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Work smart | Productivity

There’s no shortage of work in a small business, so any steps to improve productivity and get more done in less time are a must.

In this section, you’ll learn ways of overcoming procrastination and plenty of other productivity tips. Dive in and boost productivity!

How to overcome writing roadblocks

01 Apr 15 | Maria Pantalone

Anyone who’s ever sat down to write an article has experienced the frustration of writer’s block. These six tips will get you back on the horse in no time! Read more

How I get the ‘important’ done first

29 Mar 15 | Scarlett Rugers

We all find it hard to stop the urgent getting in the way of the important. Here’s a bulletproof method for ensuring you get to work on your business every day. Read more

How to get your office organised

14 Mar 15

Narelle Todd helps people get organised and productive. Here she explains ways to get on top of stuff. Even if messy is your thing. Read more

How to create an inspiring and productive workspace

06 Feb 15 | Jen Clark

Taking the time to create an inspiring workspace for yourself can be a fun exercise. And it can pay off with increased productivity too! Read more

The key to getting things done

07 Jan 15 | Jo Macdermott

Although you’ve given up the daily 9-5 grind, chances are you are still conditioned to work a set number of hours each day. You don’t have to. Read more

How to save ten hours a week

20 Nov 14 | Michaela Clark

Find out how to save ten hours a week so that you can spend more time growing your business and/or doing the things you love. Read more

Five myths to beat before they beat you

29 Jul 14 | Robert Gerrish

Soloists can believe some long-held myths are actually true. Unfortunately, if they’re not debunked, these myths can drive small business into the ground. Read more

Seven tips to boost productivity after lunch

18 Jul 14 | Leah Rise

Lunch is a good time to recharge your mind and body, but it can sometimes be followed by a slump. Here are seven tips to boost your productivity, post pie. Read more

A $10,000 business lesson from poker

24 Jun 14 | Dave Gillen

A few years ago I got hooked on poker. I read every poker book I could. One particular lesson stuck with me, and it’s changing the way I approach my business. Read more

Are you a maker or a manager?

01 Apr 14 | Jayne Tancred

Between sales, marketing and admin, soloists often talk about the challenges of wearing many hats. But for me, only two matter: my maker hat and my manager hat. Read more

How to procrastinate: nine tips from a pro

11 Feb 14 | Peter Crocker

Why is there such focus on how to be productive when many of us spend our time faffing around? There should be more tips on how to procrastinate. Here they are. Read more

Podcast - 7 traps to avoid to make 2014 your best year yet

12 Jan 14

If you want to make the New Year a cracker, it's as much about avoiding obstacles as it is focusing on goals. In this podcast, Andrew Griffiths helps us navigate. Read more

Podcast - In praise of rising early

15 Dec 13

Historically, Peter Crocker would think nothing of working through the night, but as part of his quest for greater personal productivity, that all changed. In this podcast he shares his journey. Read more

Eight productivity tips for procrastinators

12 Nov 13 | Lucinda Lions

Recently I isolated eight things I do on the days when I’m freakishly productive. Here’s my list. Read more

Three quick ways to pamper your business

01 Oct 13 | Emma Grey

Don’t wait for ‘when you have time’ to give your business some love. Do it right now, in 15 minutes or less. Read more

Stop doing ‘stuff’ and start doing what you love

21 Sep 13 | Lynda Bayada

Taking consistent and purposeful action towards your main goal is a constant mantra for any soloist, but it’s easy to run off course. Here are some simple tips on how to stay on task – the right tasks – in your business. Read more

Seven types of busy

18 Jan 13 | Emma Grey

Frustrated with your current rate of progress? Here are seven types of busy that could be holding you up, plus tips on how to overcome them. Which one are you? Read more

Multitasking: Is it good or bad for productivity?

29 Nov 12 | Michelle Kvello

Research is divided on the benefits of doing many tasks at once. So should we curb multitasking, or should we embrace it? Read more

How to deal with distractions

21 Sep 12 | David Solomon

No matter how much you try to focus on the task at hand, there will invariably be something competing for your attention. But if you deal with distractions well, the impact on productivity is reduced. Read more

Four common home-office interruptions

31 Jul 12 | Peter Crocker

Why do you never hear this at the front door of an investment bank? “Yoo-hoo … anybody home? I was in the area, thought I’d pop in for a quick cuppa!” Read more

Podcast: David Allen on getting things done

27 May 12 | Tim Reid

David Allen, famous for his ground-breaking work-life management system, Getting Things Done, talks to Tim Reid and Luke Moulton about how you can be buried in projects yet have nothing on your mind! Read more

Stop being busy and start being productive

18 May 12 | David Solomon

Recently I sent out an email asking people what their top business issues were, and one issue kept coming up: How can I get more time to do all the things I need to do? I wish I had the answer to that one! Well, actually I do… Read more

Embrace the chaos? Or fight for control?

