The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need To Improve Your Personal Productivity

A new take on personal productivity

Productivity is dependant upon three things:

1. A clear understanding of what’s important (your goals come from this).
2. A simple approach.
3. Consistency.

That’s all I do to get a lot of important things done every day. (FYI: it’s 10:57am and I’ve already watched four training videos, called my clients, read my important email messages, written three blog posts, played with my son and had two cups of coffee. )

Do what’s important!

I get a lot of important – this is the key – things done because I only do what is important. I say important a lot in this type of post. Are you starting to catch on?

Here’s how I do it (and you can too)

Let’s break my method down.

First, understand what is important

You have to start with getting an understanding of what is important to you. You have to do this on three levels:

1. What is important to you? (E. g. What makes you tick? For me, it’s all about family).

2. What do I have to do to succeed in my area/s of importance? (E.g. What do you have to do to succeed? For me, the question is “What do I have to do to provide my family with the lifestyle they deserve?”

3. What do I have to do today? (E.g. Which task/s will get me closer to achieving my goals?)

In understanding what is important to you and what you have to do to achieve your goals you simplify your daily activities.

Let’s look at an example

Let’s say you determine that travel is the most important thing to you. Let’s say you determine that you want to travel for at least 6 months each year.

In this case, it would be crazy for you to look for an employee position as you will be moving on every 6 months. Who would employ you?

Knowing what’s important will guide you to roles and options that are more flexible. Perhaps you will create an online business that makes you passive income?

Based on determining what is important you can start acting on only those tasks that get you closer to making enough money in a way that lets you travel every 6 months. This eliminates all the tasks that do not get you closer to that goal.

A quick note: you will have goals on multiple levels. That’s okay. Just understand that at all levels you need to follow the same simple approach.

A simple approach.

The best approach is always a simple approach. I don’t care how complex a situation is. You can always break it down into simple and manageable chunks. Simple is where the results are.

Here is my simple approach:

– Determine the three most important things you can do to achieve your ultimate goals.
– Don’t do anything that doesn’t fit into these three areas.

Couldn’t be simpler. Now, remember simple doesn’t mean easy. The hard work comes at the beginning in determining what’s important.

You have to be consistent

Most systems fail because they are not followed consistently. Perhaps this is because we have a short attention span. You see, this is one of those times that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “

All systems are only as successful as their component parts and you are the largest component of your own personal productivity system.

A quick review

Let’s recap:

1. Define what’s important.
2. Build your goals and plans based on the important stuff.
3. Choose three key areas that will get you closer to your goals and help you action your plans.
4. Only start (and complete) tasks that fit within these three areas.
5. Rinse and repeat.

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Increase Your Personal Productivity With 3 Simple Strategies

You can use 3 simple strategies to increase your personal productivity and propel your Internet Marketing Business to the next level. Productivity can be an issue for Internet Marketers, or really anyone who runs their own business. One of the reasons people want to have their own business is to have control over their work schedule. But the freedom this allows, can lead to being non productive. Remember when you want to ‘be your own boss’ you have to BE the BOSS, and hold yourself accountable for getting work done. It is often too easy to get distracted and put off working until ‘later’, and then ‘later’ doesn’t arrive. Avoid this possibility by implementing these strategies.

Time commitment:

Set up specific time commitment to work on your business. It doesn’t have to be 8 hours a day, but it does need to be daily. OK so maybe you could take one day off – it is your business you decide. Write down your schedule and discuss this time commitment with the other members of your household. Make sure they are aware that you are committed to working on your business and request that they refrain from disturbing you furring this time. Use this time to do activities that will advance your business plan, do not spend it reading email, checking your stats, or chatting in forums. (Unless you are marketing on the forums). Focusing on income producing activities will bring the success you seek.

Prepare a business Plan:

You CAN begin without one. The important thing is to begin. However without a business plan, you won’t know which income producing activities to focus on. Most start their business plan with their overall desire (IE make $10,000 a month). But in the beginning stages of Internet Marketing, it may be more beneficial to begin setting goals that are more easily obtainable (IE build your website within a month). Then expand the plan as you become aware of your own marketing strategy strengths. Review and revise the plan as needed. Once you understand the basics and how much time it takes to accomplish the tasks involved you will be able to prepare a more comprehensive and realistic business plan. Then follow your plan.

Hold yourself accountable:

Give yourself a monthly review. (OK some may need a weekly or even daily review!) Remember to treat your business as a business and not a hobby. If you would like the income generated by a business, you must work it as a business. Be professional and give your best effort. If you cannot live up to your own expectations, working from home may not be the best idea for you. Consistent effort over time is the key to success in Internet Marketing as well as in life.

