Personal Rules For Productivity

January

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I think as entrepreneur’s we’re always looking for ways to be more productive. It’s in our blood, isn’t it? Today I want to share a concept with you that can help guide and focus your productivity.

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Personal Rules For Productivity


I think as entrepreneurs, we're always looking for ways to be more productive. It's in our blood, isn't it? So today I want to share a concept with you that I think can help guide and focus your productivity.

Hi, I am Tim Fitzpatrick with Rialto Marketing, where we believe marketing shouldn't be difficult. All you need is the right plan.

Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in. In life, we have rules. Have you ever thought about why we have rules? To me there are two main reasons for this. One, we have rules because rules provide a sense of predictability and consistency. Rules also help guide our actions toward a desired result, a result that we want. So if you want to see predictability and consistency with how productive you are, shouldn't you have rules for productivity? Now, in my opinion, I believe the answer is yes. And if you choose to create personal rules for productivity, I think what you will find is you have a guide to follow and direct your actions to help you be more productive.

Now to help you, I'm going to share my personal rules for productivity with you today. They're my rules. They may not be perfect for you, but I think they're going to give you some ideas of how you can do the exact same for yourself. Some of the personal productivity rules I have, I actually got from other people. Some of them I have because they just resonated with me and some of them I created for myself. So I'm going to share my rules with you here.I have eight personal productivity rules.

So the first rule that I have is either I live my life by my rules or someone else's rules. If I don't put rules in place, somebody else is going to put those rules in place for me. So I need to put rules in place first and foremost.

Second, I must organize the chaos. If I want to be more productive, I have to organize the chaos. We are all dealing with chaos. When it comes to all the information that is coming at us. I use a three-step system to help organize a lot of that chaos, especially. I really use this with email, and I did an episode recently on this. But when information is coming at me specifically with email, you could probably use the same thing elsewhere as well. But I need to act. I need to do three things. One of three things with it. I need to act on it, which means I put it on my calendar. I need to plan. So I put it on my to-do list. Is it something that's going to need more attention and time? Well, let's put it on my to-do list or in my CRM or my project management software or something like that. And then the last one is store. If I don't need to act on it but I may want the information later, I store it in my note-taking software. So how do I organize the chaos? I either act, plan or store.

Third rule for productivity. If it's worth doing more than once, leave a system behind. If this is something that I'm going to have to do or somebody else is going to have to do over and over again, let's put some type of system in place or some type of tool in place that's going to help with that. What could that be? It could be a checklist. It could be a template. Automation. Can I automate this in some way, shape or form? Or can I outsource it to somebody else? Right? Give that person the standard operating procedure or the checklist or the template and have somebody else do that.

Number four. Productivity is not about getting more done, it's about getting the right things done. If we're just getting more arbitrary stuff done, that's not helping us move the needle, maybe you're feeling more productive, but you're not actually accomplishing more. And to me, that's really important. Productivity is not just about getting more done. It's about getting the right things done that are helping me accomplish more and get to where I want to go faster. That's a really important delineation, at least for me when it comes to productivity. I need to get the right things done, not just anything done.

Number five, know your priorities and keep them top of mind at all times. If I don't keep my priorities top of mind, it is very easy to get distracted and put something else that is not as important at the top of my to-do list when it really should be much further down. So I always keep my priorities for the month, the week, the day in front of me, easy access. So I know what my most important things are so that I get those things done first and foremost. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you I do this every day because the reality is none of us are perfect. Things happen. Sometimes things get way late, but you have a much higher likelihood of getting your priorities done if you keep them in front of you consistently and they're easy to reach.

Number six. Automate for accuracy. So many people automate for efficiency, but if we automate for accuracy, efficiency will naturally follow. You are going to be more efficient, but if you really think about it, we really want to automate for accuracy. If we can eliminate errors, we are going to be so much better off in the long run. And just efficiency, to me, is a natural byproduct of automating things. So I always keep accuracy as my priority when automating, not efficiency. I think efficiency is naturally going to follow.

Number seven. I got two more for you. So number seven, my stress is most often caused by a lack of great planning, not because of poor execution. Okay. Honestly, typically, I'm a pretty good planner, and I am really good at implementing and executing, and then managing that plan. But what I have found is when I do run into issues, when I do have things that are really stressful, I have run into a case where I have not done a good job planning, which I usually do. But again, I'm not perfect. So sometimes my planning might be a little off, and that's what's causing my stress and impacting my productivity. So I always want to keep this on top of mind for myself as well.

Last one, number eight. Intentional rules drive transformational results. I am going to get great results when I have very intentional routines. So what does that mean? Well, when I have intentional routines, my productivity is focused on getting habits, routines in place that are going to again focus on the right things, not just getting anything done. If my routines can support me getting things done that are going to move the needle, it is going to drive transformational results for me.

So those are my eight personal rules for productivity. What do you think? Is this something that you can use? If it is, I challenge you to create your own personal rules for productivity. Start following them, keep them top of mind and let me know how much of a difference it makes for you. I have found this to be really helpful in my productivity. I hope you find the same, but let me know. I'd love to hear from you.

Again, I am Tim Fitzpatrick with Rialto Marketing. Guys and gals, if you are struggling with your marketing, you're not sure what the next right step is to get to where you want to be, hop on over to our website at Rialto Marketing dot com. That's R-I-A-L-T-O Marketing dot com. Click on the Get a Free Consultation button. I would be happy to chat with you and give you some clarity on where you should focus right now based on where you're at and where you want to go. Hope you found this helpful. Till next time. Take care.


About the author, Tim Fitzpatrick

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