What are the little things that have made big changes in your work day

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I was reflecting on some of the things I have been working on over the past few months since I have been doing IM full time and I thought it's been a massive learning curve but I am making some progress.

I've done a few little things that have helped keep me focused now that I don't have the physical motivation of a boss and a workplace surrounding me to crack the whip so to speak when I get a little lost and unmotivated during my work day.

Some of the changes I have made which might seem small but have made a huge difference:

- Banning my phone in my office for periods throughout the day
I check my phone a few times a day, phone people back and also make scheduled phone calls to clients when they have been arranged however I now put my phone in another room. This is helpful as I don't get distracted and start scrolling through social media, start texting etc. It probably has saved me about 30 to 45 per day, which if you calculate it over a week has been incredible.

- Banning the phone from my bedroom
Following on from the first point, I was finding I was letting my brain go in overdrive and by moving my phone out of my room at night when I was sleeping and setting up a traditional alarm clock I have saved myself from benig overstimulated and not letting my brain rest.

- Getting fresh fruit and veges delivered every week
This has helped me to start healthy and eat well when I get distracted and forget to go to the store

- Get up early and work when I am at my freshest
This is a simple one for me, I am now starting at 5am and working for a few hours and then taking a big break in the day. I never work at night, as I am too tired and I make mistakes. This has been a huge change for me and works really well. Plus there are less distractions

- I am more honest
I am far more honest about what I am available to do and I am working on being less of a pleaser. It is early days so that's hard, however rather than quickly saying yes to everyone, I am trying to stop and be more honest about what I can do as opposed to what people want me to do.

- I project manage and set realistic expectations
I am learning to project manage and keep people up to date with progress. This is a challenge and I think it will take me a while longer to master this however rather than hiding under a rock when things aren't going to plan. I am emailing people to update them and setting the expectation so that I don't have issues with people being disappointed.

What small things have you done that have made a huge impact in your business life and work day?
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
    Hey good thread!!


    When I first started online I was terrible at planning and organisation


    but now I am a master at it and my business reflects that!
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by shaunybb View Post

      Hey good thread!!


      When I first started online I was terrible at planning and organisation


      but now I am a master at it and my business reflects that!
      Yep, I think the planning and organisation was a massive hurdle for me.

      Once I calculated how much I HAD to earn each day, and worked backwards it certainly helped my focus. I would rather work 4 or 5 hours solidly per day than stuff around and be unproductive to have to earn the same amount of money over 8 hours.

      I have a some great CRM tools and list sites I am using now which help so much and I also block out periods of time that are non-negotiable for some tasks which I find helps me to complete things. I need to be really strick with my time otherwise I get nothing done.
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      • Profile picture of the author Wordsmith11
        I work from home too I think the main thing when working from home is being on track with your schedule and following that completely.
        Firstlt I make sure I get yo at 4 am as all the entrepreneurs wake up during this time and they have a higher rate of success. Then I go for a walk in order to begin my day in a healthy manner this energises me and keeps me on track. Once I'm back home around 5 and I realise that I have 4 extra hours to work as compared to an ordinary person I make sure to complete my work by 10am and then during the rest of the day, I study and take longer breaks and then work again.
        Basically I've set my body in that manner taking shorter breaks in between and making sure nothing comes between my work. I can't go to random lunch plans only because I work from home, my routine is equally important and I have set up a separate work station so that I don't get lazy over there, also since I don't have a boss I am my own bass and I set targets for each week and make sure to achieve them and reward myself time to time works great as a motivator
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        • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
          Originally Posted by Wordsmith11 View Post

