The 3 Principles to Increase Productivity

Heading into the New Year, entrepreneurs often reflect on ways they can get reenergized, refocused and raring to grow. That is, until chaos strikes after just a few short weeks in.

Today, I share the three areas for you to really resolve to increase productivity once and for all. Time to get your goals on track and in high gear. New year, new you!

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The end of the year is a natural time for many people to think about their productivity and how they’re going to get more done in the coming years.

There are three areas that you can focus on to do this—space, mind and time.

With space, I am referring to your workspace, your personal organization. Is everything clean and organized?

With mind, I’m referring to how clear and focused your mind is, not filled with lots of random tasks.

And with time, I am talking about creating a structure in your week so you can focus on your most valuable activities.

If you need help—space, mind or time, I recommend you check out my course Time Management Fundamentals on

Now I’d like you to share in the comments section below: in which of the three areas do you need the most improvement—space, mind or time?

Also, if you have any questions you’d like me to answer, please ask that in the comment section below.

Thanks for watching. Now go be productive.

Join the conversation: In which of the three areas do you need the most improvement—space, mind or time?

I respond to every question and comment. So, please, join the conversation!

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11 Archived Responses to “The 3 Principles to Increase Productivity”

  1. Zeya says:

    Thanks Dave for reminding me about your course. I will take the time out during the holidays to review it again. My biggest challenge is in space and mind.

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Thank you, Zeya! We all need need to refresh and review from time to time. This is why I’m accountable to a coach for my own program.

  2. Nick Webb says:

    Space is where I need the most work, at home and at the office.

  3. Hi Dave, these are always the challenges. Probably mind is a big one. Trying to balance a number of roles and managing more than one business results in trying to keep many plates spinning whilst at the same time thinking creatively about them all. Focus is my key!

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Thank you, Grant! Be sure to keep your mind clear. If any task pops into your head, immediately get it out and put it into an approved gathering point.

  4. Maureen says:

    Space is what I want to work on the most. If my space isn’t clear my mind isn’t clear. Just bought your book The Focused Business to read on the holiday break. I love receiving your emails. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Thanks for the book order! There are lots of places in the book to pause and take action on what you learn…be sure to make the most of those.

      Happy Holidays to you as well, Maureen!

  5. Andy says:

    Mind and time for me.
    I have taken your Time Management Fundamentals course, but I have fallen off the rails, so I’ve gone back to relying on my mind too much.
    I really haven’t got the hang of scheduling tasks in my calendar, because I struggle to estimate the time it will take to execute tasks.
    Sometimes I overestimate, but mostly I tragically underestimate!
    Do you have any suggestions or tips for improving my accuracy when estimating task duration?

    • Hi Andy. There’s nothing wrong with overestimating…in fact I encourage it
      So if you’re erring on the side of underestimating, start doubling your estimates. If you think something will take 1 hour, schedule two. If you get done early, then use the extra time for something small and productive.

      • Andy says:

        Thanks Dave. I’ll give that a go!
        I guess tracking my estimates and actual times will help me to be more accurate