Do you want to earn more money?
Of course you do. If you’re like many small business owners, there’s only one obstacle in your way–time.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we spend those hours has a direct bearing on how much money we earn.
Most freelance writers and other small business owners tackle the problem of not having enough time the wrong way–by trying to write faster.
As I’ve mentioned before, writing faster isn’t always a good idea. Writing faster is definitely not a good idea if it means skipping important steps like proofreading or cutting corners on research and other vital parts of the writing process.
Fortunately, you can get more done without compromising quality. In this post I give an overview of some basic productivity concepts that will ultimately help your small business.
And each concept can be applied to your writing and non-writing tasks.
In the coming weeks we’ll look at each productivity concept in more depth, so check back often.
What concepts do you need to understand to be more productive?
Here are six actionable concepts you need to integrate into your own work process as soon as possible:
- Concept 1. Planning. Planning is the single greatest thing you can do to get more done. If you don’t have a plan for success, you won’t succeed.
- Concept 2. Record-keeping/Organization. A good record-keeping system can save you hours of time and keep you from rework. (Note: Yes, I’m aware I tweaked this a little since I first wrote the overview, but you won’t have good records unless you are organized.)
- Concept 3. Getting Help. Most freelancers try to do it all themselves and it’s too much.
- Concept 4. Staying Current. In-demand skills are constantly changing. Small businesses that don’t keep up finish last.
- Concept 5. Diminishing Distractions. Many of us work from home, where distractions abound. Manage them and your business wins.
- Concept 6. Staying Healthy. If you’re healthy now you may be tempted to ignore your health. Don’t or your business will suffer too.
Each of these concepts is an important part of getting more done. Next week we’ll take a look a closer look at planning as a productivity technique.
What productivity tips and hacks do you use to get more done? Share your ideas in the comments.