When you’re your own boss, everything depends on you.
You decide when to work, what to work on, and…what your team should be working on. This is great but, the flexibility also means you have no one else to blame when things don’t work out. Sometimes, you wish you had a blueprint to tell you what to do next.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the possibitlities available in your business, productivity coaching can help you gain clarity and have the structure to take action. By working with a professional coach, you will see results faster by working on the right things only.
Especially if your business is going through a transformation, your productivity coach will guide you through streamlining your workflows and setting clear goals, so you can make the most of your opportunity (and avoid burn out).
The most common business transformations are:
- Growing from freelancer to business / agency
- Expanding from one-man-band to creating your first team
- Building a personal brand around your business
- A change in leadership in an existing company
- Creating and launching new products and projects
- Adjusting your workload to support your lifestyle
Here are 14 ways that productivity coaching will upgrade your business and impact your life.
Know exactly what to work on every day (and bust stress)
What if you could wake up productive, knowing exactly what needs your attention?
Instead of letting the day sidetrack you to whatever emergency, meeting, or call that comes your way, knowing exactly what’s worth your attention and when to take care of it.
When you are reactive all the time, you can never be strategic and decide where you want to take your business (and, therefore, your lifestyle).
Having a productivity coach will help you create the structure to make progress every day. When you do that, you will no longer feel like you’ve worked all day but…didn’t get much done. Every day will be a success, and stress will go down.
I don’t work Saturdays and Sundays anymore, I don’t even look at myManav, CEO, LoveRaw
computer. Having one clear goal, and using it as a filter for my own
actions, and then for the whole team, was a game changer.
Focus on what will grow your top line
Your time is limited to 24 hours a day, so it’s important you spend it on things that will actually grow your revenue. Focusing on the projects and activities that will give you the most results also means you will be able to generate more resources to free up your time: once you know what works, you can leverage other people’s time and skills in order to multiply your results.
Understanding what is worth your time is simple: track how much time you spend on each activity, and then quantify its monetary result. Then, divide the money generated by the time invested: this will give you an idea of which activities are giving you the greatest returns, and are worth doubling down on.
Learn to say no to things that don’t take you anywhere
It’s easy to feel paralysed by opportunities: after all, it’s your job as an entrepreneur to create new ones. When you spread your bets across many projects, tasks, and responsibilities, it’s usually showing a lack of trust. Trust that your efforts will pay off, or trust that your leadership is advanced enough to delegate your work to other people.
Instead of spreading yourself thin across a myriad of roles, projects, and businesses, select the few that will impact everything else. Like the first domino that impacts the whole game, productivity coaching can help you identify the projects and activities that will make everything else either easier or irrelevant.
Create daily habits that support your growth
Every business is the reflection of its owner.
Whatever standard you accept, that is what you will get in return from your business, and your life. If you are scattered all the time, always working on the unimportant, you are building a business that supports these same principles: the more you wait, the more difficult change will be.
By creating small daily habits that automatically support your personal growth, like journalling, learning, planning your day, and training, you will generate a constant sense of growth, which will positively impact everyone of your projects. You will have more energy, and finally be in control of your day, going from reactive follower to proactive leader.
Productivity coaching will help you find and create the small daily habits that will have the greatest impact on your daily life and performance.
Get the accountability to take action
Being your own boss means that you set the agenda, but also that you are responsible for it happening. No one else tells you what to do, nor when to do it—it’s easy to justify if you fail on your own tasks and objectives.
You can have the best intentions, the strongest motivation, and the best plan but…sometimes, you can’t help but keep falling off the horse.
Having a productivity coach will give you the external accountability you need to stick to the plan and take action, instead of going back to planning again.
Have a trusted advisor to remind you of the big picture
When you’re immersed in the work every day, you forget the overall roadmap. It’s easy to get lost in the small details that take you nowhere, especially when you have to figure it all out yourself. Your productivity coach will keep you focused on what’s important to the business and your revenue goals, allowing you to stay organised and keep calm in every situation.
The sessions have already paid back dividendsTom, Founder, TomInYourPocket
I don’t have to double guess myself – I know that the actions we decided on are my sober thoughts and well thought through, I don’t have to think about it again and can just get on with taking action and see results.
Beat procrastination and master focus
Multitasking is a myth. Research has shown how all our brains do, is quickly switching between tasks, dividing our attention (the “central manager”) across too many tasks. It feels like we’re getting a lot done, but in the end everything takes longer.
As an entrepreneur, you must be in control of your actions, and squeeze as much as possible out of your 24 hours. However, focus is a challenge when you’re in charge, and procrastination…well, sometimes it’s great way to postpone taking an uncomfortable decision.