17 Apr 12 | Peter Crocker

I expend a lot of energy trying to create order and calm – to-do lists, project plans and research. The reality is that any sense of order rarely lasts, and it’s getting worse. Read more

Neuro-linguistic programming: Why trying is trying

12 Aug 11 | Deborah Keep

Being consistently productive is a common goal, but constantly striving to make every day as successful and consistent as possible can be unproductive and even destructive. Read more

Free report: 40+ top tips for boosting productivity

25 Jan 11

With overwhelm or distraction impacting 84%* of solo and micro business owners, it’s no wonder productivity is such a hot topic. Here are the Flying Solo community's top tips. Read more

Resolutions: A slacker’s guide to giving up

25 Jan 11 | Sam Leader

Am I the only one who gets bored of talk of resolutions by about 3 January? If, like me, talk of ‘should’ brings out the rebel in you, read on. Read more

The power of saying 'No'

20 Jan 11

Are you infected by the 'disease to please'? Sacha Crouch talks to Robert about how to say no. Read more

Billable hours: Back to basics

07 Sep 10 | Jayne Tancred

Have you ever recorded just how much of your day’s work is billable hours and how much is non-billable hours? I did, and the results were scary. Read more

Prioritising tasks - Leaving on a high

17 Aug 10 | Robert Gerrish

If you’re having the kind of day where you effortlessly fill the hours, but don’t get any sense of achievement, I may have the answer, and it involves prioritising tasks. Read more

The pursuit of productivity

10 Jul 10 | Robert Gerrish

At the core of any successful quest to improve productivity, is a clear awareness of priorities. Read more

In pursuit of precious boredom

06 Jul 10 | Sam Leader

When I heard myself say “I’ve deleted that newspaper” I got worried. Should I pull the plug for a bit? Read more

Eliminating tolerations: Dealing with unfinished business

29 Jun 10 | Robert Gerrish

Are you, like me, surrounded by a myriad of itsy bitsy things pleading for your attention? And are you sick of how this messes with your mind? Try these actions to help with eliminating tolerations. Read more

Want simplicity in business? Be prepared to fight for it.

01 Jun 10 | Peter Crocker

From product design and processes to marketing and language, you need simplicity in business to prosper. So why is it so elusive? Read more

Self performance appraisal

07 Mar 10 | Sara Howard

Being a soloist means you don’t qualify for an ‘Employee of the Month’ award, a big fat performance bonus or regular promotions. Or does it? Have you thought about doing a self performance appraisal. Read more

Working productively when there’s a lot going on

22 Feb 10 | Robert Gerrish

I like to think of myself as an organised and focused person. I work well with action lists and I’m good at prioritising, but lately things have been spiralling out of control. Here’s how I intend to pull it back and keep working productively. Read more

Your business dashboard checklist

14 Feb 10 | Stacey Barr

If you're serious about taking your business destiny into your own hands, then you've got to measure what matters. And you can start with just one measure. Read more

How do you get in the zone?

25 Jan 10 | Peter Crocker

Elite sports people often have a routine they go through before a game to help them get ‘in the zone’ to perform at their best. This powerful concept can apply to business professionals too. Read more

Seven steps to improve productivity

17 Nov 09 | Megan Tough

Do you have too much to do and never enough time to do it? This could be a problem of your own making. Try these seven steps to improve productivity. Read more

The cheat’s guide to exceeding expectations

05 Oct 09 | Peter Crocker

“Under promise, over deliver!” is considered brilliant advice for business owners. But many people only focus on the hard work of over delivering, when it can be easier, and frankly more effective, to get better at under promising. Read more

NLP: Eliminating unproductive days

09 Jun 09 | Deborah Keep

We all have days where we don’t feel 100%, days we know are going to be unproductive and dissatisfying. Here’s how to turn them around. Read more

Work efficiently: Lose the busy competition

30 Mar 09 | Peter Crocker

Meetings, deadlines, multi-tasking, smart phones, caffeine and chaos: it seems business is all about busyness. Ask people how they are and you’ll often get “Mate! Busy!” Read more

How great companies turn crisis into opportunity

09 Mar 09 | Peter Crocker

In a recent interview in Fortune magazine, management guru Jim Collins, author of business classics Built to Last and Good to Great, discussed what a business needs to to turn a crisis into opportunity. Read more

New year's resolutions for micro business owners

06 Jan 09 | Peter Crocker

Okay, so they’re easy to make and virtually impossible to keep, but with every New Year comes resolutions. At Flying Solo we put our heads together and came up with these 11 ½ practical New Year's resolutions for micro business owners. Read more

Think smart: What does it really mean?

20 Oct 08 | Sam Leader

You lot are full of wisdom and insights. Just last week, Jenny from Melbourne raised some excellent points about the term ‘think smart’. Read more

Improving business productivity

25 Aug 08 | Peter Crocker

As a soloist, it can sometimes be easy to confuse activity for productivity. Are you on track to achieve your goals this year or do you need to focus on improving your business productivity? Read more

How developing routines can increase productivity

08 Nov 07 | Lissanne Oliver

Working solo is challenging because there’s no-one to push you along. At the end of the week you might wonder where the time’s gone. Still, there is one way to increase productivity and it’s by developing routines. Read more

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