Things to do to be productive without working 24/7.
I have a very busy life.
I am recovering from a colon cancer surgery and a three months hospitalisation and rehabilitation period following a failed laparoscopic cholecystectomy that went really bad.
I live with a very depressive and depressing woman.
I have to secure my future working as a Business Consultant; a Systemic Strategic Personal and Corporate Planner, a Crisis and Reputation Management Expert.
I am working with multiple clients at any given time.
I publish My Weekly Newsletters.
I engage with hundreds of followers and, I still find time to spend some time with friends and go to the movies.
People are always asking me the same question: “How do you do it?” I don’t think of myself as being especially productive, but clearly other people do. So, I thought I’d share how I’m able to get everything done.
1.- I work for myself
Working for myself allows me to control most of my time and limits the distractions I have to deal with while working.
2.- I am big on process
I’m not super organized, but rather than focusing on outcomes, I am a big believer in developing processes to do things as efficiently as possible. I don’t spend my time reinventing the wheel every time I do something.
Three: I apply processes to my life
My work is not the only area in which I value processes. I use them in my life as well. This helps me develop habits and protect my work and life balance.
Four: I am a big fan of good writing
Writing comes relatively easy to me. I write well, fast and clean. This helps me writing anything in less time than it takes the average person.
Five: I am not a perfectionist
Generally, it doesn’t bother me to produce and release work that isn’t perfect. This is not to say that I don’t care about what I create. I still want it to be good, but I don’t agonize over every word or aspect of it.
Six: I know when to delegate and hire some help
While I’m basically a lone wolf, I don’t hesitate to hire and pay people to help me with things they can do a lot better, more efficiently and faster than I could do myself.
Seven: I am the master of my agenda
When scheduling meetings, I’m always first to suggest the date, time and location. I always try to schedule things based on what works best for me. Sometimes, this will not work and I would have to adjust but, I never just ask people; “When and where do you want to meet?”
Eight: I schedule every minute of my day, week and month
Every day, every week, every month and quarterly, early morning, I’ll schedule every minute of time. At the end of the day, productivity wise, it makes a huge difference.
Nine: I know when to take items out of my To Do list
I regularly take items out of my To Do list, things that I will never do and things that are not contributing in any way to what I really want to accomplish.
I’m also deliberate about taking on own new projects and avoid starting things without making a clear commitment to myself about how much time I will invest in them.
Ten: I am not afraid to quit doing anything when this is not working.
Failure doesn’t bother me much. I view it as a lesson learned and a step closer to an eventual success.
Eleven: The time I put into anything serves everything
I often recycle and repurpose my work. Long form blog posts become short form tweets, short form Instagram quotes become long form blog posts, old blog posts get re-shared, and on and on it goes.
One last word
I am also not afraid to say “No”. I am not afraid of avoiding and getting rid of toxic people.
Who needs the aggravation!
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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.