Would you like to get more done every day? Engage more prospects? Close more sales? Make more money?
Of course, you would—who doesn’t want to be more successful?
Here are five ways to increase your productivity—and become more successful.
Know Your Goals
When you start work in the morning, do you know what you’re going to do that day and how you’re going to do it? If you don’t have a plan and a goal, how will you know when you’ve reached it? Take a little time at the beginning of each week to review your calendar and make a success plan for the week. 15 minutes is all it should take. Do the same thing at the end of each work day. Review what you’ve accomplished and what’s on your schedule for tomorrow. Knowing what your goals are, both long- and short-term, helps you stay focused on what’s really important in your business.
Use a Calendar
Is there anything worse than losing out on a great client because you missed an important meeting? Don’t rely on your memory for appointments—and don’t rely on sticky notes, scraps of paper or text messages to keep track of your appointments. Find a calendar that works for you and use it. Write every appointment on your calendar, whether it’s with a hot prospect, a long-time client or with yourself. Yes, you should be making appointments with yourself for those must-do tasks that help keep your business humming along. Whether you choose paper or digital, it’s up to you, but remember that a calendar only works if you actually use it. Make a point to review your appointments at the beginning of each week and the beginning of each day, so you don’t miss any.
Develop a System that Works for You
Is your workspace a scary, disorganized mess? Before you tell me you can find whatever you need in your “piles,” think about it. How long do you spend searching through those piles for apps, important papers or contact info? How much more could you get done if you didn’t have to search the piles every time you needed something? Find an organizing system that works for you and learn how to use it. Whether you digitize everything, use color-coded folders or use some kind of date or alphabetized system, figure out what you need to do to be able to easily find what you need when you need it. If you can’t figure it out on your own, a good professional organizer is worth his or her weight in gold.
Kill the Clutter
I know when my desk gets piled high with paper, I have a much harder time staying focused on my work. I swear I can hear those papers calling my name. Taking 10 minutes to clear away all the papers at the end of each work day means you can start the next day fresh without feeling the weight of your work looming over you.
Take a Break
Too much time at your desk—or working in general–wears you down and starts to shrink your attention span. Regular breaks are good for your productivity AND your health. Schedule breaks into your work day, whether it’s for a trip to the gym or a brief walk around the block. Physical activity gets your circulation going, clears your mind, and re-energizes you for success.
How do you stay productive? What do you do to up your game? Share your ideas with us in the comment section below.