Productivity Hack: The Lockdown Method

Okay guys, today’s post is going to be a little bit different to what you’re used to see on the blog.

I have an amazing productivity hack I learned from Kris Mainieri and I want to share it with you here.

But instead of writing about it, I thought about doing a video testimonial for Kris since he has personally helped me overcome a lot of barriers I had when I was getting started and struggling online and he stills contributes by providing great value to my Internet Marketing career.

His advice on important decisions has been key but most important of all, his friendship and support are literally endless and for that, I feel really blessed.

So without any further ado, here you go.

A Video Testimonial For Kris Mainieri

The video is short and sweet at just 3:28 minutes long.

Nice huh?

Kris Mainieri’s Lockdown Method (Get More Done)

And this is Kris explaining his productivity hack himself. Video is just 3:02 minutes long.

You can check this video entry on Kris’ blog here:

I would say this is pretty awesome, what do you think?


I think that having a proper space and environment for working but more important, for being creative and bring your ideas alive by implementation is KEY in getting things done.

Kris’ method on renting a hotel room for a few days resonated a lot in my head and that’s the main reason I decided to move out from my parent’s house and build my own “hotel room”, which is now my apartment.

Of course not everyone is going to be able to rent a hotel room or rent an office space from one day to another but the idea here is that you understand the importance of having a proper space for you and the developing of your ideas into actual tangible (even if it’s virtually) products and services.

Take care and I’ll talk to you soon!


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  1. Reply

    Hi Sergio,

    Everyone does productive differently, but personal space is definitely important.

    Keep on working hard with your whiteboards to get this awesome product of yours out.


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      Hey Andrew, yeah man, I agree that everyone has its own ways of doing things but I do have to agree with Kris that being completely distraction-less is a really big plus when you’re trying to get things done too.

      Thanks for stopping by and your blog loads fast again, did you finally sorted out that Thesis problem you were having?

  2. Reply

    Hey Sergio, I can seriously relate to this man. I am kind of in semi lock down as I have three projects on the go at the moment which I would like to get two of them finished quite quickly. So the lock down method is working very well for me.
    It’s great to see you took the step to get your office room in your apartment, it looks very cool mate congrats.

    Thanks for the tips :-)


    1. Reply

      Hey Dan, I know you’re an insane action taker and can be very focused when you need to get some stuff done.

      Thanks for watching and wow, did you really said three projects man? Heck, I can’t even finish one over here! lol talk soon Dan ;-)

    • Matt Morgan
    • January 24, 2013

    Hey How you doing Sergio,

    Nice video testimonial, it makes a good change

    A change of scene is a good way to change your enticement which can have an impact on productivity.

    Sometimes getting away from your usual settings can usually have an impact on you.

    Productivity is an important element of your internet marketing business ,and this advice if used by newbie’s will benefit their productivity.

    Matt Morgan

    1. Reply

      Hey Matt, I agree 100% that a change of environment can have a big impact on our productivity, the only drawback is that people do not realize this and most of the times won’t do anything about it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your expertise on this! ;-)

    • Theodore Nwangene
    • January 25, 2013

    Hey Sergio,
    I can see Chris enjoying himself with Guinness, Lol.

    There is a saying that environment matters a lot in anything one is doing and the truth cannot be far from that. I like the way you moved out from your parents house to stay on your own because that will enhance your productivity and focus.

    The video is cool and i like the idea because when you’re always in the midst of people including your family, it won’t always be very easy for you to perform your work without having lots of distractions.

    An awesome piece as always Dude.

    Keep the ball rolling.

    1. Reply

      Yeah Theodore, who wouldn’t? haha

      Living with my parents was not only killing my productivity but my creativity and it was literally driving me insane too, it definitely was the second best decision I made in 2012 (first one was getting engaged to my girlfriend).

      Thanks for stopping by and for your support Theodore, I really appreciate it. ;-)

    • Sapna
    • January 25, 2013

    HI Sergio

    Great to see the Boards all around now. The idea of creating a distraction less workspace really resonates with me and I have been working on that.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Reply

      Glad you like this Sapna, whiteboards are a great tool that help me keep my head clear and it’s easier to focus on what needs to get done.

      Hope you try using one and see how it goes for you! ;-)

    • Steven Stuart
    • January 27, 2013

    Hey Sergio,

    That’s a great idea, the less distractions the better. I have a similar room to yours upstairs. It only has my stuff in it ; my guitars and amps, my TV and my old desktop computer.

    I rarely watch TV anymore and the guitars are actually a welcome distraction when I need to take a break. I do think I do my best work when I’m alone, and my wife has gotten used to leaving me alone when I’m working.

