I used to measure my productivity success by counting up the number of hours I worked.
Boy was I busy. I’d regularly clock up 60 hours plus with the side effect that my stress levels went through the roof and I’d frequently fall through the door, shattered only to find my little angels fast asleep.
Yes business was good but my work-life balance was shot.
But here’s the strange thing.
I now work less. A lot less but conversely I get a lot more done.
And it’s not because I’m some sort of time magician, it’s because I work smarter and adhere to the SpinLessPlates Rules. And today I’m going to share them with you.
1. Be dispensable and outsource what you can.
I outsource. A call handler answers my calls, a bookkeeper keeps my books in order and a web developer helps me with my coding. It leaves me to be 100% focused on the tasks that only I can do and that I do best. And the result? SpinLessPlates’ output has multiplied.
2. Do your power hour.
Each day (without fail) I work ON my business during my power hour and focus on those tasks that will help me find and keep customers. It’s my most productive time of the day and after it’s done, everything else is easy because the most important work is already complete.
3. Don’t just dream it – implement it.
One of the things that separates business owners from super successful business owners is their ability to make things happen. Ideas are the lifeblood of a progressive business, but if they only stay in your head or remain on paper, they mean nothing. Implementation is the secret ingredient that is guaranteed to take your business strides ahead.
4. Banish work avoidance strategies.
Whether it’s the pinging of an incoming email, the ringing phone or the overwhelming urge to discover what’s happening on Facebook – STOP! These common work avoidance strategies drain your time and reduce your productivity – significantly.
5. Manage your time on social media.
Resist the temptation to camp out on Twitter. Instead use Twitter lists, schedule a selection of tweets in advance and respond and engage in 10 minute blocks. Then use the rest of your time to get your work done!
6. Set goals.
If you’re not planning ahead, your business will at best stagnant and at worse back peddle. Set goals annually, monthly, weekly and daily. Then get satisfaction and a motivation boost when you are able to tick stuff off as complete.
7. Set deadlines.
Without an unmoveable timescale, that task will extend endlessly into the time you allowed. Instead set a go live date. Allocate a certain number of hours to a job and stick to it. You’ll get far more done as a result.
Use these rules and get more done in less time…
I’ll admit it. None of these rules are rocket science. Then again it’s often the case that the simple things work best.
But here’s what each of them have in common.
Each of these rules requires discipline. They also require consistency and a commitment to a different way of working. Many people will dabble with these rules. They’ll see some short term results but will soon fall back into the status quo and continue with the approach that requires long laborious hours.
Others will take note.
They’ll see the impact these rules can have on not only your business but your quality of life.
And let’s face it. You should work to live – not live to work.
So what are you going to do? Please tell me in the comments below.