If there’s one thing you can be sure of as a business owner, it is that you’re never going to have more than 24 hours in your day.
You have unique skills and offerings you want to serve your customers. But unless you set the right goals, get organized, and prioritize your time and tasks appropriately, you’re going to waste a lot of time hustling without success.
Your ability to build a business that brings you the success and freedom you’re looking for boils down to your ability to manage the precious time you have productively.
This personalized report has been created based on your Productivity Type Assessment (PTA). It gives you targeted advice on your strengths and areas for improvement to become more productive and effective as a business owner.
The Grinders are known for being hard-working and reliable. Due to their ability to keep work organized, they can stay on top of changing demands coming from multiple directions. The Grinders have very high standards for their work and always want to make sure what they are delivering meets or exceeds expectations, even if it means spending some extra hours or days on it.
You have a ton of ideas for your business and like to maintain a degree of creative freedom to explore them when inspiration strikes. You embrace change with curiosity and can quickly adjust to shifting situations and demands. Your clients and partners value you for being so ready to help and promptly responding to their requests.
You have a very structured approach to managing your business. You understand the value of planning and want to spend some time in advance to make sure you are taking the right path towards your business goals. Thus, you are rarely caught off-guard and are able to approach most situations well-prepared and in a timely manner. You have set up systems for your business, which makes it easier for you to keep track of tasks and information effectively.
You have very high standards for your work. Even when you’re tight on time, you choose not to compromise on the quality of your service and products. Your clients value you for going above and beyond to bring them the best results.
Although being flexible and ready to adjust helps you stay nimble in your business, not having clear business goals defined can backfire. Not being clear on what you’re prioritizing each month or quarter, you can easily end up spending too much time on “busy work” (such as responding to emails and DMs). You might also get distracted by “shiny objects” and fail to finish what you had started. Also, beware that if you’re too quick to react to demands from others, you will likely spend most of your time working on someone else’s priorities instead of your own.
Watch out for excessive planning and organizing. Even though systems and processes are necessary for managing your business effectively, there is a limit to how heavy or elaborate they should be. It should be aligned with the complexity and importance of the project or area of business. Make sure tweaking your business systems doesn’t end up stealing too much of your productive time.
You have a tendency towards perfectionism, which can seriously hamper your business success. As a business owner, you will always find more work on your plate than there is time for, and trying to do it all too perfectly is a sure way to crash and burn. Instead, identify those work areas where high standards are truly an advantage and lower the bar for everything else – or better yet, outsource them.
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I am a Finnish productivity systems strategist who helps female service-based entrepreneurs ditch the overwhelm and reclaim their time with tech-powered productivity systems.
I have previously built a corporate career in strategy and business development – building and running strategy and business processes for large and global companies. Instead of pretty paper planners and productivity “hacks”, I blend corporate-grade best practices with powerful tech tools to create coherent and effective productivity systems.
When I’m not nerding out with the latest Kanban tool, you can find me playing with my two small children or practicing yoga.