In this episode, I discuss what constitutes getting something done, and what is spinning your wheels and keeping busy without making any progress. This is something that I have struggled with, and that I know a lot of my listeners sometimes struggle with as well.
Like I said in episode 64, making business cards, designing T-shirts, and filling out business entity paperwork are all activities that have their time and place, but really are not moving your business forward toward making money.
There are a lot of methods that people use to make sure that they are being productive each day. Here are a few examples:
- Make a list of the two to three things that you absolutely must get done that day no matter what.
- Make a list of tasks that need to get done in order of how difficult they will be. Then start with the most difficult and work your way back toward the easier ones.
- Only read email once per day. This will keep you from letting email be a time waster.
- Limit your time on the Internet. In other words, completely log off the Internet and work offline part of the day. This will keep things like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from absorbing too much of your day.
- Leave your house and go to work somewhere like Starbucks. Getting away from your house will sometimes help from being distracted by the TV, laundry, or other household concerns.
Every task that you give yourself for the day should in someway move your business forward. If you can’t see how a given task will help move your business forward, then perhaps this is something that should not be done right away.
At the end of the day, look back at what you did that day and for each item ask yourself how it moved your business forward. If you go more than a few days without doing things that specifically move your business forward, it might be time to reevaluate how you are spending your time and managing your business.