Have you ever found yourself frustrated that you or your team is not achieving the goals that you think should be reached? Or maybe you have found yourself in a rut, where you have settled for something less than maximum productivity and performance inside your business…
This is not uncommon among business owners, but it should never be a place we stay. If you think of you and your team as a sports team, you probably wouldn’t start a sports team to just play a game. You are there to play and WIN! That’s why you train, practice, and show up for the big game… To achieve your goal… to WIN.
The same holds true in your business. I’m sure you didn’t start your business to just have a hobby, you started it because you had a picture in your mind about having freedom, control, fun, etc. So if you do find yourself growing your business at a slower pace and not reaching your goals, I have good news…
Improving your performance and productivity doesn’t require massive, overwhelming changes. That’s right, what I would like to introduce you to is the 1% Principle.
Please take a moment to watch this short video to see the power of the 1% Principle.
As you can see, it’s not about big changes, but incremental changes. It’s looking at things to see what you can change to increase your performance, focus and results. Just a 1% increase in performance can make a noticeable difference to the end results. The same goes the other way, if you decline 1% in your performance, you will have noticeable negative results.
In the video, it mentioned things as crazy as even testing pillows that improved sleep. Well, that actually makes a lot of sense. If we don’t sleep well, that will affect our performance during the day. Which could cause us to take shortcuts and justify why we are not dominating our workday.
Here are some helpful ideas broken up into categories that will help you see where you can start looking at implementing the 1% Principle. I encourage you to take notes on which areas you implement it, so you can really see what is improving.
Health & Sleep.
This is something I see that easily can slip away from most entrepreneurs. We get busy, we work our butts off and usually our sleep and eating habits are the first thing to go. Believe it or not, we do need more than just Starbucks! 🙂
– Set up a bedtime. Although this sounds kind of silly. I have found it easy to stay up late for no real reason. I now make it a point to be in bed by a certain time, unless something important comes up. I know how much sleep I need to be my best for the next day. Do you know how much you need?
– Eat a healthy breakfast. For a long time, I would start my day with a Mocha and not eat until lunch time. This started to take a toll on me. Starting your day with water and a healthy breakfast will increase energy and focus, not to mention you will be all around healthier.
– Fitness. It also might be wise to have a little workout routine that you do in the morning to get the blood flowing. Personally, I don’t do this, I go to the gym in the evenings. So find whatever works best for you.
– Keep your desk clutter free and files organized. Also, make sure your workspace needs everything you need when you need it. If you are on the go a lot, have a carry bag of some sort that has the things you need.
– Placement of desk. If you find yourself needing to get up a lot to go talk to a co-worker or whatever… Is there a place that you can move your desk to a place that saves time? This also leads to the next point…
– Free from distractions. Working in a place that gets heavy foot traffic might not be the best place to be working. I know for me, I like to have my own space that is free from people. I am able to focus and get much more done is a shorter amount of time.
– A change in scenery. If you know how you work during the day, you might find that going to a coffee shop in the afternoon gives you a burst of new creativity and focus. I have found it helpful to move around like this. Who wants to stare at a wall all day? (Hopefully you have a window)
– Clutter free. The same holds true for all files on your computer. Keep them organized and easy to find. It might not seem like a big deal, but much time can be wasted just searching for a file. Even if it’s just seconds, or a minute or two a day, that can add up over a year.
– Aside from keeping files in order, you also need to keep your contacts/clients/prospects in order. This is where a CRM comes in handy. There are a ton of free and paid CRMs to choose from. Just do a little searching.
– Easy note taking. Although this sounds simple, wasting time looking for physical or digital notes takes away from your productivity. I personally like to have a physical notebook handy and I ALWAYS use Evernote to keep things organized and easy to find.
– Distractions. Unless you are a Social Media Manager/Marketer, you probably want to limit the amount of times you visit your social profiles. Remember, you have a goal and end result in mind. You’ve got to do what it takes to get you to that goal. This also holds true for your cell phone. Random text messages and phone calls can be a major distraction.
– Emails… Emails have become the necessary evil. We need them, but it can easily become out of control. Having a process in which you handle emails is extremely important. My advice, take a hard look at what you can do to manage emails better that will improve your productivity. Remember, we are only going for 1%. Here are some cool resources for that. http://gettingthingsdone.com/tag/email-management/
– Have a set process in how you communicate with your team/co-workers. You can also do little things like having your conference number on speed dial. It doesn’t seem like much, but this is how the 1% Principle works. There are now a ton of apps and programs for teams to communicate easily without having to clutter your inbox. It’s worth looking into.
This one I think is huge because it really all starts here. We must have the proper mindset that sees the big picture, knows what the goals are, and can look for ways to improve overall performance.
As you continue to implement the 1% Principle, you will find yourself more focused and getting more done. You will also continue to find more ways to change things by 1%.
In the Comments:
I want to hear what you think. What ideas do you have or things you see you could change with the 1% Principle?
Let’s keep our eye on the prize! 🙂