Yes, it’s possible. You don’t need any of the five software systems I reviewed yesterday.
It’s about what goes on in your head, not what happens on your smart phone.
Let’s cut to the chase: Here’s a list of the mind-hacks I use (and train some clients to use) to rocket productivity levels…
1. Pen + Paper Rocks
Specifically because it ISN’T an app. A post-it is can be stuck to your computer monitor (or forehead) and never gets minimized. I’m a huge advocate for paperless business, but whenever a project of mine really enters “crunch time”, paper starts getting written on – for a reason.
2. Your todo list and your list-of-things-to-do-today should be different
Nothing overwhelms an entrepreneur more than waking up asking “What should I focus on today?” only to browse a list of 247 items. Instead, try decanting a tiny handful of todos onto a smaller “To-dos for today” list. Allow your big list to be what it wants to be – a place where dreams, hopes and random ideas go to percolate.
3. Stop overestimating what you can get done
I created Commit Action around the principal that when entrepreneurs focus on just three major action-items a week, they tend to be far more productive. I’ve been testing productivity systems on clients for years. This works. Quit thinking you’re a superhero – it’s better to boost self esteem by committing to less and overachieving. Failed over-ambition only leads to self flagellation.
4. Do creative work first, commitment/necessities later
When I have back to back client calls all morning, I’m mentally checked out by 1pm. Finished. Nothing else will happen that day. When I write for a few hours in the am, then do the same number of client calls that afternoon, I magically get more important work done. Just by putting my day in the right order. This REALLY works.
5. Write a “done list”
Most entrepreneurs only complete a few hours of self-motivated work per day. The rest of those hours get eaten up with necessary errands, a whole lot of random time helping people and other essential social interaction. Try reviewing this at the end of the day and listing all of the things you got done. Business and otherwise. Whether you’re happy with your list or not, you’ll learn something important.
Head’s up, there’s just three days left to get in on Commit Action before it goes away. Following these five tips above will get you big results. Commit Action will ignite you like a rocket and set your bottom line on fire. It’s worth checking out.
What other software-free productivity tips do you use?