How to Be More Productive and Get More Done

It’s About Doing More of What Matters

Most creators are dreamers and ideators with more ideas than time. So how to be more productive and how to do more in less time? This is a hot topic amongst artist entrepreneurs these days as well as in our small entrepreneurial family.

 

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We’re creative ideators with far more to do than time to do it. Can you relate? So how to be more productive… to get more done but without it taking more time? That’s the focusing questions we’re asking ourselves each day now, and it is a process of steadily orienting toward that goal.

Most of us go through our days, doing what needs to be done next. We hop from task to task and project to project. Sometimes we hop around to different projects before finishing the previous. That’s fine if you’re retired and creating for fun and hobby.

But if you want to grow a successful creative business in the world, it’s critical to learn to focus on productivity, efficiency and expanding your capacity.

Audio Article – Do More in Less Time:

 

How to Be More Productive?

We’re all for hard work. We work hard every day, seven days a week, most weeks. When you love your work it’s easy to work hard and still love each day. However, we’re also very much for quality of life.

With all the many things we want to do in life, we must steadily learn how to be more productive. The best way we’ve found to get more done? Expect more, set the goals, then get it done.

Expect more from yourself then give yourself the gift of getting it done. Setting higher goals increases your capacity to do more.

A balance of exercise, recreation, growth, contribution and free time is essential to health and wellbeing. It’s that white space in life that clears the mind and helps to center your being. And of course, plenty of time for family and friends.

To craft a life of shared vision and the privilege of working with family and friends is to create a life by design.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Most creators are dreamers and ideators with more ideas than time. This a hot topic amongst artist entrepreneurs these days as well as in our small entrepreneurial family. Creative ideators with far more to do than time to do it. So how can we do more but without it taking more time? #family #friends #quotes

 

Must You Do Just One Thing at a Time to Succeed?

Many sage gurus and successful entrepreneurs admonish to only focus on one thing at a time. Because, well, logistically, that’s all your conscious brain can do, and focus is of course a conscious process. It’s also true that by focusing on one project at a time, you will go further faster with that project.

We did a podcast interview with The One Thing CEO, Geoff Woods, and have also written an article on goal setting around your “one thing”. Focus is an essential principle, especially if you have a hard time achieving your goals. When you divide your attention between projects it inevitably diminishes your focus on any one of them because division is always a smaller number.

However, there is a way to do more in the same or less time, and a way to multiply your focus rather than divide it. Multiply your capacity through leverage instead of dividing your time and attention and you will multiply your assets.

How to Be More Productive?
Leverage everything you do and you will multiply your capacity and your work will compound over time to create a vast asset to sustain your future.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Most creators are dreamers and ideators with more ideas than time. This a hot topic amongst artist entrepreneurs these days as well as in our small entrepreneurial family. Creative ideators with far more to do than time to do it. So how can we do more but without it taking more time? #time #productivity #quotes

Multiply Instead of Divide

In this digital age of rapid proliferation and infinite ideation, it’s more about multiplication than division.  You can do more and get more done in less time. How to do more simultaneously, (or almost)? By expanding your definition of your “one thing”.

Start at the End

To expand your how to be more productive thinking, let’s fast forward by imagining that you’ve already accomplished your current goals. Then what? What will be your next goal, and your next? Further, what if you had already arrived at your dream vision for your life?

Imagine that you’re now free to spend your days doing what you love most, with those whom you love and enjoy sharing time and space. What would that look like? Paint that picture… draw it out… create a vision board around it, and vision it daily.

To do more is to first vision more.

As an owner, your job is visionary of your company, guiding it according to your ever evolving vision for it.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Living Your Dream

If this scenario feels too far removed from reality for where you are now, that’s okay. Please do it anyway, as it will help to expand your thinking which will help you to achieve the next goal on your horizon.

Okay, so let’s say that you’ve arrived at that place where you’re living the life of your dreams.

We all know that many retired people end up getting involved in more things in retirement than they did prior, simply because now they’re doing things they enjoy doing. They also quickly discover that “you can only play so much golf” as the saying goes. So what about you?

What will you be doing when you’re living your dream?
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

When You’re Living Your Dream Will You Work in Your Business or on it?

Let’s say you decide that you still want to own your company, even though you could sell it and retire early. Instead of owning a business that has created a job for you, or instead of being slave to your craft and trying to make ends meet.

As a business owner, you’re working on your business rather than in it. Better to be an owner rather than a manager or worker. Better to own you business than to be owned by it… to be slave to it.

When you’re free to do whatever you enjoy most, what will you be doing? What do you want to do most? How do you wish to spend this time in your life?

What do your dreams have to do with how to be more productive? Everything.
When we have a vision pulling us forward into our future, we can sustain any present.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

How to Make Your Dreams Come True

The first step to making your dreams come true is to see them as real. Develop that mental picture. The mental blueprint ever precedes the construction. Visioning increases the vibratory rate of your life, because with every act of visioning, you are recalibrating your concept of your reality.1)https://blog.mindvalley.com/how-to-raise-your-vibration/

With focused visioning followed by purposeful action, you are elevating your vibratory rate.
~Study by Yung-Jong Shiah, PhD, and Dean Radin2)http://deanradin.com/evidence/Shiah2013.pdf

We thoroughly enjoyed the Think and Grow Rich film with multiple success stories around the essentiality of the visioning process. I especially like Barbara Corcoran’s story of her visioning process, and how she imagined everything she wanted and all that she imagined came true through her efforts.