          I work from home too I think the main thing when working from home is being on track with your schedule and following that completely.
          Firstlt I make sure I get yo at 4 am as all the entrepreneurs wake up during this time and they have a higher rate of success. Then I go for a walk in order to begin my day in a healthy manner this energises me and keeps me on track. Once I'm back home around 5 and I realise that I have 4 extra hours to work as compared to an ordinary person I make sure to complete my work by 10am and then during the rest of the day, I study and take longer breaks and then work again.
          Basically I've set my body in that manner taking shorter breaks in between and making sure nothing comes between my work. I can't go to random lunch plans only because I work from home, my routine is equally important and I have set up a separate work station so that I don't get lazy over there, also since I don't have a boss I am my own bass and I set targets for each week and make sure to achieve them and reward myself time to time works great as a motivator
          I'm starting at 5am now too and it is the best. I get so much more done and the time means I don't get phone calls or emails from anyone which is extra motivation and helps me keep focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Thanks Teacozy for your Butterfly Effects of time management and healthy work environment.

    Today:

    Taking a nap: recharge my energy
    Use my dumbbell: good start to fitness of my body
    Arrange my books in the box: to get some content ideas

    I hope will do more tomorrow...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rocket Media
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    • Profile picture of the author Wordsmith11
      I agree keeping a to do list helps a lot and keeps a track of how much we have worked and what all Needs to be done during the day. This way can manage everything better and improve effectively
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  • Profile picture of the author anhvu
    Originally Posted by TeaCozy View Post

    - Banning my phone in my office for periods throughout the day
    I check my phone a few times a day, phone people back and also make scheduled phone calls to clients when they have been arranged however I now put my phone in another room. This is helpful as I don't get distracted and start scrolling through social media, start texting etc. It probably has saved me about 30 to 45 per day, which if you calculate it over a week has been incredible.
    Me tooo, I always checked my phone while doing my work. I don't know why, that was a really bad a habit, it took me a lot of time. But now whenever I start to work, I put it away from me. Well, my work more effective...
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    • Profile picture of the author Wordsmith11
      Of course put your phone away same way you used to out it if you were at office, because if there are no distractions you can work faster and more efficiently once you're done with your daily target you can get back to communicating with people
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  • Profile picture of the author esk
    I start every day with 30 minutes of reading something business related or personal growth. This really gets me in a creative mood and pumped for action. Another thing is i try to visit youtube only after 6 P.M.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Finding a Routine that is not only effective but also comfortable and enjoyable.
    For instance, in the last year or so I go over to Mickey Ds down the street form where I live on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays to work during the morning.

    I get a lot done and it is very enjoyable with the change of scenery and unlimited Ice Tea


    - Robert Andrew
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by discrat View Post

      Finding a Routine that is not only effective but also comfortable and enjoyable.
      For instance, in the last year or so I go over to Mickey Ds down the street form where I live on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays to work during the morning.

      I get a lot done and it is very enjoyable with the change of scenery and unlimited Ice Tea


      - Robert Andrew
      Free ice teas sound like the way to go - changing your scenery does help. I couldn't agree more about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    all of these posts are good, but add no value.

    The best thing I have done is doubled the leads to my business i get day.

    Then I get other people to do my shopping, bath my pets, clean my house.

    It all starts with simple strategies, not the other way round. Double your business first and worry about other stuff later.
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      all of these posts are good, but add no value.

      The best thing I have done is doubled the leads to my business i get day.

      Then I get other people to do my shopping, bath my pets, clean my house.

      It all starts with simple strategies, not the other way round. Double your business first and worry about other stuff later.
      I have outlined the things that have allowed me to be more productive, they add a ton of value to my day, so for me that are tremendously valuable. Each to their own of course.

      I pleased for you that you outsource all of your jobs, I also get my shopping delivered to my home, a cleaner and other jobs done by people who offer these at really low rates, this allows me to work longer and without disruption.

      These are simple changes that make a massive difference. Without these strategies I wouldn't be able to grow my business as I need this extra time to spend on growth strategies.

      Hopefully I have clarified my point.
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    • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      It all starts with simple strategies, not the other way round. Double your business first and worry about other stuff later.
      My simple strategy is. . .

      "Focus on income producing activity"

      We are not talking about leisure and relaxation here.

      Once you change and start thinking "Will what I'm doing now or going to do produce any income or not?"

