The first two months of 2015 are nearly behind us, and it’s likely your New Year’s resolutions have taken the back burner. However, it’s important not to lose sight of your goals and how you will achieve them. If any of your resolutions were geared toward improving your business, use these 10 tips to help yourself get back on track and be more productive.
1. Plan Your Day in Advance
This is my #1 success tip for many reasons, but most importantly it allows your subconscious mind to start optimizing exactly how to maximize your production the following day.
2. Eat the Frog
Always start with the big profitable
tasks first. Just 20% of what you
do brings in 80% of your income.
3. Take Short Breaks
Work for 45-90 minutes, depending
on your attention span, and then take
a 5-15 minute break. When you start
the next time slot you will feel
renewed and refreshed.
4. Spark Your Day
Some call this an hour of power, but, regardless of its name, figure out what motivates you. Then, spend 15-60 minutes filling your mind with positive affirmations from a devotional, book, or video to spark your day.
Boost your endorphins every chance you get. It will improve everything you do!
6. Watch Out for Costly Errands
What are the opportunity costs involved with running some of your errands (i.e., dry cleaning or even mowing your lawn)? They may be greater than you think, especially if they take away from you or your businesses production. Consider hiring an assistant or outsourcing the tasks.
7. Eat Right
Garbage in = garbage out! What you put in your body affects your energy and thoughts in positive or negative ways, so make sure good nutrition is part of your plan.
8. Keep Organized
Never head for home with a messy desk. Always clean it up before you leave so the next time you arrive at the office you are organized and ready to tackle the day.
9. Track Everything
As my father-in-law says, “What gets measured gets done.” If you don’t track your personal production and your office’s production, you will never figure out what works and what doesn’t. More importantly, you will never know what is falling through the cracks.
10. Make a Master “To Do” and “Not to Do” List
A prioritized “to do” list is extremely important, but a list of things not to do may be even more important. You need to know what is impossible for you to do each day or what tasks should be delegated. Understanding the importance of “no” is imperative if it is not a true priority.
What is the most effective thing you do each day to be productive?
Submitted by: Dennis M. Postema, President & CEO of Postema Marketing Group, LLC
Postema Marketing Group is a full-service Independent Marketing Organization (IMO) dedicated to providing world-class products and services to our clients. We have partnered with some of the strongest names in the insurance industry and proudly serve independent agents from coast to coast.
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