Your personality impacts the way you think and work which in turn influences your productivity. It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals. Productivity or lack of is the biggest stumbling block to making things happen. Knowing and understanding your productivity personality can enable you to tweak your ways of working and maximise your super powers and minimising your armour chinks!
We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past to-dos. We procrastinate on the issues that are important, while attending to the ‘stuff’ we just enjoy doing. Of course, sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
What is the solution?
Regardless of your personality you can get all the things done – it just about knowing what your super powers are when it comes to being productive.
Take the productivity quiz to learn more about how you can tap into your productivity super power!
Don’t want to take a quiz? No problem – here are five (5) productivity hacks that top coaches use to get more done in less time:
1. Rituals and Habits: Simply put, a ritual or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You have a morning ritual (wake up, brush your teeth, work-out, shower, and head to your office), evening ritual (check homework, tuck the kids in, watch the evening news, and hit the sack), weekend ritual (sleep late, mow the lawn, catch a movie, visit your mom), and many, many others. The trouble is if you’re not careful with your rituals, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook or emails a part of your morning ritual? Is turning on Skype a part of your at work ritual? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time. Take a good hard look at your rituals. What are you doing that you should not be—or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your rituals more efficient and you’ll automatically achieve more.
2. Calendar Management: Want to know how much time you really have available for that new project? Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects. Fill in all your client calls, your business administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to. What’s left might just surprise you. Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every commitment, and you’ll never again over-promise or over-commit.
3. Learn to Let Go: Here’s a news flash! You do not have to do everything in your business. You can (and should) hand off those low-level tasks to someone else. Hire a VA to create your documents and manage your calendar. Let your tech. support person manage your blog and emails. Turn over your bookkeeping to an accountant. The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important—and that only you can do.
4. Work Hard, Play Harder: You are not a machine. You cannot work all day, every day and hope to be at your best all the time. Take a day off. Get some rest, or relax on a long, slow hike. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping. See a movie. Do something—anything—other than work. Not only will you return to your work feeling much more refreshed, you’ll also find yourself more creative and productive.
5. Focus: Multi-tasking is a buzzword that in reality is not only ineffective, but actually impossible. For example, you cannot efficiently schedule your social media while you’re simultaneously surfing Facebook, and answering the phone every time it rings. Instead, use your calendar to block out time for important tasks, then turn everything else off so you can focus. No phone, no Facebook, no kids, husbands, partners, neighbours or pets demanding ‘just a minute’ of your time. Tune everything out, and you’ll find your work will be completed done much quicker.
Managing your time and turning up your productivity is not something that comes naturally to most people, but when you learn to master this skill, you’ll find your business grows right along with your up-skilling.
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Here’s to a more productive you!