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7 Proven Steps to a Better Workday

7 Proven Tips To Better Your Day

Build these activities into your routine. You will get more done and feel better doing it.

By Peter Economy

While making a big sale or launching a new project can transform an ordinary workday into a great one, there’s also the other side of the coin to consider: boredom, burnout, and anxiety can make the hours drag on endlessly. But you can minimize or even eliminate those problems by giving your daily routine a simple tune-up. Here are seven things you can do to make every day as satisfying as it can be. [Read more…]

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6 Tips for Productive Time Management

Time Management

By Kevin Daum

There never seems to be enough time. Here are six tips for making the most of what little you have.

Once again Spring came around and messed with my time clock.  Even though I know I still have the same number of hours in the day, I can’t help but feel that Daylight Savings Timehas stolen an hour from me. My body clock still thinks it’s 7 a.m. when I wake up, and yet here it is 8 a.m. Sure, I have more daylight, but for the most part, the only light I need for my productivity is the glow of my computer. [Read more…]

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Is Managing Your Time A Waste Of Time?

Time ManagementIs managing your time a waste of time? Controversial title I hear you say. This is an intriguing article from Entrepreneur.com where Steve Tobac looks at some of the myths associated with ‘time management’. In my top ten tips for effective time management, you’ll have seen that I came across the idea that ‘time management’ is a misdemeanour because one thing in life that we really can’t manage, is time. It’s given to us, and is our most precious commodity. It cannot be replaced. We can, however, manage ourselves, and more importantly, our focus. [Read more…]

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Top Ten Tips For Effective Time Management For Entrepreneurs

Top Ten Tips For Effective Time Management

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Leading on from last week’s post on how to improve your productivity instantly, these top ten tips for effective time management develop a few of the concepts and present some other ideas that you probably won’t have heard of. Importantly, we human beings are all different and work differently. It’s really about finding out what works for you. I’ve listed my personal top ten which I think you will find very useful.

1)      Forget time management – it’s a misdemeanour! Controversial I hear you say? If you think about it, time is the one thing in life that we can’t manage. We’re only dealt with a finite amount of it. I came across this concept from 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Steven Covey.  The trick is to manage your focus, rather than time. [Read more…]

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How To Increase Productivity Instantly

Boost ProductivityIn today’s era of ‘hyper distraction’ productivity has taken a slump on a global scale. Most people are living in reactive mode as opposed to proactive mode. If you would like to learn how to increase productivity instantly, then look no further! I’ve tried to keep this brief. These are my personal top ten..

1)      Don’t turn on your computer before you know exactly what you’re going to be doing for the day, or at least that morning. If you don’t have a plan, then you’ll waste time before you start. It’s so easy to get lost in distractions when you start your day without a solid plan. The best time to plan your day, is at the end of the previous day. Or rather, plan your following day at the end of your current day! An added bonus is when you plan your following day at the end of your day, then this frees up your mind which helps you relax and sleep. [Read more…]

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Manage Your Focus, Not Your Time

Focus on goals, not timeManage your focus, not your time, says Ariel Diaz, CEO of  Boundless. This really caught my attention as most of us focus on time management and how to manage our time with the help of fads such as to-do lists and day plans. Now whilst they’re useful to a certain degree, they lack a ‘why’ for the entrepreneur – or anyone for that matter. If your day is filled with ‘to-dos’, it’s easy to lose motivation and sight of what you’re aiming for – and before you know it, a whole heap of time has flashed past your life. [Read more…]

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3 Tips To Boost Your Focus And Productivity

If you think you’re being efficient by multitasking, then think again! These 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity are brought to you by Daan Harmsen.  The 3 headings he uses are focus, disconnect and controlled chaos. The first is self-explanatory, disconnect is about removing yourself from distractions, such as social media, phone calls, emails etc and the last is about managing your time effectively. Some people use systems to plan their days, but end up spending more time managing their systems than they do doing the work itself!

Multitasking Harmful For Your BrainFocus — One method that many people use to get more done is multitasking. Why do one thing, if you can do two things at one, and get twice as much work done? The problem with multitasking is that humans are notoriously bad at it: our brains are just not wired to be good at it. In fact, when you multitask, your productivity drops so much that you would be better off just doing one task after another. Answering e-mails and talking to someone on the phone at the same time might seem like a good use of your time, but it really isn’t. Focus on one thing at a time, and try to be completely present in the moment.

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Good to see multitasking slated among these 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity. Why? Not only is multitasking proven to be highly inefficient but it’s also proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains weren’t designed to switch from task to task all day long. A study at Harvard found that those who multitask were less able to concentrate and it affected their memories. You may argue though that it’s impractical not to multitask. Eben Pagan advises to do “enlightened multitasking” – which is about scheduling your multitasking – opening yourself to distractions for a fixed period of time, say an hour before lunch and an hour at the end of your day. Then you can focus for the rest of the day. Genius.

