Is there anything about the way you work that you would really like to improve?
Maybe you have tried to be more productive before but haven’t managed to see things through. Committing to doing something differently can be so much easier if you take the necessary time to think things through, then plan and act accordingly. Very often we try to make too many changes at once, with goals focused on the distant future; if so, it can be too easy to give up!
One way of achieving better results is to see what you can change in seven days. Most people can plan a week ahead and the knowledge that this is a limited period may make it easier to stay on track.
Let me give you some ideas about the kind of things you could do in that time. Never attempt to tackle several things in one go – just stick to one type of change or action per day, and try and fit this in every day for seven days in a row.
- Can you reorganize your office in a week? Do a little every day to make a difference?
- How many calls can you make in seven days? Think of all the overdue cold (or ‘warm’) calls you could make in a week. How many could you commit to every day?
- Would you like to establish a social media presence in a week? Sign up, start updating and do a bit more online every day.
- How about improving your productivity by starting your day with 5-10 minutes of planning and writing a to-do list?
You get the idea!
Once you’ve decided to take up the 7-day challenge, let someone know what you will be focusing on. This will help you to feel more accountable and it will be harder to give up.
Then make sure you think through how much time you need to set aside every day and when you will make the time. You could consider dropping a lower-priority activity for a while.
Always be sure it is a realistic plan, and then get started.
Your seven days can start on any day of the week, so if you start on a Monday morning, you finish on Sunday evening. Maybe at the weekend, you can substitute the office task for a similar domestic task so you don’t interrupt the flow.
When the first seven days are up, choose whether you want to start another 7-day challenge. If the first seven days worked well continue to do the same thing for a week, and then perhaps consider adding a new small task into the mix. Always check though that your intentions are realistic.
And if the seven day challenge didn’t work for you don’t worry, try again another time. Until you try, you won’t know what it’s like to do something differently and there really is nothing to lose!
Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced trainer, mentor and business coach who specialises in helping busy women be more efficient, productive and profitable in business. Author of the e-book “How to Write a Simple 12 Month Plan”, Ute also runs Success Network and the Inner Circle Business Clubs which provide peer-to-peer business mentoring and support.
For more information please visit Success Network http://www.successnetwork.org.uk