The 5-Day Business Challenge To Increase Productivity

Take the 5-Day Productivity Challenge: Stop Being a Reactive Business Owner and Learn How You Can Begin Taking Control of Your Day

As business owners, our business often becomes our life. While this is commendable and sometimes necessary, have you lost sight of why you started your business in the first place?

Day 1: Learn What a Reactive Work Situation Looks Like

On your first day of the challenge, your task is to understand what a reactive work situation looks like. It’s important for you to know this so you can be aware of when they happen and how to handle them going forward. A reactive work situation is one in which events force you to act due to lack of planning. Whether it’s a new competitor showing up, a cash flow shortage, or a team that’s simply not getting along, these situations force you to do something fast. You end up taking a step backward instead of forward.

  • Note if there are any similarities between the situations that arise

Day 2: Learn What a Proactive Work Situation Looks Like

Just as it’s important for you to know what a reactive work situation is, you should also know what a proactive situation looks like. A proactive work situation is one in which you focus on continually analyzing and improving business performance. Doing this allows you to avoid chaotic situations from popping up, and it helps you prepare for any upcoming events that may impact your business.

  • Make note of the exact steps you took to prevent those situations

Day 3: Start Monitoring Your Reactive Moments

Now that you understand the differences between reactive and proactive situations, you can use this knowledge to take back control of your time, your life, and your business. The best way to do this for you to start monitoring the moments when reactive situations appear. On day three, create a spreadsheet and start keeping track of when they happen as well as the circumstances that surround them.

  • Share the spreadsheet with key members of your team and allow them to add their own viewpoints or comments

Day 4: Organize Your Reactive Moments into Categories

Now that you’ve started monitoring your reactive moments, on day four you can start categorizing them according to how significant they are. Are they minor in nature or do they cause major disruptions to your life or your business?

  • Share the spreadsheet with key members of your team to receive their input

Day 5: Delegate, Organize, or Delete — Never Postpone

On day five of the challenge, it’s time to learn how you can turn your reactive moments into proactive ones. You can use your spreadsheet to prioritize these moments for this crucial final step to help you regain balance in your life as well as in your business.

  • Share the revised spreadsheet with key members of your team and brainstorm on ideas of how to turn these moments from reactive to proactive ones

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