Happy New Year from the Service Autopilot team! Now, let’s kick off the New Year the RIGHT way.

Picture this…

It’s Christmas Day. You’re chilling with your family, having a great time, throwing back a couple drinks...and then one of your family members asks you the ONE question you always dread every year.

“How’s your business doing?”

Suddenly — You stop right in your tracks, because things haven’t been going so well. You’re embarrassed, but you don’t want to admit it. So instead, you shrug it off (AKA lie your ass off).

Don’t worry. We’re here to help. If you follow the tips in this blog, you’ll be one step closer to accomplishing your dreams and having a kickass New Year!

12 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Productivity not only saves you time, but it also saves you money.

While our automations are single-handedly the #1 way to increase productivity, there are several other additional ways that we recommend to increase your productivity.

1. Create a Contract for Yourself

Most of the time, we spend more time procrastinating than if we had just done the job right the first time.

Create a contract with yourself REAL consequences. Also, give yourself incentive to get the job done.

Let’s give an example…

Often times, we live in the future rather than the present.

We live our lives saying we’ll do something tomorrow...and then we never do it.

Think about what you can do TODAY rather than tomorrow.

 “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

— Tony Robbins

Legendary Motivational Speaker

2. Practice Making Something New

No one can predict the future, but we can certainly plan for it.

...Which brings us to innovation.

When you innovate, you’re changing the way something has been previously established and done in the past through new

You can become an innovator by…

So. That was a lot of information.

Where should you set your focus?

Here's a quote from The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life:

When Bill Gates first met Warren Buffett, their host at dinner, Gates’ mother, asked everyone around the table to identify what they believed was the single most important factor in their success through life. Gates and Buffett gave the same one-word answer: ‘Focus.’

Try focusing on your #1 problem and figure out how to tackle it now.

An example of this is…

#1 Problem: “My team is drained from working so much overtime...but I just don’t have enough people to finish my routes. I can’t seem to find job applicants.”

Innovative Solution: “I’m going to change the way I’ve been looking for new employees. I’m going to start an employee incentive program to reward my employees $500 for every new hire they bring in. I’m also going to start a door hanger strategy with hiring ads.”

In order to plan for the future, you HAVE to be an innovator.

3. Minimize Distractions

If you’re distracted, then you won’t be working as productively. If you’re not working as productively, then you’re wasting time. If you’re wasting time, then you’re LOSING MONEY.

Check out this video from SimpleGrowth:

Other ways to minimize distractions

Minimizing distractions is vital to optimizing your productivity.

4. Utilize Your 1st 90 Minutes

Your best work happens during the first 90 minutes of the workday.

This concept follows the 80/20 principle, which means 20% of your day leads to 80% of results.

This means you’ll get one step closer to your dreams...just by doing your most critical work during the first 90 minutes of your work day.

5. Prioritize High-Value Activities

For small business owners this might be difficult, but you should strive to focus on what’s going to actually earn you money.

Ask yourself: “What type of work am I doing?”

Let’s give an example…

If you’re paying someone $10 an hour to mow lawns, and you’re out there mowing lawns for for with your guys. You’re. Not. Growing. Your. Business.


You’re only making as much money as you’re your business is being paid to do the job. You working the routes isn’t earning you more money than if you hired more help, while you focus on other things...like marketing for example.

Hire other people to do the low-value activities, while you focus on the high-value activities that’ll earn you $100, $500 or even $1,000 an hour.

Hire out help when you need it, so you can delegate the lower-value tasks to someone else.

6. Don’t Waste Time

Phones. Internet browsing. Email. Social media. Office gossip. Games...these are ALL examples of the things we do to waste time.

You can stop wasting time by…

You know when you’re wasting your time. Make yourself more consciously aware of it, so you can stop wasting your money.

7. Learn to Prioritize

In order to ensure you’re spending your time wisely, prioritizing is KEY.

You can prioritize by…

“Don’t spend your time plugging a leaky boat, spend your time switching boats.”

— Tim Chen

NerdWallet Co-Founder

8. Exercise

Exercise is vital to productivity.

If you’re no longer working in the field, this can be hard to do. But this is critical to your well-being.

Just exercising 30 minutes a day will make you feel happier, less stressed, more energized, healthier and increase your focus.

9. Practice Punctuality

You’re the boss. You set the tone for your business. YOU embody the example of what you expect from your employees.

What does this mean?

Hold yourself to a higher standard, and it will show. Become the most punctual member on your team.

...If you’re punctual, then your employees will be punctual. This will create happy customers which will turn into higher revenue.

10. Learn to Love Lists

Lists are your BEST FRIEND.

Lists are great for…

Learn to love the lists, and it’ll be a total gamechanger.

11. Set Goals

If you want to increase your potential, you need to set goals for yourself.

Goals are great for increasing your profit margins. They also help you to be successful.

When creating goals, it’s important to remember the Five Golden Rules...

  1. Only set goals that will motivate you
  2. Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound) goals
  3. Set goals in writing
  4. Make an action plan
  5. Stick with it

If you follow these Five Golden Rules, you should be on the right path to being more profitable and successful next year.

12. Automations

And finally…

...We’ve saved the best for last.

We’ve talked a great deal about saving time and time management.

While there are a lot of ways to do that, the BEST way to do that is with automations.

With our automations you can do just about anything. The best part? They’re ALL completely customizable. You’ll be able to…

Of course, these are only a few examples of the nearly endless combination of automations you can create.

What’s Ahead for the Service Industry?

No, matter what we do, change happens so quickly.

If we don’t keep up, we’ll quickly fall far behind. This is why you should consider keeping up with the news, especially when it concerns your service industry.

In particular, the lawn care market is growing…

These are only a few examples of why the lawn care industry is growing. In order to grow your business, you probably know the current events of your service industry.


If you read this article and follow this advice, we guarantee you’ll have a less stressful, more productive AND profitable 2019!

Growing your business is important, but taking care of yourself is equally vital. Your team is depending on you to stick around.

Now, get out there and start those resolutions.

Happy New Year!

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