As you go head-to-head with your new, 2019 business goals, you may find yourself wondering how you’re going to get everything done in the time you have available.
After all, if there’s one thing every business owner says they need more of, it’s time.
So you’re probably thinking about your productivity, and how you can be more efficient and effective with your time as you work to grow your business and achieve your goals this year.
I admit that I think a lot about productivity too. In fact, I’d say I’m a bit obsessed with productivity and efficiency in business – and, yes, I get that my interest in these topics makes me a bit of a geek.
But I have a good reason for focusing on productivity. I’m interested in it because I know that your productivity has a big bearing on how much success you’ll experience this year.
I also know that being productive will help you create more time and space for the things you deem important outside your work. Because I’m all about helping you build a life-giving business, that’s an important consideration too.
Now there are many ways to increase your productivity, and plenty of tools to help you do so. But even just exploring your options can feel overwhelming. So today, I’m going to streamline your research by introducing you to four great productivity tools – including one you wouldn’t expect.
Here they are:
With this accessible software, you can make custom videos or record your screen when you’re doing things like reviewing content or trying to explain something complex to your team. More than anything, using Loom allows me to reduce the amount of time I spend doing complicated, client-based work like reviewing web sites or teaching a client a new system like my Simplified Marketing Plan.
This little planner doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles – and that’s a good thing because it’s designed to do just two things: help you identify your top tasks for the week and stay focused on getting them done. I’ve used it for the past year and can’t believe how much intentional action it’s helped me create.
This free walkie-talkie app is an essential tool for streamlined team communication. (My online business manager and I use it daily to save us time going back and forth in email about this thing and that.) If you run a service-based business, it’s also an easy way to touch base with clients. Instead of opening your email and crafting a long message, all you have to do is open the app and speak what’s on your mind.
The Word NO
Technically, this isn’t a tool but I had to include it because there’s nothing that hampers your productivity more than overcommitting yourself. That’s why you need to utilize the power of saying no. When you start saying no to opportunities, to bad fit clients or projects, to bright, shiny objects that cross your path, you’ll limit your distractions and your commitments. And when you do that consistently, your productivity around the stuff that really matters will soar.
My goal here is not to firehose you with a bunch of things you need to get set up to increase your productivity. That would be counterproductive. What I want to encourage you to do instead is pick one of these tools and try using it in your business this month so you can start getting more done in less time.
Now tell me: What’s one tool that’s increased your productivity in your business? Comment below and let me know.
P.S. We’re talking more about productivity during this week’s Simplify Your Business Challenge – and there’s still time to join. If you know you want 2019 to be the year you streamline your business so you can grow more, I hope you’ll join the free challenge to get access to free live trainings and plenty of support. To join and get your free challenge workbook, just click here.