In the last Getting over Overwhelm blog post, we discussed the role that mindset plays in productivity. If you’d like to review this before we talk about the third “M,” click HERE.
When your mindset is aligned with your conscious desires, the only thing left to put into place is “method.” This is the HOW of making your goals and intentions real.
Method includes your personal habits and behaviors, your ability to create and follow through with a plan, how well and quickly you make decisions, which systems you use to simplify your business activities, and how much you delegate to others so that you can maximize the time that you spend creating in your business instead of working on tasks.
The topic is vast – like pieces of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle – and it is not to be tackled in a single day. But it should be thoughtfully and consistently addressed in some way every day. Keep reading to discover the basics that you can use as a point of comparison for what you’re currently doing in your business.
Most people can easily identify their motives for being in business.
They often need some work on mindset. (And this can be the hardest work of all.)
When it comes to method, I believe that the thing to establish first is the habit of identifying priorities. Start with overall priorities – otherwise known as goals. From there, look at the projects that you want to undertake to achieve those goals. Then, look at the tasks required to complete each project.
It is a good idea to commit these thoughts to paper so that you can have a visual and kinesthetic experience of them. If you are an auditory learner, you may want to record yourself while you “talk things out” instead.
However you decide to proceed, this exercise will make very clear which things are the most important to accomplish in your business every day.
Once you’ve accomplished this, then it’s time to get down to the business of getting these important things done.
There are several important questions to ask yourself to get the most out of your business days WITHOUT overworking and overstressing yourself:
What are the most important things to do today?
Who is going to do these most important things? Is it me?
Can someone else do this faster or better? Can someone else do this “well enough” and get it done on time and for less money?
Of the things that I’m going to do today, which is the most important for me to do right now?
What is the worst thing that will happen if I don’t get this done today?
The answers to these questions will tell you what you “must” do, what’s “good” to do, and what you “don’t really need to do” today. You can then plan your day accordingly.
Method also requires you to think about the logistics of your day – when you’ll be able to focus best on the activities that you decide to undertake, how to avoid distractions when you sit down to work on them, and whether you have everything you need to accomplish them. Each one of these elements could be the subject of multiple posts in and of itself!
After reading this post, you’ve hopefully gotten the “bare bones” of how you can evaluate your current business practices to see whether your “method” is serving you or needs improvement. Leave a comment in the space below to let me know which is the case for you!
If you feel that your method needs improvement, sign up for a Doing What Matters™ discovery session and we’ll talk about how we can move your business forward in this area.
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