As a small business owner, one of the biggest challenges you have is getting everything done.
In fact, one of the things we often hear from new members is “how do we find time to read everything and implement all this stuff.”
A frustrating puzzle for many because they know if they read and implement our proven strategies, they will be more successful.
So what’s the solution?
What really holds business owners back are “time vampires,” procrastination, and productivity drain holes.
It is possible to boost your productivity to levels you didn’t think possible…so that you can get more done in less time.
Today, in order to help you start tackling these I’ve put together three tips on how to advance your business and avoid feeling like your day has slipped away without accomplishing much.
1) Make productivity your top ambition. If you are going to achieve extreme productivity, it has to be top of mind awareness at all times and ensure your behavior is congruent. To demonstrate, I’m going to use the idea of saving money. If your number one goal is to save money, you watch every penny you spent like a hawk. The same goes with productivity. It should be on your mind all the time—asking yourself if what you are doing is productive or non-productive and accounting for everything you do. A minute wasted “here” and a minute wasted “there” can quickly expand and sink an entire day.
2) Identify and plug your productivity drain holes. Temptations, habits, and lack of knowledge suck productivity from you. Identifying which drain holes you are victim to is the first step to becoming more productive. For example, you might be super-efficient with your time, but using the wrong strategies. Once you are aware of what is causing the problem, you’ll find there are methodical ways to solve this. This can be one of the most eye-opening and profitable activities you can do for your business. And most likely won’t take you long to identify as you’ll see yourself when you quickly read through the list. (Refer to pages 7-11 of Extreme Productivity Blueprint for a list of the common productivity drain holes and how to plug each one.)
3) Automate whenever you can. Automating allows you to literally be “two places at one time.” Case in point, last year the entire GKIC staff was heading to an event. We knew we would be busy and not have time to round up new members and sell things. Of course we have many automated series in place to attract new members, such as our Most Incredible Free Gift Ever series (This is a great example for you to study and follow in your own business, if you haven’t checked it out, I encourage you to go take a look at it here now.) However, in addition to attracting new members, we want to be able to sell things. So we created an automatic sequence that was able to triple our membership to one of our newsletter products while we were off at an event.
As you may already know the biggest strength I bring to any business I work with is my ability to automate. I strongly believe this is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and your business to increase your productivity and profitability.
Make productivity your top priority. When you become laser-focused on productivity and make it your top priority, you’ll soon find more ways to replace manual labor with automatic systems. You’ll eliminate your time vampires and you’ll produce more, make more and experience a lot less stress and struggle.
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