Getting things done has been a consistent theme of the Tom Ferry show as of late and with good reason. It's the spring market and if you aren't making things happen right now with your business, then when will you make them happen?
This is the best time to make moves and get your year rolling, so this week Tom has six tried-and-true life hacks that will boost your productivity not only in your business, but in your personal life.
1. Question Yourself: What Is Your Outcome?
Before any meeting or event of importance Tom asks himself "what is my outcome?" Most of us know what happens when we go into a meeting. We spend any length of time talking about everything but the most important topic at hand: what this meeting was called for.
As Tom always says, it's important to have goals. Determining the outcome you want from a meeting will immediately improve your productivity and ensure that you are getting exactly what you need when you need it.
2. Create Your Ideal Schedule
Or as Tom calls it, "creating your best day ever."
What does your ideal day look like? Does it segment out time for helping clients, making calls, and managing transactions? If it doesn't then you're not creating the ideal schedule.
Tom operates on one principle when it comes to his daily routine: "If it's not in my schedule, it doesn't exist."
Tom is right. If you are forever fudging around your schedule with unplanned activities that aren't getting you closer to your goals, you aren't being productive.
3. Income Generating Activities: The Only Thing That Should Be In Your Work Schedule
The only things that should be in your schedule is you P.L.A.N.
- P - Prospecting
- L - Lead follow-up
- A - Appointments (go on them)
- N - Negotiate and get deals done
Which means that anything else in your schedule that doesn't generate income shouldn't be there. Bills? Automate them. Lunch? Eat in the office.
If you're not working to generate more income at work, then you're just wasting time.
4. Use Your Virtual Assistants
Whether you use Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, it doesn't matter. Make use of your virtual assistant to set reminders, schedule appoints, or do anything else that can replace you tapping through your phone. Why? It saves you time. It's a lot easier to tell your virtual assistant to do things rather than to do them yourself. You'll find yourself saving a few minutes here and there and guess what? Those minutes add up.
5. Use Your Commute Time to Be Productive
We all have to get places but the amount of time we spend commuting (sometimes over an hour one way) is a huge waste of time that you'd otherwise spend being productive.
That's why Tom suggests commuting using Uber, Lyft, or public transit so you can spend your time making calls and checking in with clients. By the time you make into the office you'll have a head start on your day.
6. Get Up Early
This one is so simple, but Tom says he hears this one all of the time and it has helped him get ahead of everyone else. That extra time you gain in the morning by getting up before everyone else is perfect for writing emails, getting in your exercise, and/or listening to an audiobook. This gives you the opportunity to get ahead on your day.
Not only will you get ahead, but if you go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier, you'll have more energy throughout the day to be more productive.
So what do you think? Are you going Tom's advice and boost your productivity this year? I guarantee that you won't regret it.