Welcome to Productivity Straight Talk! This is my first episode of many to come and I’m thrilled you are taking this journey with me. Saying podcasting is a passion project for me would be a huge understatement. I am beyond excited to get the word out about how productivity can help entrepreneurs take consistent, massive, focused action in their businesses.
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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.
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.
A new bride proudly cooked her great-grandmother’s brisket recipe that had been passed down generations for her husband, paying special attention to every minute detail. Although delicious, the husband questioned why his wife cut off the ends of the brisket, saying that they were the best part. The young wife replied, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.”
Curious though, the new bride asked her mother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. “Because that’s how my mother always did it,” she answered. The new bride then asked her grandmother who also said, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.” The new bride finally went to the source and asked her great-grandmother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. She did not expect her great-grandmother’s answer. “Because my roasting pan was too small to fit the whole brisket,” she laughed. Ah-ha! Needless to say, the new bride never cut the ends off a brisket again.
I had the great pleasure of being interviewed on the Productivityist podcast last week. I got the chance to talk about all things productivity with fellow productivity specialist Mike Vardy. The recording is a not to be missed episode as we discuss the reason people want to be productive, how multiple screens can help or hinder your productivity, messy desks, and whether apps available on the market can make you more productive.
You probably want to maximize time but often think, “Where does the time go?” It seems to just disappear into thin air sometimes. Hours fly by. Minutes feel more like seconds. Time you could otherwise invest in your family, business, hobby, community, or other activity that supports your goals is often lost. Where does it hide? Likely, lost time doesn’t end up in the same place as lost socks from the dryer (still unsure about that answer). You can actually find lost time again and maximize it to make a huge impact on achieving your goals. A major key to doing so is to make the most out of your downtime between appointments. Here’s how:
These past two weeks have been CRAZY! I’ll begin by telling you what propelled me to make several upgrades in my business recently. I desperately needed a new phone. It sounds simple but I had been putting it off for a long time because I dreaded the idea of starting all over with a new phone. I had numerous (now looking back, irrational) thoughts holding me back from making the necessary upgrade to my phone, and therefore my business.