Sometimes it can be difficult to focus and actually make progress getting work done when your life and business are swamped with too much clutter and distraction. When your mind is clear and your thoughts are organized, your performance and productivity will inevitably skyrocket. With that said, here are a few goals you can set to make more progress and achieve results:
Clean Your Workspace: Oftentimes I can’t get any work done until I have a clean workspace. Just like in college when I would need to study for a test, I would find any excuse in the book to avoid it, like laundry, dishes, or washing the windows. If you lessen the distractions by keeping a clean workspace, you’ll find fewer excuses for avoiding your work.
Streamline Your Processes: If possible, do things in bulk to save yourself time in the long run. Things like creating product tags or waiting until you have several products to photograph before you break out your camera will save you time rather than doing them on a one off basis.
Create a To-Do List: Aggregate your “To-Do’s” into a list. Then, when and if you have free time, you’ll have a reference point for what you need to tackle first.
Clean Out Your Email Inbox: Organize your emails into folders and maintain a clean inbox. If you need a jump start in order to tackle this project, read Getting Things Done by David Allen, he will fully equip you with the tools and inspiration you need to get organized to increase your productivity.
Delegate: If there are tasks that can be completed by other trusted individuals for free or for a minimal fee, ask for help.
Shut Off Your Social Networks For a Day: If you’re falling behind, consider taking a brief vacation from Twitter and Facebook. It’s amazing how much time can be spent on social networking if you don’t have a strategy or discipline for limiting their usage.
Make a Binder: Keep your life and your business organized. Prepare a binder with all your pertinent business documentation. Every sale and shipment should be recorded in that binder, along with every bank statement, receipt and document needed to file your taxes. Your binder will become your life line when tax season comes. It will save you hours on end that would otherwise be spent tracking down all the documentation you need.
Determine Which Activities are Wasting Your Time & Stop Doing Them: Assess the activities in your regular routine that are a waste of time and cut them out of your routine. Focusing on the activities that are beneficial to your business and avoiding the excess activities will help you actually get things done.
What other routines should be adopted to help us all achieve more productivity with less stress?
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