How can you be more productive? There are so many ways to increase your productivity. Which one to choose? Hmmm…
What’s interesting to me, is my first job out of college was working in sales, out of my house. And I ended up doing that for about 10 years before I even entered an office building. I discovered some interesting things about myself and how I work. One thing: I really like my freedom of time and doing what I need to do on my own terms. And two: I’m much more productive and creative late at night. Now, these two things make it quite interesting and creative when working out of my house these days because I end up working many more hours than I ever did when I worked in an office – go figure!
So lately, I’ve been doing a lot of research to find out how I can be more productive with my days and get more done in shorter periods of time. I’ve discovered some good tools that have helped me and I got so much out of that I thought it would be fun to share with you!
One key that I discovered is that I need more balance between my work, having fun play time (like taking photos, reading, watching movies, playing games, etc.) family time and time to exercise. All of these are very important, yet balance is the key. When I work too much it takes its toll on all aspects of my life. The more balance I have, the healthier I feel, and the more productive I am. For example, what I found immensely useful was creating a “morning success ritual” which I coined from Eben Pagan’s Wake Up Productive Program. His program has helped me immensely be more productive in my day. Why? Because I start my day with drinking water, exercising, meditating, and eating a healthy breakfast. So, when I get to my office in my house, my head is in the right place and I’m ready to rock-n-roll through my day to be more productive
Another key was doing a couple of exercises each week – (in addition to my morning success ritual.)
1) Taking 20 minutes each week and writing down ALL the things that are on my mind and bothering me. Then, going back through my list and putting a star next to the things that I have control over, and putting a check next to all the things that are out of my control. Next, I go back to all the things that are not in my control and take a deep breath and release. Some of the things that are on my list right now that are in my control are – the huge list of things that I have to do in my own business and for my clients business, need to get my plane ticket to the GKIC Superconference in Chicago, writing my blogs for the next month to get to my marketing coordinator to post and on and on…. What’s out of my control is my worry about will my IRA ever bounce back, what will happen with the economy, etc.
2) Then I write down all the areas of incompleteness in my life, lose ends that need to be tied and where I need to close the loop. Some of these may overlap with the list above. The key is recognizing what’s in your control and what isn’t. Then, planning some small action steps around closing the loops on the important ones. An example would be, maybe you have a bunch of opened email that’s nagging at you because you were away for a few days. So, plan some time on your calendar to tackle that nagging thing and close that loop.
3) Having a daily priority list of what I’m trying to accomplish. My priorities usually start with what actions will bring me income, recognition and help promote me and my clients.
Just doing these three things – has really helped ease my mental state. Plus, it has opened up a lot more space for my brain to then tackle so much more, including having fun!
I find when you’re an entrepreneur, the name of the game is being more productive and how to squeeze more out of each and every day. Experiment, see what works and let me know, I’m always open to new ways of being more productive!