The “Alchemist Entrepreneur” relentlessly pursues simple leverage; simple ways to extend his reach, to achieve more with less. Often, this leverage is in his own head.
Here’s a bit of mental toughening that helps me.
Before you start your next task, ask the following three questions:
1. WHAT will I be doing? Meaning, what will be DIFFERENT after I do this task? What will have changed? What will be the results?
2. WHY is that important? What is the direct connection between achieving this result and achieving my big picture strategic goals?
3. HOW LONG will I spend on this task? Personally, I find that some tasks can end up taking a full day if I let them. But if I determine to get them done in a set amount of time, I get them done much faster.
If something will need a long time, break it down into chunks so you can step back, pick your nose up off the grindstone and survey your work.
What do you do to keep improving your own personal productivity? What gets in your way? Will you use these three questions?
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