If there is one thing I am certain about is entrepreneurs are the busiest people I know. As most of you know, busy does not always equate to producing results. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur, results are king, cha ching.
As a business coach, and a bit of a fanatic when it comes to getting stuff done (one of my favorite motivator songs is A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action by Elvis), I find it important to let you know 3 good hacks to increasing your productivity.
- Don’t be a Doug.
Doug was the dog in the movie UP that constantly was distracted by “squirrels”. When you have a project to complete, making sales calls, writing your blog or creating a new program, it is imperative to reduce the amount of distractions on your path. Turn the ringer off on your phone, close down your email and tell your coworkers, family and friends that for the next hour or two, you will be working on a project and do not want to be disturbed. If you are a doctor, this may be a problem. For the rest of you, you will be amazing how much you can accomplish with focused time.
2.Speaking of Interruptions….
Guess what, you will be interrupted (less when you set boundaries), so why not plan for it. The average worker in an 8 hour day should only plan on 6 hours of work getting done per day. Leave a little gap in your daily scheduling to allow for life to happen. When you do, you will feel less stressed and more apt to deal with the disruption with more ease and grace.
3.Pay Attention to What you Put on your Plate.
It is human nature to think you can accomplish more in a day than you really can (even when you stay on purpose.) Try planning this way – at the beginning of the week, use a paper calendar to write down everything you want to finish that week. At the end of each day, determine the three things, yes only three items, that are imperative you accomplish the next day. Stay firm on your decision to complete those three tasks first – before noon is best. The rest of your day you can deal with interuptions and your daily routine, knowing your most important tasks are done.
The best way to achieve to boost your productivity, is to engage in new activities. Pick one of these tips and weave them into your week. Email me with your successes – I cannot wait to learn about how productive you have been!