    Great idea to paint the green screen on the wall. I need to get a couple of those white boards, though.

    Kris seems like someone we all could learn from.

    Thanks for the videos.

    1. Reply

      Hey Steven, I just saw you play left-handed guitar and bass that’s awesome man!

      I really can’t focus when I have a guitar near because my normal tendency is to just grab it and jam for a “bit” which can easily turn into hours going by without me even noticing.

      The green screen is just regular fabric which I just nailed to the wall, I have to say I ended up with a much better result than what I was hoping for.

      Whiteboards are amazing man… since I learned how to really write what matters on them and follow up on my tasks, now I can’t live without them.

      I actually just bought a corkboard today to use it as my vision board but I can’t say anything on its effectiveness since this is the first time I’m using one.

      I use one as a general mind map:

      – Credit card payments
      – Marketplaces and traffic strategies where I’ll invest for my upcoming training
      – Important notes for video editing I learnt recently
      – More stuff I need to buy for the office (phone, carpet, wall clock, etc)
      – Things to sort out (wedding rings, wedding dress, honeymoon, new car, etc)

      So as you can see, it’s really general stuff but that I need to not have all the time in my head so I can have a clearer mind and work more effectively.

      The 2nd whiteboard is strictly for my upcoming training and nothing else.

      Despite Kris’ really young age, he has a lot of experience in IM, definitely someone I have learned a lot from and would recommend to anyone without hesitating.

      Thanks for your feedback Steven and it’s great that your wife gives you time and space to work. This is something I’ll experience myself really soon since I’m getting married on November.

      Take care and talk soon man! ;-)

      PS. You have really great articles on your site, congrats!

        • Steven Stuart
        • January 28, 2013

        Hey Sergio,
        Thanks for the reply.

        Congratulations on your engagement, and upcoming marriage. My wife is my best friend and inspiration for everything I do.

        I’ve got to get some of those white boards (Might have to take a few guitars down off the wall to make room).

        I read an interesting article somewhere the other day about a certain color green paint that you could buy at Lowe’s that you could use on a wall and works well for green screen.

        Thanks for the tips on how you plan your projects.

        Kris sounds like somebody that I could learn a lot from, as I do from you. Thanks for the kind words about my articles. I’m trying to be a lot more productive in my posts this year.

        1. Reply

          Hey Steven, let me know how it went with the green paint project and here’s a fun story, before actually diving heads in to internet marketing I had a room which was painted exactly like this:

          Two opposite walls in green (really close to the color used in green screen fabric) and two opposite walls in blue (also really close to the color used in video recording sets).

          I’ve never shot anything there because I simply wasn’t into marketing or video recording of any kind, I just wanted my room to look a bit “surfer” lol

          Thanks for the thumbs up on my upcoming marriage, I’m a bit nervous about it but I love my girlfriend a lot so I should be fine… I guess lol! ;-)

    • Frank Moreno
    • January 28, 2013

    Hi Felix long time not see…., i’m also having my special space where i can work ,it’s a little space because i get more focus on small enviroment . I have my time in the day when i get more productive.
    Definitly a must to find your way to get better energy and get more done.
    Good luck
    Frank Moreno

    1. Reply

      Hey Frank, we are all different so for instance, many digital nomads claim they can work perfectly fine in a Starbucks but me? Heck, I find that impossible to do.

      The mere fact that I have plenty of people talking and walking and laughing it’s just too crazy for me, I can’t work in an environment like that at all and believe me, I tried.

      Great to know you have found your sweet spot and are taking advantage of it, thanks for stopping by man, talk soon!

  3. Reply

    Hi Sergio,
    White Boards I could use but don’t think I would get along with those
    Mind Maps everyone seems so fond of.
    Even living by yourself, I’m sure you end up with distractions you haven’t anticipated.

    Guess the only thing you can do is leave the distraction (no matter how important it thinks it is) and get back to what you have scheduled for yourself to do.

    Keep up the good work, a nice video is content!

    1. Reply

      Hey Cararta,

      You know I’m constantly trying to improve my productivity and enhancing my focus by experimenting myself with everything I read that seems to be a great idea for these tasks and I can tell you this right away from my own experience:

      We decide if we want to be distracted or not.

      It’s not about a whiteboard, a starbucks or a mindmap.

      It’s not about the pomodoro technique, a countdown timer or working in blocks.

      It’s not about getting healthier, becoming an early riser, not watching tv or even living by yourself, in reality, it all comes down to HOW BAD DO YOU REALLY WANT IT?

