I’ve known for a few years that I could be more productive on a daily basis. If I could learn to be more productive on a daily basis that would mean that weekly, monthly, and yearly that productivity would compound the results of what I was trying to accomplish.
I have purchased time management books, courses, even paid “time coaches” to help me be more productive. Some have had great ideas, but I think it came down to one thing. Me deciding to do things differently.
I’ve started something new at the first of the year and it’s bringing tremendous results. That’s why am sharing this with you. See, we know that there are many things that aren’t very important, yet take important time away from our lives. Time that we can’t get back. For everyone these unimportant things may be a little different, but it boils down to one thing; wasting our precious time.
Ask yourself right now, what do you do first thing when you wake up in the morning? What do you do for the first 30 minutes? The first hour? Then ask yourself what little things you do throughout the entire day that actually waste time and have no benefit to you. What do you do in the evenings that waste your valuable time and have little benefit/return?
I want you to ask yourself these questions now and literally write down the answers. I’m going to tell you how to make one simple change that will literally change your life here in just a second. It’s 7:28 AM here on Monday. I’m sitting on the top floor of my office building looking out the window at a quiet world, since today is a holiday. I am already here working, and excited to do so.
Here are the things that I determined was wasting my time:
I would get up in the morning around 5 AM and within the first 10 to 15 minutes of waking, I would have already checked Facebook, looked at a couple of news sites to see what’s going on in the world, and checked my email to see if I had anything “important” in my inbox. Not to mention respond to any texts from the night before. Before I knew it, it was 8:30 or 9 AM and I was frustrated and having anxiety because I wanted to be at the office long before. I would finally get to the office and be working on something, but then feel the urge to check a news site to see what was happening in the world. Or do a quick check on Facebook to see if anyone had responded or commented on a post, or check my inbox to see if anything “important” had come in.
I decided I was going to stop these horrible habits and I did so. I started around the first of the year, not because it was a New Year’s resolution, but because that’s when I decided to do it. Now that we are a couple weeks into the new year, the results have been astounding to say the least.
I am usually at the office by 7 AM and I crank things out until about 2 PM, then I’m done. I’ll leave and go hit the gym while there’s hardly anybody in there because they are still at work. I go home and hang out with the dog or take her to the park. The rest of the day is mine. Now I do some admin stuff later in the afternoon with my team, but my focus work is done.
My new system?
Screw Off Time
S.O.T. Is the only time I’m allowed to check Facebook, look at the news sites or anything like that, that is actually a waste of time. It’s OK to waste some time each day to let your mind relax. Whether that’s watching the tube, getting on Facebook, or whatever you decide to do is your choice. But once you limit it to a specific time each day, you will see that your whole world changes. For me, it’s 30 minutes. That’s it. Even then, that’s 3-1/2 hours out of your week, but I am allowing it.
My productivity has soared. I also feel great about myself at the end of each day because I knew I kicked butt and didn’t waste any time doing ridiculous time wasting things. If you’re ready to step ahead and start making some incredible gains, try out S.O.T. time.
Pick your time each day that you’re going to do it, and stick to it. After the first day you’re going to feel great. As you add another day onto your success, it will become more and more of a habit, and soon it will seem normal.
At first, it will seem difficult and you will have the urge to do those old bad habits that waste your time and hurt your business and your life. Just have discipline and every time you have a thought, catch yourself and do not do it. Focus instead on the important task at hand and moving our life and business forward. Wait for S.O.T. time to waste time.
I know this is going to make a huge difference for you. Respond in the comments and let me know some of the things that you currently do that are time wasters. Then let me know how this has improved your business and life after you’ve implemented it for just a few days.
You can do it.