Today, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by collaboration expert Richard Goutal, where I shared my top productivity tips for busy online marketers.
Richard and I discussed everything from simple home office productivity tips to more complex collaboration efforts between marketers.
It was a terrific session and very well received.
In case you weren't able to listen in, here is part of what I explained in the interview. I call it….
My Top Productivity Tips for Busy Online Marketers
1. Build a strong foundation
Nothing wastes time more than unfocussed effort. You MUST build a strong foundation for your business before you spend your first marketing dollar.
Understanding your unique qualities that help you stand out from the crowd, formulating a rock solid “Why” and nailing down exactly who your ideal prospects are will save you a ton of time and money down the road.
2. Practice Strategic Learning
Listen, I love to learn. The dozen or so unopened courses on my bookshelf or computer can attest to that.
I made a crucial mistake (more than one time):
I purchased courses or products that weren't useful to me AT THAT POINT in my business.
I'm not saying these were bad purchases; in fact, each and every one is a top quality product that has helped many others improve their business.
Just not mine.. not now. It's just not the right time. I'm not ready for it.
So don't do as I did.
Practice strategic learning — ask yourself the simple question, “Will this product (course/tool) help me in my business within the next 30 days?”
If not, pass on it and stick with those that do.
You'll save yourself a whole lot of time and money.
3. Understand Your Peak Productivity Periods
We all have certain times of the day when we have more energy and are more productive than other times.
For me, I'm far more productive in the morning than any other time.
The afternoon? Forget it. For whatever reason, my energy drops way down in the afternoon hours, but picks up again later in the evening.
To boost your productivity, identify your productivity peaks and, if possible do your most important (income producing) tasks during that time.
4. Identify Your Personal Productivity Leaks
We all have small productivity leaks in our day-to-day schedule that can add up to huge drops in output.
If you can identify and plug these leaks, you can boost your productivity dramatically.
For me, I was wasting 2 entire hours of my day by listening to talk radio on my commute to and from work. Not only was this not productive for my business, but the negativity spewing from the radio would put me in a negative mindset, certainly not optimal for attracting the kind of entrepreneurs or prospects you would wish to work with.
Once I replaced talk radio with inspirational CDs in the form of books and programs (think Jim Rohn, Dale Carnegie, Tim Ferris, etc.), it was as if I had just added 2 hours of business productivity to my day.
What if you don't have a commute or even a car? Not a problem.
Get yourself an inexpensive mp3 player and download it with personal development and anything you find inspirational. Listen to it while you're waiting for your kids to get out of school, in line at the supermarket, or those annoying times when you're waiting for your doctor to see you.
This is yet another top productivity tip that will make a huge difference in your business.
5. Find a Mentor
This is probably the one single thing I did that not only boosted my productivity but make the biggest difference in my business success.
There are several ways to find a mentor, someone who has accomplished what you are trying to do.
This person will be able to help you navigate the sometimes obstacle-ridden path of business success.
And by the way, don't make the mistake of thinking you only can have one mentor. In fact, I've had 3 at different times in my business, depending on what I was trying to accomplish.
Here is what to do next.
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