      It is pretty easy to eliminate or postpone the non-essential or non-income generating tasks.

      Best regards,

      Ozi
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      • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
        Originally Posted by Oziboomer View Post

        My simple strategy is. . .

        "Focus on income producing activity"

        We are not talking about leisure and relaxation here.

        Once you change and start thinking "Will what I'm doing now or going to do produce any income or not?"

        It is pretty easy to eliminate or postpone the non-essential or non-income generating tasks.

        Best regards,

        Ozi
        This one is a good one.

        I have formulated calculations of how much I need to earn each day, it's clear and it is outlined in the set billable hours that need to be done.

        There is no much 'noise' I can get distracted by and this tip is a beauty.

        A colleague times everything - literally everything - to understand where it is his lost hours are going each week. This excercise alone allows him to train himself to forgo those few minutes here and there and focus completely on the work that is going to bring in the cash.

        I'm slowly clearing out my clutter so I can get more productive in a shorter period of time so I can get out of my office and into the fresh air. It is a struggle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nico Puegher
    I would add being serious enough and treat it like a real business.
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    1) Jiu-Jitsu training, it has improved my cardio, flexibility, and just overall it's an awesome martial arts. I've been more focused on my business the moment I started training 6 months back. Highly recommend Jiu-Jitsu training.

    2) Daily to-do list, tasks I need to complete for clients and my own sites.

    3) Walking my dog every few hours is a great way for me to stay healthy and stretch out.

    Bottom line, set a to-do list, and also focus on your health as life is not only about working ...this all links back to your overall business productivity.
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by atrbiz View Post

      Bottom line, set a to-do list, and also focus on your health as life is not only about working ...this all links back to your overall business productivity.
      To do lists are the best.

      I swear by them and have a digital to do list that allows me to get everything in one place.

      I don't know what I did before I had one.

      I have one that allows me to share tasks with other colleagues which is really helpful and allows me to set reminders and integrate with my CRM system.

      I think this would be the tool that has helped me make the biggest changes in my business by far.

      Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Spooner
    In a word, for me, Simpleology. It is a free site that helps you organize and focus your daily activities.

    Note: I'm not connected with, not do I derive any revenue from, Simpleology. I mention it only because it has helped me.

    Scott
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    • Profile picture of the author TeaCozy
      Originally Posted by Scott Spooner View Post

      In a word, for me, Simpleology. It is a free site that helps you organize and focus your daily activities.

      Note: I'm not connected with, not do I derive any revenue from, Simpleology. I mention it only because it has helped me.

      Scott
      Hi Scott,

      I missed this post when I started the thread a while back.

      I have just Googled Simpleology and I am intrigued. They say the process can double your productivity in 48 hours - why have I never heard of this site before!

      I am going to test out a free trial, anything that can simplify my life sounds good to me!
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  • Plus you can add in a bit of time for the Personal development books like "Magic of thinking big" Think n grow rich .Even a 30 mins read will provide a massive change .

    Plus the things that you mentioned are really good .

    Following the above schedule will keep me in good state

    Good day
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy McLean
    I prioritize my tasks in order of importance and start from there.

    1. Marketing

    2. Content creation

    3. Etc.

    Income producing tasks are first of course. I also time myself to make sure I am maximizing my effort.

    I only give myself X amount of hours to do something. Then when it's time to work, I work!

    I find small, scheduled breaks also help with productivity even though it seems counter intuitive.
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  • Profile picture of the author stewie48
    Great thread TeaCozy...

    Though IM gives us the freedom to work when and where we like, it is also a downfall, unless we have that "working on our business to make money mindset"...

    When we are at our internet devices, we should realise that we are working in our own company so should schedule our time to make it a success...

    This is something that I didn't do when I started in IM, so failed badly, That is until I started realising that IM as a real business and not a hobby...

    Have a great day...
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  • Great thread!! I turn my cell phone off & don't answer any text messages until all my important "to do" list is completed!
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