LRS 034: How to Work Smart and Not Hard by Doing Less 106

How to Work Smart and Not Hard by Doing Less | The Let's Reach Success Podcast

In today’s episode of the Let’s Reach Success Podcast, we’ll focus on business growth and how to be more productive and effective and work smart instead of hard.

Too many people go for being busy rather than efficient, they want to do more things, work more time and think this will give them more results. But today we do business in a better way – by working only on what gives us progress, eliminating anything unnecessary, getting things done faster, saying no to distractions and interruptions from daily life and thus saving ourselves time which can be better invested in other things.

I’ll now share 21 tips on how to improve the way you work and scale your business. What you’ll hear is inspired by a bestselling business book called ReWork.

Show Notes:

  • Why the term entrepreneur is outdated and what to replace it with [3:21]
  • A better thing to focus on instead of finding investors [4:20]
  • Why you should ignore the details to do business better and work smarter [5:43]
  • One of the main reasons why startups fail and how to avoid it [6:53]
  • What makes meetings pointless [9:05]
  • Why paying too much attention to the competition is bad for your business [10:50]
  • What’s the only way to keep track of customer’s feedback [12:19]
  • Marketing isn’t about press releases and paying for promotion [13:28]
  • Why resumes don’t matter [14:16]

Mentioned:

Action Steps on How to Work Smart

  1. Don’t plan too much in advance. Focus on taking action instead.
  2. There’s no need to call yourself an entrepreneur and try to fit the description. Be a starter instead.
  3. Outside funding is a shortcut. Don’t go this way.
  4. Forget about scaling from day one. Leave bigger offices, new departments, more employees, investors, projects, etc. for later.
  5. The details are a distraction from your actual work. Leave them behind.
  6. Let some problems be.
  7. Create your minimum viable product and launch it as soon as possible.
  8. Stop using reports and documents.
  9. No more meetings.
  10. Make your to-do lists shorter.
  11. Break big decisions into smaller ones so that you can be more decisive and move forward faster.
  12. Stop paying so much attention to the competition, and improve yourself and build products instead.
  13. Say no to some of your ideas, no matter how good they sound. You can’t get it all done.
  14. Forget about spreadsheets and databases, listen to the feedback of your customers instead.
  15. Stop promoting yourself in the wrong ways. Just improve all the actions you take connected to your business, anything that’s related to your online presence, and every type of communication you have with the customer. Everything you say and do is marketing.
  16. Do the job yourself first so that you can teach employees how to do it.
  17. Ignore resumes.
  18. For better customer service, be available and get back to people quickly.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

relationships

As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.