wish I could be blessed with extra 12 hours a day.

    But nope! Just a wish, it never happen…..I subscribe to your list and have download the book, and will surely read later.

    Thanks Tor, happy to engage with you.

    • Thanks for commenting, Shamsudeen, and for your kind words.

      Everyone wants more time. However, we really have enough time.

      We just have to APPLY the 24 hours differently.

      I am sure that Warren Buffet spends his time a “little” bit better than the rest of us 😉

      Thanks for downloading my ebook.

      I really appreciate your support.

      Have a great day!



  7. Hey Enstine,

    Another awesome person and blogger that you’re featuring here. So glad you invited Tor to share more about him with your audience.

    Hey Tor, good to see you here my friend. Welcome to the group!

    I knew some of your background but I always enjoy hearing more about the people I have connected with online. I know that near tragic accidents can really help you put things into perspective but I only wish for most that it wouldn’t have to go that far.

    As you know, my father had cancer my entire life so being in and out of hospitals and watching adults and children lose their lives to this horrible disease makes you appreciate the life that you do have now. I had my wake up call rather early in life although I took that path to corporate America until very late in my life.

    I’m glad though that you chose this route because what you share is so important for so many people who need that kind of direction. Now you’re a Dad and you have your wonderful family to take care of and I know you only want the best for them as well.

    Thanks again for sharing with us more about you and I wish you the very best moving forward my friend.


    • Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment, Adrienne.

      I really appreciate your great comment and kind words, as always.

      Diamonds are created when a very high temperature and pressure is applied to the material carbon.

      The same goes for personal growth.

      I totally agree with you, Adrienne. It would be more pleasant if we wouldn`t need to go through ALL the hardship in order to grow.

      However, that is how the world works..

      Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment.

      Yes, I do indeed have more responsibility having to be a good father and provide for my child.

      So I guess I have to increase my pace 🙂

      Want more success faster?

      After you have had the clarity to identify the actions that needs to be done, you need to…

      apply MASSIVE action! 🙂

      Have a great day, my friend.



  8. Enstine and Tor,

    Nice to meet you Tor. Great story. I certainly agree with you in that it is what you do with your time that matters.

    For instance if you have 30 minutes a day to connect with other bloggers you need to make it count! This forces you to be more productive

    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Time management is so critical when you have little ones. I have a 17 month old son so I can relate to you in this sense.

    Keeping it simple and focusing on only 3 to 4 big tasks a day seem to work best in my opinion. Also, when you have limited time you tend to hyper focus on what needs to be done and you get it done.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Hi Kurt,

      thanks a lot for your kind words.

      Yes, time management gets a whole new definition after you get a kid.

      You thought you were productive before, but after becoming a parent every single minute counts. So you have to do as you said: FORCE yourself to become MORE productive.

      I have found out that a lot of great things can be IMPROVED by putting your mind to it and believing that you CAN.

      Like Brue Lee said: “If you want to kick faster. Kick faster.”

      Focusing on a few key tasks is definitely key, using the 80/20 rules on working your most income generating tasks at any given time.



  9. Hi,
    I read your ebook bro. It is exactly what I was looking for. you specifically detailed the whole process for time management and improving productivity.

    I liked the whole process of making do to list and one major- Master do to list. you have suggested using Business Calender. I am using Android but did not find it. Could you share you link?

    If you may tell me how much time I should spend on each task then I can save more time. If I am making a do to list and spending much time on each task then I won’t increase the productivity. I learned prioritizing tasks and now I wish to learn how to get done work in less time.


  10. OMG, is it wrong that I just want to eat up your adorable baby girl??

    It’s epic getting to know about my brotha from anotha motha, Tor! And hey, now I’m am even more certain than I was before that paragliding is for CRAZY people! 😉

    Congrats for the feature, bro – the kudos is well deserved. ROCK ON with ya bad self mister…

    • Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment, Dre.

