What techniques do you implement to stay more productive?
I have used pomodoro method to keep my priorities straight & focus on the things that matter most. What small yet impactful lifestyle changes have you made to be more efficient or to simplify your life by staying productive with the right things each day. How do you determine what becomes your highest priority especially with equally important tasks. Please share with others your tips and tricks to make our mosaicHub community more effective.
A big part of it is understanding the difference between prioritizing your schedule and scheduling your priorities. If you don't clearly understand what your priorities are no amount of time management or organization is going to help you succeed.
I like to make a combination of: Lean Thinking Philosophy, Theory of Constraints, Balance Score Cards and Six Sigma.
The top priority of each day should be to achieve a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly objective that gets you closer to your "wildly important goal". The Pomodoro is effective, just get the task that has the largest impact completed first.
I use Time management techniques, I do the planning of the activities establishing which are the priorities, divid them into steps and I keep focused on each step.
I take the issues on the previous step and how may I construct a strategy to optimize the time/results.
Of course each is going to be different depending onthe business and one's relation to it or position in it but on general principles i have maintained the following policies.
1. Always exceed customer expectations even when the customer is not there to see it. In my case it would be doing thorough research before writing something for the client. Making sure that the client gets more than they expect. Being generous with my expertise and time. It always comes back to me eventually.
2. Discipline is a tool to be used, not a bore to put up with. Setting up a plan for the day and adhering to it. Discipline is not giving up but being responsible for doing something and doing it anyway.
3. I keep my eyes on the goals and purposes I have, not on the stops that get in the way. The more I do this the more the stops fall away and the closer to my goal I get.
With priorities, especially where there are those of apparent equal value I look at each and decide on the basis of, 'which one furthers me towards my stated goal or purpose the most?
I wrote some articles on these for Mosaic Hub and these are listed on there. They are also on my website.
Everything depends on your passion the difference between a business owner and a employee is that being a business owner is a calling if you are a small company the only way to grow is to be out of the building meeting customers or helping your employees get their job done and being with them and helping them shows you care and that makes people work harder
I use my white board to keep track of what I need to that's high priority. I meditate each day to keep myself focused. I check my business plan every 3 months and update it accordingly in terms of knowing what projects are done.
The simplest tool I have ever seen and that I use to stay on track and get things done is the old fashioned TO DO list. These days the list can be automated and "pop up" on your phone, pad, or PC periodically during the day. Obviously, the list needs to be prioritized from high-to-low with the next to do rising to the top once you have completed what is currently number one. It really bugs me when something stays at number one for more than a day. Try it - it works, and it's simple.
Goals & organization go a long way. Many people skimp on it or avoid it all together. Beyond that, find that thing that motivates you the most and you will have nothing to stop you.
The first thing I would say is to learn how to delegate. When you are the CEO of a company or companies in my case you must be able to keep your eye on the big picture all the time.
Therefore you can't afford to be micromanaging anything and expect to be as productive. So I should say simply to stay in control you have to learn what you must trust other to control for you.