Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of building structure in their lives, especially when it comes to their work life. They think that having a rigid structure will stifle creativity and limit opportunities to pursue goals or ideas outside of their routine schedule. But the truth is that structure can be used to enhance creativity rather than hinder it and help you reach your goals more efficiently. This guide on the importance of building structure in your life will help you understand how you can use structure to improve your productivity and drive toward accomplishing your goals.
1. Just Get Started
There’s a popular saying that goes, There is no such thing as a bad idea. While I wholeheartedly agree with everything said in that statement, if you want to be more successful in building your business, you have to listen to my disclaimer:
A bad idea taken forward is worse than a good idea left behind. In other words, don’t spend weeks trying to validate your concept by surveying hundreds of people—just start working on it. The reality is that most new businesses fail because they never get off the ground. Don’t let yours become one of them! As an entrepreneur, your job isn’t to come up with ideas; it’s to make ideas happen. So just get started already!
2. Stay Focused on the Task at Hand
When you’re in a productive flow, it’s easy to lose track of time and space when immersed in your work. Rather than operating at peak productivity, it is much more effective to set long-term goals and focus on accomplishing those goals during shorter periods throughout your day. This allows you to remain focused on what needs to be done rather than getting distracted by time-wasting tasks.
By working on one project for a fixed period of time, you can avoid procrastination while also increasing your overall output. If there are multiple projects that need to be completed over different time frames, try breaking them down into smaller parts and assigning each part a specific amount of time—even if that means doing just one small task every few hours or so. The key is focusing on individual projects until they are complete; then moving onto another project until it’s finished as well.
3. Schedule Your Day Wisely
If you’re working on a deadline and just can’t seem to keep track of all your tasks and obligations, you may need to build in some extra structure to your day. Try setting aside a few minutes each morning before jumping into email and work tasks. Take some time to sketch out what you want to accomplish for the day—this doesn’t need to be an elaborate production. A simple list or three bullet points will do.
Then, use that as a guide throughout your day. Check off items as you go along and try not to get distracted by unplanned activities. This will help ensure that when 6 p.m. rolls around, you have accomplished everything you set out to do during the day!
4. Become an Early Riser
If you’re serious about becoming more productive and increasing your overall professional success, you should consider developing a habit of waking up early. Believe it or not, research has shown that morning people are generally happier and more productive than night owls. If you struggle to get up early, start with a short routine that ensures a successful wake-up every day—which often means preparing for bed at a reasonable hour (11 p.m. is ideal) and setting an alarm clock in your bedroom instead of on your phone.
Once you’ve established a consistent wake-up time, gradually add small tasks to your morning routine until they become second nature. For example, if you want to read a book each morning, set aside 30 minutes before work so you can finish one chapter per day; soon enough, reading will become part of your daily schedule.
5. Manage Me Time, Not You Time
While there is certainly value in your ability to multi-task, that doesn’t mean you should spend all day doing nothing but answering e-mails. If you want to be a valuable member of an organization, then it’s critical to separate your me time from your you time. Find an hour or two each day and block out time on your calendar for tasks that will allow you grow your professional skills, learn new things and contribute to future projects.
6. Appointments Are Important
An important part of being on time is building structure into your day. By scheduling appointments and meetings, you ensure that important things don’t fall through the cracks. More than likely, someone will have a conflict with an appointment at some point in their lives; it’s inevitable. To be able to work around these conflicts or prevent them from happening, build some sort of structure into your daily routine—and then stick to it. What do you need to do to start?
7. Bring in an Outsider
If you’re a solo practitioner or one-person business, you might be tempted to operate without any structure at all. There’s nothing wrong with that decision, but if you want to build a successful company—one that will attract more clients and provide more room for growth—it’s important to bring in an outsider. This could be a business coach or consultant; it could also be an advisor on your board who can help you build your corporate vision.
8. Keep on Learning
While it’s easy to use your current success as a way to get complacent, staying on top of new knowledge and trends can help you stay relevant for years to come. With top performers taking on an average 10-20 hours of new training per month, don’t be afraid to make education a priority even when your schedule is packed. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be for future growth and opportunities.
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