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5WAYSTODOLESSANDGETMOREDONE

Donna Miller
Donna Miller C3Workplace Founder & President
5mo Montclair, NJ, United States Story
5 WAYS TO DO LESS AND GET MORE DONE

There is no better time for a fresh start than a new year. So before you start doing things the way you’ve always done them, a great question to ask yourself is:  are you truly being productive?

Sounds backwards, doesn’t it?  Do less, get more done. It is quite powerful – IF you do it right.

It’s no secret that the amount of work on our plates as entrepreneurs is astounding. You are the “jack of all trades” – prospecting, bookkeeping, blog posting, website maintenance, marketing, keeping up with social media (did that algorithm change again?!), just to name a “few” things.  And the million-dollar question is, “are you managing it all effectively, efficiently and profitably?”

Let’s go beyond the basics here. In order to move your business forward and avoid burnout, here are my top 5 tips to get more done by doing less:

  1. Work on what really matters – Revenue Generating Activities, also know as RGAs. RGAs are activities that will fill your pipeline, like prospecting, cultivating business relationships, networking, and dialing for dollars. THIS is the most important aspect of growing your business. Block RGA time on your calendar, daily. It’s where your attention needs to be in order to get to where you want to be. Simple as that.
  2. Work in Your Zone of Genius – Let’s be real, you can do a lot of things. But can you do a lot of things well? As well as if you hired a someone who specializes in that skill? This is where Gay Hendrick’s Zone of Genius approach works really well. The ZOG approach will also keep you working on what YOU do best.

  1. Delegate – Once you’ve assessed your ZOG. Delegate everything else! I know this word gets thrown around a lot in the entrepreneurial world. The bottom line of delegating is Letting go of control. It’s not an easy task, I know, to hand over all of your hard work, your potential future, your “baby” to someone you don’t really know. Check out more on how to delegate here.
  2. Stop Multi-Tasking – It doesn’t work! Not well, anyway. When you consistently switch in between tasks like writing an email, checking social media, taking a call, your attention is pulled in many different directions. Studies show that our effectiveness decreases dramatically when we multi-task (also called context switching). Try to stay focused, on task, and get through your to do list effectively and efficiently. Reduce distractions. Turn the phone/email notifications off. Work on ONE project at a time.
  3. Plan time for NOTHING – Yes, I said nothing. I encourage you to deliberately schedule time for “nothing” on the calendar. Nothing can be productive. It allows space for new ideas, time to take a step back from the “doing”, space to assess what’s working and more importantly, what’s not.

Remember, these steps take time (and in some cases, a bit of courage). If it all seems overwhelming, try one at a time, or ask us for help.

There are resources available to help you get to the level in your business you know you’re capable of reaching.  It takes planning, discipline…and of course a little know-how doesn’t hurt, either. Here’s to your success in 2019!

 

Donna Miller is a business and community leader, a speaker, an educator and an entrepreneur who is passionate about seeing small businesses thrive. Her team has helped thousands of companies to start and grow by providing office space, virtual assistance, bookkeeping, educational programs and advisory services.  She believes in the power of collaboration (C3=Connect, Collaborate, Community) and that companies should be a force for good. She is the recipient of numerous awards, a sought-after speaker, and is grateful to be a servant leader in several volunteer roles. She is a regular blogger and can often be found on a beach writing.   You can reach her at [email protected]


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  • Teodora Pirciu
    Teodora Pirciu Content marketer
    5mo ago Castellazzo Bormida

    From all the above, I find delegating the most difficult to achieve. Do you have any suggestions on overcoming the anxiety that comes with it? Thank you. 

    From all the above, I find delegating the most difficult to achieve. Do you have any suggestions on overcoming the anxiety that comes with it? Thank you. 

    • Donna Miller
      Donna Miller C3Workplace Founder & President
      5mo ago Montclair, NJ, United States

      Hi Teodora - thanks for the feedback. And just know, you are definitely NOT alone in that sentiment. We find the clients we work with (and even sometimes our own staff) have trouble letting go of tasks and of the responsibility associated with it. To overcome the anxiety, we would suggest taking small steps. First, list out your tasks and choose the ones you know you shouldn't be working on, or are easy to hand off. Have protocols or How-To's available for reference, and be very clear in your directions. Use Project Management software or have weekly check-ins to make sure you and your assistant are both happy with the progress. With a little extra work in the beginning, delegating will become second nature. 

      Hi Teodora - thanks for the feedback. And just know, you are definitely NOT alone in that sentiment. We find the clients we work with (and even sometimes our own staff) have trouble letting go of tasks and of the responsibility associated with it. To overcome the anxiety, we would suggest taking small steps. First, list out your tasks and choose the ones you know you shouldn't be working on, or are easy to hand off. Have protocols or How-To's available for reference, and be very clear in your directions. Use Project Management software or have weekly check-ins to make sure you and your assistant are both happy with the progress. With a little extra work in the beginning, delegating will become second nature. 

      • Teodora Pirciu
        Teodora Pirciu Content marketer
        5mo ago Castellazzo Bormida

        Awesome. A How-To may solve part of my problems. Thank you for the reply. 

        Awesome. A How-To may solve part of my problems. Thank you for the reply. 


Donna Miller
C3Workplace Founder & President

As founder & president of C3Workplace, Donna brings her experience in growing a multi-location organization to the faculty. She will share her insights on what it takes to start and grow a self-sustaining organization, even if it’s only you. Donna is the recipient of a number of awards including [...]

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