Productivity coaching will teach you proven techniques to work on fewer things and maximise impact, while also training your focus to be as sharp as a zen master’s. You will get more done in less time. More importantly, you will get the right things done, so you can take time off and enjoy your wins. Bye bye scattergun approach, welcome procrastination sniper.
Learn to outsource (so you can fire yourself)
The secret to successful outsourcing is knowing exactly what it worth anyone’s time, and what isn’t. The most common mistake I see in business owners working with a VA or hiring their first employee is that they start delegating actions without giving any context nor explanation: essentially, they gain more arms to type with, but they are still the one mind that needs to make every decision and critical thinking. Instead of freeing up time, you get trapped managing other people’s work, instead of focusing on your own.
A productivity coach will help you identify what needs to be outsourced, and what needs to be automated or eliminated altogether. They will guide you through creating documents and streamlining processes that will make your team independent, so they don’t need your opinion on every decision: they understand your thinking behind it.
That way, you can fire yourself, and focus on your strengths (or finally take a week off).
Become a better leader and manager
Why does everyone always need you? Employees, suppliers, customers, the management team…it feels like everyone needs you, and you can never work on your own tasks (the important ones). When other people depend on you though, often is because they don’t have the context or independence to make their own decisions, and then measure the outcome. They depend on your emotional satisfaction or gut feel, and they need you to make every single call.
In order to grow your business and your team (remotely or locally), you must put in place clear boundaries, areas of responsibilities, and process documents for everyone to be able to do their best work without being a bottleneck to the team. By empowering your team, you will go from executing everything to managing the vision and direction of the business.
Streamline your workflows to be effective
Most of the work you take care of is either recurring, or is made up of small tasks that can be bucketed in a few categories. And yet, they take a lot of your time and, most importantly, ability to think clearly. You’re left with no time to think strategically about the future of your business, and what would actually make a difference for you and your team.
Your productivity coach can help you identify
What’s the opportunity cost of you working on the wrong things?
Gain clarity for your personal goals
Every year, you start out to meet your goals. But by the end of the first quarter, your focus is in 20 different directions. How do you choose?
When you choose which goals to take on, you have to choose on those areas that will bring radical progress across every single aspect of your life. That’s why it’s important to align your business with your lifestyle: they will both feed and support each other.
Working with a coach will guide you through a proven system to identify what’s lacking in your life, and align it with your working schedule and goals. At the same time, you will have someone to help you choose those activities that will have the largest impact.
So you can have more energy at work, more time for growth, and wake up ready to make it a great day, every morning.
I used to start my days feeling overwhelmed, and finish with a sense of guilt: constantly being behind. Matt’s principles and hacks helped me get better results with less effort, and wake up on top of my day.– Jez, founder, Harbour.
I really wish someone shared this with me 10 years ago!
Set measurable goals for your business
Business goals like “more clients”, “more revenue”, “more free time”, and the like set you up for failure, because you can never know whether you are getting close enough or not. Heck, you don’t even know whether you got there already.
Is one more client enough? How about $50 a day? Or 10 minutes of free time? What about 2 hours? What are you even going to do with it?
The key is to set goals that are easily measurable: they need to have a clear condition to get to, and a time to get there
Your productivity coach will help you find the most meaningful metrics for your business, so you can focus on fewer things and maximise the impact. Then, by having someone there to help you take action and assess progress, you’ll be able to adjust before it’s too late, so you can get even better results, faster. It’s like predicting the future.
Learn from other businesses’ experience
When you work with a coach, you tap into the collective experience of someone running multiple businesses and working with many business owners across several industries—food, e-commerce, design, marketing, manufacturing, services, blockchain, and much more.
Instead of seeing everything for the first time and figuring out all through tough mistakes, you gain the support of someone who’s able to recognise business patterns and share tools and principles that will grow your business around the flexible lifestyle you deserve.
It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top.
Stop working after dinner (and at the weekend)
Most people play the 25-hour game, going to bed late or postponing what’s important in order to make space for everything else. When you work for yourself, no one is there to tell you otherwise. It’s easy for work to bleed into your personal time, and never have time to be at home with your family, your friends, or invest in yourself.
It makes you feel guilty and powerless.
Here’s why you should set boundaries: when you have less time available, you will have to focus on important things rather than getting lost in options (and then finding yourself desperately trying to catch up in the evening). For it to work though, you have to first break the negative cycle, and then respect your own rule: that’s where being accountable to a coach, after identifying the most important activities together, can have a massive impact on your life and business.
Don’t forget to book your free consultation today, and see how productivity coaching can help you grow your business faster, while taking back control of your schedule and your personal time. Don’t let the busy hold you back.