“The trouble is, you think you have time”
If you have no time, but money, you can always create more time by spending money on hiring someone, expand the number of your employees, hire consultant or outsource part of your work.
If you have no money, but you have time, you can always create more money by spending your time on income generating activities, apply for an extra job, sell your services as a consultant, start a new start-up business or focus more energy on income generating tasks in your existing business.
But you might be thinking: “Okay, I get it. But what if I don`t have money nor time?”
Here are 9 time productivity tips from successful experts:
Have a single purpose focus.
entrepreneurs is the ability to focus on what matters most. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, says, “I keep things focused. The speech I give every day to my employees is: ‘This is what we do and we will continue doing it, and we will strive to change the world?'” Besides him, Jason Goldberg CEO of Fab.com, has this piece of advice for you: “Pick one thing and do that one thing, and that one thing you do better than anyone else ever could.” We can derive a great deal of power from developing a focus goal on our top business priorities.
Block your distractions.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says, “I concentrate on concentrating.” For those of us who don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, there are solutions for blocking out distractions. One of them is Rescue Time which runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time and can help you to make better decisions.
A guess social media is the biggest distraction, right?
So if you have that kind of productivity problem, Get Concentrating is another useful tool that will help you focus on important tasks by blocking social media sites.
Try to practice this for one week and you will get used to it.
Set exact time limit on meetings.
Did it happened very often to start discussion for some topic that will last for 2 hours and there will be no conclusion for the topic?
CEO of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn has simple productivity strategy and is very strict on the timing allotted for single-topic, and during the non-operational meetings he allows a maximum of one hour and 30 minutes. So the time is split, 50% of the time is for the presentation, and 50% is for discussion.
Set up productivity rituals.
CEO of The Energy Project, Tony Schwartz, provides strategy with four tips for setting up rituals which will improve your behaviors and will make you more productive. One of the tips is prioritizing one key task to accomplish per day, and to stay focused on that task. “Force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions,” Schwartz says.
You need to learn to get up earlier.
Probably you already heard this many times. So don’t skip this part, because is important to remember that most of the successful people get up earlier.
Research studies shows that mornings can make or break your day. It is very common for successful CEOs to start their day well before 6 a.m. Most of the incredibly busy people, such as Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, to Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, use their mornings to seize the day and achieve their goals.
In order to motivate yourself, use the mantra “mind over mattress” o get out of bed to pursue your goals. While many are sleeping in, successful people are already up and getting a lot done. For a lot of us, this is definitely not our preference, but Laura Vanderkam advises to start with small steps, such as getting up just 15 minutes earlier every day and gradually increasing the time.
Outsource personal chores.
Before 2 years, this was my biggest issue, I wanted to do everything on my own. Why? Because I didn’t believe how others will do the job.
Productive and successful people are selective about how they expend their energy. They don’t waste it on tasks that others can do better. For example, Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, uses services such as Fancy Hands, where you can find verities of virtual assistants. So depends of your profession, some other experts use services such as Plated, which delivers perfectly measured ingredients for chef designed meals at home. So search the most used sites in your filed as start with your productivity strategy.
Capture all creative ideas which will come on your mind.
The world renowned scientist Dr. Linus Pauling once said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Most of the successful leaders and entrepreneurs are visionaries who have a lot of good and bad ideas, however this is sometimes very challenging for busy people, for that reason we recommend Evernote, which is a popular, free program for collecting ideas.
Don’t forget about it: Read it later.
Don’t miss out on important information because you’re in a rush and have no time to read at the moment. Get Pocket will help you to solve this problem, because the program allows you to put articles, videos and any other information into a virtual pocket, saved directly from any site.