To dream big, requires us to think big. To think big requires us to act big and to do more with greater purpose and focus.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Will You Replace Yourself?

What will you choose to do with your time? What aspects—if any—of your business will involve you? Remember, your life is more simplified now because in this visioning exercise, you can easily afford to hire people to run your business. Allow others to do the things you don’t care to do, and the things that aren’t as essential to your role as visionary.

You can afford to hire a manager and replace you in the running of your business if you choose to. You may have employees or a composite freelance team to keep everything running smoothly. If you’re a hands-on creator, you will have to decide what works for you to continue doing yourself and what’s best to outsource.

It’s easier to feel whole and complete when you’re living and working in your zone. The more you can work in your zone of genius, the more complete you will feel.

Outsourcing multiplies your strengths so you’re no longer divided into so many roles.
Multiply your strengths and divide your weaknesses.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Assess and Align

Planning is a part of visioning, and visioning embellishes and informs your plan. Fast forward into living your vision where you’re now free to evolve in your craft as well as the business of your craft.

When you’re living in your vision for your future, what will you be doing? What will you choose to do most?

Once you’ve envisioned the future of your life and your business, step back and admire it. Be the painter, chin in hand, surveying her painting. Or the composer, eyes closed, listening to his music. Perhaps you’d be the author opening a box of just published books, carefully brushing your hand over the cover of the newly completed novel finally in hand.

You’re the artist creator of your life. Step back daily and gaze upon your creation. With the eye of the creator, step back and assess what’s missing and what else is needed.

This is your life. What finishing touches will bring you into alignment with your vision for it?

Let your day be guided by this orienting question:
“What can I do today to bring my life into alignment with my vision for it?”
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Essentially You

Now we’re down to essentials… to what’s most important to you. Now that you’ve spent some time separating the wheat from the chaff… the essentials from the non-essentials, you can now do that each day in setting your goals.

Vision is tapped into your essential self. When you’re connected to your essential self… your soul, you’re tapped into purpose. When you’re tapped into purpose, you naturally connected with how to be more productive. Then, identifying what does and does not belong in each day comes easily.

Set goals according to your bigger vision, and with daily focused effort, you will arrive.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Most creators are dreamers and ideators with more ideas than time. This a hot topic amongst artist entrepreneurs these days as well as in our small entrepreneurial family. Creative ideators with far more to do than time to do it. So how can we do more but without it taking more time? #goals #quotes #goalquotes

 

Hacking Soul

If you don’t yet feel acquainted with your essential self, no worries. That’s a journey too. Meanwhile, here’s one simple hack to align you.

Imagine you’re taking a trip and you only have a little time to get stuff done in preparation for your trip. When you have a deadline, you don’t have the luxury of spending time doing non-essentials. You’re much more quickly able to discern what does and doesn’t need to get done.

Focus on the essentials and let go of the rest, because you must to achieve your dreams.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

You want to get to that place each day. That place of identifying at each stage of each day… each week… each quarter and each year, whether what you’re doing is aligned with your essential purpose and the vision for your life.

The more you align with essentials, the more you will be aligned with your essential self.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

How to Be More Productive

In another article we discuss how to get organized. This article further expands on this productivity theme from the angle of how to do more in less time. So how do you multiply your vision, your assets and your time so that you can do more in less time?

How to Be More Productive in 7 Steps

  1. Expand your thinking – Consider the bigger picture of your goals… the birds eye view. Is there a quicker way… “as the crow flies” from where you are to where you want to go?
  2. Focus on essentials – For each task you take on, ask yourself, “Is this…”:
    • “…essential?
    • …necessary?
    • …the most important thing to move me closer to my goal today?
      Over time, you will be able to automatically discern the answer as this process sharpens your goal-oriented thinking. It also puts your unconscious mind to work on this as well.
  3. Simplify your processes – Ask, “What would this look like if it were simple?” ~Tim Ferriss
  4. Create systems – Anything you do regularly, can be systemized. Systems leverage time. These often become the first things you can outsource to others to do for you.
  5. Outsource whatever you can – Outsourcing leverages your time and work. Recruit virtual assistants (VAs) to help you create your systems and then implement them.
  6. Set and track your goals – Use a goals planner to set and track your goals. Most people get more done and stay more focused through the process of setting and tracking goals as well as by tracking your time and tasks.
  7. Learn, create, and implement daily – Learn, vision, create and implement daily and you will succeed.

So how can you be more productive and get more done in less time? Expand your vision of your capacity. When you expect more of yourself, you will be able to do more. This applies to every area of life.

Set your macro goal, then work it through the micro. To set and achieve daily goals will get you where you want to go.

In summary, attend to the necessary micro each day, while focusing on the macro. How will you reach your goals? Simply, one day at a time.

Expand your vision, your thinking and your mindset and you will increase your capacity to do more, be more and have more.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Most creators are dreamers and ideators with more ideas than time. This a hot topic amongst artist entrepreneurs these days as well as in our small entrepreneurial family. Creative ideators with far more to do than time to do it. So how can we do more but without it taking more time? #vision #purpose #mindset #quotes

 

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