      Well, I understand that you probably don`t mean to literally eat up my adorable baby girl. That being said, just to be on the safe side, I have to NOT visit you with my baby girl when I visit the States 😉

      Thanks for the kind words, my sista from another mista! Yup, paragliding is indeed for crazy people.

      Have an awesome weekend!



  11. Great to hear your story, Tor (your daughter is too cute)! And Enstine, great job putting this interview together. Having read Tor’s free eBook, I can testify that it’s incredibly useful! 🙂

    Also, fantastic that you mention how spending time is as important as saving it (somehow, this isn’t always underlined in most productivity articles). It’s the same as with money – save it and use it wisely to accumulate greater rewards!

    • Thanks for stopping by to comment, Camilla.

      I really appreciate it. My baby daughter Luna says “thanks for the compliment”.

      It`s so sweet of you to give some kudos to my eBook 🙂

      I`m so glad that you found it useful.

      The main reason why I decided to leave my six-figure corporate job, was to help other people.

      My goal is of course to earn living from it. That being said, helping other people comes first. That is the key to standing out in the overcrowded blogosphere.

      Providing awesome content and aiming to over-deliver is a long-time strategy. But I firmly believe that it will yield the biggest return in the long-run.

      I like you comparing time with money, Camilla.

      It makes total sense.

      I have always said that it doesn`t really have so much to say how much money you earn each month. You should focus on HOW MUCH is left after all your bills have been paid.

      It doesn`t matter if you earn $10 000 per month, if you expenses are $11 000 per month.

      The same goes for time. The most important is HOW you spend your time.

      Have a great day!



    • Hi Jane,

      thanks a lot for stopping by to comment and for your kind words.

      I`m so glad that you have found my tips helpful.

      Being productive is one of the most important success factors in life, and especially when running a business.

      The lifeblood in ANY business is to have MORE INCOME than you have expenses.

      So your main focus should be to INCREASE INCOME (and then sustain in):

      Being productive means:
      – That you are spending your time wisely (so you will get a lot done)
      – That you are working on your most income generating tasks (generating income)

      The difference between a successful business owner and one who is not, is HOW they have spent their time.

      Have a great day!



  12. Hi, Enstine and Tor!

    Wonderful to see Tor featured here, and it was awesome to get to know him better. ?

    Tor, your productivity tips are fantastic, and I always perk my ears up when you share something. Sometimes it’s something I’ve heard of but with a new twist and need to implement, and sometimes it’s something completely new…

    Wow, what huge wake up call – I’m so glad you’re still around to embark on the journey to make your own dreams come true.

    Luna is absolutely darling, and I know she’s already one dream come true for you and your wife. My first born had colic, and consoling a baby with this is time consuming, that’s for sure.

    Ya know, I love the Kaizen principle and have been following this for years. I worked for a company called Lifebushido years ago, and Kaizen was the core of everything we did. I’m so thankful I learned this wonderful concept.

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments, Tor, you’ve done an excellent job and your “Seen” page is quite impressive!

    Have a great weekend.
    Carol Amato

    • Thanks a lot for your kind words, Carol.

      You make me blush 🙂

      I am so glad to hear that you find my productivity tips worth it. Those type of comments make all the hard work worth it 🙂

      I have also learned a lot from you, Carol.

      They say that a smart person learn from his own mistakes, and a very smart person learn from other people`s mistakes.

      It`s so great to find the right experts to follow in the different fields, so you learn and save a lot of time in the process 😉 Enstine has done a wonderful job interviewing a great group of successful experts that really walk their talk.

      The kaizen principle is indeed VERY powerful applied the right way 🙂

      Thanks again for your great comment, Carol.

      Have a great weekend!



  13. Hi, Tor,

    Love your story (and your beautiful daughter!). You have helped me with time management issues that I have had and it has been so helpful. Email is not the time suck that it used to be.

    Welcome to the Enstine Club! You are truly deserving.

    • Thanks for stopping by to comment, Sue, and for your kind words 🙂

      What I love about the blogging world is that there are SO many great and resourceful individuals.

