The fact is, you only have 8 business hours in a day – this is an inescapable truth! It’s what you do with these hours that can either help or hinder the growth of your business.
If you are running with a system that leans more on responding to things that happen in your day, rather than on creating opportunities and planning your day, then you could be stopping the growth of your own business – all by yourself.
Here are a few things you may be doing, which could actually be stopping your business’ progress:
- Overloading a to‐do list. As we said earlier, there are only 8 hours in a day… don’t make your To-Do list for the day full of tasks that will take you longer than 8 hours. You will feel worse if, by the end of the day, you look at your list and only a small percentage of it got accomplished. Prioritise your To Do list and make it realistic and achievable for each day.
- Having open‐ended Meetings. Know the purpose of your meeting and its agenda, making sure that the topics of utmost priority will be resolved at the end. Avoid switching of topics as much as possible.
- Responding more. Emails, phone calls, and other transactions that need a small portion of your time will always pop up and distract you from what you are currently doing. Turn off email alerts and concentrate on what is important to you without being distracted by your technology.
What you need to do is to distinguish which of your tasks are of highest value. The intention here is to set your focus on what you would really want to accomplish at the end of the day, and learning how to stick to it.
Hope that helps