Tangible Evidence

Busy is not the same as being productive. But how do you know when you’re simply ‘busy’ and not productive? When you’re productive, you have something to show for your efforts. You have tangible evidence. What tangible evidence looks like for each of us varies greatly, but here’s one thing I’m sure we all agree on- producing tangible evidence shows that we are making movement toward our goals.

There’s lots of work that we do every day, and most of it is necessary, but it doesn’t directly contribute to the production of tangible evidence. For example, we spend lots of time trying to ‘get things in order’- make lists, prioritize, do research, understand processes, prioritize, etc. While all of that work is important, it doesn’t really produce anything tangible. It’s support work, because it’s work that needs to be done so that other work can be done.

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Productive Unicorns. Sparkle.

This is a great infographic. It was featured in an Inc. Magazine article.

The writer of the article says “Busy people are hell-bent on fitting in more things into their day. Productive people cut their to-do list thoughtfully by 50 percent.” Is he talking about you? Don’t answer that out loud. Are you hell-bent? Don’t answer that either. Well, let’s say, hypothetically, mind you, that he is talking about you. What do you do about it? How do you ‘thoughtfully’ cut your to-do list by 50 percent? I’ll tell you how. (Lucky you.) Get inskilled Virtual Business Support.

Support tasks are not primary. They are still important and necessary though, because they support the continuity of the primary work. What I mean by that is this.

Let’s say, for example, that you have 10 customers. You don’t need a CRM (support tool for managing customers and their details) for …

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Get out of the weeds.

Business Theory

The idiom 'Get out of the weeds', as it pertains to business, is rooted in The Core Competence of the Corporation, written by Prahalad and Hamel. Though it was written more than fifteen years ago, the concept conveyed is still more than relevant- it's essential to the way we do business today. A company's competitiveness is derived from it's core competence, and core products, which are the results of said competence. In other words, to gain competitive advantage, a company needs to know what it's good at, do it, and do it so well that people and other companies line up for their products or services. Now, isn't that what you want- for people and other companies to line up for your products and services? Isn't that one of the reasons why you went into business in the first place? Of course it is!

Your Business Practices

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