Here are 7 tips to help you:
1. Stop Multi-Tasking!
Yes, you did hear right! Whilst the ability to multi-task is quite often seen as a desirable trait there is evidence to suggest that multi-tasking actually makes you less efficient and is linked to short term memory loss. So, focus on one thing at a time. If you’ve many things to work on diairise set times for each task. Don’t allow yourself to be dragged from one task to another. Give each task your maximum attention and brain power. Don’t be checking your emails all the time – make time throughout the day for returning phone calls and dealing with emails etc. You’ll do a better job if you focus 100% on each task in hand.
2. Rise and Shine
Give yourself an early start. Follow the leaders and start your day early. Jumping out of bed early puts you ahead of the game – you’ll feel so much more productive and will be generally more pro-active. All good for your business!
3. Fix Your Hours
Many of us go in to business so we can benefit from flexible working hours for example, taking time out so we can go watch our kids in the school football match etc. However it is vital that you still fix the hours that you are going to work and stick to them. You must be disciplined about the hours you work – and that also means stopping working during family time too! Communicate your working hours to family and friends so everyone respects them – this will mean you have fewer distractions and you’ll be loads more productive.
If you are hoping to be as successful as you possibly can be then you will end up with a lot of things to do. Don’t let the growth and development of your business suffer because you are holding on to doing too many tasks. Learn to delegate tasks that can be done efficiently and effectively by someone else. Focus on doing the things you do best.
5. Work On Your Business
What percentage of time do you allow yourself for working ON your business compared to working IN your business? If you are the business owner only YOU can decide which direction your business is going. Make time in your diary to do this. Use the time to catch up on industry news and developments and planning how your business will grow. If you don’t make space for this crucial time then you’ll find each day becomes overloaded leaving you no time to do this. You’ll just end up working really hard and not achieving those bigger goals and dreams. Get your diary out now and schedule in some Business Development time.
6. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
We all feel fear. The difference between the super successful and those who just get by is that the super successful feel the fear and do it anyway! Acknowledge your fear but don’t let it stop you. You’ll not only get a great sense of satisfaction your business will be all the better for it.
7. Stop Timewasters
Identify who and what is wasting your time and remove them! Don’t allow yourself to be diverted from the task in hand. Whilst mobile phones have transformed the way we do business they can also be a major distraction. If yours is distracting you too much then turn it off. Having an “open door” policy may feel like the right thing to do but if it is stopping you from being super productive stop it. Schedule time for this so it doesn’t eat in to your productive working time.
Listen to the list again. None of the 7 items are difficult. Building a successful future relies on your worker smarter – not harder and maybe thinking a little differently to the norm. Start today and put the above in to action right now.