      Email can indeed be a time suck. Thanks for the thumbs up, Sue 😉

      I`m glad to hear that I have been helping you with time management, but you have really helped me A LOT with blogging.

      Once you understand that there are no real competition, it`s all about cooperation…

      then the WORLD shifts.

      When you focus from the scarcity to the abundance mindset.

      The abundance mindset has helped me to get many like-minded awesome entrepreneurs as my goods friends, including you, Sue.

      I do admit that it has really taken a lot of TOUGH choices to be where I am today. In addition, I know that the journey will still be filled with obstacles and challenges.

      Regardless, I wouldn`t trade the experience for ANYTHING.

      Have an awesome weekend!



  14. Hi Stella,

    thanks a lot for commenting and for downloading my eBook. It means a lot to me 🙂

    You are COMPLETELY right! Social Media is a dangerous time suck for the majority of people.

    The only way to handle it is to:
    1. Have a PLAN on what EXACTLY you are going to do on SM
    2. Have a time limit (set on a timer or alarm clock)
    3. FOCUS on doing ONLY the activities on SM that you have PLANNED

    I know it can be hard, but trust me.

    It WILL help you 😉



  15. Hi, Tor

    The time management is big issue in my area. The word “Focus” can be used in everywhere, particularly in SM. I can used 1 hour in Facebook without knowing it. Same apply to Twitter. Will follow your tips in your e-book to improve my productivity.
    Thanks.- Stella

  16. HeyTor is a perfect example of this. I never knew the back story, but now that I do, it is a huge inspiration for me and for others.The list of his achievements is really infinite and that does show how confident he would be while quitting a six figure job to join his own passion independently.I find the very thing that has allowed so many to create businesses on their own terms without traditional infrastructure and funding, is the thing that also saps our time. Thanks for sharing a great article.. 🙂

    • Hi Sneha,

      your kind words humble me. Thanks a lot 🙂

      I`m glad that my crazy stunt is inspirational to others.

      I totally agree with what you are saying.

      Your life todays is a the sum of all the events that has occurred in your life. In other words…

      HOW you have spent YOUR TIME, have put you WHERE you are today.

      If you aren`t satisfied with where you are today, SPEND YOUR TIME differently in the future.

      Remember, that all you need to do is to snap your fingers and start with a clean sheet of paper starting today.

      Today is the first day in the rest of your life 🙂

      Have a great day.



  17. Hey Enstine and Tor,

    Now I have some else to put in my focus!

    I actually been thinking about time management more often lately. I want to see in what ways I can get more done in less time.

    Tor you have an amazing story. Having a near death experience will cause anyone to look back on their life. But I’m glad that you are still here to bring value to all of us!

    Great to meet you Tor and thanks Enstine for having him!

    • Hi Sherman,

      thanks a lot for stopping by to comment and for your kind words.

      It means a lot 🙂

      Good time management skills is a vital success factor for becoming successful as an entrepreneur.

      Since we all only have 24 hours in our day. Imagine your competitive advantage if you managed to OPTIMIZE your daily schedule and perform 2x compared to your average competitor?

      That would DOUBLE your progress and put you and your blog on the map FAST.

      Great to meet you to Sherman.

      If there is anything I can do to help you out with your time management, shoot me an email 🙂

      Have an awesome day!



  18. I will download the free e-book now. Thank you for your share. I will leave review about the product later after read it.

  19. Time is everything and what Tor is teaching is so crucial to success and happiness.

    I find the very thing that has allowed so many to create businesses on their own terms without traditional infrastructure and funding, is the thing that also saps our time. A moment on Facebook becomes 20 minutes (or more). A tweet response ends up being an hour looking at cool images of the earth from the space shuttle.

    Even marketing through content can eat up many hours unless you are organized, focused and efficient. I’m sure Tor tells us how to do this in his new book which I am looking forward to reading!

    Thanks for introducing us to Tor, Enstine!


    • Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment, Deborah, and for your kind words.

