You’ve probably read countless blogs with tips and quick fixes on how to be productive.
In fact, maybe you read one such blog instead of doing something for your business, like making phone calls or closing a client.
Different strategies work for different people, but the best strategies out there are ones that will help you build your business around your life, and not the other way around.
When thinking about your business, think to yourself “How can I set this up to support my life?”
While there are dozens of strategies based around delegating and outsourcing tasks to your teammates, today I’m going to share with you three strategies to increase your personal productivity.
The thing that’s killing your productivity is this: you are likely employing too many strategies, too many opinions on what it means to be productive, and trying a new “hack” more than you’re actually sitting down and doing the work.
You need 3 simple practices to become ultra productive. No complicated system, 30 minute blocks writing a “to do” list… just 3 easy shifts.
Operate in your peak hours.
I like to get work done between 5 am and 7 am. In my house, this is the only time when my husband, daughter, and dogs are still asleep, so there’s no distractions. By the time everyone is awake, I’ve already gotten my most important goals out of the way and I ‘m ready to take on the day.
Of course, not everyone is a morning bird. Maybe your time to shine is the middle of the day, or later at night.
Consider the following when figuring out your peak hours:
When do you work best: morning, noon, or night? It should be when you have the best brain function, most energy, or clearest head.
When do you have the least amount of distractions? If you’re like me, you have a house full of people all vying for your attention throughout the day. Find a time when you’ll be able to accomplish the most stuff in the least amount of time.
Group like things together.
This is a big one that will save you a lot of time in the long run. By taking as little as 5 minutes Sunday before your week starts, you can save hours of wasted time jumping back and forth between activities.
As you plan your week out, think about what’s most important for each day. Pick 5-10 core things for the week and write them down. The core activities you’re doing should all be profit-inducing activities. Anything else can be delegated to members of your team.
Quick tip: By working on things in your genius zone, things you’re already good at, and the things that produce the most important result, you’ll easily be able to grow your business without working around the clock.
Of these core things, figure out what you can group together. Are there multiple calls you have to make? Do those on the same day. Do you have to write new blog posts? Group those together as well.
This can apply to activities outside your business as well – if there’s errands you have to run, do them all at once so you don’t have to run out each day to get something.
Use your pockets of spare time.
An excuse I hear over and over from entrepreneurs is “I don’t have enough time”.
Here’s the hard truth: you DO have enough time, but it’s likely that you’re just not using it wisely.
Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day regardless of whether you’re a stay at home parent, working multiple jobs, or trying to start your own business. The most successful people are those who take advantage of every extra second they have.
Luckily for you, I’ve developed a cheat sheet to make it easier for you to take advantage of those 5, 10, and 30 minutes gaps of time in your day. You can send an email in 5 minutes, make a phone call in 10, and close a new client in 30.
To get the cheat sheet, all you have to do is text FASTSTART to 44222. It’s a little card you can put in your wallet, purse, or car as a reminder that you can build a profitable business around the life you love.
In the mean time, check out some of these other free resources to get started on your journey to productivity: