Time is our most valuable resource. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. Discover the enemies to being productive and why “I D.I.D. I.T” is so important to getting more done. This episode is full of facts and insights plus some helpful tools and a practical exercise.
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Time is something we all have the same amount of but some of us seem to get more done than others. Why is that and what are some of the techniques others know that you don’t? Generally speaking if you aren’t getting as much done as you’d like, it’s because something is getting in your way either externally or internally (or both).
The external things that get in the way of your productivity are fairly obvious: the Internet, Facebook, co-workers or other visitors stopping by for a chat, non-work-related phone calls, etc. But the internal things stopping you may not be as obvious. They are lack of accountability, your own limiting beliefs, including the belief that you need to be perfect.
TWEET THIS: "Ask yourself: does it need to be done? Do I need to do it? Why do I need to do it?"
Procrastination is another big drain of time management and your focus. In my experience, I see procrastination show up for one of two reasons: either someone doesn’t feel they have the capacity to do something or they fear the task they are supposed to be working on.
To overcome all of these obstacles and experiences, we’ll take a look at a technique I dubbed “I DID IT”. I’ve created an acronym for this phrase and it stands for Identity Distractions Intentional Done Interruptions Time-bound. In this episode I go into detail on each of these words and the role they play in helping you to get more done in less time.
TWEET THIS: "Eat a live frog every morning and nothing worse will happen the rest of your day." ~ Mark Twain
In addition to the I. D.I.D. I.T. acronym, there are a few other tools I suggest to keep you focused and on task throughout your day. The first is what I call the Pick 3. Pick 3 things you’re going to do today to move your business forward and then focus on getting those three things accomplished. Anything you get done after that is just icing on the cake!
Another secret tool I have is to visualize the experience of completing that project or that milestone. What’s it going to be like when you are done? How will you feel? What will you do? Get yourself to feel and really sense what it’s like to be done with that milestone and it’ll help you stay on track and stay focused til completion.
TWEET THIS: "F.O.C.U.S.: Follow One Course Until Successful." ~ John Lee Dumas
In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:
- To Do lists: helpful or a hinderance?
- How to apply the 80/20 rule to your tasks.
- What’s one of the biggest things getting in the way of your productivity?
- It takes 10 minutes to get back on track after being interrupted: true or false?
- Parkinson’s Law: what is it and how does it apply to you?
- Michael Hyatt’s – The Not-To-Do List explained.
- The three step process to getting anything done.
- What Stanford research has to say about multi-tasking.
TWEET THIS: "Good and done is better than perfect and never done."
Practical & Actionable:
Have a conversation with your team about productivity. Discuss the data and points shared here in this episode. What is working for them? What works for you? And which one will you pick to apply to your life to improve your time?
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