10 Time-Wasting, Productivity-Stealing, Result-Robbing Excuses that Make Life Hard
By Ron Finklestein, Business Coach, Akron LIVING WELL Magazine
As a business coach I work with people who could improve their results and productivity by making simple yet powerful changes in their approach to decision making. If you are not achieving your desired results, here are 10 possible reasons why. As you read, think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. The biggest reason productivity suffers is because of poor decision making. This wastes time and valuable resources. Time is wasted when we confuse activity with accomplishment. Activity is purposeless action. Accomplishment is purposeful action that leads to the results you want.
Getting clear on what is important and focusing on those activities will increase your productivity, save you time, and simplify your life. Take a look at these 10 time-wasting, productivity-robbing, and frustrating actions people take. How many of these apply to you?
- Not staying focused. Stay focused on what is important; ignoring other opportunities that come along will increase productivity. Jumping from activity to activity will ruin your productivity!
- Stop multi-tasking. You cannot focus and do multiple things well. Your productivity suffers. You think you got a lot done but none are done well and you would have completed more had you stayed focused. Studies show that focused activities allow you to accomplish more.
- If you are a business owner, do not discount your product. You are not the banker. On more than one occasion, I wanted to help someone so I gave them some help by discounting my product. The ones that I offered this help to were the ones who valued it the least; they took the most time and accomplished the least.
- You do not need to be an expert. People will be confused if you explain every detail. They really want to know why it works, not how it works. It helps with your confidence level to know this info but you do not have to tell everyone unless they ask. Do not spend time trying to figure out every nuance of your product. Just go do what you have to do. If someone asks you a question you cannot answer, tell them you will find out and set a date and time when you will get back with them.
- Stop waiting for your family’s approval. They want you safe and many times what you want, they see as risky. It is your life. Live it by your rules not theirs! Decide. Take action.
- Stop going to networking events. Spend your time where your prospects are, not where it is safe. Most people you meet at networking events want to sell you their product. That is why they are there. I cut way back on my networking because the same people show up. They were becoming more like reunions.
- Avoid the tire kicker. They want to tell the world they tried everything when in reality they will suck you dry and never take action. Do not waste your energy on tire kickers. On the flip side, work with people who are where you want to be. Be open and coachable. This will shorten your time to success.
- Why do you do what you do? To be truly successful, spend as much time working on you as you do on your business. Results happen when you change what you do. The best way to change what you do is to change how you think. This could be learning new things, taking different actions, and being exposed to people who think differently than you do.
- Stop believing the wrong thing. It is not skills that hold us back but our beliefs. Anyone can learn anything, assuming they have the desire and interest. I cannot tell you how many audio programs I listened to and did not implement what I learned. I would then listen to the same program 10 years later and wonder why I did not trust (believe, implement, execute, etc.) what I first learned. I think of all the time I wasted.
- Do not believe your limitations. Those limitations are things you learned as a child and you do not have to have the same beliefs now. It is not your fault if you are not happy with your life as it exists today but you are responsible and you can change it. As Michelangelo once said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” Aim high and take purposeful action
Ron Finklestein has over 20 years experience as a results-oriented business coach. He is an internationally published author of four business books. Call today for a free consultation. He can be reached at 330-990-0788, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via http://www.aboutbusinesssuccess.com.