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Improving Productivity With These Simple Tactics

improve productivityImplement These 3 Productivity Hacks Today

Productivity and efficiency are the popular buzz words lately as more and more business owners try to make the most of their time during a busy day. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot do everything yourself when it comes to running your business. Investing in your business not only decreases stress but it makes your business run more smoothly, therefore increasing profits. But it means that YOU, the owner have to let go of the DIY mindset and grow into your CEO mindset that is a powerful leader and delegate (r)!

Most business leaders need to improve the productivity of their business whether it is a one person shop or 1000 person biz.

If you need to improve your productivity, try these three tips:

outsource to improve productivity1. Outsource It

Rather than being saddled with monotonous tasks and expensive software that you may have to learn, many smart business owners are accepting their limitations and finding expert service providers to take over these tasks. What takes one expert an hour to do can easily take a non-savvy business owner 5 hours to complete. Is that really a good use of your time? You KNOW the answer to this.  But the reality of handing tasks over can be challenging.

Start off by asking your business associates for referrals and conduct regular interviews, as though you were hiring an employee. Just because they are a virtual service provider doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the same high standards you would expect from an employee.  Start with the things that feel easiest for you. As you begin delegating tasks and overseeing them instead of doing them, you will become more and more confident in your new systems.  Having solid policies and procedures helps make this transition smoother.

I have use 123Employee and had good success. They are based in the Philippines and managed in the US.

HubStaff Talent is a directory of VA’s that you can access to hire a VA directly: https://talent.hubstaff.com/

BrickWorkIndia.com has several different models to engage with them. https://www.brickworkindia.com/engage-us/

Habiliss.com has several models as well. They do have a pay as you go model that can make it accessible and affordable for most. https://www.habiliss.com/virtualassistant-howitworks/

And there is also Fiverr.com.  Fiverr uses the basic concept of $5 for a job.  Always read reviews before engaging a contractor on Fiverr.  Also, review portfolios if possible.  Fiverr is not always just $5.  So be sure to check out what the actual pricing is and what is included.

2. Kick the Bad Habits

It is time to kick old habits, especially the bad ones!! Make sure that you are creating habits that are effective and getting rid of the old ones!

  • Are you stuck in the dark ages, doing things just because you’ve always done it that way? Analyze your business during the last year.
  • Did you launch any programs? Were the results better or worse than you expected?
  • Are there any new software programs or apps that will make your work more efficient?
  • Are you still keeping your books in a handwritten ledger or are you ready to convert to a computer software program?
  • Delegate tasks; find a new software; plan out new programs or updates; these are all things you can start doing today, not to spend money unnecessarily but to breathe some excitement into your business.

3. Create an Actual Plan

Create a plan.  We use Best Year Yet for strategic planning in Compass Rose Consulting and with our clients. It is simple, effective and helps to keep me on track and focused. The program includes a yearlong subscription to our management software.  You can complete the program online with our self guided workshop or in person with me or via skype or zoom. The important thing is to create a plan that you can use and follow.  Put your projects onto a calendar and work towards achieving those goals. Without a plan, your actions are meaningless. You might decide to work on something unrelated to your goals or you might delay your own deadlines in order to put client business ahead of your own work. A business plan is your blueprint to reaching your goals, no matter how lofty they may seem. Seeing this plan daily will give you something to focus on, therefore increasing your daily productivity.

Overwhelmed at the Idea of Planning? Have No Fear!

Join me for my free webinar, Why You Need a Million Dollar Plan for a Million Dollar Business, where we will discuss exactly how to set your goals and how to break those goals down into doable action steps. While everyone’s goals will be different, we all have to create a roadmap and learn how to take real action. There’s no excuse not to grow your business this year! Learn more here http://compassroseconsulting.com/product/million-dollar-plan/

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Collaboration Plus Accountability Could Equal Magic

COLLABORATION

The Women’s Business Circle is designed to bring women business leaders together in a collaborative work space.

A Collaborative Circle means a space for people to come together and brainstorm ideas — creating something new or different from what they have already created.

Collaboration — is the bringing together of ideas that results in something new.  If you are a woman, then you know that when a group of women come together — and start working on a problem — magic happens.  There is brilliance that creates something incredible.  Imagine the potential of an INTENTIONAL collaboration space?  What could happen?  Now the idea starts to emerge and the group wants to see it happen….

ACCOUNTABILITY

Now we start seeing this natural accountability happen. People are asking — How’s it going?  What did you do to make it happen?  People are invested in your success!!  Now, that is powerful.

But there is more to accountability then just your collaborative solutions.  You have goals and dreams and visions that you have been working on. Maybe you’ve made progress and maybe you haven’t.  Now, you have a plan that lays it all out AND gives you a built in accountability system.

Imagine putting together a strategic plan that excites you, that is focused and doable, that creates the vision. THAT, is exactly what happens in the Women’s Business Circle with our Best Year Yet™ Planning system.  But it is more that the plan, because we gather together monthly to review the plans, the challenges, the successes and that makes each person more accountable then most have been for years.

Okay, think about it, you decide to join the Women’s Business Circle, we work together to get your plan just right and you tell everyone in the group about it.  Now, next month you come to the monthly circle and say, “oh, I didn’t do a thing on the plan.”  Could you? I couldn’t. I would be up til 4 AM getting everything done, even the night before the meeting if I hadn’t done anything. Why? Because of my pride. I said I would.  I told other people.

Accountability in a group can be powerful.

MAGIC


Magic?  Really?  Well, I think when women gather together in a collaborative space — that alone produces magic.  Everyone leaves excited, inspired, motivated.  That is magic.  Everyone starts accomplishing more than they expected and more than they had imagined.

Magic by definition is exciting and wonderful, it can create a move or change or a creation.

Can women together create magic?  Can they help each other create businesses that thrive and expand and prosper?

I think with the combination that the Women’s Business Circle has – training resources, collaboration space, strategic planning, accountability meetings — the ingredients for real magic are there.  They just need to be used to see the expansion.

Learn more about the Women’s Business Circle –>> HERE —>>