How to Be More Productive: A Step-by-Step Guide for Entrepreneurs is intended for internet entrepreneurs, online marketers, small business owners, internet publishers and solopreneurs - that is, anyone who wants to get more work done in less time. Productivity is the rate at which work is done, meaning it is a function of time - and time is a finite resource. We all need to use it as productively as possible to make more money and to have more free time. While there are a number of productivity guides that are "all over the map" in terms of tips and strategies, this Udemy course is structured like a funnel - beginning with the "top level" concepts in your business right down to managing day-to-day, hour-by-hour and project-by-project tasks. The goal is a course that "bakes" increased productivity into every level of your business life.
This lecture is the introductory lecture in How to Be More Productive: A Step-by-Step Guide for Entrepreneurs. In it, we discuss the definition of productivity - which is the rate at which work is produced - and explore the different ways of increasing productivity. Since productivity is related to time, increased productivity can only be achieved by doing more work in the same amount of time, doing the same amount of work in less time or doing more work in less time. In this lecture, the "funnel" structure of the course is presented and explained - which is designed to allow students of the course to "bake" increased productivity into their business from the top down.
Our exploration of ways to increase productivity begins with the concept of passion. Many people may not recognize that doing something that you are passionate about as opposed to something you find boring can be the single most effective way to increase productivity. In this lecture, we look at a number of popular hobbies and consider ways in which they could be turned into careers.
Once you have recognized the impact that passion can have on productivity, the next step is to find ways to align your business with your passion. This can be done in a number of ways, which do not necessarily involve a career switch. However, sometimes changing careers to align yourself with your passion is necessary and, while it may be anxiety-causing, there are very good reasons to believe that you will survive.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is one of the most influential works in the area of personal development and productivity. In this lecture, we will incorporate the first of the seven habits into our guide to becoming more productive. While this course is not an in-depth analysis of the influential book, the first three of the 7 habits are discussed as they represent a very good starting point for increasing productivity.
In this lecture, we discuss the second and third of the "7 Habits", and examine the impact that they can have on increasing productivity.
Setting goals is to a business as scoring goals is to hockey - without goals, activities can be scattered and unfocused. Knowing "where the net is" and how to focus your activities is another key component of increased productivity.
Recognizing the importance of setting goals is the first step in boosting productivity by goal-setting. But not all goals are created equal - to be really useful, goals must meet the criteria of the SMART formula.
Identifying obstacles to your goals is another vital step in the goal-setting process. There will always be challenges in any business, and every goals has obstacles - by identifying potential problems before they occur you can not only avoid disaster but also visualize the process of achieving your goals in a step-by-step way.
One of the more sobering realizations is that the most productive and successful people in the world have the exact same amount of time to work with as everyone else - 24 hours. The 24-hour clock is the great equalizer - but how is it that some people use it to their advantage much more successfully than others? In this introductory lecture in Section 5, we begin our discussion of how to get the most out of the 24 hours you have.
We all all have time-wasting activities in our daily lives that we recognize - but what about the time-wasters that are invisible? In this lecture, we discuss activities and tasks that can be eliminated entirely or cut back, thereby freeing up time to get more of the productive tasks done.
In the previous lectures in the section, our focus has been to eliminate the time-wasters. In this lecture, we focus on how to get the things we need to do done more productively.
In this lecture, we continue to drill down into the most productive ways to get things done. One of the key strategies for getting things done is to systematize regular tasks so that we can streamline the process and/or outsource to others.
Once we have created systems for the tasks and processes we do on a regular basis in our business, the next step is to examine ways to be more productive in every task we undertake during the day. This lecture includes a dozen tips for increasing productivity that you may not have thought of.
In this lecture we begin our discussion of ways to leverage the skills and knowledge of others in our business. Becoming as productive as we can be is the crucial first step in the process of increasing productivity, but there is a limit to what any one individual can accomplish. To really scale up a business, you need to leverage the skills and knowledge of others.
In this lecture, we discuss the wide variety of tasks that can be outsourced and the best places to find talented freelancers.
Clutter can be a significant impediment to productivity. In this lecture, we focus on eliminating clutter from our workspace.
No course in productivity can cover completely comprehensive without risking creating a sense of "overwhelm". In this lecture, we discuss some of the themes of this course which will be examined in greater detail in upcoming Udemy courses.
Alan Stransman is a television producer/writer/director, an author and publisher and an educator. He has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Education from the University of Toronto and Queen's University, respectively, and graduate degrees in English Literature and Communications from the University of Western Ontario and Syracuse University.
Alan taught English and Film at the high school level before transitioning into the television production industry. As a producer/writer/director he created a number of award-winning documentaries as well as the 78-episode series, Spectacular Spas, which was broadcast in more than 50 countries worldwide.
In 2005, Alan founded one of the first day spas for men in the world in downtown Toronto, and wrote a book about the venture entitled, "Don't Let Your Dream Business Turn Into a Nightmare: A Cautionary Tale for Would-Be Entrepreneurs", which was adapted into a case study by the Ivey School of Business and has been taught in university entrepreneurship programs. He is also the author of "So, Why Have You Never Been Married?: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Lunacy", a comic and poignant chronicle of his adventures in the world of dating and relationships over a period of more than 30 years.
Alan has published several subsequent books through his publishing company Alan Stransman Publishing, and also creates educational and training courses for Udemy.