Even the best investors have trouble motivating themselves from time to time. Instead of making excuses and putting off tasks until tomorrow, the most productive people will push through and get their goals accomplished. As simple as it may seem, not everyone wants to work all of the time. Therefore, organization and optimization are key. Find ways to be as productive as possible and make the best use of your time. Instead of looking at how boring and monotonous a task is look at how much you will get out of it when it is finished. Getting the most out of your day is critical to success.
If you plan your day the night before, you will get far more accomplished. Instead of waking up wondering what you need to do and how you are going to do it, your day will begin on the right note. Not only should you write down what you want to do, but write down how you are going to do it and when. This may seem like too much structure, but the alternative leads to wasted time throughout your day. Before you know it, you have already spent a few minutes on your favorite website, then a few minutes catching up with someone online. Every second you spend not working is time lost. If you make a plan and vow to stick with it, there will be less wasted time every day.
Making a strict plan doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up every now and then. You should set aside time to do certain tasks in order to keep a routine, but the minute things start to get stale, you should switch them up. If you mail letters or send emails out every morning, get in the car and network in the morning and work on your letters in the afternoon. The most common reason people stop doing things is because they get bored with them or don’t see the results they desire. By switching things up, even just once a week, you will feel revitalized in your daily activities.
Being an investor requires you do most of your work by yourself. Even if you have a partner, there are many tasks that are done alone. These tasks can get boring if you do them over and over again. If you are stuffing envelopes, put some music on in the background or step out of your office and pick and different location to do them in. If you are networking in your car pick a different set of attorneys or realtors to visit. You need to find ways to enjoy what you are doing and not feel like you are really working. As in investors you are bound to any clock or have a boss constantly looking over your shoulder. You can work where you like and how you like. Find something that keeps you engaged in your tasks yet offers some distraction from the mundane part of the job.
Instead of trying to do everything on your list from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep you should break it up and keep some time for yourself. Reward yourself every now and then with something small to keep you motivated. If you like going to the gym you can reward yourself by working out for an hour whenever you finish the first three things on your daily list. If you like movies take a few hours a week to see movies if you do you work by a certain day. Whatever it is you enjoy this should be your reward for doing your work in a timely manner. If you are all work all the time you won’t have the balance you need in life and you will eventually get burnt out even if you are successful. By taking little rewards you will enjoy the business more and be more productive.
Getting the most out of your day means constantly doing something when you are working. It is easy to get sidetracked with minor details such as where you are going to get coffee or what you are going to eat for lunch. There is a fine line between too regimented and leaving some room for spontaneity. The more you have planned out the more proficient your work will be. Don’t get hung up on minor decisions that aren’t really important in the grand scheme of your business. If you go back and forth on what you are going to eat for lunch what are you going to do when deciding what price to offer on your next deal. Getting things done means making quick, authoritative decisions and learning to live when the consequences.
Procrastination and constantly putting things off will only create a log jam of tasks down the road. The best businesses are those that realize they don’t necessarily need to work hard but rather work smart. Working smart means maximizing the time you have throughout your day and actually doing work when you are working. Making lists, rewarding yourself and acting quickly will help you get more done and help with your business. Working for yourself isn’t always the easiest but knowing that you can work in any manner that is effective for you can change the way you spend your day.