Everyone wants to improve productivity when it comes to their business. I think we all realize that we make more money when we get more stuff done. However, this is easier said than done.
The reality is that every business has one major bottleneck and this is the business owner. The success of our business is directly related to our performance.
So as business owners, it makes sense to look at how we can make ourselves more productive even at the comfort of resting under air conditioning Sydney at home. We can also work towards eliminating ourselves from the process of running the business but we’ll talk more about this in a second.
How goals really work
If you’ve read anything like this before you should know that you need to have your goals written down. The reality is if you’re not prepared to set your own direction someone else will.
By breaking down your big goals into all the small steps you must successfully work through to reach your big goals you’ll find that they’re much more attainable. Take it from someone who has always written down huge goals and struggled to achieve them. You need something you can look at every day and go to work on it.
Get focused on the right things
This is one of the biggest struggles I’ve had in my life and one that curses most business owners. It could be the latest new fad or an emergency that crops up and immediately we’re distracted from our goals. We need to ensure we’re working on what’s most important every hour of every day.
How do we decide what those things are? Well, the ultimate measure is how much money they make for our business. But we need to be careful to remember that we must divide our focus evenly between the short and long term.
Create systems and remove yourself from them
Your long term focus should be on building systems within your business. Instead of chasing after one new money-making idea after another (trust me I’ve been there) you need to buckle down and create systems. Then when you find a new way to make money in your business you can systematize it and move on.
This way you’re steadily adding revenue to your business that doesn’t require your direct involvement. It’s also about finding ways to make money without you having to be the worker bee that needs to do everything. This will really stifle your business’ growth.
Learn to let go and delegate effectively
Part of creating effective systems is learning to delegate and let go of your work. It’s often hard for us as business owners to give up control but if you want to have freedom rather than a prison then it must be done.
Sometimes you have to take a step back and accept that other people won’t know your business as well as you. At first, they may not do a perfect job but if you take the time to train them properly then they will. You also have to release yourself from perfection and realize sometimes the job just has to get done.
Always put yourself in peak state
If you want to be highly productive you must ensure your mind and body are in a peak physical state. This means you should be exercising, eating well and drinking lots of water. If you’re not performing at your best then your business won’t either.
So take some time to exercise in the morning and get ready for the day. Try to find your body’s natural balance and stop pumping it up with stimulants (like coffee) to get you through the day. Drink 8 glasses of water every day including 2 immediately after you wake up.
Become more productive by working less time
You need to make sure that you take a proper break every 30 minutes and relax from the stress and pain. Try to complete your work in a lesser time than investing a whole lot of time.
Turn off your emails and eliminate other distractions
In this day and age, we’re surrounded by constant distractions. Studies have shown that when we get interrupted from a task it takes 18 minutes or more to get back into the rhythm of what we’re doing. Add that time together and you might be able to understand why we get nothing done all day.
The easiest rule of being productive is to turn your email off and only check it at a specified time of day. This means you’re avoiding the little beeps of incoming email and you also don’t need to rush off to attend to “urgent” tasks.
You’ll be amazed how these “urgent” tasks melt away when you change your working habits and become more effective sitting under installed ducted air conditioning Sydney.
You can improve your productivity too
If you break down the ideas in this article into smaller chunks you can implement them on a schedule that works for you. Maybe you start by drinking more water and then scheduling in 30-minute breaks. Then start creating your goals around creating systems in your business.