How super successful, super busy entrepreneurs get more done in one week … than most people get done in a whole year! (Part 1 of 3)
Every single person in the world has the same 24 hours to work with each and every waking day.
No one is allotted more … no one is allotted less.
It’s the only facet in life where equality truly does exist!
What isn’t so equal though is how different the results can be from person to person … and how huge the productivity gap can oftentimes be.
What’s the difference between someone who’s rich, famous, or powerful … versus someone who’s barely making ends meet, and living paycheck-to-paycheck?
Lot’s of character traits, drive, and ambition for sure … but right up there as well is how they manage their time and get important things done.
The bottom line is leaders and entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game, simply know how to achieve what they want in far less time than others.
That’s why one of the most impactful things you can do to ramp up your productivity and effectiveness is to study the tactics of the most successful people in the world … and discover how they organize their day and flat-out GET THINGS DONE.
Here are 12 top tips worth trying out from some very notable high achievers, captains of industry, and super-successes:
1. Have a single purpose focus. Most successful entrepreneurs seem to have the uncanny ability to focus on what matters most. The CEO of Fab.com, Jason Goldberg, shares this piece of advice: “Pick one thing and do that one thing — and only that one thing — better than anyone else ever could.”
He’s talking about laser-beam focus. I like that. A lot!
Once upon a time I used to have so many businesses going, it seemed like I couldn’t gain any traction to make any of them successful. My focus was too spread out. Too many plates spinning … so most of them just kept crashing.
So I finally got smart. Or at least smarter. And started focusing.
My approach now is to get one plate (meaning a business or venture) spinning soundly and tightly FIRST, before taking on anything else that could divert my attention and take me off focus. This was a HUGE part of what turned it all around for me.
Now, I’m still a serial entrepreneur, but at least the businesses/ventures/alliances I get involved with these days tend to be focused on a central theme – real estate investing.
And I really do think this ‘mini-conglomerate’ approach to business-building can be a smart way to create even greater value for your clients … and a natural way to start creating multiple streams of income for yourself.
For example, in my real estate investing world, my main businesses include a real estate investing firm (my main gig) … a real estate brokerage … a private lending division … a training & consulting company … several joint ventures & strategic alliances … and several online marketing/publishing companies – all revolving around and related to real estate investing.
Powerful approach. But again, it’s gotta be done one ‘bite-size’ piece at a time … and with each piece requiring a laser-like, steely-eyed focus until it’s self-sustaining.
2. Ruthlessly block out distractions. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says, "I concentrate on concentrating."
One of the most valuable tips I’ve ever gotten is the concept of time blocking. You know, blocking out a specific time frame to focus on a specific task, project, or objective.
For example, you could time block 9am – 11am, Monday - Thursday for “green time”. Meaning all you do during that time is marketing and lead generation (activities that put the green in your pocket), i.e. working on a marketing campaign, posting ads, checking on and assigning tasks to your VA or marketing assistant, following up on leads, calling prospects, etc.
You do nothing but marketing & lead generation during this time. No phone calls, no drop-in visits allowed, no long breaks, etc. Just decide to be laser focused during this time.
Try it. This one simple idea alone, if utilized and adhered to, CAN TOTALLY CATAPULT AND TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS!
One last thing I want to mention on blocking out distractions. Social media, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. tend to be massive productivity killers.
So … if you happen to be one of the many who don't have the willpower to turn that stuff off, Get Concentrating might be a useful tool that will help you get your focus on by temporarily blocking social media sites. Hah … no excuses now, right??
Anyway, I have 10 more hot tips to share with you but I’m running out of space for this week, so I’ll pick this back up in the next issue …
“When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.” –Menachem Mendel Schneerson