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Word for Week 10: Productivity
Definition: “ …. getting important things done consistently!”
Insight: “Being productive is about maintaining a steady, average speed on a few things, not maximum speed on everything.” - JamesCare.com
This should ring true for physical fitness enthusiasts because it makes perfect sense to develop certain aspects of your health and fitness routine and not try to build up your entire body all at once. It just doesn’t work.
Well, being productive with Database fitness is the same. Your progress may seem infinitesimal in the beginning, however, by maintaining a steady, regular practice over a determined amount of time you’ll see stunning results.
Fortunately, with Database Fitness you can develop a routine that won’t make your entire body hurt …although there can be occasional feeling of disappointment in your results, ….but don’t allow that to change your Database Fitness routine!
Not unlike Physical Fitness, Database Fitness can wear you out pretty quickly if you don’t have a system to help guide you through the difficult patches.
You don’t need a gym membership or an expensive workout machine to start improving your status in physical fitness. And the same goes for Database Fitness. While you will need a system of some sort (S.Y.S.T.E.M.) to Save You Some Time, Energy and Money …it’s really the way you go about building your database that produces the outcome you desire.
You may already be familiar with the term Chunking when it comes to productivity. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, in general, it means breaking down difficult or tedious tasks, making the job easier and more manageable.
Here is just one tip to help you use the “Chucking” Technique in your Database Fitness Routines:
If you have a weekly schedule to publish your newsletters, blogs, videos or whatever consistent content you’ve elected to share with your audience, then pick a topic that you know will be useful and create a full month at one time. That’s only four or five and you’re done! Just be sure to keep a reminder in place, to start the next series before you run out!
I can hear some of you saying … “But Ms. P…I can’t find time to write one article, how am I going to find time to write four or five?”
Well that’s the really cool thing … when you push yourself to do that bit extra and get it behind you… you’ll find that you’ve made time for other tasks that you never seemed to have time for in the past!
Of course, everyone’s schedule and tasks are different, so if you’d like to schedule a chat with me and discuss some of the challenges, you’re having in trying to build your database, here’s a link!
Let’s see if together we can find the right systems to help you gain more productivity in your day than you ever imagined!
Your Database is your most valuable asset and Database Fitness = Database Growth
Word of the week: Focus
“To concentrate attention or effort …”
“Simply put, focus involves the ability to pay attention to things that will help and avoid distractions that will hurt your work efforts.” - Dr. Jim Taylor, Sport psychologist, parenting expert, professor, author, speaker.
Last week, we discussed DESIRE and how it is the foundation for success in all areas. This is week 5 and we'll take a quick look at FOCUS and the positive effect it has on your endeavors.
It’s amazing how many distractions can come your way when you are trying to focus on your goals. How can you stay on target?
You can do it! Even though you may not be completely ready to fully execute your plan, you should not allow a day to go by without placing intentional focus onto your goals.
As a small business owner you are likely to be “wearing many hats”. We talk about Database Fitness because it's all about using a system to help you wear your hats well and to document, measure and manage your areas of focus.
Here are some tips from Huffington Post providing the four important Ps to help you focus:
The first P is perform. When you are going to begin a project, for example, a sales report, strategic plan, marketing analysis, or financial projection, ask yourself what tools/time and talents you’ll need to perform your best and then create an environment that will allow for optimal performance.
The second P is process which involves focusing entirely on what you need to do to complete a high-quality product without concern for the outcome. Do this with confidence and the outcome will be accomplished.
The third P is present which means focusing on the here and now rather than on what has happened in the past or what might happen in the future.
Finally, the fourth P is productivity which involves focusing only on those things and blocking out distractions that will enable you to be the most productive you can be.
It's been proven; if you can take control of your ability to focus and block out distractions, you have given yourself a powerful tool that will enable you to perform at consistently high level and be both effective and efficient in your work efforts. The result: better quality work, more success, and achievement of your professional goals.
That said…As a long-time business owner, I know how difficult it can be to stay focused. As a matter of fact, the tagline for my business purposefully says it: “Online, On Target and On Budget”.
If you believe you would benefit from having a one-2-one
accountability session with me, please schedule a short consultation.
I promise to keep our chat in line with your focus!
With Paulette Smith