Chasing productivity

2017-06-27 06:00

MANY of us, wooed by the prospect of making meaningful difference, have taken the leap to jump corporate ship and strike out on our own.

All too often however, when the dust settles after the initial euphoria of going solo - we are faced with the challenge of managing our productivity without a boss.

As appealing as this initially sounds, getting things done in a vacuum of total freedom and in today’s highly distracted world is not an easy feat.

Many new entrepreneurs find the multitude of small, mundane tasks, relentlessly vying for our attention and action, overwhelming.

New business bloggist Robin Sherman states, “the fight we face as Leaders Without Titles (…) is to block out the noise so we get real work done”.

Some of these tips are obvious but as human beings prone to procrastination – it helps to repeat this mantra until these become habit.

Get up early and make a plan

Win the battle with your bed, get up 30 minutes earlier. Commit your peak energy hours to invest in yourself and your best work. Twenty minutes exercise, good breakfast and not a peep into emails, FB or WhatsApp until you have planned you goals for the day. Big, brave goals release energy, so revisit every morning.

Chaos = stress

Declutter, organise, schedule and ensure you have all the tools you need to be productive – including your working infrastructure like WiFi and printing. Investigate your neighbourhood’s co-working spaces for cost effective access to all the benefits of a professional office.

Stop multi-tasking

Give 100% focus to one thing and make sure to get things done well and right the first time. Unleash productivity by having a mind-set of doing it flawlessly from the start. Things you are not an expert in - outsource.

Pause

It is essential to create space/time to be unavailable, to say no, to switch off devices and just think, create, revise and plan. Mediation, nature and exercise are great re-calibration platforms and feed into peak productivity outcomes. - Supplied.

Win the battle with your bed, get up 30 minutes earlier. Commit your peak energy hours to invest in yourself and your best work. 20 minutes exercise, good breakfast and not a peep into emails, FB or WhatsApp until you have planned you goals for the day

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