It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals.
The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and just do it. You have to take action!
That’s where many of us “fail.” Fail is a strong word, but that’s the reality of it. If you don’t take action, you’ll never achieve your goals.
And yet, it’s the whole “taking action” part that usually trips most of us up.
- We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues.
- We procrastinate on the things that are most important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” (I’m super guilty of this one.)
- And sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
And then what do we say? That we “don’t have time” to grow our businesses, to find new clients, or to write new blog posts.
The truth is, you do have the time. You have the same amount of time that other successful people have. You just need to learn how to be more productive.
5 Quick Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs
The problem is that you’re bad at managing that time. You waste time in ways that you don’t even realize yet.
So what do you do? Embrace these five productivity hacks that even top coaches use to get more done in less time.
Create routines and habits
Simply put, a ritual or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You may have:
- a morning ritual—wake up, brush your teeth, work out, shower, and head to your office);
- an evening ritual—check homework, tuck the kids in, watch the evening news, and hit the sack;
- a weekend ritual—sleep late, mow the lawn, catch a movie, visit your mom;
or many others for different types of situations.
However, if you’re not careful with your rituals, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook or email a part of your morning ritual? Is turning on Slack a part of your at-work ritual? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time.
Take a good look at your rituals. What are you doing that you shouldn’t be or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your rituals more efficient and you’ll automatically get more done.
Manage your calendar
Want to know how much time you really have available for that new project? Try blocking off time in your calendar or planner for all your existing projects.
Fill in all your client calls, your business administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to.
The time that’s left might just shock you.
Make it a habit to block time in your calendar for every commitment, and you’ll never again over-promise or over-commit.
Learn to let go
This just in: you do not have to do everything in your business. You can (and should) hand off those low-level tasks to someone else.
- Hire a VA to create your documents and manage your calendar.
- Let your tech support person manage your blog and email.
- Turn over your bookkeeping to an accountant.
Business productivity is all about delegating the tasks you don’t have to do or simply don’t want to do. The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important—and that only you can do.
Work hard, play harder
You are not a machine.
You can’t work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time. Take a day off! You need it.
Get some rest, or relax on a long, slow hike. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping with your kids. See a movie or a play. Do something—anything—other than work.
Not only will you return to your home office feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
Feeling stuck? Take a break. You know the saying: fresh eyes help, and all.
Build your focus
True multi-tasking is impossible. You cannot efficiently create a new product while you’re simultaneously surfing Facebook, keeping an eye on the kids, and answering the phone every time it rings.
Instead, use your calendar to block time off for important tasks, then turn everything else off so you can focus.
Let people know that you have set work hours, even if you are at home. The benefit of working at home is that you get to set when those hours are and that you’re available for emergencies.
Other than that, no phone, no Facebook, no kids or husbands or neighbors or pets demanding “just a minute” of your time. Tune everything out, and you’ll find your work getting done much faster, which in turn means more time to actually focus on those things and people that you love.
Take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves. Lord Chesterfield We’d all like to get more done each day without feeling stressed out or exhausted by the end of the day. One way to elevate that stress and exhaustion is to make good use of time management techniques. While many time […]
Recap: Top Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs
Managing your time and turning up your productivity isn’t something that comes naturally to most people but you can always get more practice. When you learn to master this skill, you’ll find your business grows right along with you.
Remember these 5 productivity tips…
- Create routines and habits
- Calendar management
- Learn to let go
- Work hard, play harder
- Build your focus
…and you’ll be on your way to getting more done and living the life you dream of building with your business.
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