The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. ~Leo Rosten
Traffic jams in Harare are a daily problem these days, the other day it took me 2 two hours to get to the office, and another two hours to return home during some heavy rains. That means I lost 4 hours or a quarter of my working time each day. What a loss of productivity since time lost, unlike money, cannot be recovered! Then I met an entrepreneur who opened my eyes. She said she does not travel during peak hours because she cannot afford to lose time in traffic jams, so she has adopted her daily programs to avoid situations that cost her precious time. That has surely helped her to be more productive as she has managed to build a very successful business and is currently busy setting up a branch in Mozambique.
Most of us are not reaching our peak productivity because we do things that everyone else is doing at the same time. Imagine the whole working population wants to move from their homes to work between 7 and 8 am in our aging and potholed roads; obviously they will be bottlenecks.
If you want to be more productive, do things differently from the crowd. Get up earlier and make your way to work before the roads are crowded. One thing about waking up early is that you get time to think and plan your day without disturbances and noises from other people. You get to have a longer day during which you can actually get more done, go home earlier and get to bed early.
There are so many habits that take up people’s time, and eats into their productivity. Take television watching for example. Add up the hours you have spend watching TV and see what benefit that gave you. Of course relaxing over a movie or a soapie can help you refresh. But does that add value to your life or business?
Why not spend a bit more time reading useful books, learning new skills or researching new ideas? Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder who is also the biggest single contributor to fighting malaria, AIDS and TB in Africa, said he almost never watches TV. So he has more time to spend on productive pursuits and thinking of new ideas of helping other people. Once you start doing things differently you will find yourself making a difference; you work more productively ,build a better business, make more money, grow yourself, have more knowledge and and enjoy life more.
What have you started doing differently that has made a difference in your life, please share on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SMEBusinessLink
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