Are you always on the lookout for ways to increase your productivity? Do you find the hours just fly by and you wonder where they went? Ever ended a day realising you had not completed the most important task? You are not alone.

Increase your productivity in five stepsFirst some tough love

You are in control of your time, nobody else. You can choose to use it wisely or squander the day away scrolling through Facebook. You and you alone give your time away. Harsh perhaps but sadly true and I know because I'm also guilty of doing just that.

You can waste time trying to find a solution or simply make the changes needed. Yes, make changes, create new habits and stick to them. Take control of you, your time and your business.

1. Stop looking for the perfect solution

There is no perfect solution or blueprint for increasing your productivity. If there was the owner of said programme, training or course would be a very rich man or woman. You see there are many ways and it’s finding what works for you and it will depend on your business.

It will also depend on the type of person you are, what works best for your personality type and the business you want to run. You didn’t open the doors of your business to work every hour available, want the stress it brings or overwhelm that is associated. So ... find a way that works for you to reduce the hours and feeling of overwhelm and stress.

2. Get aligned with your ultimate purpose

There was a greater purpose for staring your business - what was it? Timothy Ferris refers to this in The 4 Hour Work Week and his point is that most have no idea what they would do with an income of XXX or free time of XXX. When you become truly aligned with this bigger picture you will focus your time better.

Spend time considering the bigger picture and what you choose your business or life to look and feel like. What will you do with the abundance of wealth and time you will create, what difference will it make? Dig deep and if necessary start journaling daily until you are clear.

3. Eliminate your distractions

Only you know what these are and where they come from. I recommend that over the next week you keep a note or record of distractions. That way you can take the necessary steps to quite literally eliminate them. I recently read it takes 45-minutes to get back into flow following an interruption. If that’s not a compelling enough reason I don ‘t know what is.

Your focus will improve and productivity increase with this one step alone. Equally, you might be surprised by how small the changes are that will prevent the distractions from stealing your time. The key is implementing them and sticking to them.

4. Plan your week and block your time

Planning your week ahead will put you in control of it, do this on a Sunday night and with your diary open. There is no point allocating time to a project on a day when you have meetings or scheduled calls. Consider how much time is needed for the activity and schedule into the week accordingly.

Blocking your time can be done by activity or by day, for instance in my business coaching calls are allowed only on a Tuesday, Wednesday and a Thursday. Monday and Friday are mine to work on the business and there is no movement on this.

5. Stop giving your time away

Women, in particular, are pleasers and always willing to help and there is no reason why you can’t help others. In fact, it’s a valuable way in which you can share your knowledge and expertise, creating ambassadors of your business. BUT should NOT be done at the detriment of your business, health and wellbeing.

Your time is precious and valuable, start valuing both and others will in return. There are many ways in which you can politely say no and you can start by doing this with unexpected callers. Although if you are focusing on a task at hand I recommend not answering your phone at all and a warm voice message will do the trick.

To recap ...

1. Stop looking for the perfect solution

2. Get aligned with your ultimate purpose

3. Eliminate your distractions

4. Plan your week and block your time

5. Stop giving your time away

 

If this blog has raised questions, left you wondering how to eliminate those distractions or ready to work in a better way. Book a Business Breakthrough Coaching Call and together let’s uncover the hidden ways you’re sabotaging your own success. This is me giving you my time from a place of wanting you not to make the same mistakes I have.

 

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