Everyone is busy. Everyone is overloaded with information.
What can you do to get more done every day?
This article is going to be short, I am going to list the best time-management and productivity tips I have come across.
Tip # 1 – “Keep it simple, simple is hard enough!” – Owen Clark
We complicate our business and lives needlessly. Do you need to be on 7 social media networks to have a successful marketing strategy? Probably not. Do you need to enter all your CRM entries for the day, week, or month at the end of the day, week, or month? Nope, download the app and do it in real time. You get the idea. Find ways to simplify your business and life.
Tip # 2 – “Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution…” – Brian Tracy
Write your plan down on paper or use an app like Evernote. Break your plan down into a daily activity list and prepare it the night before so you can wake up, look at your list, and get to work.
Tip # 3 – “Delegate everything that can be done by someone else.” – Jamie Irvine
This is a critical skill.
Now I know what some of you are going to say “Jamie, it takes longer to get someone else to do it than if I just do it myself” and to that, I say “only the first time”. If you provide clear direction and a simple checklist you should be able to leave it with the person and get predictable results.
What if you don’t have anyone to delegate to?
To that I have one question, how much does it cost if it doesn’t get done? If your answer is more than $500.00 than I recommend that you hire a virtual assistant to do it. They will cost less than $500.00. If the answer is less than $500.00 then can you afford to not do it all? Why not spend your time on something that earns a $1000.00 instead?
Tip # 4 – The Empty Pickle Jar – A Lesson on Life
Watch the video and remember that life lessons make great business lessons.
Tip # 5 – “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
John Lee Dumas uses this acronym to describe how to apply mastery over yourself. It’s called F.O.C.U.S. and it stands for Follow One Course Until Success and the way to do that is to remain distraction-free in the process. The trick to remaining distraction-free is to set aside specific amounts of time to work with no interruption by anyone or anything.
Turn off your devices and put up that do not disturb sign and work without interruption for 42 minutes, then take an 18-minute break. You will be astonished how if you do this once a day, 5 days a week, and focus on a high-value project how much you will get done in a month or quarter.
Simplify your life, use a list to plan your day, delegate to others, put a priority on important things, and focus without distraction.
We all have the same amount of minutes in each day, 1440 to be exact. How you use them is up to you.
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