3. Get Up Early And Get Going Immediately
I know don’t have a problem with getting up early. They rise before the sun
with nothing but their internal alarm clock. The problem lies after they roll out of bed, jump inthe shower, grab a cup of coffee get out of the house.Many like to take thei
r jolly ol’ time getting the ball rolling. Arriving at the jobsite with three
guys waiting for him as he wastes even more time talking on his cell phone to some vendor thatcan wait until later. Get after it immediately...whatever
may be at the time.
4. A Clean Desk Is a Sign of a Sick Mind
We’ve all heard that, or some version of it. It is absolutely FALSE. There are only two bigger
wastes of time than not being able to find something that should be easily located: Interruptionsand Procrastination.I will cover those two more in depth in separate articles.
A desk must be clean and your immediate space well organized. No clutter other than what
you’re working on at the moment. As soon as you’re
done, get your space cleared and ready forthe next task. Which brings us to number 5.
5. Multi-Tasking: Good or Bad?
Every single resume I’ve ever received says the same thing somewhere: Good at multi
-tasking.It is my contention that multi-tasking (a great new, overly-
used buzzword meaning “I can’t getanything done because I can’t get anything done.”) is not a good thing. Now I’m not saying you can’t be on the phone and writing a note, or walking and chewing gum
at the same time. What I am saying is you cannot possibly complete two
simultaneously.A vast majority of contractors have six or seven things going on at any given time.The key is to quickly prioritize and complete each task accordingly before moving on to the nextitem at hand. If you hunker down and concentrate, many seemingly overwhelming tasks becomerelatively minor and can be completed in a matter of minutes. Check them off the list and move
on. You’re energy will be renewed with a sense of accomplishment.
6. Work In Blocks Of Time
To avoid having to multi-task in the first place, a contractor should set regular, certain blocks of time to get the same things done at the same time each day. Humans are creatures of habit, andthis habit will help you be twice as productive as before.