by Anne Bachrach (USA)

As an entrepreneur, most days feel like you are juggling multiple balls. As you struggle to keep them all in the air you may be asking yourself… is it worth it?

If you sometimes feel like you want to let the balls drop where they may, here are seven tips that can help amp up your productivity and help rid yourself of that feeling of continual juggling. There are days that a reminder of some basic productivity tips will help you catch your breath and remember why you love your business and started it in the first place!

Below are seven of my favourite tips. Incorporate the ones you need first to help you accelerate your results. Drop those that simply don’t serve you or you are already doing well. Modify them to suit your unique work style. Read each one and see how they might help you feel more productive and in control, and less frantic.

  1. Time blocking helps. Time blocking is a productivity method in which you set aside specific times of the day to work on specific projects or activities. Those projects that require the most brain power and creativity should be done during those hours when you are at your peak and when you are most productive. Do you know which hours are you most productive? Morning, afternoon, early evening? Determine those hours, then set up mini blocks of scheduled time throughout your day to work on specific tasks. For example: From 8 am to 10 am make 50 prospect calls that can generate revenue. You want to call these people with a specific script and an expected outcome. During your time blocks, turn off email and social media notifications, and be laser focused on the task in your time block. Don’t let calls come through to you during your time blocks. Phone appointments to return calls are ideal during the call back time block.
  2. Be accountable. You can be accountable to yourself or you can have an ‘accountability buddy or buddies.’ This is a person (or people) to whom you will be accountable for getting tasks done. This is a great way to find a new colleague with whom you can connect and build a working relationship as well as helping and motivating one another to get tasks completed on time.

Source: iCN Issue 35  (Business Coaching: Building your Organisation); pages 54-56

About Anne M. Bachrach

Anne Bachrach is known as The Accountability Coach™.  She has over 23 years of experience training and coaching.  Business owners and entrepreneurs who utilize Anne’s proven systems and processes work less, make more money, and have a more balanced and successful life. Anne is the author of the books, Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule!, and Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices We Make Impact Our Lives, No Excuses!, and The Work Life Balance Emergency Kit. Go to get 3 FREE gifts including a special report on 10 Power Tips for Getting Focused, Organized, and Achieving Your Goals Now.  Join the FREE Silver Inner Circle Membership today and receive 10% off on all products and services, in addition to having access to assessments and high-content resources to help you achieve your goals so you can experience a more balanced and successful life (