Speaking to a crowd of business owners last night got me thinking about why, (when organising is essentially super simple, common sense, general knowledge, nothing I didn’t know before), are so many people still stuck doing what they’ve always done.
You know that there are better solutions than those you have already implemented for getting things done better – faster – smarter, but you’re just not finding the time, or the inclination, to make a change.
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” Albert Einstein.
Here are seven simple things you can start today:
- Wake up earlier: Instead of rolling over and hitting ‘snooze’ use this ‘quiet’ time to take care of a critical high value task, reading in your area of expertise, doing something towards reaching your goal(s) and/or exercising. You’ll be amazed at how much you can actually get done!
- Do the most important things first: Critical & high focus tasks are often left for later in the day when you are tired and less productive. To enhance team productivity, get your group on board to tackle the most important, highest value task on their list, first thing in the day before diving into email or attending meetings.
- Don’t check email first thing in the morning: Email has that uncanny ability to suck you in and chew you up for the day. Remove all automatic email receipt notifications and schedule 3 or 4 half-hour pockets of time throughout your day to read, respond, schedule, file or delete your mail. Just because something arrives in your inbox, it doesn’t mean it’s of high priority.
- Say “No” more often: Easier for some than others but saying YES when you should say NO really saps time and energy.
- Set some goals: Living in the moment is one thing, but is it really enough? Having a couple of clearly defined written goals will help you know what to take on and what to let go of.
- Spend the last 5 minutes of your work day prioritising: Review your prioritised to-do list and choose the highest value tasks before leaving the office every day. Choosing today what needs to be done tomorrow, takes away the guesswork and lets you dive in to productivity from the get go.
- Go to bed earlier: To wake up earlier you need to go to bed consistently earlier. Gradually bring your bedtime forward until you have the balance right. Save the late nights and playing hard for guilt free weekends, and use your work week for focused and structured getting things done.