In this episode, I lay out the top features of digital task lists that make them the right choice for entrepreneurs, discuss how they can make you more effective and efficient, share useful tips for getting the most out of your digital task list, and divulge how using one can lead you to refocus your efforts on revenue generating activities.
I also offer recommendations for productivity enhancing task management programs and encourage you to stay away from a popular one that is not worth your money.
I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on digital task lists and encourage you to make the switch to digital, or start maximizing the capabilities of your digital task list. Now let’s jump right in and get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
When you decide to become an entrepreneur, you sign up to venture out on the business battlefield. Not the kind strewn with ammunition and camo fatigues but you still wind up hanging around in some pretty dark and lonely trenches – the trenches of exhausting work, little sleep, make it or break it deadlines, and intellectual combat.
All of that stress can make it especially tough to reach the goals you have set for yourself. Do you have what it takes to win on the business battlefield by accomplishing your most lofty business goals? Will you be able to outshine, out-recruit, and outsell your competition this year and the next? If you start tackling your goals with tactical precision as a well-trained soldier approaching a battle would, you’ll accomplish your goals and win in business.
In this episode, I introduce the seven steps to creating a time blocking success schedule along with my top eight tips to aid in its creation, discuss the foundational strategies to maximize productivity, and talk about why it’s important to go slow to go fast when it comes to productivity.
I also revealed the secret to not double-book yourself, what you need to hold sacred in order to be successful with time blocking, and which activities you absolutely need to plan for because they tend to creep in and take over your entire day.
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Jim Rohn says, “Time is our most valuable asset. Yet we tend to spend it, kill it, and waste it. Rather than invest it.” How are you investing in your time? Are you using it wisely or wasting it? Productive people become successful people because they consistently invest their time into their best activities. To be able to do that, they say no to more things than most people.
Do you often feel inundated with tasks that never seem to get done? They could be pesky little ones that take only five minutes or colossal ones aimed at changing the course of your business, but you likely know what I’m talking about. In this digital era, we have every sort of productivity app imaginable at our fingertips and yet still, most business owners feel overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of tasks on their plate. What if I told you repurposing only one hour a week could vastly improve the extreme level of frustration and stress you feel juggling your never-ending tasks? Eliminate the Monday blues? Get back on track? Well, it can! You just have to use that hour with intentionality.
Who has time for a break? Not me! I am certain you have said some version of that phrase to yourself more often than you would like. Perhaps you may feel that to be most productive the best choice is often to work right through the day, put in a straight 8 to 12 hours consistently, eat at your desk, and work right through possible breaks.
I mean, come on, who has time for a break?
If you’re going to construct a building, you don’t just start placing bricks on the ground, piling them up high, and slapping some mortar in between each one without a plan. You’d be sure to fail. Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” and he’s absolutely correct. No matter what you set out to achieve, you must take the necessary step of creating a plan, often one with many if not hundreds of steps and components. Constructing a building is important work. You don’t want it to fall down because it’s poorly designed or haphazardly engineered. You need a plan. Well, each one of your days is important work too because they set up the foundation for your months, your years, and your life. It’s vital to create a plan for each of your working days to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success. The good news? Creating your daily plan only needs to take about 15 minutes each day if you utilize the 5 Daily Planning Pavers. They lay the groundwork for a productive day, day after day, year after year.
I teach my clients that productivity is investing your best time into your best activities. Simple, right? Well, simple does not mean easy. Every day we wake up and start our day with the intention to be productive but we often get sidetracked and fail to accomplish what we had set out to do. That’s because we often fail to maximize our time even though, “Time is the single most precious commodity in the universe.” (Jupiter Ascending. Dir. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. Warner Brothers, 2015.)
You’re a business owner – a busy one I imagine, and one who would love the time to be able to grow your business. The answer is increasing your productivity. The internet is full of tips on how to lose weight, create your own hair mask, fix a computer issue, and don’t even get me started on the vortex that is searching on Pinterest for “Kids Birthday Party Ideas.” The internet is also stocked with tips on how to increase your productivity, so many though, that choosing which ones to implement could be overwhelming.
Being productive is not exactly easy. Otherwise, most people would be less stressed and accomplish much more. Being productive takes hard work, consistency, and commitment which can be an even greater challenge if you travel for business. Traveling disrupts the systems you’ve established for how you normally get your work done. The key to being productive while traveling is to create good habits that enable you to continue working at your best wherever you find yourself.