And just like that we’re back! If you missed part 1 of of these 10 tips on how to increase your productivity just click the link.
Before we venture into the last 5 tips I want you to examine where you are in your process of creating your vision of success for yourself.
Are you on task with the dreams and goals you have set for yourself this year or are you struggling to find your center and get started?
Before you can really learn how to increase your productivity you need to understand where you are going. You need to know what your are objectives are. This requires planning as well as dedication in execution before you can achieve success. The good news is you can share our story along the way. You have the ability to empower others when you are empowered and have the call to serve.
The keywords here are planning and action. Quick story to relieve the information overload…
I was in a seminar where I learned about the information suck zone. It’s when you decide to take the action first and find the information you need to make it happen later. For instance, when a I help a client work though a challenge we agree on the work and action item…then we agree on what the exact piece of information is that they need to complete the goal…no more and no less is required. And we agree on not moving to the next step until the first step is completed.
So why does this help you increase your productivity? Easy…it funnels only the information required to complete the job. You literally suck in the right information you need. You avoid the rest! Now keep that frame of reference as you work through the rest of the quick tips on how to increase your productivity.
10 Quick Tips To Increase Your Productivity Part 1
If you have followed along from the previous post and are keep score you have 50 possible points. The next set of 5 tips are scored the same. Score yourself on a scale of 1-10. 1. Being “I have no clue on what you are talking about.” To 10 being “I am a master at this and could teach a 6 month college course on this one tip alone.”
#5 Increase Your Productivity by Mastering Time Management
We have covered the concept of giving your action items a time reference as well as noting when you are you most productive. Now we want to look at time management as more of a success mindset principle rather than being a slave to a day timer.
- Becoming a master at anything requires know the concept inside and out. Right now my kids are watching Star Wars in the other room. The analogy of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader is perfect to represent the slight edge principle.
- The transformation didn’t happen over night. Step by step…decision by decision…action by action and slowly Anakin turned to the dark side but at the same time MASTER a certain set of skills.
- No different that mastering anything. A decision, plan and action. What you need are the skills to keep yourself on track when you fall off the “increase your productivity” wagon sort of speak. First you set up time management policies. These could be setting time aside for your daily activities, keeping a clean organized work area as well as limiting as many distractions as possible.
- Then you implement these policies on a daily basis. When you find yourself off track you make the corrections to get back on. At first you will catch yourself after you have strayed off the bath. Then you will catch yourself as you are straying off. Then you will start to catch yourself as you are thinking of straying off the path.
Train yourself to notice these slight changes and celebrate the wins of keeping yourself accountable to time management policies.
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on your mastery of time management.
#6 Increase Your Productivity by Owning the Day
Some days you just have to be in reaction mode or defense mode for you sport enthusiasts. But most of the time we can be in offense. In fact we can still be in offense mode while life trips us up.
- I heard a story recently of a big time famous marketer in Amway who was putting on large events. These events were held in stadiums and collusiems. So you know they were huge. A week prior to one event (mind you tickets were bought reservations made…the whole works) they were forced to change locations. The secretary who took the call was in a panic. The leader who was putting on the events simply said start calling around…it will work out.
- At the end of the day i want you to be able to say “I owned the day.” it doesn’t matter if you were reactive or proactive. We always want the later, but sometimes it is what it is. Don’t let the day get the best of you. When you get the best of the it…you are increasing your productivity immensely!
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on how well you own the day.
#7 Increase Your Productivity by Being Your Best Self
Now we’re getting to something new. Something I’ve been wanting to share for a while… “YOUR BEST SELF”
- I was at a weekend retreat / training seminar (live events is where the magic takes place) with a powerful mid 7 figure earner. He was the first to teach me how to identify your best self. I was intrigued with the concept of being able to do AND have a conversation with my best self to really dive deep into what works well for me and what doesn’t. Now before you run down and comment on how freaky this sounds bear with me a sec.
