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Small Business Guide to Productivity
Tony Hawk's Tricks: Small Business Guide to Productivity
What does landing a perfect McTwist have to do with succeeding in business?
For pro skateboarder Tony Hawk - a lot.
To help business owners with expert advice on productivity and making the most of their business, Chase Ink is joining forces with skatebaording legend Tony Hawk to launch the ultimate guide to productivity.
Foreword from Tony Hawk:
As a professional skateboarder, I realize how lucky I am to have a job that's something I love to do every day. I believe that's similar for small business owners who, with a mix of courage, perseverance and hard work, also enjoy their work on a daily baiss. I often get asked how I manage to get it all done - being a pro skateboarder and business owner; and the simple answer is being productive. I hope the tricks that I share are helpful to your business as well.
Love What You Do
I love skateboarding and creating new products that connect with our culture. Although I realized early on that there were parts of running a business that I didn't love. Contracts and negotiations, for example. I built my team and network so I could concentrate on what I love while they help keep my business running smoothly.
1. Everyday, remind yourself why you started this business in the first place. Repeat this mantra and stay focused on your original goal as you work.
2. As an athlete, I'm conditioned to hyperfocus on perfecting what matters most. Apply this same focus to your business. Distraction is doom.
Know What Matters Most and Focus On It
Early in my career, being productive meant spending hours skating to perfect a trick. I apply the same on and off the half-pipe - focusing on what matters most and how to make the greatest contribution.
1. Morning person? Night owl? Take advantage of these times to maximize your productivity and work on tasks that grow and enhance your business.
2. Saying yes to new commitments may mean saying no to working on your business. Think twice before adding something to your plate and make sure it will contribute to your goals.
Landing the 900 in 1999 was a pivotal moment in my career as a skater. But that one moment was the culmination of thousands of hours of practice. Business success is the same. You don't get to the top by jumping from one thing to another - you get there by cutting out the clutter and focusing on your business. Work on what nobody but you can do, and delegate, hire or find tools to help you with the rest.
1. Make temptaions harder to reach - log out of social media platforms and disconnect from your phone.
2. Scattered mind? It might seem counterintuitive but sometimes taking a 10-minute break can be just what you need to re-energize and focus
3. Don't make your business priorities optional - block time on your calendar to work on these and treat the time like you would any other appointment.
Rely on Your Team
People are used to seeing me performing solo during my skateboarding career, but I've actually been working with many of the same team members for more than 20 years. To maximize productivity, you have to surround yourself with a team you trust who shares your passion, drive, values and work ethic.
I owe my success in large part to how they help me focus my energy on the tasks for which I'm most personally needed while I delegate responsibilities to the skilled specialists on my team. At this point, we're a well-oiled machine.
1. Trust is key. Hire or partner with the right people and then rely on them to get the job done.
2. Play to your team's strengths. For me, this means delegating and relying on experts to handle things I'm not an expert on - like my business banker for financials, lawyer for contracts, and talented artists for graphics.
3. Build a network of mentors who you can go to with questions and ideas.
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Small Business Guide to Productivity