We’re all about getting it done, eliminating the distractions and obstacles that get in the way of you completing your job. And it seems we’re not the only ones who want to offer advice and tips for getting it done. Stever Robbins is an American serial entrepreneur and has written a book on 9 steps to work less and do more (something none of us would shake a stick at – after all work smarter not harder, right?).
The book focuses on 9 steps to creating a more productive life, not just at work. So what are the 9 steps? For those of you who don’t have time to read the book, or simply just want to get it done right now, here we have summarised the 9 steps to a simpler more productive life.
Step 1: Purpose
What are your highest values? Focus on those values, whether that be for a day, week or month. Look at what daily activities are steering you away from achieving your goals and address them.
Step 2: Stop Procrastinating
What is procrastinating except the very art of not doing the very stuff you know is most important? Ask yourself a set of questions and kick yourself into action.
Step 3: Conquer Your Technology
Technology can help us to do so much more, quicker than we have ever done it, but it can also be a huge distractor – a tweet here, an article there, oh another email just popped up. By turning these elements off whilst you do particular tasks and using technology to enable you will help you stay on track.
Step 4: Cultivate Focus
It is hard to remained focus for a long period of time, especially when undertaking big tasks, so make sure to take regular breaks, relax your mind every so often and remain focused – do not go looking at social media online or anything else that might distract you for too long. By implementing all these elements you should end up working at a pace where focus is no longer an issue and you end up working smarter not harder.
Step 5: Stay Organised (mentally as well as physically)
Disorganisation adds more work because you spend half the time simply looking for things. This doesn’t just apply to stuff though; it also applies to how you organise your information, your projects, and your processes. There are lots of tools that can mentally organise your life, such as Trello for example.
Step 6: Don’t Waste Time
Don’t spend ages on a task that isn’t crucial to your bottom line. We’ve all done it – got consumed by a project that isn’t even relevant or isn’t going to make you money. When you recognise that you are involved in these projects – stop, re-evaluate and go onto something more productive.
Step 7: Optimise Your Life
Even when you’re doing the right things, you can always do more. Look at what you are doing, evaluate where you can reduce your input and carry on, that way you can get the same stuff done with less work.
Step 8: Build Stronger Relationships
People are ultimately how everything gets done. By maintaining healthy mutually beneficial relationships with people you can often share work and tasks, meaning you can get on with the more important aspects of you job role. Having a strong team also helps to reduce workloads, but sharing work out as a team, more work and quality work can be produced.
Step 9: Control
So you’ve mastered how to do more with less, but now it’s about controlling that and making sure you don’t slip back into old habits. By recognising the signs early on you can combat them and make sure you always stay on track.
If you want to find out more, the book can be purchased here.