If there’s one aspect that separates seasoned successful business executives vs. rookie business executives, it’s knowing what works in terms of being a powerful productivity machine. Seasoned business executives know that there’s only so much time in the day, and that if they don’t use their resources to the maximum, they’re going to be dead in the water. So to help you out, I put together a list of powerful productivity tips that I’ve learned from seasoned successful business executives. After I learned them, I immediately adopted them into my daily routine, and they’ve provided me with outstanding results, so I know first-hand that they work. Here they are.
Bring the energy.
No one likes to talk with someone that’s half asleep or mumbling like they have marbles in their mouth. You have to bring the energy, share your enthusiasm, put your own unique spin on whatever you’re talking about, and let that passion shine through. I always say, “energy creates energy,” so get fired up and take that energy level all the way up. You don’t want to be obnoxious with your energy level, you just want to be effective, so take in the situation as you see it, and act accordingly.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Yes, this means having multiple projects going on at the same time. You need to hedge your bets a little bit, and by having a few different projects going on, it keeps your brain learning, and you performing at its optimal level. I’m not talking about going multi-tasking crazy here, what I’m talking about is hiring people that are capable of running the smaller projects until they get big enough that you need to handle them. Multiple revenue streams is what you’re looking for. I’m not talking about any get-rich-quick type junk either, I’m talking about solid revenue streams.
Don’t worry what other people are doing.
Does it really matter if you miss a party or don’t get to attend a football game with your friends. In the big scope of things, no, it really doesn’t matter. Dump the FOMO i.e. fear of missing out, and just do your thing. When you pull up in that nice new ride, or buy that nice new apartment in the city, or get that nice big payout, no one will ever question you again.
Stay up to date with news headlines of the day.
I’m not talking about watching TV all day, what I’m talking about is browsing the quick news headlines from top news sources. If you like to listen to the radio, NPR is a great source to get caught up on everything going on in the world very quickly. The idea of staying up to date is so that you can see if anything major is going on that may affect the market segment that your product or service delivers into. You don’t want to be driving in the dark without your headlights on.
Use a timer to complete tasks. I can tell you without a doubt, that if you put time limits on finishing tasks, you’ll get them done quicker. If you haven’t allotted yourself enough time to do the entire task, focus on getting the foundations down for the total project in the amount of time you’ve given yourself. Push yourself to work not only faster, but smarter.
Stay physically and mentally fit.
Take time for yourself. Meditate, do yoga, run in the park, go to the gym, or do any other activities that you enjoy that get the blood flowing. Find alone time where you can refresh, get away from it all, and get those endorphins going and get back in touch with yourself. Exercise and meditation have so many benefits beyond the actually activity, so it’s never good to go too long without actively participating in keeping yourself fit.
Take action when needed.
Putting off something that needs immediate action is not good. If something pops up that needs to be sorted out right away, do it right at that moment, and then move on. If you let things linger, you’re going to keep all that clutter in your head and you’re going to lose productivity. Here’s the motto that I live by, “If it takes me longer to explain to myself the reason why I don’t want to do the task, rather than just doing it, I immediately stop fooling myself and just do it right then and there.” Maybe you can try this out and see how it works in your life.
Who cares if people are judging you.
Does it really matter? Not in the big scope of things. Most people that are great thinkers and innovators are judged all the time, but it doesn’t matter to them because they know in their mind that what they’re doing is valuable, and that it’s going to change the way the people operate and do business. People that judge other people are weak, don’t worry about what anyone says to you, just keep doing your thing.
Work where you work best.
You’ve got to setup a working environment where you can be the most productive and creative person that you can be. For some, this may be sitting in an office, for others, it may be working outside in a park, or maybe in a Starbucks, it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that wherever you choose to call your workplace, that you can get into the groove and get a ton of stuff done in a short amount of time. I personally like to switch things up a bit and work in different environments because I tend to think differently when I see and hear different things.
Use your time wisely.
Listen, you only have so much time during the day, so use every second of it wisely, and make every second count. There’s nothing worse than wasting time. Hanging around time-wasters is no good either. Stop hanging around the water cooler talking to people that are accomplishing nothing for themselves all day, and get down to work.
Keep your eye on the finish line.
