De-clutter your office

clutterOne of the reasons many of us get overwhelmed is the sheer volume of stuff that surrounds us.

It has been said that the average person spends up to one hour a day looking for things.

That adds up to 6-8 weeks out of every year – just looking for stuff!

I don’t know about you, but I can tolerate a certain amount of clutter and disorder. But sometimes that clutter and disorder gets out of hand!

One piece of paper out of place doesn’t seem so bad, but when that one piece calls hundreds of his little friends, and they call their friends, all of a sudden (it seems) your tidy pile is a huge cascade.

Trust me, it doesn’t happen over night.

When it does happen, get help. Declutter. Tackle one pile at a time.

Remember, it didn’t happen overnight, and it won’t be resolved overnight.

But, if you take on a bit at a time you will get it done.

And then you will discover you have more energy for what really matters to you.

 

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Set a timer

hour glassIf you tend to get lost down various rabbit holes, or lose track of time in general, then set a timer.

Set a timer to remind yourself to take a break.

Set a timer to remind you when you have to stop one activity to get ready for another.

Set a timer to manage the time you spend on the phone.

Set a timer when you want to goof off, so you don’t lose the whole day when you just meant to give yourself a brief break.

One of my most useful desk tools is a kitchen timer! It keeps me and my day on track. Give it a try!

 

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Focus

one thing at a timeFocus on one thing at a time

I never really understood why people brag about their ability to multi-task.

They really can’t do it. No one can.

Brain science indicates that at best we can do two things – and one half of our brain will keep track of one thing while the other keeps track of the other.

But add in a third thing and all bets are off!

Productivity studies have demonstrated that when you attempt to multi-task everything takes longer.

Yes, every single ting takes longer to do.

So stop it. Do one thing. Finish it. Then do the next thing.

 

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Take short breaks

short breakTake a short break every hour

I know you are too busy to do this, and you just have too many things you need to do, and I can’t really be serious, but I am!

Set a timer if you have to.

Take a break.

Get up for 5 minutes and walk around.

Or just stop and take five deep breaths.

You will get more done, I promise!

 

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Use a lawyer

gavelHave a lawyer review your contracts

You get what you pay for. We’ve all heard that, right?

But how often have you told yourself “I can’t afford that right now”, and besides, I trust that person, I’m sure there isn’t anything in the contract I am going to sign that could cause trouble…

It’s a really good idea (really, really good idea) to have an attorney draw up your contracts – the ones you ask other people to sign.

And it is also a really, really good idea to have an attorney review any contract you are about to sign.

Terms of contracts are written to protect the person presenting the contract.

And, did you know, you can ask to modify terms?

Well, you won’t get the chance if you don’t read the contract!

And since I know you are busy, you may as well have someone who knows what to look for read it for you!

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Time for follow up

follow upSet aside a regular time for follow up

You’ve met all these great people – in person at events, online through social media, or via email introductions from others.

You know you have to follow up with them, and it had better be quickly!

But you are too busy right now – your schedule is just packed.

So, you set those cards aside telling yourself you will follow up ‘soon’ – just as soon as you finish this one thing.

Then days go by, or weeks or months, and you find the card/email again and kick yourself for not following up before now.

And now it is too late.

What if you just had one appointment a week in your calendar marked for follow up activities? And what if, during that one appointment a week which has been scheduled, you made your follow up calls, wrote your notes, etc.? 

I promise you, scheduling one hour (or even just 30 minutes) in your calendar on a regular basis will save you tons of time – and will probably add to your bottom line!

 

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One hour a day

time for marketingOne hour a day marketing (every single day) will have a HUGE impact on your results.

If you really want to eliminate that feast or famine cycle – take this on!

You know what I am talking about: You have NO business in the pipeline, so you throw yourself into marketing like a crazy person.

Guess what? You generate business! Yay!

But, now you are just too busy to keep up with the marketing. After all, you have all this work to get done!

Then you finish that work, and you have NO business in the pipeline and the cycle starts all over again.

Let’s face it – business development is the #1 job we have.

What can you put in place to make sure that you are taking action to keep your pipeline filled every single day?

My personal favorite: Make 3-5 calls every morning to former clients, colleagues, prospects.

Leave messages if you have to, but make the calls.

How about creating a steady flow of business? Or, even so much business that you have to grow and expand?

 

 

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Create a weekly magic list

check listWho will you reach out to? What will you create?

If you are in sales (and if you own the business, you are in sales), you have to talk to people all the time.

Every day, every week, every month you have to pick up the phone and make calls.

You can complain about it as much as you like, but you still have to make those calls.

So, since complaining isn’t going to get rid of them, why not try something different?

Sit quietly at the beginning of the week and ask yourself who you want to talk to in the coming week.

Who do you need to call back? Who haven’t you checked in with lately? Who did you meet recently? Which of your clients have birthdays, anniversaries or other events coming up?

If you are using some form of Customer Relationship Management system, it may have some reports you can use to generate your list of people to call.

I’ve used this process for years. It’s astonishing what can happen. Just the routine of making the calls starts things moving.

 

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Block out time to focus

CUP0071122Let’s face it, most of us don’t take the time to focus when we really need to.

We try to wedge things in to available moments in time, which often results in us switching from task to task to task throughout the day, without finishing anything.

Give yourself the luxury of blocks of time to focus on one thing and one thing only.

Even if it is only for 15 minutes! You will be amazed at what you can get done in just 15 minutes when you let yourself focus on it.

Remember, if you do nothing, by default you will be interrupted at least once every six minutes, all day long.

That is the path to frustration.

 

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How much technology do you use?

technologyUse as much technology as you are comfortable with

There are some really great tools available to support you in your work. Laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, etc., all can combine to help you get things done faster and more efficiently than ever before.

But the technology has to work for you. It is, after all, just a tool.

You don’t have to do email on your smart phone just because that feature is available, for example. Unless it is useful to you, feel free to ignore it.

Here’s an example. I’ve been thinking it would be cool to have an iPad. I have a MacBook Pro and an iPhone, and I do love the Apple products. However, when I really looked at what I would use an iPad for, I discovered (at least for now) that it really wouldn’t add to my productivity. In fact, it would just add more stuff I had to take with me on business trips. Some of the features and functions I would want to use are not currently available, and others are just as available on my iPhone and my laptop.

So, that piece of technology isn’t making it onto my list right now.

However, I have some clients who have and use and LOVE their iPad. It makes what they do out in the field so much easier and is so much easier to carry around than their laptop!

What makes sense to you?

 

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