“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” – Napoleon Hill
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Welcome to the New Year, 2011.
The first week of January is an excellent time to reflect on the year that just passed and plan for the upcoming days and months of 2011. What makes some people more productive than others? We are all given the same amount of time in a hour, day, week, month, and year. To start 2011 off on the right foot, I want to share with you my top 11 ways to boost productivity in 2011.
1. Set flexible goals with clear action steps. Why flexible goals? Goal setting is a valuable tool if properly used. The risk with fixed goals is threefold; 1) sometimes the goals we initially set are the wrong goals, 2) Goals evolve over time as circumstances change, 3) Fixed goals create tunnel vision that may result in missed opportunities. With flexible goals you have a clear target and plan, and the flexibility to adjust as circumstances and desires change.
2. Visualize both the goals and the steps to achieve them. Visualization can dramatically increase productivity and goal achievement. Most people fall short and only visualize the end result. For the most success, visualize the goal and the steps to achieve.
3. Take 10 – 15 minutes at the end of each workday to reflect on the following three questions; 1) What went well today and how can I achieve more of these results?, 2) What did not go well today, and how can I prevent these results?, and 3) What did I learn today?
4. Think in terms of “Pareto’s Law” which states that throughout nature, 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. Consciously spend time each day as you go about each of your activities to stop and ask if what you are doing is really necessary or if there is a better way to reach the same end result. In summary, do more activities in the 20% and less in the 80%.
5. Exercise regularly throughout the week, briefly stretch and meditate throughout the day. Regular exercise and regular breaks will improve your focus, creativity, and productivity.
6. Get enough sleep. New research has found sleep to be the most critical factor to overall health, even more important than diet.
7. Do work you enjoy. This seems obvious, but it is difficult to excel at work when you are watching the minutes tick by on the clock, dreaming of doing something else, somewhere else.
8. Outsource tasks you do not enjoy. Whether it is household chores, or administrative tasks in your work and business, you can literally double or triple yourself or more by hiring others to complete low value tasks for you. I strongly recommend hiring a Virtual Assistant as soon as you can afford it.
9. Work Remotely. This will increase your available productive hours and reduce costs and stress associated with commuting.
10. Take time for family and friends. To maintain productivity and focus it is important to step away from your work periodically and focus on family and friends, as well as planning periodic vacations and breaks. During these breaks, do check email, do not complete work tasks, and do not take work related phone calls.
11. Schedule unproductive tasks for set times during the workday. Set time blocks aside to check and respond to email, check social media and return phone calls.
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