Last week I discussed the importance of implementing with speed. This week I want to give you some very simple productivity tips. This is what I first teach my high-level coaching clients. I realize they may seem too simple to even matter, but trust me if you follow these tips you will become so much better at completing your tasks and growing your business faster.
Pet Sitting Business Building Productivity Tip #1:
Before you start working on ANYTHING for the day, sit down for 5-10 minutes and WRITE DOWN your top 3 important tasks for that day.
Most people run straight to their email first thing in the morning. Don’t do this. Your email messages all come from people searching for answers from you. So, what happens? Your day starts by you reacting to the needs of everyone else. Not from a centered place where you are organizing the most important needs of your business for the day.
The 3 tasks that you choose for your day’s to-dos, should all be able to realistically be completed that day. The tasks can most certainly be part of a bigger project. Just be sure to keep them simple and attainable. The 3 tasks should also have importance to the growth of your business. Please nothing like, “call hairdresser.”
If you complete your 3 tasks, feel free to add more, but only start with 3. Too many tasks will overwhelm you, which will then cause procrastination.
Pet Sitting Business Building Productivity Tip #2:
Always think of these two things when deciding which tasks to focus on…
- What tasks will bring me more pet sitting customers/leads for my business?
- What tasks will generate more revenue for my business?
When you focus your day on tasks that will GROW your business, you will start to see big results.
Pet Sitting Business Building Productivity Tip #3:
Tackle your hardest and most dreaded tasks first.
“The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous.”
― Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Pet Sitting Business Building Productivity Tip #4:
Work in 2-hour time blocks without interruption.
This means you turn off your cell phone, your email, your instant messaging, your Skype, your Facebook, your Twitter and anything else that is a time-suck for you. You then set a timer for 2-hours and you work without distraction until the timer sounds. You then get up and walk around and take a break for at least 15-minutes.
I learned this concept for Ali Brown about 10 years ago and it has made an enormous change in the amount of work that I am able to complete each day.
Your Homework Assignment: Start implementing these productivity tips tomorrow and do them all for at least 3 weeks. That’s how long it takes to create a new habit. I think you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you’re able to achieve. Let me know how it goes. Good luck!