YOUR BUSINESS RESCUE COACH ASKS YOU:
Do you realize how much more productive you could be?
Do you know which activities waste your time?
I was speaking with a client last week and he was asking me, “How to get everything completed each week?” This was funny because I have taken on some extra special projects the last couple of months that are leaving me with being quite industrious, but not always at completion of my tasks list!
Curious what my response was? “If I could figure that out, I’d be a millionaire now, wouldn’t I?” We both belly-laughed after that 🙂 Yet, when we got laser focused on his issue, it had to do with email taking over almost a half of his work day. Just in case you are wondering, this is not a good thing! We created a solution or two for him to work with over the next couple of weeks to create new habits. Emailing until 11am is a bad habit to get into – for anyone!
YOUR Business Rescue Coach’s Business Strategy:
Buy Yourself a Day Planner
AND Consistently Use It
Ah, there is the key: consistently use it! When I say consistently use it- build everything in it… ask if your life/business’s life depends on it. Then the next step is equally important: DO what you planned!
Curious what my #1 Tip is?
Go to appointment section and make appointments with yourself to work on your projects. Yes, the things you need to get done, like write blog, invoicing, marketing event, writing better scripts, or even revamping your website. All stuff only you can do… so do it without fail by building appointments into your calendar for yourself. Cool, isn’t it?
Curious which planner is my favorite?
I must admit that I am old school when it comes to calendars. I had a steady eddy (Planner Pads) that I just loved, but I heard about how fabulous some of the others were, so I called it quits with my steady. Then, with great disappointment, I dabbled with others – hard copy and digital. I won’t tell you which one is better for you – it’s a preference thing.
I can share with you that when my clients say they need assistance with this productivity topic, I encourage them to go to Planner Pads and make a purchase. These are the best for so many reasons – my favorite: I can see a whole week in great detail all at once and how it all funnels down to the committed appointment time 🙂 Scout it out and let me know what you think… it could mean the difference of your business floundering or you becoming strategical and tactical simultaneously!
FYI: I told that client he had a choice: either don’t go in email until lunch time and only allot 30 minutes or go in first thing in the morning and get out before 30 minutes are up. I his case he needed to be with clients in order to make money. Email wasn’t assisting his P&L favorably.
In the comment section, feel free to share what your greatest challenges are to become more productive… I’d be happy to address them in future postings 🙂
If you or your business needs rescuing on this particular topic
or any other Business Strategies we have been discussing,
please reach out to Maggie (262) 716.7750 FYI: I’m in the Central Time Zone
Blessings of Success to YOU ~
The Business Rescue Coach, Maggie Mongan
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
I have started to use a daily planner in a notebook (not in budget for a more pricey item –yet!) and find I’m constantly moving items from one to the next. This is time consuming in and of itself. Any solutions for this problem? Also I try to look at email 1st thing and then around noon and then again around 4 pm and not in between. Lots of time spent on emails! Keep plugging away in the meantime–that’s my other solution!
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
Indeed, email is the great sucking sound for everyone… It is a self-discipline thing to say the least. Sounds like you are on the right track with doing smaller doses or email 3 times throughout the day! Remember, during your business hours (when ever that may be), only look at your business emails. Then, during non-work hours go through your other emails. If you get in the habit of having one email account for business and another for personal, it will help you considerably. I end where I began, it’s a self-discipline. If you need to, set a timer for 15 minutes Also review this post about “The Law of Diminishing Returns” and apply it to the topic of email. Blessings to successfully streamline your work habits~Maggie