3 Ways To Get More Work Done In Less Time
As a successful business owner; I’m constantly seeking new ways to get things done faster. Productiveness was the least of my worries a few years back; now I’d kill for an extra 30 minutes in the day. It took me a long time to realize; time really is money.
I’ve spent A LOT of the past year finding and experimenting with different ways to be more productive. SO I decided to share just 4 simple productivity boosting activities/steps you can take to get more work done A LOT faster:
1. Get An Office
When I started my online business I was working from home about 12 hours/day. In those 12 hours, I spent a solid 8 hours on the couch and another 4 hours on my arm chair. Working from the living room surprisingly had a negative effect on my productivity. The TV was right in front of me, I nearly fell asleep on the sofa and it wasn’t a proper work environment.
In order to get a lot done as efficiently as possible; you need to be working in the right environment. You need an office or as I like to say; a work zone. A zone that’s built for the sole purpose of getting shit done. In your office, you need a desk, chairs, a coffee table/machine, book shelves, storage compartments, white boards, smart boards, plants and whatever else inspires you. The whole idea is to build an office that inspires you to work.
Socializing is one of those strange activities that’s been proven to boost productiveness. When I was told this one; I thought bullshit. After a few Google searches and personal testing; it works. Socializing is great for many things, above all its fun; but also great for business.
I know you probably don’t think hanging out with close friends is prime networking time; but it is. You never know who you’re going to meet through your friends. They say you’re only like 5 people away from billionaires, celebrities and royalty. It’s true; you never know who one of your friends is going to introduce you to.
Maybe someone who has the right skills, knowledge, connections or money to take your business to the next level. Socializing is also great for improving your social skills. No matter what business you’re in; you need social skills. You need to be able to communicate with people and influence them.
Whenever you’re hanging out with friends, practice your social skills.
As a rule of thumb; I attempt to read 1 nonfiction book per week. When I tell people that I read a book a week; they’re shocked. In fact most people I ask tell me they read less than 2 books a year. Seriously; reading is great for you. It teaches you new things, widens your vocabulary and inspires you to do great things.
What should you read?
Well a bit of fiction and mostly nonfiction. Usually I’ll read 1 nonfiction book a week and about half a fiction book per month. While reading fiction I can’t help but think it’s a complete waste of time. Most of the time fiction books are educational; but the stuff you learn from reading fiction is pretty useless in the real world.
Only read fiction before bed. It helps you sleep and is also great for boosting creativity. Besides general books; reading the newspaper is essential for staying up to date with what’s going on in the world. Lastly read biographies and autobiographies; they’re perfect for getting an insight into the way successful people live their lives.
Richard Branson was once asked by a group of entrepreneurs “how can we be more productive”. As all 20 entrepreneurs trembled with excitement, Richard’s mouth opened and out came “exercise”. The 20 entrepreneurs all looked slightly confused.
Richard went on to say that exercise is one of the most important aspects of life and his biggest productivity booster. Mainly; exercise helps you break through mental blocks. If you’ve hit a mental roadblock, staring at your screen won’t do you any good.
Instead get out the house and go for a run! Head down to the gym and start working out! It sounds insane doesn’t it? Well it’s not and exercise has helped me overcome countless mental roadblocks. You’d also be surprised how many great business ideas just come to you whilst exercising or doing a deadlift!
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