- Have you ever read the book “Think And Grow Rich?” Napoleon Hill talks about having a mastermind with some of the greatest men he has come to know. In chapter 14 “The Sixth Sense” Napoleon shares his nightly habit of reshaping his character by envisioning a meeting with his “invisible counselors.”
- Napoleon imagined holding conversations with these men as he wrestled with thoughts and concepts that would ultimately change his thinking patterns. In his mind they were the best of the best and that’s who he wanted to hang with. What if YOU could do the same?
- Think of 5 of the most important areas of your life. For me it’s; spirituality, family, health, wealth, & giving back. Yours could be anything you want. Now think of one person per each area of your life that you hold in the highest regard for that area. These are people of the utmost caliber in the 5 most important areas of your life.
Now imagine bringing all 5 members of YOUR COUNCIL together anytime you wish to cover a specific issue. How would you act? What would you say? How would you feel? We’ll cover this more in an upcoming post of how to be your best self…but needless to say, a council like that could help you increase your productivity, don’t you think?
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on being your best self
#8 Increase Your Productivity by Understand What To Leverage
Have you heard the terms…O.P.M Other People’s Money & O.P.T. Other People’s Time. What about this one… “I would have 1% of 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own.”
This wont be as deep as tip #7, but as for the best way to increase your productivity is by leverage. And knowing what to leverage is critical.
- In the online marketing world we have tools called systems. System that help us with lead generation, product exposure and sales. These systems are called funnels and just like the offline world they help your business grow. In addition there are tools for growing your brand; like blogs, social media platforms and communities.
- But here’s the rub. If you do not know what your end game is or why you need these tools they do nothing for you. I continue to see bloggers craft some amazing content, but they don’t offer a way for me to share it. I’ve opted into dozens of lists but I have only been welcomes by a few. I have seem social media sites plastered with that persons opportunity of the month, but have not been engaged into conversation.
- All these items are tools…tools to further your brand and exposure, and even attract people to you.
But without understanding what purpose AND limitations of these tools you could be stuck just trying to get out of the gate. PEOPLE are the greatest commodity. Build your relationships and allow your business to prosper. There is no need to hide behind your avatar or blog. Make those connections and make them count.
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on your connection skills
#9 Increase Your Productivity by Just Saying No
Could no be the new yes for you…lets see. Have you ever bought a product and not used it? Do you have self help books that you still have yet to crack the spine on? CD’s DVD’s, Ebooks, Books, Tapes, Membership sites, unused back link packages, unread emails from list owners?
This could go on and the more it does the more distracted we are. And distractions is what we’re eliminating by saying no.
- You my friend…just like me and just about everyone else has suffered from “SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME.” This deadly form of SOS has tripped up many a marketer. But there is a cure…
- Just say no. Easier said than done sometimes. Now I’m not saying don’t buy any book or cd or information product. just ask yourself… 1) Is that product is going to help you get to the most pressing goal right now. 2) Am I going to use that product right now.
- When we fall in love with a sales page or extra bonuses on a special offer we have been bit by the SOS bug. The best pages are written extremely well, but only YOU know if that product will move you closer to your goal or not. And sometimes all those extra bonuses that sound good are just more distractions.
- If you are interested in that next product or service look for bonuses where people offer their time. It probably wont be from the big guru, but someone offering their time to help you work through the learning curve of that product is usually worth a lot more than extra bonuses.
You can also say no to those email lists that you are subscribed to that don’t serve you anymore. If you open less than 50% of their emails then you might want to rethink that subscription. You also might want to limit yourself to 3-5 lists if email is taking up to much of your time.
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on how well you say no to S.O.S.
#10 Increase Your Productivity By F.O.C.U.S.
Follow One’s Course Until Successful ! ! !
The sum of all these tips should help you increase your productivity. The plan you lay out is your own, but you do not have to walk it alone. Build the relationships and leverage the collaboration of like minded people.
Scorecard: Rate yourself on a score of 1-10 on how well you stay on course.
The Network Dad
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