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3 Ways To Achieve Work/Life Balance

It’s commonplace for entrepreneurs to think, talk and breathe their business. In fact I haven’t met an entrepreneur who doesn’t work harder than the average employed individual. Here are 3 ways to achieve work/life balance written by Sunday Steinkirchner for Forbes.

3 Ways To Achieve Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance Challenge #2: Even if you can “have it all”, you’re somehow burning yourself out.

Tips: Ask yourself: are you focused on tasks that will make you happy in the long run, or tiring yourself with busy work? Making a quick list of goals, both short-term and long-term, can help you to decide what is important. A long list of responsibilities is overwhelming, but you can feel more satisfaction in more areas if you’re focused on the right endeavors for you.

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I excerpted Challenge no.2 from these 3 ways to achieve work/life balance as I’m a believer on doing less to achieve more. That’s not because I’m lazy, it’s more about focusing on your strengths, your creativity and ideas, rather than the operational elements of the business which many entrepreneurs get sucked into doing – often because they fear losing control. I hear it from friends and all sorts of business owners – they end up spending the majority of their time on admin and forget about the prime purpose of their business. What do you think? Share your comments below!

 

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Ways To Focus In Your First Hour

Do you every wonder what you should be doing for the first hour of your day? Here are a few ways to focus in your first hour brought to you by Kevin Perdy for fastcompany.com. The advice in this article is well worth a read and includes suggestions such as to never check your email first thing, something I wholeheartedly agree with as you lose focus straight away. It is also suggested to do the weight-bearing tasks first of all to get them out of the way, and also customer service. See what you think. Something I’d like to add is to carry out your income generating tasks first thing and leave the admin for when your brain is half asleep. Or better still, outsource the admin.

Ways to Focus In Your First Hour

Ways To Focus In Your First HourGain Awareness, Be Grateful

One smart, simple question on curated Q & A site Quora asked “How do the most successful people start their day?”. The most popular response came from a devotee of Tony Robbins, the self-help guru who pitched the power of mindful first-hour rituals long before we all had little computers next to our beds.

Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”

Robbins offers the “Hour of Power” segment of his Ultimate Edge series as a free audio stream (here’s the direct MP3 download). Blogger Mike McGrath also wrote a concise summary of the Hour of Power). You can be sure that at least some of the more driven people you’ve met in your career are working on Robbins’ plan.

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Which one of these ways to focus in your first hour did you most appreciate? You may have guessed that the quoted section was one of my favourite pieces (along with the advice not to check your email first thing). I’ve mentioned before on this site about how successful people such as Jordan Belfort, often start the day with an allocated time slot for being grateful for everything they have. To then visualise everything you want in your life as if you have it today, is just brilliant advice. Go Tony. By doing that, you program your subconscious mind and super conscious mind to work with you, and for you, to achieve that outcome.  This is slightly ‘out there’, but so true. We need goals to work towards; goals motivate us, and visualising those goals motivates us even more by making them real in our minds. Without goals in place, we’re coasting towards nothing. How can we create a road map without a destination?

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8 Tips For Finding Focus And Eliminating Distractions

8 Tips For Getting Your Focus BackOccasionally we need a reminder about how to get our focus back. Here are 8 tips for finding focus and eliminating distractions written by Matthew Toren for YoungEntrepreneur.com. Many you’ll have seen before, but there are some original ones, and interesting/controversial perspectives that I have excerpted here. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to find these useful.
  1. Shut your door: I know this seems like the opposite of good management practice. Aren’t you supposed to be available to employees when they have a problem? Well, if you aren’t focusing on your business they will definitely have a problem — finding another job. Right now as an entrepreneur it’s company first, employees second. And maybe if they can’t reach you they will take some initiative and solve their own problems.
  2. Stand up when someone comes into your office: This means that your visitor can’t sit down and most people will get tired of standing and leave when their business with you is done. If someone is particularly long-winded despite standing, come around your desk and walk them out the door and down the hall. Then excuse yourself and head back to your office.
  3. Limit outside attention grabbers: How often do you check email, Facebook, your cellphone? Do you take your own calls or leave that to a front-office person? Can potential suppliers get instant access to you when they walk in your office door? Every one of these is pulling you away from your main business. Schedule specific times to address these outside issues so that you have uninterrupted time to do your real job.

Of these 8 tips for finding focus and eliminating distractions, I thought that his suggestion in Point (1) about it being the company first and employees second was pretty punchy, yet a fair point. I can understand that as the business owner it’s too easy to get involved with the day-to-day, and sometimes administrative, tasks if running a relatively small business, rather than focusing on the value-added/income generating tasks of the business. However, shutting your door to your employees who are helping to grow your business may not be wholly welcomed by your employees. I like the point about standing up when people enter your office though. If I was an employee entering the office, I’d have to fight back the urge to say “do take a seat,” and to sit down and make myself at home.

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