Strategies for getting more work done in less time
Once you have worked out what your goals are and you’ve started out in business it is essential that you use your time well so you can have a great balanced life. Having great habits and being dedicated and focused to your routine is what will make the difference. Sometimes instead of doing everything possible and burning yourself out by doing everything and living in excitement, you need to become aware of what is happening and stop just doing things, focus on what you want, prioritize your time, plan what is needed to be done, celebrate your successes and reflect upon what you have done, what works and what doesn’t.
Focus on what you want
Always keep the end game in mind and don’t multi task, do one thing at a time and do it well. If you do lots of things at the same time, you won’t do anything properly or in good time, your thoughts will be scattered and you will have trouble focusing on the one task you are doing filtering out all the irrelevant information.
Stop just doing things
Increase your awareness so you stop doing things that keep you busy and don’t give you results draining your energy and start focusing on the things that matter, that make you money and keep you moving forward. Sounds easy doesn’t it, but you will need to dissect how you are spending your time and stop doing the things that keep you looking good and maybe they are the fun and distracting thing replacing them with productive money-making activities.
Make sure you use Tools to help work at home mums get more done every day, such as a good to-do list manager or a physical diary you can write your to-do list in.
Plan out your time
- If you list every activity you currently do writing them on a post-it note,
- Make a heading for every goal or objective you are trying to achieve include an extra heading “wasted time”
- Sort the post-it notes under each of the headings sorting them into 4 groups
- Urgent, needs immediate attention (must be done now, you are putting out fires)
- Essential and Important but not urgent (these jobs will help grow and build on your business)
- Good to do, not essential (these jobs will help the business long term)
- Potentially could be good, don’t help make any money for the business.
- Make sure you prioritise lots of essential activities into your daily and weekly to-do lists
Be honest with yourself and with others. If you can’t do something or doing something for someone else will take you away from your focus, then say NO, I can’t do it. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for help and tell the person that you are not certain whether you can perform the task. If you can’t say no when you need to, you are more likely to suffer from stress, burnout or even depression. Saying no to others when needed will help you raise your self-esteem, your mood and increase your productivity.
Have wonderful habits.
Starting your day off right and having the right structure and momentum in your day increases your productivity immensely.
- Starting the day with exercise gives you more energy and a more positive outlook for the day ahead.
- Drinking 2 litres of water, especially lemon water first thing in the morning spikes energy levels both mentally and physically.
- Eat a healthy breakfast each day and eat a balanced diet.
- Set specific goals for each day so you meet your targets.
Reward yourself and celebrate your successes
Give yourself permission to celebrate what you have done, you have worked hard, given a lot of yourself to achieve what you have and by celebrating your successes will keep you motivated and moving forward powerfully. You have to encourage yourself, be proud of your achievements and celebrate, how you do this will be up to you, this will look different for everyone. It maybe having a weekend away, a night out, a new article of clothing, a bag or jewellery or it may be flowers on the desk, what ever it is make sure it means something to you. Reward yourself.
Ask yourself, how can you do it better?
Reflect upon what you have done
Always reflect on what needs to change, work out what worked and what didn’t so what needs to be deleted or gotten rid of and what needs to be ramped up because it is either working well or is about take of and has potential and adapt what you are currently doing to meet the demands and your priorities.
Once you have a business there are many things to do. Having a great balanced life as well will reduce burnout . Using a strategic approach of Focus, Priority, Plan, Celebrate and Reflect will help you get more done in less time and have time for a great life and longevity in business.