5 Tech Tools That Help You Stay Current, Organized and Build REAL Relationships

You likely spend a significant amount of time each day connected to a desktop, a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet or some other device.

Are you making sure that the precious time you’re spending is going to give you a return on your investment? If what you’re doing isn’t directly tied to helping you serve the clients and customers you have, attracting new business, or spending time with your family and friends, it would be smart to consider where you can make adjustments.

One easy adjustment is to truly leverage technology to help you accomplish the important tasks you need to complete each day – you know, the ones that create tangible results and aren’t just keeping you distracted.

Here are 5 FREE tools that will help your day run smoother and get you one step closer to reaching your goals: Read more about 5 Tech Tools That Help You Stay Current, Organized and Build REAL Relationship

3 Easy Ways to Absolutely Crush Your Daily Task List

Staying focused and blocking out distractions is easier said than done. In addition to the myriad of requests, messages and tasks that have to be handled each day, you also have to fight against your own bad habits and tendencies. Figuring out what works for you can be a process of trial and error, OR you can adopt strategies that are tried and true.

Following are 3 valuable tips on how to replace time-wasting activities with new habits that will empower you to be more productive, more focused and more effective during your work day: Read more about 3 Easy Ways to Absolutely Crush Your Daily Task List

7 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination

You know the feeling. You’re sitting at your computer watching the cursor blink. You haven’t gotten a single thing done. You’ve worried about an important client project, all of the phone calls you need to return and made are making mental notes about the errands you need to run. You just can’t seem to stay focused long enough to complete any of the critical tasks in front of you.

Take a break and try these counterintuitive ways to get back on track and knock tasks off your to do list.

 

 

 

 

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Get the Facts: How Multitasking Is Hurting Your Business

Skype is open. Instant message programs are pinging. Your unread email count is rising. Your browser has 8 tabs open. There are 5 documents open on your desktop. Your calendar alerts are popping up and you stop to send a quick text. Sound familiar? You probably think you’re being efficient, but you’re not. Multitasking is a big mistake and it’s hurting your productivity. Which in turn is hurting your profits.

Consider these startling statistics that highlight the negative effects of multitasking:

  • Multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity.  (Bergman, P. (2010, May 20). How (and why) to stop multitasking. Harvard Business Review.)
  • The estimated cost of interruptions to the American economy is nearly $650 billion a year. (Jonathan B. Spira, chief analyst at Basex, a business-research firm)
  • Multitasking causes a 10% drop in IQ. (Bergman, P. 2010, May 20. How (and why) to stop multitasking. Harvard Business Review.)

The scientific evidence against multitasking is overwhelming. Consider the evidence: Read more about Get the Facts: How Multitasking Is Hurting Your Business

13 Small Business Tools to Help Eliminate Procrastination and Distraction

get to work!Researching tools can be a form of procrastination, so I’ve pulled together a list of the top tools to help you banish distraction. Whether you’re working on your business, working for clients or just want some uninterrupted time, you can use these online and desktop tools to eliminate time wasters and help you stay focused.

1. Tools to improve your focus.

5 Steps to Banishing Distraction and Procrastination

Procrastination and distraction instantly derail your efforts to grow your business and achieve your goals. Follow these five steps to banish distraction and work more efficiently:

Step 1 – Get honest with yourself.

distracted while workingThis step is hard for most people. It can be difficult to admit that you’re not focused – but it’s essential to get real about the situation. This isn’t about judging yourself or beating yourself up. Your goal is to be more efficient and more productive, so take a deep breath and ask, “Where am I procrastinating or getting distracted?”

Make a list of the projects you seem to avoid. Pause and notice when you feel the urge to goof off on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other diversions. Notice what you are working on when you get distracted. In contrast, think about what you are working on when you get in the flow. When does time seem to fly by? You can use this evaluation to become more aware of your work habits.      Read more about 5 Steps to Banishing Distraction and Procastination

4 Keys to A Lifestyle Focused Business (Video)

Your “Take Action” Plan for This Week:

  1. Define what success means to you. How much do you work and with whom? What is your weekly/monthly/annual revenue? What does your personal life look like? The more specific you are the easier it will be to create this reality. (YES, you DO deserve this. 🙂
  2. Do an honest self-evaluation and determine what adjustments you need to make in your mindset and habits. Do you need to switch from an “I could never…” attitude to a “This is what I’m going to do…” approach? Do you need to get organized? Be more efficient? Be honest?
  3. Consider how you can adjust your business model so that you serve your clients, do your best work AND support your lifestyle. Open your mind to the possibilities and don’t sensor yourself. (If you want some help brainstorming idea, I’d be happy to help you. Just let me know.)
  4. Review your weekly activities to see where your infrastructure needs improvement. Are your systems M.I.A. or out of date? Make a list of what needs to be upgraded and then commit to focusing on key areas in a specific time frame (such as one per week or one per month)
  5. Based on the activities you hate to do or aren’t good at, research options for outsourcing and building a team. Look into hiring a Virtual Assistant or an intern if you’re just starting out.

10 Time Management Tips That Get REAL Results!

This guest post was written by my good friend Liz Dennery-Sanders. Liz wants you to build your brand with style. As the CEO of Dennery Marks Inc., a brand development and celebrity outreach firm, she founded SheBrand, to help female entrepreneurs build powerful personal brands, attract more clients and position themselves as authorities in their industries. You can reach her directly at info@shebrand.com or www.shebrand.com.

We all have a million demands on our time. None of us are immune to meetings, email, voice mail, deadlines, doctor’s appointments, bills to pay, kids to pick up, etc. But if you’re not taking an active role in how you spend your time, then you’re allowing life to spend you.

It’s almost too easy to let life take control and run away with the little bit of time you have left in your calendar. If you allow it, your time will get eaten up by a gazillion things that have nothing to do with what you value.

As I’ve built my businesses over the past 12 years, I find that I’m always looking for the best time management tools and hacks. Remember, focused intention + action = massive results. Self management is the key to making this equation work for you.

Here are my 10 best tips – the ones that continue to work for me and produce REAL results:      Read more about 10 Time Management Tips That Get REAL Results!