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Hi it’s Adrian Law here.  Today I’ve got some very simple, yet effective strategies to increase productivity and you can these apply these immediately. Not only in your business but also in your life. I really hope that you enjoy them.

I am not sure if this is you or not but a lot of people I meet are perfectionists and they won’t launch something or take action until something is perfect. For example, it might be a website that you’re launching or new blog. It could be a letter or an email that’s important and you want to send it but you delay because it’s not perfect. It could be something in your own life. I believe there’s no such thing as perfection. The website will never be perfect, neither will the blog, the email or the letter.

Learn by your mistakes, we’ve heard that right? Now if you look at the biggest mistakes you’ve ever made in your life, often you received the biggest learnings in your life. I therefore encourage you to make mistakes. It means that you are taking action.

The second part of this is as a parent. I’m not sure if you’re a parent on not, but if you are how we speak to our children when they make mistakes is very important. Often we can make them wrong or tell them off, but again they often learn from their mistakes so encourage them to do so and you’ll allow them to grow as well.

Remember the other day in the last video I shared with you how I really hurt my finger but the x-rays showed there was no fracture in the finger it was simply badly bruised? Well the the very next day on my phone, I received a voice mail message from the doctor saying that an expert had relooked at the x-rays and there actually was a hairline fracture. We all make mistakes and as human beings we are flawed.

Yes that includes you and me.

The second strategy today is around balance versus harmony. Often you’ll hear coaches, trainers and I’ve even said it myself, about working toward a balanced life. But I’ve taken a closer look at this and today I really want to talk about that I don’t believe you can necessarily have balance. You’ve seen the pie chart and the different areas of your life. You are meant to have a perfect circle of each particular area

In today’s fast-paced world that’s not easy at all and what I prefer for both yourself and myself is harmony. What I mean by that is, let’s say you love your work. You absolutely love it. So is there anything wrong with spending most of your time at work if you love it? Of course not. Whereas if you are spending your time in areas that you really don’t enjoy, you don’t benefit from, you just don’t feel good in your soul, that’s not great so it’s more about harmony. Are you in harmony? Or you out of harmony?  That’s more important than being balanced, I believe.

The next strategy is prioritising your time to increase productivity. We hear this a lot but it’s an ongoing thing that some people are better at than others. In this day and age we’ve got so much information thrown at us often we have a list of things to do that is a mile-long and it’s very challenging to get through the list in the day, a week or sometimes even a month.

What I’m here to say today is that I recommend that you stop using negative language around your time. So many times I hear and I don’t know if you say this yourself. I haven’t had time to call that person or I don’t have time to exercise. This is actually BS. You have all the time that there is, so do I, so does Donald Trump. We all have the same amount of time but it’s how we use that time, how effective we are with it to increase productivity.

If you say you haven’t had time to call your friend back for example, it’s simply not true. What you have done is, prioritized something else over it, so I highly recommend you lose that from your vocabulary and maybe you can start educating other people if they say that to you.

What is important is to know which things on your list are the must do’s today, and make sure you do those. Also, have a look at which all the things that will take you closer to achieving your goals and get those things done.

The final strategy for today is to pay for experts. So many times as a business owner we think that we can do the job better than anyone else can. In some cases that’s true but in a lot of cases it’s actually not true. You can’t be all things. How often have you spent time on a computer for example, trying to work something out that’s taking you hours and hours, whereas somebody else could do it in five minutes.

It’s worth the investment to pay somebody who specializes in what they do. None of us can do everything. How many people are great at public speaking, writing reports, designing websites, SEO traffic and a great father or mother. Nobody’s is great at all of these things, well maybe superman 🙂 So it is worth paying experts to get you to where you want to go much quicker than you could by yourself.

I’m Adrian Law, I hope you enjoyed that and increase productivity. Please leave a comment below and I’ll speak to you soon. Bye for now.