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    Posted February 11, 2014 by
    Toronto, Ontario

    A Simple Secret to Getting More Work Done in Less Time…

    You know, it’s funny; I used to be the one that was always searching for a shortcut, like, always. I’ve worked in a variety of industries and I’ve come to realize there is no secret on the front end, but I am going to show you how to reap the benefits on the back end.

    It’s kind of like the courting phase of a relationship, the more you study your woman, the more you’ll know what to do to receive a positive response from her. For example, my wife is an avid reader. If she has a choice between receiving a gift card from her favorite bookstore and a bouquet of flowers, she is going to go with the gift card…each and every time. The thing is, I had to study her to know that; and therein lies the secret my friend – You HAVE to STUDY first.

    Progressive productivity is all about knowledge. There’s a certain time of day, a certain weather condition, a certain environment that will yield a greater result for you and your business.
    Let’s give some more concrete examples to drive the point home:

    As I am typing this very blog, it is 5:25AM. My wife is still knocked out in bed and will be until it’s time to get my little guy ready for school. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am a morning person. Yesterday I was up at 4:30am working on another project. I personally get my BEST work done in the early morning. I know myself, I have studied myself, and I know I can easily hammer out another e-book in 2-3 mornings tops. All of my blog posts, articles, and e-books have all been written in the morning hours. It’s now at a point where I don’t even attempt to write something of value after hours.

    My wife however, is NOT a morning a person. If I ask her to do a graphic design or edit my articles in the morning, she’ll do it (out of love), but then she’ll do it again in the evening, and the difference in her quality will be night and day…pun intended lol. So now, I ONLY ask her to do this type of work in the evening. Makes sense right?

    When I was in the truck washing business, I came realize that between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00pm in the summer, the sun became very hot and would dry up all of the soap on the trucks, which would make it harder to rinse. Essentially, that block of time was slowing down my production. So I just started working earlier. I would get my truck ready from the night before, wake up at 3:00am, be on the job by 4:30am and have the job finished by 11:00am. A job that regularly took 8 hours to complete now only took me 6 and a half hours just by switching the time of day that the work was done.

    They key to getting more work done in less time is to study.

    Study your customers – When are they opening their e-mails? When are they walking into your shop? What do they look like? What are their interests?
    Study your employees – Are they morning people? Are they evening people? (hint: this little fact will tell you when you should assign certain tasks to them), What are their likes and interests?

    Study your business partners: Study what is valuable to them and what influences them.

    Study yourself. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses. Outsource what needs to be outsourced. Know your optimal conditions, work in those conditions.
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