This Smart Productivity Habit Will Finish Your Day And Kick-Start Tomorrow

Finish Your Day And Kick Start Tomorrow

Are you serious about doing more in less time?

If so, keep reading this post and I’ll explain an unbelievably simple, yet incredibly powerful nugget that can dramatically increase your business productivity.

But before I do, I need to warn you.

This tip is so simple it’s easy to dismiss. And like all “time management” strategies that really work, the real secret is in its consistent implementation in your business.

Are you ready to discover what it is?

Here goes…

I’ve noticed few business owners hit their working day running, they are more likely to start the day “faffing”.

Let’s call it “distraction tasks” which can vary from sorting your desk, fiddling with social media, Google searches, making unnecessary phone calls, etc. These tasks lull you into a false sense of security because you feel busy.

But you’re not being productive.

Worse still, when it comes to planning work for the day, you think about what needs doing off the top of your head.

This approach has many problems.

Firstly you’ve wasted a lot of time getting distracted (and then you wonder where the time has gone!)

Secondly, this haphazard planning approach means you’re more likely to tick off the easy, immediate tasks, while the higher value work sits untouched and unfinished sometimes for weeks on end.

And the result? Your business plods along but will never achieve its potential because your valuable (and limited time) is invested in completing tasks that don't move your business towards your goals.

There is a smarter way.

If you want to develop and grow a successful micro or small business you have to accept that planning on the hop is dangerous.

And instead you need a focused, more diligent approach to getting the right stuff done in the correct timescale.

Here’s how:

1.   Get organized with lists:   Get tasks out of your head and onto paper. And use different lists for different purposes. For example I have a list of monthly objectives that fuel my weekly workload. My lists ensure I prioritise the important stuff and schedule enough time to work on the tasks most closely aligned to my business goals. I’ve found this approach has reduced the time I spend on insignificant jobs while the time I invest on the high valuable work has increased.

2.   Always plan tomorrow the day before:   If you plan your work in the morning, you’ll waste time. Instead you want to hit the ground running with a pre-organised schedule of prioritised work. And to do that, you must get into the habit of planning tomorrow before you finish today.
It’s easy to do. Simply take 10 minutes to look through the tasks you have on your week list. Next figure out what needs to be done and translate this thinking into a day list of tasks ranked in priority order. And always put the most difficult, most unattractive, most likely to be procrastinated job first.

3.   Use deadlines to keep you on track:   Next plan start and finish times for each task. This way you’ll avoid letting a job extend endlessly, and you’ll also challenge yourself to work smarter and more effectively. Also identify what task to tackle in your power hour. Do this and your productivity will soar.

4.   Get your desk ready before you finish for the day:   Make it a habit to get super organised. When you’ve identified the first job of the morning get everything to hand that you need to complete it. Collect relevant files, ensure you have appropriate contacts and emails to hand, and make available any resources. That way instead of wasting time hunting for stuff when you start work, you can sit tight and get that job done and dusted.

5.   Sleep on it:   Your subconscious mind is incredibly powerful. When you plan tomorrow the day before and sleep on it, you feed your subconscious with a series of questions, challenges and thoughts to chew over. The results can be startling. New ideas, thoughts and approaches appear when you start to work and you become empowered to do your best work.

Productivity isn’t about managing time.

It’s actually about managing yourself. It’s about learning and implementing the disciplines, behaviours and personality traits that keep you laser focused on starting and finishing more of the work that will make your business flourish.

So try it. Make a commitment to yourself right now that for the next 30 days you will plan your work the day before. That way you can see for yourself the benefits this simple working practice can have on your small business.

Over to you

Who’s ready to try the 30-day challenge? Let me know in the comments below. And while you’re there, please share how you plan your work schedule and the techniques you use to get more of the important stuff done.

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