How to analyze your bad work habits, break them, and finally get (and stay) FOCUSED on your highest priorities…
Do you ever sit down to work (with good intentions)… but minutes later you’re checking email or looking at facebook instead?
Before you know it the day gets away from you, and you’ve barely made a dent in your priority tasks!
It’s a habit. A bad one, of course. That’s what I’m going to share with you today: how to analyze your bad work habits, break them, and finally get (and stay) FOCUSED on your highest priorities.
Bad work habits can range from “piddling” (procrastination) to not having good systems in place for documenting your ideas, putting those ideas into action, prioritizing your work tasks, etc. These habits don’t just affect your productivity, but ultimately your success and your overall quality of life…
If you really want to reach your goals in life and business, you have to buckle down and get seriously disciplined. Know what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to accomplish it, and GET IT DONE.
Sounds simple enough, right? I know – “easier said than done”. lol.
How To Analyze Your Bad Work Habits
The first step in improving your work habits is to figure out what’s working… and what is obviously NOT. My “productivity policy” in business is simple:
Do more of what’s working, and less of what’s not.
I recommend a Time Log Exercise. This is one of the most enlightening and revealing things you can do for yourself. Simple keep a running Time Log for the next 72 hours, noting everything you do and how long it takes. I include sleep, downtime, watering the plants, how long it takes to answer emails – everything.
Having a thorough, honest overview of your day for three days in a row will give you an EXACT idea of how you’re spending your time, and where you can easily make improvements. Within the first day, you’ll easily start identifying your “time wasters”, as well as your most productive / creative hours of the day.
You can do this exercise on paper, or ideally in Evernote so you can keep a running list whether you’re on your computer, tablet or mobile device – as Evernote syncs automatically across all of your devices.
* Note any repetitive tasks on your list, as those can easily be outsourced and should be the FIRST thing you stop doing yourself.
How To BREAK Bad Work Habits
After you do the simple Time Log Exercise, you’ll be able to improvements easily. Knowing exactly what is killing your productivity is the key – then you can address it immediately and get into a better set of work habits.
Here’s what I do myself, and highly recommend:
1. Start every day with a Money Task.
No exceptions. Do this first. If you get in the habit of starting every day with a task that grows your business or increases your revenue, your business will grow consistently. Some of those tasks will pay off better than others. That’s great! Just do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t as you go.
2. Pinpoint 3 top priorities for the day.
Choose three (ONLY three) top priorities each day. Do those first – before you check email, before you log on to Facebook, before anything else. Except coffee, of course -lol. They can be small or big tasks, it doesn’t matter. Just knock them out.
This gives you a nice kick-start to your work day, and a strong sense of accomplishment – which will fuel you for a “power day” of super productivity!
3. Discipline: Get UNcomfortable!
It’s not easy at first. If it were easy to succeed, everyone would be at the top of their game – and there would no longer BE a top.