My top three tips to get stuff done and being more productive can be broken down to the three ‘E’s’.
The three E’s are a really simple way of prioritising the things that need to be done in your business and your life.
E number one is for Efficient
Doing things in the most productive manner. Getting stuff done, streamlined and fast. Being efficient is the opposite of procrastinating. There’s heaps of tactics and strategies for getting stuff done efficiently so take some time to check them out.
OK, so you’re super efficient and getting lot’s of things done. BUT. (There’s always a BUT). If you’re not efficiently doing the right things then you’re not going to be making progress towards your goals, to the place you really want to be.
You also need to be Effective.
E number two is for Effective
Doing the RIGHT things, the things that will have the most impact. You need to be doing the things that will help you reach your goals. Your Big Picture, your end game.
To be Effective in everything that you do you need to focus on this question. “What is the most important thing I can do RIGHT NOW to get to my goals?” Being effective is focusing on the RIGHT things first.
It’s a mind shift – from reacting to all the day to day issues to deciding on what to focus on and what NOT to focus on. But doing this will make you more effective and help you to have a successful business.
There are always going to be things that aren’t ‘Big Picture’ that still need to be done. The grocery shopping, the housework, taking the kids to sport. Visiting your mum, that committee job you’re passionate about, giving back to your community. But there are some things that you might think you should do but it really doesn’t matter if you get someone else to do it instead, or maybe, don’t do it at all. Which brings us to the third E. Is it Essential?
E number three is for Essential
Does it really need to be done at all? In the Big Picture, does it matter?
Housework is a great example. Sure, you could spend your Saturdays cleaning and washing and ironing and vacuuming. Or you could get a housekeeper to take the load off and go watch your son play soccer or your daughter at dancing instead.
It’s great to help out and give back, but have you held onto a committee position for too long? Do your time, but after your term is up, step aside and let someone else have a go. You can put your hand up again in a year or so. By sharing the load with other people your organisation will get new blood and new ideas every couple of years which will invigorate it. And when you go back again for a second or third term after having had a break you will find you bring more energy to the role which is good for everyone.
There will be things on your TO DO list which, hard as it is to hear, just don’t matter. Sending the family Christmas update letter when it’s already three months after Christmas (or is that just me?). Saving all the photos on your phone and computer into nicely labelled albums. Reading all those emails you’ve saved for ‘later’. Delete that stuff, or put it on your Later List.
As you look at each item on your TO DO list give some thought to whether or not it really needs to be on the list at all. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you just don’t do it? Will anyone die? Will your business fail if that thing isn’t done? Will you let anyone down? Aim to delete about a quarter of your list.
Goal setting and breaking it down into steps, that’s all helpful, but in your day to day if you can keep a big picture focus in the back of your mind its going to make a huge difference in helping you get to where you want to be.
So be Efficient, be Effective and make sure that what you’re doing is Essential. Follow these tips to get more of the important stuff done.
Listen to your numbers, read their story and watch your business Bloom!