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Small Business Owners: Six Surefire weekly Actions to Double Your Productivity in Tough Economic Times

Susan L. Reid

If you're like me, you have a love-hate relationship with the words: boost productivity.

Thinking about businessYou know it's important. Your business depends on it. But who has time to focus on boosting, yet alone doubling productivity?

In our current economic slump, increasing productivity is one of the most important things you can do to save your business from going under.

Boosting productivity will:

  • Increase your profit,
  • Improve you efficiency, and
  • Ready your business to get back in the game quickly when the economy opens back up again.

Implement these six simple steps on a weekly basis and you'll find yourself doubling your productivity in six weeks or less.

Six Weeks to Doubled Productivity

Week 1: Eliminate the words, “I’ll get back to you on that,” unless you mean it.

This may seem like a really easy task to do this week, but it's not. Eliminating the words "I'll get back to you on that," or other such phrases that end up putting things off rather than dealing with them straight on, takes fortitude.

Stop leaking productivity by eliminating any words or phrases that put something or someone off until later. Take responsibility for what you will do in the present. You'll be amazed at how quickly productivity will increase once you become responsible for your actions, integral with your words, and saying yes only to the things you know you will deliver.

Week 2: Don't worry. Take action.

Eliminate worryThis week, eliminate worry from your thought pattern. Worry is one of the least productive things you can do when the economy is tough. Worry zaps energy, erodes confidence, and weakens resolve.

Instead of worrying about what may or may not happen in the future, take strong, confident, action-steps in the present. Focus on the things you can do today that are in alignment with increasing productivity in your business now.

Week 3: Sleep long and eat well.

Again, another obvious thing to do, yet, so often overlooked during stressful economic times. If you're like most people concerned about your business, chances are you're not getting enough sleep. This week, avoid operating on a sleep deficit by getting the amount of sleep that is right for you. Do this and you'll be amazed at how much work you will get done this week. While you're at it, start your day with a healthy breakfast and don't skip lunch.

Week 4: Mono-task.

David Allen, author of, "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" says, that when it comes to increasing productivity, focus on the task-at-hand before going on to doing something else. For business owners who are used to doing many things at once, focusing on one task at a time before moving on to the next may seem, at first, to be a slower way of doing things.

Many successful entrepreneurs practice mono-tasking because they know the toll that multi-tasking can have on productivity and efficiency. When it comes to the really important projects, they mono-task.

Week 5: Keep it simple this week.

This week, decide on three and only three things you will complete each day. Then, work on them, one-by-one, until you get them done. At the end of the day, if something is yet undone, put it first on your list tomorrow. If you get all three done by noon, add three more.

Follow the "first-things-first" rule by putting the most important tasks and projects first on your list. Don't put them off until later, and avoid placing non-relevant ones before the important one. Tackling your highest priorities first thing in your day will greatly boost your productivity this week.

Week 6: Do those things first that other people are dependent upon you completing.

This week, review what's on your plate and do those things first that either other people need for you to complete before they can begin work, or need you to finish so they can move on to other things on their list. By doing this, not only will you increase your productivity, you'll also boost everyone's productivity around you.

While it's true that even thinking about how to boost your productivity during tough economic times seems like a burden, not doing so could spell disaster for your business. If you’re a small business owner, stop hoping your business will make it through these touch economic times. All is well

Implement these six surefire weekly action steps to double your productivity and ready your business to get back in the game quickly when the economy opens back up again.

Copyright © 2008 by Susan L. Reid

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Dr. Susan L. Reid is a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women starting up businesses, and is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success. If you are ready to take the first steps in owning your business, then get instant access to your own free PDF copy of “Doing What You Love: Multiple Streams of Passion” at 

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