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The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three

The rule of three is simple.

Pick three things you want to achieve today. And focus all your efforts on those three things. 

By doing this, you end up clearing your task list much faster than you expected, you’re not as drained, and you’re more relaxed, because you only have three things to do today. The bonus is that when you’re more relaxed, your performance and output increases exponentially (there are hundreds of studies on this to prove it) and by achieving these three things every day, you’ll feel an overall satisfaction with your life.

A good idea is to make one of those three an item you’ve been procrastinating for a while. By ticking it off, you’ll be encouraged to tackle more on your list, which is always a great thing.

A bonus tip is when you’re finished with those three tasks and you have the time, don’t stop there. Tackle a fourth, or perhaps a fifth. And do keep track of your progress somehow so that you can reward yourself for all the hard work!

How valuable is YOUR time?

How valuable is YOUR time?

How much do you value your time? Do you have a dollar figure per hour?

Every business has tasks that no one wants to do, but someone has to do it, right? And if no one else can do it, then you have to do it, right? Wrong.

When you, as a specifically-skilled individual, have to do a million things unrelated to your exact skill-set, you’re wasting your time. Wasted time in a business is bad for business. You’ll end up being strung out, exhausted, and unable to focus on anything, because you’re doing things you shouldn’t, and you’re not doing a good job anyway because you’re probably dragging your feet on it.

Outsourcing or hiring someone to do the smaller things will allow you to focus on your business and provide a better product and service.

Knowing what you’re worth helps you weed out unwanted clients. 

Every business knows this one… The clients that are an instant migraine. Clients who are usually unwilling to pay you for your time are usually not worth it, because they waste a whole lot of your time and theirs, most likely don’t know what they want, and you might just end up dropping them.

It’s better to just say no from the onset, than to subject yourself to that pain. Do yourself a favor and send them to a competitor! It will keep them busy, haha! #sorrynotsorry

Now that you have all this free time by hiring/outsourcing those tasks, and saying no to all those waste-of-time jobs, you can now plan your time more easily, and live your life doing things that mean something to you. Take your dog for a walk, or read a book.

It’s very tempting to accept every single request from a client, especially as a small business because that means extra revenue (which could mean an equipment upgrade, a bonus or a new employee), but you have to stop and ask yourself if that task is worth your hourly rate, and if it’s not, then don’t do it!

Getting things done… 

Getting things done… 

You can read hundreds of articles and books on getting things done, and download dozens of the top rated productivity apps in the App Store, but there is one method that many “productivity gurus” seem to forget to mention…

Just sit down and do the fucking work! 

There. That’s the best piece of advice I can give to anyone about productivity. Put one foot in front of the other and start walking. No amount of books or apps can do that for you. Keep it simple, make a task list, cross things off.

Bonus tip: make your bed every morning. It’s one of those items on your list that you can achieve, and by mentally ticking it off, you will set yourself on a path of productivity for the day. It actually works… Try it for a week and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plus, your bedroom looks 200% neater when the bed is made up! Pros all around! 👌

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