In this episode, I introduce my top 12 time management strategies that can help you improve your productivity, increase your profits, and provide you with more time for the people and things you cherish most.
I discuss ways to best tackle incorporating these Time Maximizers into your work, how creating boundaries can help you improve your productivity, and what you absolutely must do every day to help you refresh and rest.
I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on Time Maximizers and encourage you to make the effort to incorporate them into your routines. Now let’s get to the straight talk!=> Continue Reading
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?
This article is for you if you have…
- A long list of to-dos, possibly longer than your arm, and you just don’t seem to be able to get everything done.
- Numerous tasks that keep getting pushed back day after day after day.
- A difficult time staying focused during blocked out times.
- Done time blocking before and it just hasn’t worked for you.
Time blocking does work and it is a very effective way to conquer your task list. You just need to utilize certain helpful strategies to help you get sh!t done.
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.)
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.
No! Na! Nie! Nu! Niet! Ne! Mai!
No matter what language you speak, saying no to others can be hard but it’s an important part of maximizing your personal productivity. Like most people, you may fear saying no makes you look selfish, rude or lazy, but saying yes to everything will leave you with too much to do and can distract you from what’s important.
Do you embrace the art of multitasking? Have you found yourself bragging about being a multitasker? Many years ago companies found that skill proudly listed on my resume. As work environments are increasingly demanding it only seems to make sense that if we want to be efficient and productive, we should attempt to excel at multitasking. Well the truth is… multitasking is one big lie!
Think back to the last time you were in your zone. I mean really in your zone – when a bomb exploding might not have been able to break your concentration. Were you able to get a ton of good work done? I bet you were. We do our best work when we’re able to completely focus on the task at hand. We screw up less too. According to an article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, interruptions of four-and-a-half seconds triple the number of errors made post interruption. Yikes! So how did you stay in your zone last time? Chances are you had come in early, stayed late, or were working on the weekend to avoid being interrupted. Guess what? You don’t have to come in at odd hours to get in and stay in your zone! You simply have to minimize distractions or completely eliminate them altogether. It’s easier than you might think.