      If you want something really bad, you’ll find the way to get it.

      Everything else is just noise.

      Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the video!

  4. Reply

    What a great idea!!! I have thought about doing this however it would be hard in my current session of life, working, married, and a 14 month child. So I can’t get away for a couple days to work on a project. I’m getting in the habit of waking up between 4:30 and 5am to be able to have extra time to work on my writing projects. You have a wonderful work space bro! I’ll have to check Chris out and thank you for recommending him:)

    1. Reply

      Hey Dan, that’s a great example of strong will and determination man, if you don’t have enough time then figure a way out to create it!

      Thanks for stopping by and congrats on your baby.

      I know it’s hard to be productive with a baby child around and I know this because my neighbors lose their heads all the time over their little children (or at least that’s the impression that they give me lol)

      And yeah, you can check out Kris’ blog, he actually shares a lot of IM and business mindset advice there. ;-)

    • Micah Medina
    • January 29, 2013

    Aaaah! This is a really true one. I’ve noticed that just the places I sit in the house and the time I allow myself to be exposed to other people has a really serious impact on what I do in a day. You should also set a DEADLINE for the time you spend on lockdown. The more time you give yourself, the more room you have to stretch your expectations and go, “well, I’ll work really really hard but SOON.”

    Your earlier comment about Just Wanting It kind of plays in here.

    1. Reply

      Hey Micah, man you’re spot on with your comment.

      Setting deadlines is really KEY here regarding if you have the perfect working space. I never set deadlines before until I found out it was becoming a huge problem because I kept repeating to myself stuff like “I can always do this tomorrow” and I would never do anything!

      Thanks for stopping by man and if you don’t mind receiving a quick tip, having an “About Me” page on a personal site is really important even if you already cover some personal info like you do on your sidebar.

      It would be a great improvement to your site! ;-)

      PS. Congratulations on your blog services, I always get excited when I meet new writers.

  5. Reply

    Hey Sergio,

    Very cool to see you in a video! You’ve inspired me to take action to learn how to do videos!

    Luv the whiteboards! I think being able to look at something from a distance helps with focus and creativity. My wall space has several papers taped up with reminders and diagrams to help keep the important things out in the open at all times.

    Kris’s “lockdown method” makes a lot of sense. When you create an environment without distractions and have a purpose to focus on it seems your mind would be more relaxed and open to allow ideas to flow more freely. Thanks for sharing!

    Great content Sergio, it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog!


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      Hey Donna, what a fantastic comment and I’m pretty sure those reminders on your wall are going to work wonders for you.

      Kris is a fantastic guy and I have learned a lot about business mindset strategies from him.

      Looking forward to see your first video and if you have any questions or need any help with video recording, don’t hesitate to give me a shout, it’s pretty easy though.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day Donna! ;-)

    • Linda
    • January 30, 2013

    What a great idea and you look GREAT on this video Sergio ;-) You look happy and just look good over all :)!

    You know those just out of college or high school for that matter have really been able to make it big – they are starting FRESH and are determined and I think that is where those of that are older have the struggle. I so often wish I could go back to being a young kid again and start with a clean slate – being healthy and all that helps as well.

    I like the idea of closing yourself in a room and not getting out till your done, but let me tell ya, your body won’t like you very much after a few All those aches and pains creep up on you fast, well at least for me anyway. I can sit here and the time just flies by and when I go to get up, can barely move – not a good thing!! I am sure Kris takes breaks and heads on down to the pool or whatever, but really now!! If you have kids and a responsibility to your family, it’s not that easy, but the thought is definitely there for those that can get away.

    Thanks for sharing the inspirational videos, Sergio!

    Have a WONDERFUL Day/Night!

    1. Reply

      Hey Linda, that’s exactly my thoughts, young people tend to succeed faster because they are not afraid to try out things!

      Or at least that’s my conclusion on this matter of being a grown up, afraid and asking so many “what if’s…” instead of “let’s do it!” just like younger persons do.

      For stamina and energy, I think we all have our ups and lows, the trick is to learn how to achieve the most energy we can and learn how to use it wisely.

      Kris’ idea of renting a hotel room for a few days is what works for him, for another person it could something completely opposite, like maybe having your kid go out in vacations!

      For me to accomplish this, it was renting my own apartment but in less than a year, I’ll be living with my girlfriend (or wife) and I’ll definitely have to come up with something!

      My girlfriend really knows what I’m doing and she knows that I can’t be bothered when I’m working but I still can’t work the same way when she’s around so an idea would be to just rent yet another apartment and build an office there!

