It is not enough to dream of success. It is not even enough to set goals.
The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and just do it.
And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not.
We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
The answer? Embrace these five productivity hacks to get more done in less time.
Rituals and Habits
Simply put, a ritual or habit is a consistent way of doing something.
The trouble is, if you are not careful with your rituals, they can become productivity killers. Is frequently checking Facebook or email a part of your daily routine? Probably! Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time.
Take a good look at your habits. What are you doing that you should not be—or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your habits more efficient and you will automatically get more done.
Want to know how much time you really have available for that new project?
Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects. Fill in all your client calls, your administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you are committed to. What is left might just shock you.
Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every commitment, and you will never again over-promise or over-commit.
Learn to Let Go
Here’s a news flash. You do not have to do everything in your business. You can -and should- hand off-certain tasks to someone else.
Hire a secretary to answer the phones, create your documents and manage your calendar. Let your IT person manage your website. Turn over your Human Resources to an HR consultant, like Skyscape Business Management Consulting. Give us a call at 604-546-1535. We can definitely help you!
The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important—and that only you can do.
Work Hard, Play Harder
You are not a machine. You cannot work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time.
Take a day off. Get some rest, or relax on a long, slow hike. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping with your kids. See a movie or a play. Do something—anything—other than work.
Not only will you return to your business feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
Multi-tasking is impossible. You cannot efficiently create a new product while simultaneously surfing Facebook and answering the phones.
Instead, use your calendar to block time off for important tasks, then turn everything else off so you can focus. No phone, no Facebook, or other distractions demanding “just a minute” of your time. Tune everything out, and you will find your work getting done much faster.
Managing your time and turning up your productivity is not something that comes naturally to most people but when you learn to master this skill, you will find your business grows right along with you.