      I really appreciate it 🙂

      What you are mentioning is completely true, Deborah. The challenge nowadays is that there are way too many distractions. Social media and the vast plane of endless information on the Internet. Many entrepreneurs have been wasting too much of their productive time doing “research”.

      The main difference between a very successful person and one who isn`t is HOW they have spent their TIME.

      The successful person protects his 24 hours each day like protecting his/her newborn baby from a pack of wolves.

      Either you spend your time wise or you don`t.

      It`s all about planning and having a to do list. Then using the 80/20 rule to identify your most income generating tasks…

      and work on them every single minute of the day.

      Have a great day!



  20. Enstine,

    This is the best interview yet.
    Tor.. is a well respected blogger and businessman in my eyes. The story behind it all is very intriguing. This is why I love Interviews. The human spirit can do just about anything, if we let it!
    Tor is a perfect example of this. I never knew the back story, but now that I do, it is a huge inspiration for me and for others. My hat off to you Tor! Making necessary changes in our lives when there is so much on our plate goes to show how we too can achieve what we want.

    A must read!


    • Howdy Donna,

      how awesome to see you here.

      Your kind words just made MY DAY 🙂 It means a lot especially coming from a great blogger and business woman like yourself.

      The number one skill to succeed in your business (or in any endeavour for that matter) is to be ADAPTABLE.

      Since the business landscape is continuously evolving, you need to KNOW…

      WHEN to adapt…

      but more importantly, also knowing WHEN to NOT.

      Sometimes not following the latest trend might be the best move.

      The key is to identify WHICH skills you need to IMPROVE and WHEN you need to do it.

      Timing is of the essence.

      Example: when I started my blog for the first time I focused on:
      – The topic of the blog and what I was going to write about
      – Learned how to write better
      – Learned how to generate traffic to my blog

      In the start it would be a BAD focus of me to learn about landing pages, converting subscribers into sales and creating products.


      Because why should I dive deep into that material when I didn`t have any subscribers?

      So, my top advice is to be ADAPTABLE when necessary.

      Have an awesome day!



  21. Hello Sir Muki,

    Thanks for featuring such a productive man, I’ve been looking for a way to save time and be more productive while i am FOCUSED..well, i just downloaded his ebook and I will take my time to read it, It’s really nice knowing you Mr. Tor.

    Have nice day.

    • Hi Saminu!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      I appreciate your kind words, and a million thanks for downloading my eBook. It means a lot to me 🙂

      I hope it will be helpful. If you have any questions after reading the eBook, just shoot me an email.



  22. Hi Enstine and Tor

    This is one of the wonders of your featured post series that we come to know a lot more about a person who we already been in connect with but never knew that much prodigious skills and abilities.

    The list of his achievements is really infinite and that does show how confident he would be while quitting a six figure job to join his own passion independently.

    Those with a winning psyche can take any bold decision quite easily because with their positive approach they do know and fully believe if one does hard work with a proper strategy and never quit so the success his ultimate pie either earlier or later.

    Having expansion in family becomes life changing step for most of the successful people and here also I found the same inspirational hints.

    I am so proud of the fact that I have also been part of the club where a perfect professional like him also featured this time.

    Thanks a lot for sharing and have an awesome day.

    • Thanks for you great comment, Mi.

      I really appreciate your kind words.

      I also like Enstine`s features, since the great guests go into details about their story, and you really start to understand and connect with them in a deeper way 🙂

      I was really honoured to be included among the other great bloggers, included you, Mi 🙂

      Yes, quitting my six-figure income job was nothing less than CRAZY.

      I had been hustling my b*tt off for 10 years saving up my “screw a 9-5 fund”. Even though, you have been visualizing and planning, and you KNOW that you will be okay…

      it was still SCARY as heck.

      However, through a ironclad belief, a burning passion to succeed, hard strategic work and connecting with awesome bloggers…

      it`s just a matter of time before I will hit my goals.

      For how long do we continue to push hard and hustle?

      For as long as it takes 🙂

      Have an awesome day.



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