Successful People Are Highly Productive... Are You?
Successful people have one thing in common – they are highly productive. To run a successful business your own productivity is directly tied to the productivity and the profitability of our business. As business owners we are all busy, very busy, but we also all know that busyness does not equal true productivity. So how do we find out how productive we really are?
With everything that we want to improve, we have to measure. In this case we are doing it through a series of self-assessment questions.
Here are five questions that you should ask yourself about your own productivity. The more honestly you answer them then higher your chances are to continue to improve on your productivity.
1. How Much Time Did I Spend Working “on” My Business vs. “in” My Business?
Just because you feel like you have been working all day, doesn’t mean you have been truly productive or contributed towards your business’ growth. Are you accomplishing your MIT (Most Important Tasks) every day? Or are you just spending time doing all the minor tasks?
2. Are My Daily Tasks In Alignment With My Bigger Objectives?
Do your daily tasks align with your weekly and monthly goals? Are you operating with a Strategic Plan that identifies your main strategies and meaningful objectives? Are the things you are working on right now truly a priority to bring your business to the next level, or are they just helping maintain status quo?
3. Do I Complete My Work Promptly And Efficiently?
After being in business for a while we have the tendency to lose the sense of urgency. All of the sudden we take a little longer to complete a routine task, maybe we take a break or two where we didn’t before. If you were to pay someone else to do a project you are currently working on, would you pay them for the amount of time it takes you to complete the task? Or would you expect them to do it more quickly?
4. Am I Trying To Do Everything Myself?
Completing a project or task alone can bring a certain level of satisfaction, but at what cost? Are you really the best person to do this project or task? How much faster could a project have been completed if you had reached out for help? How much more could you have accomplished had you reached out for help?
5. Am I Committed To Make My Processes More Efficient?
It is important that you constantly strive to accomplish things more efficiently and more effectively. If you do not focus on increased efficiency your business will never be as profitable as it could be. If you have a team working for you, make sure you solicit feedback on how things could be done more efficiently. Often times a procedure may look very good on paper, but when it comes to implementation there are other factors at play that have not been considered when first writing the procedure.
If you continue to answer the above questions regularly and truthfully, you will know more about yourself and your productivity than the majority of people. I would suggest answering these questions once a week for several months and you will be astounded at how much more productive you will become. If you are not certain concerning the answers to some of the questions, seek the counsel of those who know you well, especially those who have no motive in flattering you, and see yourself through their eyes. The experience will be astonishing.
To your success!
Simon Zryd, Productivity and Business Coach