It’s gratifying to finish something you’ve been working on in business. Take the great feeling, bottle it up, and the next time your struggling to get started on a project, remember that gratifying feeling you had when you completed your last big task. It may be easier if you start at the finish line, and work your way backwards. If you think about it for a second, you’ll understand what I mean.
Solve the right problem.
There’s no sense in trying to solve the wrong problem. Take extra time to figure out with the problem actually is, and then go full force with all your might and determination to solve it. So many businesses waste so much time trying to solve the wrong problems because they didn’t put the research in before they started. Don’t be one of these companies, especially if you’re a startup. Find the problem, address it, and create a solution that solves it.
Give yourself time to dream. Never limit yourself in your dreams.
Just dream about whatever you want, and don’t listen to the first thought that your brain is telling you, because it’s probably saying, “No, that’s too big for you.” All you need to say in response to your first thought is, “No thank you. I’m not buying what you’re selling.” Here’s the deal with dreams, if you don’t follow through on your dream, someone else who has a similar dream most likely will, and then you’ll be staring at your dream idea that someone else brought to fruition because they acted on it. You want to be the person in business that’s acting on your dreams, not the one watching them as you walk by the store window.
It takes daily effort.
If there’s one thing that will put you head and shoulders above your peers, it’s daily effort. The will to show up everyday, and hit it hard. I know people that can put forth strong effort for a few days in a row, but then they relax, and they never really reach their full potential in business, or in life, while on the other hand, I also know people that put forth daily effort, over extended periods of time, and these are the true winners i.e. the ones that lead top companies while helping their employees grow beyond what they ever thought was possible for themselves.
Design the way you want to design.
Just because your biggest competitor has an app or website that looks a certain way, it doesn’t mean that you need to do the same. Buck the trend, try something different, and above all, be unique. As a trendsetting motorcycle designer once said, “The last thing I do when designing a new motorcycle, is look at other motorcycles.” It makes total sense when you think about it.
Stay in the moment.
Have you ever met someone that’s all over the place when you speak with them? It’s terrible, isn’t it? Scattered people with scattered and jumbled thoughts, are definitely not in the moment, and if you’re guilty of this, stop doing it immediately because you’re confusing the heck out of the people you’re speaking with. Staying in the moment keeps you at your highest point of productivity, it gives you the most amount of energy, and it puts you in a position of power.
Practice makes perfect.
It may take you doing something over, and over again, and over again, until you do it right. Yes, the ultimate goal is perfection, but you’re never going to get there unless you practice. The best sports athletes not only practice physically, they also practice mentally. The best downhill skiers spend hours racing down the course, hitting every corner perfectly, and there’s a reason why, because mental preparation is nearly just as important as physical preparation. Balance between the mental and physical works best. Try something new. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
Learn what matters most to you.
There’s no sense in working in a business that doesn’t matter to you. If you’re not into it, and it really doesn’t matter if you fail or succeed at what you’re doing, you’re definitely in the wrong place and need to make some immediate changes in your life. Take time to find out what’s important to you, and then take action to get involved and engaged in a business where you can go home at the end of every day with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
You have to be able to rebound from a devastating moment, and quickly. To put it simply, you need to be able to get your butt kicked and get right back up and then go on the offense again. Nothing can stop you. If you lost, learn from it, don’t let it hold you back, and go back and do it all over again, but use what you learned previously to be smarter and stronger, so that you come out successful.
Find one beautiful moment in every day.
Seek to find the one moment of beauty that made you feel warm inside and smile, and have that be your last thought before your eyes come to rest and you go to sleep at night. You want to talk about setting yourself up for success, doing this daily before you go to sleep at night will definitely blast you off into the next dimension.
There you have them. Powerful productivity tips to help drive your business, as well as yourself, to new heights. Let me leave you with this thought, “Just because you bought the book, doesn’t mean you’re going to open it up and read it.” Now let me tell you what I mean by this. Yes, it’s great that you read the information, but if you do nothing with it and don’t implement anything of what you learned into your business life, nothing is going to change. You need to take action on what you learn. I’d suggest picking out one or two items initially, implementing them over the next few weeks, see how things go for you, and if they go well, pick another one or two, and implement them, and then keep the productivity implementation trend going from that point. You can never be too productive.