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Do You Use Productivity Strategies?
Blog / Improving Sales Team Performance / Jan 16, 2021 / Posted by Elinor Stutz / 3376

Do You Use Productivity Strategies?


We can almost predict the likelihood for our future success that is dependent upon our productivity strategies. Most people have a difficult time dealing with stress; worse, it negatively impacts productivity.  It becomes difficult to accomplish everything within their time allotment.  Then the initial issue can quickly become a 360.

Next, worry sets in as we think about completing what is necessary for fulfilling our vision.  For those employed, the stress is worse due to the fear of not living up to employer expectations.  Fear then sets in about the potential of being fired.

We may not be able to alleviate all concerns, but productivity strategies will enable us to achieve more in less time.  As we become more productive, it’s easier to believe we will see better possibilities ahead. We are to come to an understanding of our procedures and habits.  The next step is to focus on how we use productivity strategies.  Only then are we able to modify our practices to experience a better outcome.

As of late, a typical day includes working on projects with deadlines.  But the interference of tech mishaps continues to interrupt progress.  Often the question becomes, can we ignore the issue to focus on work, or will we experience a more extended workday?

“Solving problems come first, otherwise, they will negatively affect our work.”

One Surprising Suggestion For Solving Problems

When big projects loom ahead, do the opposite of what you typically do.  Instead of over-thinking, stressing about it, and doubting yourself, ‘Take A Break!’

Why would anyone suggest, take a break?  We lose time anyway when stress takes the lead.  The worst part is that we do not make the best decisions under these circumstances.  Accordingly, unexpected errors are more likely to occur.   And then we go down a sinkhole of lost time and productivity.  And then more stress sets in as we wonder if anyone has productivity strategies.

Consider this: As you become comfortable moving away from work for a while, time efficiencies kick in.  How?

One example was needing to leave our premises.  The temperature was in the low 20’s outside.  Being from the west coast, I put on more clothing than ever for the possibility of taking a long walk in the outdoors.  Magic happens on these occasions.

I find that exercise takes my mind off what I need to get done.  As my mind begins to wander, new ideas come to me for completing the project looming ahead.  Upon returning, I smiled upon recognizing my new ability to walk a couple of miles in the cold. I then returned to my computer to record new ideas in mind.  The next step is in prioritizing the thoughts as they coordinate with the deadlines ahead.

Not only was I able to figure out my productivity strategies, but I also got in some exercise.  Although, it appears to be a waste of time to move away from my desk, it proved to be otherwise.

Other helpful efficiencies include:

  • Keeping a running task list
  • Having a notepad near where you sleep should you awake with an idea
  • An evening review for what needs work the next day
  • Check the messaging on platforms each evening to add possible to-do’s
  • Making introductions for others; reciprocity broadens out network and possibilities
  • Review the database entries for tomorrow’s events

How You Use Productivity Strategies

There are stressful situations all around us to overcome.  It’s up to you to decide what is best for you.  Which actions will help you to alleviate what’s holding you back?  Make a note of the time-killers and promise yourself that you will overcome each one by one.

Admit whether you have been late on projects.  Whether excuses or not, list your reasons why they were incomplete.  Now review whether there is a consistent answer or varying reasoning.  There may be a common thread that you can avoid in the future.

Sometimes the answer is as simple as not allowing others to interfere with our precious time.  And other times, one needs to be more prudent on follow-up and completing projects as we promise.

Should you be a traditionalist, give the experiment of doing the opposite a try.  Take a half-hour or hour off to do one of the following by yourself:

  • Exercise
  • Begin a creative project
  • Cook as you listen to music
  • Enjoy nature
  • Do a puzzle

You may surprise yourself by realizing when your mind roams free, ideas appear for completing your projects.  The concept is similar to rebooting your computer.  Alone time will free your mind bringing forth new ideas.

Keep tabs on everything you are to do by using a CRM system, an excel spreadsheet, or a word document.  Whichever method you use, the qualifier is to follow through habitually.  You will accomplish far more in less time.  Make it your resolution to set a regimen for yourself that you know will work.

Sales Tips: Do You Use Productivity Strategies?

  1. Free your mind with music or exercise
  2. Enjoy the moments in time
  3. Pay attention to the ideas coming to mind
  4. Consider if an unusual thought may work
  5. Upon ending the moment of freedom, jot down associated ideas
  6. Prioritize the thoughts that will give momentum to projects
  7. Add in the associated elements for the task ahead
  8. Can you include other strategies to make the idea more robust?
  9. Revise your original plan to incorporate the new thought and smile.
  10. Celebrate Success!
Today’s insights are provided to help you achieve the Smooth Sale

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Elinor Stutz broke through barriers long before doing so was popular. First, she proved Women Can Sell. Smooth Sale was created to teach how to earn a returning and referring clientele. Stutz became an International Best-Selling Author, a Top 1% Influencer, and Sales Guru and Inspirational Speaker.

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