At the start of the year one of my goals was to learn how I could become more productive. Not only for the sake of my clients project efficiency, but for my growing business as well. It takes a lot of energy and time to start an online business and keep it maintained as a solopreneur. Any business especially online businesses require loads of results from efficient productivity to be successful. I believe through learning a new style of time management my productivity will increase.
So, I began by asking myself “How am I going to become more productive this year?” and reading lots of amazing posts about productivity- from how to get more out of your day to actually getting the stuff done. And here’s what I decided the key pieces to becoming more productive were going to be for me…
#1…Stop hesitating. Take action with ideas because thinking about them over and over again distracts too much time from our ability to actually get things done.
If you have an idea, write it down, brain storm some major points and plan a time to work on implementing it into your business. Once the idea is in progress, you will be able to mold it into a more valuable piece with feedback from colleagues and collaborators, and additional information you may stumble upon during its progress.
#2…Create goals, then set milestones to build on them. When creating new projects, it can get overwhelming because you can get that stuck factor. This feeling stuck takes up time just like hesitating with ideas as explored above. It’s easy to want to plan out projects or goals in one setting but sometimes it simply isn’t possible. Plan to write down the BIG PICTURE idea, then come back to your project manager or wherever you store ideas and add milestones as you think of them.
#3…Get Motivated and Inspired. Sometimes when I get stuck on one project then try to move on to something else, I still feel stuck. This can be a time sucker for sure as well. So to ensure that I don’t waste anytime with clients and my online business, I will do something to benefit my personal, home or family life. Perhaps take a break to switch out the laundry, read a book to the kids or even go for a run. I believe that doing chores like this more often- even if I am not in a rut- will benefit anyway. ;)
I’ve let you in on what my top 3 productivity tactics will be…How are you going to boost your productivity? Do any of these tips appear in your plan of action?
I’d love to see your key strategies in the comments below!
P.S. Another great way to become more productive is to work with someone who offers their full support to your business. Online you can now hire a great service provider like a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager to help you stay focused and organized in all your projects before you’re drowning in stress and half done projects.