      I know it sounds a bit crazy but I rather have two apartments and an adequate space for living and a proper space for working.

      Anyway, thank you a lot for watching and your feedback Linda, it seems like you’re definitely getting back on track with Amazon and more books, I can’t wait to check out your next release, take care and all the best! ;-)

      PS. Thanks on the compliment on the video, I am more in debt but definitely happier! Who would have thought? lol

        • Linda
        • January 30, 2013

        OH!! I thought you moved in with your girlfriend, as I knew that was what you wanted to do, I didn’t realize you were on your own! WOOHOO!! That is great!

        I got those debt problems going on AGAIN!! Trying to forget about them – that is probably not the way to deal with it though – ha! I gotta try to stay positive and try a few new things cause if I don’t things will not be very pretty…right now it’s out of my control…but I am hoping for that to change :) You are happier cause you are on your OWN!! Away from the hustle and bustle of your parents and in your own world now!!

        Congrats a bit late on your own place – keep up the good work and momentum!

        Talk to you soon!

        1. Reply

          Thank you Linda and yeah, I have been on my own for about two months now ;-)

  6. Reply

    This is an awesome post Sergio!
    Kris is a great guy and his “lockdown” method is on point!
    Thanks for sharing this!


    1. Reply

      Hey Omar, you’ve just MADE MY DAY for commenting here man and yeah, Kris is definitely the BOMB when it comes to ideas like these.

      I just remembered that I loved the chemistry you both had when you interviewed him on social media inside the MUA files and when you both were speaking to Liz Tomey as well, fantastic stuff!

      Thanks for stopping by and supporting me man, it really means a lot! ;-)

    • Darlene
    • February 1, 2013

    Thank Gawd!

    Anything to help with productivity is helpful.. cuz there are soooo many distractions.

    I like to make a work date at our local Starbucks.. or even the library.

    I decide on what tasks I’m NOT accomplishing at the moment sitting on my butt at home.. and I pack up my gear and head out.. with the explicit intent of not coming home till I’ve completed my tasks.

    It actually works quite well.

    I guess that’s a mini version of renting the hotel room.


    1. Reply

      Hey Darlene, identifying your productivity problem, coming up with a solution for it and following up on it, it’s the actual way to getting things done, that’s really cool of you that you’re able to get your work done in a Starbucks!

      Some people I know, just can’t get anything done and the worst part is that they KNOW where they are failing at, yet they still don’t do anything about it.

      I’m glad you already started blogging on your site (great post btw) and it seems like you actually followed through Corbett Barr’s blogging training, kudos to you! ;-)

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        Thanks for the encouragement Sergio!

        I know. Don’t you love Corbett’s course? I looked at (and bought) a ton of courses trying to find the best one that:

        A) Would be the best complete course for beginners so they’d have a step-by-step path to follow.
        B) Was affordable.

        Originally I was going to create the course myself, you know.. products, products, create your own products.. but I did a “borrow my brain” with Danny Iny and he said “why?” “You love affiliate marketing, and product creation is a huge time commitment. Why don’t you just find a product you like to promote?”

        Voila, the rest is history, so to speak.

        Yes, I have started blogging on this particular site.. but quite frankly I haven’t decided how I’m going to go with it yet. You notice my optin message is not very compelling! LOL That’s by design.

        I am grateful to have stumbled upon your site. Enjoying the fresh voices.

        BTW, I have family in Guadalajara and Manzanillo. My kids are fluent in Spanish. :)

        ~ darlene

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          I think you are doing a wonderful job so far Darlene and since you are already familiar with Danny Inny, my only advice would be to try to be everywhere!

          It’s very cool that your kids are fluent in Spanish, do you speak Spanish too?

          And a funny bit, I’m not 100% sure about this but I may move to Guadalajara after getting married in November.

          I say not 100% sure because I may actually stay in the USA for a few months, not sure if California or Arizona but I guess time will tell, anyway, great to know you’re doing things right with your affiliate marketing efforts, the site looks GREAT.

          All the best Darlene and speak soon! ;-)

    • Robin J Emdon
    • February 4, 2013

    It’s sooo important to create for yourself a supportive environment! That’s the key! And absolutely… turn off the phone, the tv, the radio and the social media – ideally the whole internet if you can work without needing to be on it!
    Great tip Sergio! Love the lockdown idea – not always practical if you have family. But a point well made!

    1. Reply

      Hey Robin, really glad you dig this strategy and yeah, if you have family it obviously becomes a bit harder but hey, your “hotel room” can be any place you want as long as nobody interrupts you there!

