Spring is in the air here in northeastern Pennsylvania – it’s 72 degrees, and I am LOVING it!! We just moved into a new house with a gorgeous back terrace and I’m itching to get a grill and table out there so we can enjoy some meals in this perfect weather.
If you’re anything like me you LOVE spending spring and summer with friends and family, getting outdoors, enjoying graduation celebrations, weddings, backyard BBQs and the like. So today I’m talking all about how to get more done in less time so you can get out and enjoy yourself!
Most successful entrepreneurs (myself included!) use the power of daily habits to create their success. Below are 5 of the habits that have served me and my fellow entrepreneurs well.
Let’s make THIS the spring and summer that you ROCK your business AND have plenty of time to play!
1. Check it off.
Never underestimate the power of the simple to-do list to keep you organized and productive. Checking off tasks is a great way to keep track of all of the things you want to accomplish in a day.
2. Have a filing system.
On your computer, create a system for the way you name your files and folders. Map out an organizational structure that will make it super easy to find whatever you’re looking for – this also makes saving files easier because you know exactly what to name the file and what folder to save it in.
3. Batch your tasks.
This is a huge time saver! Batch both your personal tasks and your business tasks. For example, I make all of the meals for the week on Wednesday and Sunday nights. I only mess up the kitchen twice a week, only get groceries twice a week, and have healthy home-cooked meals on hand at all times. And I do double duty by listening to business and marketing training and audible books while I cook.
Another example is that I only check email three times a day – morning, noon, end of work day. This gives me big chunks of the day for client and staff meetings and hyper-focus sessions.
4. Minimize distractions.
Distractions waste time and cause errors. Even after you’ve gotten back on task, you’re not working at the same capacity you were pre-distraction. In a study from the University of California Irvine, researchers found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task. And a Michigan State University study found that a 3-second distraction can double your error rate.
One way to minimize distractions is to set specific time slots in your day to hyper-focus on the most important things that need to get done in your business. Let your co-workers (or family, if you work from home) know when those time slots are so they can plan accordingly. Turn off your phone and all other other distractions (email, Skype, etc.).
5. Treat your body right.
In order for your beautiful brain to function optimally, you need to take care of your body. Set aside time to exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep and your productivity will soar!
Taking care of yourself takes time, no question. And you’ll get that time back in spades because you will be sick less often, you’ll have more energy, a better memory, more confidence, you’ll be able to hyper-focus more easily, you’ll be in a better mood most of the time…and those are just some of the benefits of taking care of your body.
Love & Success,
Heidi and Your Marketing Team
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