The Secret to a More Productive 2014 by @alyciaedgar

by Alycia Edgar | Featured Contributor

It’s not really a secret but it’s effect on productivity is.  One of the easiest ways to be more productive is to simplify your life.  We often make areas of our life far more complicated than they need to be.  My mission for you is to simplify your life in 2014 so that increased productivity becomes easier and eventually a way of life.

Here’s some ideas on what you can do:

  1.  Learn to turn off – for some of us this is so hard (myself included). I love learning and could work happily work all day and night.  But, it means there’s not switch off time.  Yes, reading is relaxing for me, but when I’m reading a business book it sparks ideas and gets my brain going, not exactly what you’re looking for just before sleep!  I’ve taken too watching tv series on Netflix at night to truly relax, no ipad, no multitasking while watching.  Or reading a fiction book.
  2. Say no – we tend to overload our schedules because we feel guilty saying no.  Get over it.  Too many yes’s create too much stress.  Remember that you are just as important as the person requesting something.  Be kind to yourself, say no.  It might only be two letters but it takes practice. Practice lots.
  3. Let go of toxic relationships – free time is limited. Do you really want to spend time with someone who doesn’t make you feel good about yourself? It’s not worth it, because ongoing stress caused by relationships like these impedes your overall happiness.
  4. Stop overscheduling – Activities are great aren’t they?  Yes, until they are taxing you so much it’s exhausting.  If you feel like you’re continually running around overwhelmed with the scheduled items for the rest of the week, just stop.  You are in control of what makes it into your schedule. And for those with kids that scoff at this idea because you’re are running around after your kids, let me ask you this, are your kids overscheduled as well?  Kids have so many opportunities available to them that it can be tempting not to miss out on any. But, too many can leave kids exhausted. I remember a childhood of a few activities and lots of play time.  Does this not foster creativity and imagination? Or perhaps its as simple as sharing the “taxi” load by car pooling?

Simple things such as those above can have a big impact on your productivity.  Let simplicity be your new motto for 2014 and I promise you the rewards will be increased productivity.

What can you simplify in your life for a more productive 2014?

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Alycia Edgar – Leading expert in creating systems for profitable business from Business Performance HQ – Torquay, VIC, Australia

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 10.54.45 AMForget about your mental picture of an accountant sitting behind a desk crunching numbers all day, stopping only to peer at you over the top of his or her wire-rimmed glasses.

A trained accountant, yes, but also much more. Alycia Edgar does not fit the picture painted above; instead she is a latte-sipping, beach-loving business owner who happens to be great at numbers and systems.

Alycia is a leading expert in creating systems for profitable business growth for her clients.  Nothing makes her happier than looking at your business numbers and helping you to understand what the numbers are saying, implementing systems to make your business more productive, or processes to make everything happen quicker and smoother.

Alycia is passionate about the idea that the right systems are the key to driving business growth.

She can share clear strategies that can help business owners become more productive and profitable immediately.

Alycia works with business owners to achieve this result through one-on-one mentoring and consulting on how to roll out innovative systems, procedures and processes. And will be launching her revamped Bizfficiency course later in the year.

A lover of social media, you can follow Alycia on twitter @alyciaedgar, Facebook – Alycia Edgar, instagram, Alycia Edgar.

To find out more visit www.businessperformancehq.com.

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