Focus on Automation

Last Updated Mar 11, 2008 5:49 PM EDT

Where focus starts freeing up time normally spent doing other things, software knowledge brings you massive productivity gains. It's like magically pulling hours out of a hat.

For example, take the time to get to know your MS Office software, no matter how busy you are. You'll learn functions that allow you to eliminate many repetitive tasks --- many people literally spend days splitting names apart manually in Excel spreadsheets, when there's a function that does it instantly.

First Focus. Make sure that you are doing the right activities for each of the roles you have in life. List and rate them all on how profitable or pleasurable they are for you. Find a way to eliminate the time wasters.

Then automate. Put your computer and software to work for you. If you do any work from home --- get wireless and a laptop. You won't have to be chained to the computer with your back to the family. You can sit on the sofa at night with them (and still get work done).

  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.