Last time you learned how to save time by saying “no” to low-priority requests from others. This time you’re going to learn how tools can save you time. Read on…
Using Tools to Boost Your Productivity
You probably already use various tools in your business and personal life to boost productivity. For example, your computer is one of the biggest time-saving tools you own. But even something as simple as a kitchen timer that you use to work in productive bursts is a good productivity tool.
Now, the tools you use to save time and boost productivity largely depend on your goals. Below you’ll find some common examples of tools you may consider using. But before we get into those examples, let me say this: Tools can help, but they’re not magic bullets.
You see, some people believe that if they just have the right tool, they’ll be successful. This is particularly easy to see if you’ve ever visited some of the online business forums. People are looking for software and other tools that will make them rich. Or look at a dieting forum, and you’ll see plenty of people looking for that magic weight-loss pill that will melt the fat. Indeed, you’ll see this “magic bullet” attitude almost anywhere you look.
A tool can save you time, save you money, boost your productivity and in general make your life a little easier. But the tool itself won’t make you successful. Nor will NOT having the tool be the cause of your failure. If you find yourself making these sorts of excuses, then I urge you to re-read some of the earlier lessons.
If you blame your lack of success on not being able to afford a certain tool, then you need to re-visit the lessons on taking responsibility. You may also want to re-read the lessons on fear, as feeling like you need a tool to succeed may be just a symptom of fear.
For example, the person who wants to lose weight may blame the lack of results on not having a treadmill. However, while a treadmill makes it convenient to exercise, not having one is no excuse for poor results. The person simply needs to make time to walk outdoors or go to the gym while simultaneously eating fewer calories.
Here then are other a couple examples of tools you may use to boost productivity:
The right software. If you’re a writer, then you’ll want to find a good word processing software that has all the features you need. For example, it’s easier to write a book using something like Microsoft Word than it is to write a book using the plain-text Notepad software.
If you’re an online marketer, then you may have a need for a variety of tools, including autoresponder software, tracking tools, affiliate program software, a blogging platform, an HTML editor and similar tools.
The right equipment. Obviously, this includes things like a computer. But it also includes things like a business phone line, a copier and printer and similar items. If you’re trying to lose weight you might buy exercise equipment. If you’re starting an offline business, you may need equipment like a delivery van and office equipment.
Productivity software. There is some software on the market that “locks down” your computer so that you can only use essential programs. For example, you won’t be able to check your email, but you will be able to use your word processor.
That’s it for this time. Next time you’ll learn how to create and use systems to boost your productivity.