47 min

How to increase productivity the right way, with Dawn O' Connor Help! My Business is Growing

    • Entrepreneurship

A productive workforce is the key to increasing the efficiency and profitability of your growing business. 


It's a win-win situation when your team is productive and focuses on the right type of work: stress levels are lower, they can deal with customers better, they are motivated and satisfied, plus - things just get done! 

However, many small business employees - and founders too - can't entirely focus on deep work. They get distracted or get swamped with busy work. And not focusing on the right type of work, work that moves the business forward, will eventually affect the finances of the business. 

So how can we stay productive? And as business owners, how can we help our team identify and overcome the obstacles that are getting in the way of them being efficient, working smarter, and staying productive?

In this episode of Help! My Business Is Growing, productivity ninja Dawn O' Connor and I look at which skills will help you become more productive. She breaks down the specific steps you can take to boost your productivity to help benefit your growing business. 

Dawn O'Connor is a Master Productivity Ninja and the founder of Focus Bubbles. She is also a productivity trainer and process improvement consultant with over 30 years of experience helping more than 10,000 clients worldwide enjoy being more organized and less stressed and achieving their personal productivity best.


In this week's episode, we discuss:
3:06 Why are we working longer hours and struggling with ending the workday, despite the many productivity tips and tools to help us? 

5:54 What is the scientific explanation behind when either taking a shower or being in nature and taking a break that nurtures your brain's "idea neurons?"

8:05 What are "focus bubbles?"

12:09 How do you cultivate these focus bubbles within your own company? 

16:00 What is energy management?

17:48 Is mindless social media scrolling considered a “zombie” task?

20:57 What is “eating the frog”, and how is it helpful for increasing productivity?

25:49 What is the ADD process and how it helps?

29:02 What are some of the steps to take to implement the ADD process?

33:22 What is batch processing, and how can we use that to boost our productivity?

38:39 What are some of the mistakes people make when using time blocking as a productivity tool?

39:42 How scheduling for daily little life breaks (bathroom breaks, lunch breaks, etc.) into your schedule is both realistic and necessary.

42:02  What are the differences between how introverts and extroverts work and schedule their day?

43:41 What is a tangible step to take immediately to become more productive and focused at work? 


Resources:
Dawn O'Connor, Chief Focus Bubble™ Host & Master Productivity Ninja:
https://www.focusbubbles.com

Dawn's LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnoconnorcalgary/

Kathy Svetina, Fractional CFO:
https://www.newcastlefinance.us/
Blog post | How to Increase Productivity the Right Way
https://www.newcastlefinance.us/post/how-to-increase-productivity-the-right-way


Other Resouces Mentioned:
Dr.  Andrew Huberman | Huberman Lab Podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/huberman-lab/id1545953110

Brian Tracy | Eat the Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Deep Work Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Susan Cain | Quiet: The Power of Intro

A productive workforce is the key to increasing the efficiency and profitability of your growing business. 


It's a win-win situation when your team is productive and focuses on the right type of work: stress levels are lower, they can deal with customers better, they are motivated and satisfied, plus - things just get done! 

However, many small business employees - and founders too - can't entirely focus on deep work. They get distracted or get swamped with busy work. And not focusing on the right type of work, work that moves the business forward, will eventually affect the finances of the business. 

So how can we stay productive? And as business owners, how can we help our team identify and overcome the obstacles that are getting in the way of them being efficient, working smarter, and staying productive?

In this episode of Help! My Business Is Growing, productivity ninja Dawn O' Connor and I look at which skills will help you become more productive. She breaks down the specific steps you can take to boost your productivity to help benefit your growing business. 

Dawn O'Connor is a Master Productivity Ninja and the founder of Focus Bubbles. She is also a productivity trainer and process improvement consultant with over 30 years of experience helping more than 10,000 clients worldwide enjoy being more organized and less stressed and achieving their personal productivity best.


In this week's episode, we discuss:
3:06 Why are we working longer hours and struggling with ending the workday, despite the many productivity tips and tools to help us? 

5:54 What is the scientific explanation behind when either taking a shower or being in nature and taking a break that nurtures your brain's "idea neurons?"

8:05 What are "focus bubbles?"

12:09 How do you cultivate these focus bubbles within your own company? 

16:00 What is energy management?

17:48 Is mindless social media scrolling considered a “zombie” task?

20:57 What is “eating the frog”, and how is it helpful for increasing productivity?

25:49 What is the ADD process and how it helps?

29:02 What are some of the steps to take to implement the ADD process?

33:22 What is batch processing, and how can we use that to boost our productivity?

38:39 What are some of the mistakes people make when using time blocking as a productivity tool?

39:42 How scheduling for daily little life breaks (bathroom breaks, lunch breaks, etc.) into your schedule is both realistic and necessary.

42:02  What are the differences between how introverts and extroverts work and schedule their day?

43:41 What is a tangible step to take immediately to become more productive and focused at work? 


Resources:
Dawn O'Connor, Chief Focus Bubble™ Host & Master Productivity Ninja:
https://www.focusbubbles.com

Dawn's LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawnoconnorcalgary/

Kathy Svetina, Fractional CFO:
https://www.newcastlefinance.us/
Blog post | How to Increase Productivity the Right Way
https://www.newcastlefinance.us/post/how-to-increase-productivity-the-right-way


Other Resouces Mentioned:
Dr.  Andrew Huberman | Huberman Lab Podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/huberman-lab/id1545953110

Brian Tracy | Eat the Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Deep Work Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Susan Cain | Quiet: The Power of Intro

47 min