Just as it takes centuries for a slow drip of water to erode a mountain, so too will it take time (not centuries!) for the business owner to amp up his or her productivity. I read an article recently about “habit stacking” or making up new mini-habits and that sparked my imagination that rather than working on changing one habit at a time, add a couple in to the mix and do more than one. Why? I believe that stacking new behaviors will feel like a new routine to you and your brain and it will help you more easily make a long-lasting change.
What is a mini-habit? Well, rather than saying, “I will never eat sweets again!” You can say, “I will only eat one sweet snack today.” If you’re in the habit of a sweet snack with every meal, or before meals or after meals, cutting back to eating only one sweet snack is a mini habit that you might be able to stick with. It’s the same as developing a mini habit to “clear your desk at the end of every day” or to “spend five minutes a day clearing up the mess that has accumulated on the desk for the past five years.” Chances are you are not going to erode your mountain in one day, so take it slow and steady.
What are some habits you can look at that could help amp up your business productivity, especially as it relates to your business writing tasks? Here are my favorites:
- Have a schedule for your day. Without a schedule you will meander and the day will be gone and your work will remain unfinished.
- Prioritize your daily tasks. Not every task will be a number one — they can’t. You need to know which fires to put out first, work on those then go into the non critical, but still essential tasks on your list.[tweetthis]What are some habits you can look at that could help amp up your business productivity? [/tweetthis]
- Just as the water erodes the mountain over centuries, you need to chip away at major tasks a little at a time. You’re not going to write a book in an afternoon, are you? Probably not. However, if “write a book” is on your list of tasks you want to complete for your business you need to break it down into smaller to-dos. Such as: come up with a title, decide on chapter headings, determine who the readers will be, outline it, etc. (Or you could simply hire a copywriter, such as myself, to interview you and write your book for you while you concentrate on your core competencies.)
- Remove those items that distract you. If you have the television on and you find yourself watching it rather than working, then turn it off. If you have a desk toy of some sort on your desktop and you find yourself playing with it rather than working, remove it from the desk. If you find that emails distract you, turn off your notifications while you dive into a task.
- Take a deep breath and do the task you’re dreading the most and do it first. Set a timer. Work on it for 15 minutes, then move onto another, more enjoyable task. Anyone can do anything for 15 minutes, right? Plus, if you get it out of the way first thing in the morning, you won’t have it hanging over your head all day long.
- Periodically give your goals a once-over. Are you on track? If so, yay! If not, why not? Is it because some tasks are taking you longer than you anticipated? Are the goals you originally set no longer viable? If so, let them go.
- Reward yourself for a job well done! If you’re on track and if you’re crossing to-dos off of your daily task list, then you need to celebrate those milestones. Tell a friend. Indulge in an afternoon cup of tea and a good book. Get out of the office and take a walk! You deserve it.
Another way to be more productive is to delegate tasks. If it doesn’t fall into your wheelhouse of expertise, then delegate it to someone who does have the expertise so you can concentrate on what you do best.
If writing content for your blog or social media updates is one of those tasks that you’d like to delegate, contact me to find out how I can help you with content creation. Because I know that “All Words Matter” I know how important it is for you to send the right message to your clients and can help you make that happen!
What is your greatest challenge as it relates to content creation for your business? Share in the comment section below.