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Keep Your Productivity Going

June 24, 2013

Daily ReadKeep Your Productivity Going

You know the days – when you wake up on the move and you are getting so much done then – BOOM, you have lunch and it all stops. Understanding the rhythms of your business and creating routines that help rather than hinder your productivity will give you a significant competitive advantage. Pick what you would call a “semi-typical” day running your business and on paper, describe that day in detail, looking for a theme: When do you find yourself getting distracted?

  1. Use 15-minute increments wisely. Keep a running list of the tasks you think about that can be completed in 15 minutes. Being ready with this list of actions means you can take care of small tasks while waiting for an appointment to begin, for example, rather than wasting that time thumbing through Instagram pictures.
  2. Maximize your interruptions. It’s the amount of time needed to get back to what you were focused on before. That’s why you should maximize your interruptions. Save up three or four things to talk to someone about the next time you see them and ask your team to do the same for anyone they talk to or email.
  3. See into the future. To be productive, you have to look to the  future. Open your digital calendar and look 90 days ahead. In 300 to 500 words, describe what life, work and health goals you’ll have achieved. Do this again for 180 days and 365 days from now. This practice gives you a larger goal to work toward, which will keep you motivated and focused.

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