Friday, November 21, 2008

Productivity - Get Help

Having just returned from a 2 week trip to Australia it was confirmed to me that the best way to be productive is to get help.

While I was away my brilliant business manager, Maria Novey, ran the office, managed my email, handled all client enquiries - well she did everything,way too much to list here. It was fantastic to come back after being away (and jet lagged) to know the business was running smoothly and my clients were happy.

Many people buy into the myth that 'I have to do it all myself' or 'It is quicker to do it myself' - that is a productivity myth and a productivity killer. Yes it does take more time to explain how to do something to someone and yes it does require more trust to delegate tasks to someone else but in the longer term your productivity will increase and your peace of mind will be greater.

Today decide to get help. Increase your productivity by getting help. Seek it out. If you can't invest in an assistant recruit help from your kids, your neighbors or a colleague at work. Start small, choose a task and decide to get help. I personally promise you will be more productive.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Get productive... go on vacation

With only one more 'sleep' until I fly to Australia for a few weeks and I am astounding myself with how productive I can be and how much really gets done in anticipation of being away.

If you want to really accelerate your productivity, set yourself a deadline and work like crazy to make it happen. During this past 48 hours I have reached out to several outstanding business proposals, written two articles, cleared my inbox.. totally and updated several projects.

At the beginning of every year it is essential to block out vacation (holiday) time so that you can know what is ahead and plan accordingly.

I have decided not to take my laptop on this trip and trusting Maria with my email and office operations.

So do you want to be more productive before the end of the year, book a vacation, think about Thanksgiving and determine what you can do before you go away... now I have 24 hours left before getting on a 22 hour flight... now what else is on my to do list!