So, it happened again. You PROMISED yourself you’d actually accomplish something today. You were going to get some work done, work on your biz and avoid Facebook like a champ... But, it happened again. You hopped on Facebook just for a “second” to see how your friends were doing and then things spiraled out of control.
I have good news and bad news... The good news is, you’re an Entrepreneur! Hooray, you’re your own boss! The bad news is... You’re an Entrepreneur! You’re your own boss!
That means, that YOU are responsible for managing your time effectively. I knowfirsthand the struggle of time management! Back when I started my first business, I thought that being an entrepreneur would give me so much free time. Eventually, I learned that having a SOLID productivity plan was going to be paramount to my success, and I was right!
Ready to boost your productivity? Let’s do this!
1. START WITH A BRAIN DUMP (I promise it’s better than it sounds!)
Before you begin working on something important, it’s essential that you clear your mind. So before you get started, you need to perform a “brain dump”. A brain dump is just what it sounds like. An emptying of the brain. Sit down for 5 minutes and just write. Write whatever is on your mind. What are you stressed about? What do you need to get done? Write it all down and clear your mind!
2. SET YOUR INTENTION
Now that you’ve performed your “brain dump”, you’re ready to get started working. It’s time to take a moment to “set your intention” for your work session. What do you want to accomplish? Close your eyes and quiet your mind. Envision yourself being productive and “get your mind right”. You’ll feel the stress of the day fading away and clarity will ensue!
3. SET YOUR GOALS
You set your intention for this work session, correct? Great! Now it’s time to jot down some CLEAR goals regarding what you want to accomplish! You want to write down realistic goals, for the time you have, but don’t be afraid to push yourself a bit! You’ll be surprised by just how much you really can accomplish!
“PRODUCTIVITY IS NEVER AN ACCIDENT. IT IS ALWAYS THE RESULT OF A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, INTELLIGENT PLANNING, AND FOCUSED EFFORT.” -PAUL J. MEYER
4. ASSESS YOUR WORKSPACE
Have you ever heard the phrase, “cluttered house, cluttered mind”? Well this may very well be true for you. I know it is for me! Take a few moments to organize your desk. A clean workspace eliminates distractions which can interrupt your flow of ideas. With less to distract you, you can devote 100% of your attention to doing what needs to be done.
5. TIME BLOCK
Used well, time blocking is SUCH a powerful productivity tool! “It may sound extreme, but it’s honestly one of the simplest and most effective tactics for anyone to live by.”- Gary Keller. Take those goals you set and place them in blocks of time. For example, take 2 hours to work solely on one task. If you’re writing a book? Write. That’s it nothing else. Once that time is up, take 15 minutes off. Look back on what you’ve accomplished and what you can do differently in the future.
6. QUIT MULTITASKING
There are different opinions on multitasking. But given the choice, I think it’s best to devote your all to ONE project at a time. This goes hand in hand with time blocking. Time blocking and multitasking don’t fit together. So focus on one thing at a time and reduce your stress levels!
7. DISCONNECT AND GET SOMEONE TO ANSWER YOUR PHONE
You know all those pesky notifications you get on your phone? Again, we want to minimize distraction around us and achieve mental focus on the tasks at hand. Rather than trying to take your phone calls of clients that want to schedule an appointment or otherwise, hire a virtual receptionist to start answering all of your incoming calls.
Everyone needs a strong foundation and support system to accomplish their goals. Whether you need a professional mailing address, live phone answering, or simply front office presence, Office Evolution Columbuswith locations in Dublin and Easton, is equipped with the engine that can drive you toward your desired outcome. Virtual OfficeSolutions are ready for you starting day one. We provide you with business support so you can focus on achieving success. By establishing a routine, hiring a virtual receptionist for your calls, saving personal tasks until after work and always keeping yourself in check, you’ll find that you get way more done in a week.
Contact us today to set up a tour at our Dublin or Easton,Ohio locations.
Now it’s up to YOU to KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM! Follow these steps daily to ensure you remain on the path to productivity. Jot down what worked best for you, for the next time. Productivity really CAN be yours, and the more you get done daily, the less guilty you’ll feel about having the occasional Netflix binge!
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