Top Tips, Tricks & Thoughts For Productivity
1. “THE SECRET TO GETTING AHEAD IS GETTING STARTED.”
If you haven’t yet done so, the process of registering as self-employed or a limited company is pretty straightforward, unlike many claim. Once you’re registered, you will be under pressure to take more action. This kind of stress is good stress! Generally speaking, anytime you are talking about doing something, you should commit to action straight away – like signing up for a networking event, emailing a potential customer, or ordering that important personal development book.
2. “WELL PLANNED IS HALF DONE.”
Actual written plans (i.e. creative mindmaps of ideas) are essential. Start with your vision – What is the lifestyle you want to gain through having a business? Outline some, if not all, of your goals and plans on paper, and start breaking these down into short and medium term goals. Soon you will start to realise what matters and what doesn’t. Once you have a messy plan created by your own hands, you will have so much more direction and focus, which helps you prioritise your daily activities.
3. “LITTLE BY LITTLE YOU BUILD YOUR POWER.”
Start acting on what you planned, pretty much every day – but only 30 mins a day. Don’t expect miracles to happen with just the occasional action you take – there’s no such thing as the overnight success. Having a business can be challenging as there’s a lot to do, but if you consistently do one thing a day that takes you forward, you’ll start seeing results quickly. Confidence is built through achievement. Be persistent and don’t give in to temptation of “not bothering” today.
4. “CONTROL YOUR MIND, CONTROL EVERYTHING.”
Essentially, you are the business! It’s important you have a good understanding of your abilities, strengths and weaknesses so you can start both leveraging and working on these. Negative mindset will be risky in your business, because it impacts on your productivity! But you can improve your self-awareness and work on your traits and weaknesses, and by doing a self-analysis you can have an eye-opening experience about your identity. Discover more and attend one of our free powerful online workshops!
5. “NEVER STOP LEARNING, BECAUSE LIFE NEVER STOPS TEACHING.”
Being stubborn can be good if it pushes you to take action, regardless of what other people say! However, if you notice that you’re always saying “I want it my way” or “I’ll never change”, then this will come back and bite you! Resisting anything new or changing yourself and your ways will prevent you from adapting to new challenges when in business. One of the best ways to learn about your improvement areas is to ask your partner or friend to honestly give you your 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses. Don’t defend yourself, learning is listening.
6. “WORDS SPOKEN IN A MOMENT OF ANGER ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN.”
Negativity and complaining is NOT attractive. Be careful not to criticise other people, but consider first whether you are doing what you expect from others. So often people pass negative comments about the state of the world, and even about their customers. But these anger-filled messages don’t benefit you. Be mindful of the language you use – if you speak positively, positive things will happen to you. Right now, you could thank someone or recognise their efforts. Positive actions and words have a long-lasting impact.
7. “IF YOU’RE NOT DIFFERENT FROM THE COMPETITION, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE.”
It’s not your customer’s job to remember you - You must stand out and be memorable. Luckily you surely have some unique and attractive characteristics! What values and traits do you want to represent? What is your unique brand about? Many entrepreneurs tend to think that their service is for everybody, but in fact you’re best offering your services to a group of individuals whose pain you really understand. A great way to know who these individuals are, is to complete an ideal customer profile. Then, you’ll be able to present an eye-catching message that makes your customers hungry for your service! But you need to dare to stand out with your brand, otherwise you’re just like the rest of the people.
8. “THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE A MODEL FOR THEIR SUCCESS.”
In business it is widely recommended to have a business mentor or coach, or to attend training and development events. This is to ensure that you don't waste any time banging your head against the wall with a million unanswered questions. When you get the right advice, you will progress much quicker, allowing you to accomplish your goals much more efficiently. In contrast, getting the "wrong advice" will hinder your progress and could ultimately lead to business failure! The wrong kind of advice often comes from your inexperienced friends and family members, or worse yet - YOU. You are your worst enemy - make sure you feed your mind with the inspirational and practical techniques, not limiting beliefs. To start off with, you can attend DiscoverChange Ltd Online Business Training - Sign Up NOW and start preparing yourself for massive success.
9. “you cannot make progress without making decisions.”
The quality of your decisions make up the quality of your life. The choices you make shape your life and everything around you, and therefore you need to take great care when you're making important decisions in your business. You can make decisions based on logic or emotions - there are pros and cons in both. Often, however, emotional thinking can cause stress and procrastination, and otherwise unproductive or irrational moments. We are not supposed to avoid and feel guilty because of our emotions, but rather manage them effectively. Entrepreneurs face a lot of stressful challenges that need to be tackled! It's essential to make informed decisions, and by reading about emotional management you can truly transform your thinking to a more positive, systematic and productive one. One of the most popular books on the topic is Chimp Paradox from Steve Peters. This can be easily listened to on an audio book - what a great way to commute or do other "automatic" things.
10. “who you spend time with, is who you become.”
Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people and you will start to behave similarly. In contrast, surround yourself with negative, unproductive and demotivating individuals and you'll be negatively affected by them. When you consistently feed your mind with the "good stuff", your actions will be oriented into believing in yourself and your dreams - and DiscoverChange Ltd is here to support you realise your ambitious goals! With several years of experience and competence in business coaching, leadership and management we are proud to offer a multitude of support for entrepreneurs at any stage of their business. We make sure you get the best people coaching you, so that you can start enjoying the great rewards self-employment brings. Ensure you've subscribed for our weekly Monday Motivation as well as our next FREE Online Business Training Session!