Increasing your personal productivity will be beneficial in your Internet Marketing. Make a business plan, commit to a predetermined work schedule, and hold yourself accountable to sticking with it. This is the kind of common sense advice your Grandmother would have told you, and it is still true. Productivity management could be an important aspect for achieving success.

How to Improve Personal Productivity by Crushing Time Wasters

Now that the year is almost over and you begin to reflect on improving for 2011, let’s focus on time management. How are you at time management? Or as I like to refer to time management, how is your personal productivity?

  • Do you accomplish everything you set out to do in a day?
  • Do you find yourself running from one thing to another?
  • Do you know the “time wasters” in your world?
  • Do you know how to eliminate the “time wasters”?
  • Do you procrastinate?
  • Do you know your priorities?
  • Do you get consumed by email?
  • Do you have time to work on improving your skills?
  • Do you run out of time to accomplish the tasks you want?
  • Do you have enough time for your family?
  • Do you wish you had one more hour in a day?

It is essential for career advancement and leadership to master the art of personal productivity. Like a CEO who leads a worldwide organization cannot afford to waste a single minute when trying to profitably grow their business… and neither can you.

If you started the year off with great intentions and struggled in managing your time, now is a good time to get back on track for. Going through the rest of the year and into next without a good structure in place is not worth the stress and you deserve better.

Begin to identify and crush time wasters- NOW.

Here’s how;

Make a list of all of the things that waste your time and think about what you can do to eliminate them from your day. Then begin to eliminate them one at a time. Alternatively, as you go through the next two weeks, simply record the things that waste your time.

To get you started, here are a few time wasting examples that likely need to be crushed:

* Clutter that leads you to wasting time as you constantly search for things or lose things that then have to be replaced.
* Ineffective meetings that you attend or facilitate where nothing of importance or significance results.
* Wasting time in traffic as you come to work – go home or move around your city /town.
* Misunderstandings of who was going to do what – when. There are many scenarios that can lead to last minute panic and / or resulting in doing things twice.
* What other time wasters do you experience?

Once you identify the things that waste your time and don’t contribute to your success it’s time to eliminate them. Crush them.

In my experience, anything that is a waste of time can be crushed.

If you don’t know how to eliminate them from your day get some help.

Ask your boss, co-worker or a mentor for some help or advice on how to deal with a particular time waster.

As a result of crushing those things that are robbing you of productive time, you will experience less stress, enjoy your work more, be more effective at what you do and enable you to spend valuable time on professional development which will position you for career advancement.

6 Strategies to Increase Personal Productivity in Your Business

Everybody has twenty four hours in a day and how you use those hours, makes a world of difference in your life and business. Following are the six important strategies to increase your personal productivity so that you can be more effective in life as well as in your business. By implementing these strategies, you can reduce the time spent on unproductive activities and increase your focus and concentration on the tasks that matter to you the most.

Keep your WHY in front of you
Whenever you feel like not working in the business or getting bored or feel like taking it easy, remind yourself WHY you are doing the business in the first place. This will bring you back on track and keep you focused in the business.

Keep your accomplishments in front you
Keep your accomplishments in front of you so that you can see them daily and as often as you can. They will remind you that you are an accomplisher and you have a track record of successfully completing things. Whenever you are faced with a problem, for which you haven’t found a solution yet, you remind yourself that you are able to solve bigger problems than what you have at hand and you will find a solution to it. This composure helps your mind to seek a solution to the problem much faster.

Make a list of things that needs to be done
Make a list of things that needs to be done for a particular day or half a day or evening.
When you write them on the paper, you don’t have to memorize them and you can refer to them as often as you want. Prioritize the list so that you will know which tasks needs to be completed first. As you finish each task, cross off the item on the list.

Avoid time killers
When you are working on a task, do not divert your focus for answering a phone or checking an email. When you do that you lose concentration and it takes another 20 minutes before you can completely involve in the task at hand again.

Work on 50 minute intervals
Work on 50 minute time slots. We will not be able to effectively concentrate on one particular task for a long time. Work for 50 minutes and take 10 minutes break. Stretch you legs, drink a glass of water or go out into your back yard to breathe fresh air. This helps you to concentrate better on the task you are going to do next.

Reward yourself
Reward yourself when you finished a task or a set of tasks successfully. Give yourself a pat on the back and a word of encouragement. You will have the satisfaction of getting things done. This keeps you motivated to work harder.

Sekhar Gurugubelli is an Internet based business expert and mentor based out of Springfield, IL. He assists serious entrepreneurs in building a profitable online business with multiple income streams. Discover how you can leverage the internet and turn your computer into a money minting machine. To know more about the system he uses to generate income online, click here.