There are a ton of books out there that will teach you all kinds of techniques and approaches you can take to be more productive and how to better manage your time.
For a consultant, especially one that works independently, staying on top on the ball and getting things done is key to success.
Yet even with so much literature on productivity, I continue to meet business owners and consultants that can’t seem to stay productive.
They may have bursts of activity, but like a kid jacked up on candy and soda pop, their activity flat lines rather quickly.
Is there hope for these people? I believe so.
Today’s post is dedicated to everyone that finds staying productive a real challenge.
The More Productive You Try to Be, The Less You’ll Actually Achieve
People that have trouble being productive and that often find themselves down on the ground and feeling that they have to yet again push themselves back up are usually trying to do too much.
What? How can someone that isn’t getting things done be trying to do too much, you say?
Here’s what happens…
You may be naturally unorganized. You have real trouble getting into a system and working through it on a regular basis. But there’s pressure all around you (most often coming from your own head).
Expectations are set. And now you feel like you have to do more and keep busy.
So you throw more things on your plate. But they are little things, not ones that actually move your business forward.
You trick your mind into believing you are ‘getting things done.’ And then what? Then your mind shuts down. It’s overloaded with all these to-do’s you’ve scheduled for yourself.
You wouldn’t graduate a toddler from riding a tricycle to a motorcycle, right? So why torture your brain by throwing so much at it.
A Better Approach
The best approach I’ve seen work is what we call the “1 goal a day strategy.”
It is what it sounds like.
Set one goal for yourself each day. Now, before you get all excited thinking that you just need to do one thing and can then put your feet up for the rest of the day…let me be clear.
This goal needs to be important. Something that actually moves your business forward. It can be writing an article and submitting it to a publication, getting a press release out, writing and sending out a promotion for your services, and so on.
Timing Is Key
The best time of day to do this work is early in the morning. Before your brain goes into overdrive and gets stressed from everything else going on in your life. Before the phone starts ringing. Get your goal done as quickly as possible and early on in the day.
It feels great to get something important done each day. And then you have the rest of the day to work on other aspects of your business. And when things do come up…as they always do, you’ll have already done the most critical thing that you needed to do for your business that day.
Say goodbye to the “so many things just came up and I couldn’t get that done.”
The Simple Path to Realizing Goals
You don’t have to do 100 things a day to be productive. Start off by just focusing on one. Get it done. No excuses. No procrastination. Get it done early, get it out of the way.
You’ll feel great. Your confidence will grow. You’ll get more done and you’ll find yourself becoming more productive as time goes on…not to mention all the good it will do for your business.