Here are 7 fab ideas for increasing your productivity, saving time and making the most of your productivity strategy.
Rock your Business!
- Start with the Most Important Productivity Strategy
Before installing any productivity app, tool or resource, first determine which part of your business you need to strategize, prioritize and systematize. Look for the most:
- Time-consuming part of your business
- Energy-draining tasks of your business
- Area of your business where you lose the most money
- Area of your business that makes you feel as if you’ve wasted hours
Start with a productivity tool that takes care of the most urgent areas—be that scheduling, customer support, billing or all of the above—and fit your solution to meet that need with as few tools—or steps—as possible.
- Stop the Endless Cycle
Do you buy course after course, promising yourself you’re going to “master” an area of your business that is not second nature to you? Do you have courses and eBooks on your computer that you’ve never completed (or perhaps never even started?)
These are big clues to your ‘weak’ areas—the ones you should waste no more time on, but immediately outsource or automate.
- Learn to be Mindful and In the Moment
If you’ve made a commitment to be more aware of your business overview and vanquish self-sabotaging habits, then pay attention to that commitment. If you find yourself doing time-waster tasks on autopilot, or spending hours trying to tweak one headline, or letting time slip away on Facebook—stop. Take frequent reality checks during the day. Get up from your computer, and take a moment to appreciate the weather outside (bad or good); the comforts of your office; even the fact that you are alive and breathing.
Doing this can help you break bad habits—as long as you make this your new habit!
- Underestimate on Purpose
Perfectionists have a lot of bad habits. The worst one? Being a perfectionist! Stop! Keep your to-do list essentials simple: No more than three key tasks per day. Then time those three things; at least for a few weeks.
After you’ve concluded this experiment, start allotting a time frame to each task, based on the actual time-frames.
And if something takes too long? Automate or outsource!
- Sync Your To-do List with Your Scheduling Software or Calendar
Reserve some appointment slots for yourself, to accomplish tasks you have to do yourself and for self-care.
- Hire a Coach
Solopreneurs and small biz owners often just can’t see the forest for the trees.
Invest in coaching for yourself, zeroing in on problem areas, to increase your productivity in areas you didn’t even realize were problems.
- Create Templates and Checklists for Recurring Tasks
Checklists and templates provide a quick way to make sure you create consistency in your content and communications.
They also save time, and allow you to hand off completion to assistants.
Productivity is really just another way to make sure your quality of life—as well as your business—rocks. Being truly productive keeps you energized, inspired and heading straight towards your dreams.
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