I don’t know about you but sometimes I ask myself if what I do it’s worth doing. If my efforts are heading in the right direction.
I’ve come to find out that sometimes you and I find ourselves doing tings that don’t help us achieve our goals.
When it was the last time you reflected on the things you do day in and day out and if they are helping you get closer to your goals and if they are not, what can we do about that?
First if your to-do list is anything like mine, it’s constantly getting bigger.
There will be a point when you will say:
- “I’m too busy.”
- “I don’t have enough time.”
- “I’m not making the sales I need.”
If you have said anything like that, it is because you are doing “busy” work. Busy work is anything that doesn’t get you closer to your goal, regardless of whether or not it has to get done.
How to stop the “busy” work
The first thing to do is create your own stop doing list. This list is something I started after reading “Virtual Freedom” by Chris Ducker.
Chris calls it the “3 Lists to Freedom” exercise.
Following his instructions, I created a list of things I don’t like doing, a list of things I don’t know how to do, and a list of things I should not be doing. For example:
- Video Editing
- Laying out blog post content
- Editing podcast
Task I don’t know how to do:
- Video intros
Task I feel I shouldn’t be doing:
- Social media sharing
- Handling tier 1 support
- Adjusting social media post times
- Twitter, Facebook, and email first thing in the morning
- Getting less than eight hours of sleep
- Answering calls from numbers I don’t recognize
Stop social media sharing
Social media sharing is a necessary task, but is one that you don’t have to do. Here is what I’m doing:
I’ve created a checklist for every process I do in my business, including social media sharing. This allows anyone to duplicate and follow the steps to share my content in social media. I use Evernote to document all of my process and YouTube to upload videos for those tasks and tools that require more training.
Stop checking email,
Facebook and Twitter right when you wake up
Instead, meditate, do yoga, go for a run, cook breakfast for the family, get your day started, do one critical task, and then check your email, Facebook and Twitter.
There are a few things you can do to stop people from interrupting your work. One that comes to mind is answering calls from numbers you don’t recognize because is an unscheduled interruption is counterproductive.
How about you?
What things should you stop doing?