      Thanks for stopping by man! ;-)

    • Chery Schmidt
    • February 4, 2013

    I did watch both video’s Good stuff! When I first started my online business I was working on my table in the kitchen here and you are so right Distractions everywhere! Since this time I have set up a office in my basement , this is my lock down, I don’t do everything in my office , I do still like my kitchen, but when I need to get things done, I go down there and turn everything else off. I don’t let anything distract me. I actually have to set an alarm clock so I breaks every few hours. I have found it is very productive to me to find different places to do different things. Thanks for sharing.. Chery :)

    1. Reply

      Hey Chery, well thank you for watching the two videos.

      I think your basement idea is top notch and you already realized how effective this can be for your productivity.

      The alarm clock idea is awesome, I normally use a free online countdown timer to break out from my tasks as well otherwise, I can just go on and on and lose sense of time.

      Thanks for sharing your experience Chery and hope to talk soon again! ;-)

    • Siegfried
    • February 12, 2013

    thats pretty good advice, i think it is connected how creative minds work . I’ve recently read an article about how programmers should not be disturbed because getting back to the point they left takes them about 20 mins. I noticed myselft that the most productive time for me is few hours after midnight – house is quiet, no one disturbs me – easy to focus and work

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      Hey Siegfried, that article you read was spot on since it actually takes me a while to get back to where I was when I’m interrupted.

      The majority of the coders I know and have worked with in the past, work just as you do. They start working really late at night because it’s when everything else is quiet and interruption-free, a few others are early risers although this is not as common as the after midnight workers.

      And finally, I have a very low percentage of people who can actually code in places like coffee shops even if they are crowded (sometimes I can, sometimes I can’t, it depends a lot on the place).

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave your experiences, take care man! ;-)

    • Triston Isaac
    • February 23, 2013


    Great advice! I’m sure it helped a lot of folks.

    I do agree that environment has a lot to do with productivity. Everyone is different right?

    Personally for me, once I put on some music, I’m able to lock into what I’m working on.
    Mind you, its super easy to get distracted being an internet marketer. All of the webpages you come across, how isn’t it lol.


    1. Reply

      Hey Triston,

      I’m really glad you found this helpful man and we certainly are all different.

      For instance me having a strong past as a musician, I can’t work with music in the background at all!

      I just can’t stop focusing on the music being played and it’s weird since I actually even went to sleep listening to music before but now if I really want to focus on doing something, I need silence or at least no music at all.

      Anyway, I love the fact that you have a solid work ethic being so young and you chose well going with MLSP so I wish you all the best in your marketing journey!

      Thanks for stopping by and take care Triston ;-)

  7. Reply

    Hey Sergio,
    Great tips, my friend! Thanks for sharing this for our benefit.
    It’s cool that you have Kris to bounce ideas off of, and that a friendship has resulted from your biz relationship.
    I always say, “No man is an island!”
    The lockdown idea is a great one. We all need our quiet places to get anything done.
    However, like Robin said, it becomes difficult when you have family.
    My five year old son loves to hang out with me & act like his daddy.
    So, it’s difficult. But hey, no one ever said that achieving success is easy.
    Hang in there, my friend! I see great things on the horizon for you!
    Perhaps one day, when you’re rich & famous, you can bounce one idea off of me, just for the heck of it? LOL. Take care!

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      Hey George, long time no see my man!

      I think it is so cool to have family and kids but I also understand that time is limited when that happens to us.

      You just reminded me that Eben Pagan normally rents an apartment in New York (as far as I know) but he rents TWO apartments instead of one…

      One to live in and the second one to work in.

      So basically he doesn’t draws a line between family time and work time, he basically HAS TO GO to work at some place else (even if it’s just walking the hallway to another apartment) and I think that’s a perfect case of showing the importance of having an interruption free working environment.

      You have said so yourself… information overload has taken a big chunk out of your productivity so imagine having that problem and now add a working space that allows interruption at any moment?

      That’s not a good mix my man but hey, since not everyone is equal you may actually be able to work fine with your kid by your side.

      Take care George and thank you for stopping by my man, surely missed you around here and you bet I’ll be able to bounce an idea from you very soon! ;-)

      PS. Me, rich and famous? Haha we’ll see man, we’ll see.

    • Louie Sison
    • April 3, 2013

    Hi Sergio,

    I can personally relate to what you are trying to point out here in your post. Productivity is very important, that is the reason I dedicated a small room of our house to be my office.
    More awome blog post from you.

    Al the best!
    Loue Sison

    1. Reply

      Hey Loue, that’s fantastic man, do you have any pictures from your separate office on your blog?

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