Small Business Productivity Tips: A 3-Course Meal

When you’re hungry, there’s nothing like a satisfying meal.

In business, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing results from your efforts.

The foundation of my secret to a small business plan that works is self-motivation.

If that’s not one of your strengths, my advice is as effective as a love guru telling you that to find true love you must convince Prince William to ditch Kate Middleton at the alter. It’s not going to happen.

You need realistic practices that will give you an immediate sense of satisfaction. Then, you can build on that feeling to heighten your level of self-motivation.

Here are three small business productivity tips that complement each other and help you accomplish your goals. 

First Course: The Appetimer

The first part of your business productivity meal is the appetizer, or appetimer, if you will.

You have more time than you think. Use a timer to concentrate on a single objective—whether it’s writing a press release or editing a blog post. When the timer goes off, you’ll be one step closer to finishing your project.

Lovers of all things Web should check out Bamboo Forest’s Tick Tock Timer and the accompanying motivational tips blog.

If the simplistic nature of a timer makes you skeptical, read this post about getting things done on Remarkable Communication.

Main Course: Passion, Medium Rare

Choose a business goal that is as irresistible to you as a juicy, medium rare piece of steak. (This is obviously not a health & wellness blog.)

Small Business Productivity Tips. Flickr Photo Credit: Sifu Renka

Business or marketing projects that you think you *should* try, but may be inappropriate for your situation, are like Brussels sprouts.

Small Business Productivity Tips. Flickr Photo Credit: orchidgalore

Time devoted to the project will feel like a chore, and the final product will suffer. Your business endeavor should be something that you’re passionately driven to accomplish.

You must find the intersection where your passion overlaps with useful information that engages an audience of potential customers.

Last Course: Sweet Reflection

When undertaking your own business goal, always strive for improvements. Your work is always a work-in-progress.

A simple and rewarding way to encourage fine-tuning is to first reflect on a job well done. Even if you’ve just taken a small stride toward your goal, congratulate yourself. As you study your accomplishment with a sense of pride, think about what you can do better in the future.

This practice reinvigorates your passion and inspires fresh ideas. The more you produce, the more confidence you’ll have and that’s key to overcoming self-limitations.

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