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3 Proven Strategies to Implement and Get More Done Each Day

My rear end was glued to the TV screen last night watching one by one as those miners in Chile were being pulled out from under all that rock and rubble… It was such an amazing feat of team work, brains, ingenuity and global communication.

So I got to thinking: Well, if they can do this, what’s stopping me from accomplishing all I want to do? And I’m not even trapped in a mine.

I looked back at my long “to do” list of a few things I had planned to do in March and that were supposed to be completed by now and aren’t… All I can say is a big “YIKES!”  The good news is that I have a huge list of what I wanted to accomplish.  So I know I’ve been cranking out a lot of stuff, and I’m thinking maybe my lists are just too ambitious – and too big!  I mean, I am a Marketing Implementer after all, helping entrepreneurs and business owners complete their projects and getting stuff done for them.

So I thought it might be helpful to list 3 proven strategies that I’ve used over the past 20 years that have allowed me to accomplish more each week, each month, etc.  The real truth for me is that the more I accomplish the more success I see and the more I can do to help others succeed.

Here are my 3 Proven Strategies to implement and get more done each day:

  1. Have a routine – This is really big. Having a routine each day is THE one thing that has helped me do more and be more in my life.  I start my day the same way and I have to say it’s had a big impact on my own productivity.  I’ve found a morning routine that has worked for me and a lot of what it’s about is really being able to take care of myself.  Plus being able to know how long I can go without a break. I can work up to 90 minutes on something, but then I need a good 30 minute break. Other people find they work better with a timer and work in 30 minute increments with 15 minute breaks. You have to find out what works best for you.  The real key is, the more I take care of myself, the more I can get accomplished in my business, which leads me to my second strategy.  One of the best programs that my friend and colleague Jeff Walker told me to buy was Eben Pagan’s Wake-Up Productive. I don’t think it’s on the market anymore, but sometimes he puts it back on the market for a little bit in January. It’s a great way to start your year!
  2. Self-care– Taking good care of you is incredibly important.  If you’re tired, hungry, over worked or burnt out you’re not going to be good to anyone.  So your routine and taking care of yourself is really important.  Some good examples are getting enough sleep, getting enough good nutritious food, get enough exercise, having fun, doing things that you love or that bring you joy, taking enough breaks and on an on. Focus on things that give you energy and re-energize you in your work and your life.  If you work too much you will burn out and be no good to anyone. Always take good care of you.
  3. Money-making activities & actions – When planning out my day, the best thing I do is plan it out the night before.  This way I can ensure I will get everything on my list accomplished.  This planning ahead works like a charm, plus it keeps me really focused and laser sharp on what I need to do.  By seeing all my activities and things I need to do I can narrow down THE things that will truly help propel my business forward and in turn be “money-making activities” for me. This is one lesson I learned from Dan Kennedy 4 years ago: constantly be aware of what you’re doing, every minute of the day. Make it a point to stop while doing something and ask yourself, “Is this going to make me money and help propel my business forward?” Another good question to ask is, “Will this activity be better served by having someone else do it for me?” This, of course, I can write a book about – focusing on the activities that are your strengths, not trying to build up your weaknesses.  ALWAYS outsource your weaknesses and keep building on your strengths. I think I got that from Brian Tracy.

Well, that’s exactly how I get more done each day and each week, hence why I’m the Marketing Implementer. It’s a really simple little system that when you practice it everyday and really work at it, I promise, you will get more done and accomplish more each day.

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  • Meredith Bell

    Great points, Shannon. I agree that Eben’s course is outstanding. One of the most comprehensive treatments of focus and productivity I’ve ever gone through. I learned about the importance of taking regular breaks from him.

    I’ve also started using the steps that Chet Holmes describes in chapter 1 of The Ultimate Sales Machine. List the 6 most important things you need to do for the day, estimate the amount of time each will take, then number them in priority order so you start w/ the most important one first. This simple 3-step process has made a huge difference in what I get done each day.

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