Everyone wants to be a successful entrepreneur. And in this post I’m going to show you the top 5 productivity tips entrepreneurs live by. After all, why reinvent the wheel, when you can learn from those who’ve already walked the path?
It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals. Even though goals are a great tool to pave the path.
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. The all-manifesting-thing about thoughts become things, are only valid if you put in some action to get there. Usually you don’t sit still and everything falls into places by themselves.
And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not.
We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
The answer? These 5 productivity tips of course:
- Routines & Habits: Simply put, a routine or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You have morning routines (wake up, brush your teeth, work out, shower, and head to your office), evening routine (check homework, tuck the kids in, watch the evening news, and hit the sack), weekend routines (sleep late, mow the lawn, catch a movie, visit your mom), and many others.
The trouble is, if you’re not careful with these habits, they can turn into productivity killers. Is checking Facebook, reading newspapers or email a part of your morning routines? Is turning on Skype a part of your at work routine? Distractions such as these can turn even your best intentions into hours of wasted time.Take a good look at your habits. What are you doing that you should not be – or that should be moved to another part of your day? Make your routines more efficient and you’ll automatically get more done.
- Calendar Management: Want to know how much time you really have available for that new project? Try blocking off time in your calendar for all your existing projects. Fill in all your calls, your business administrative tasks, time for meals and breaks, outside appointments, and everything else you’re committed to. What’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 it Go: Here’s a news flash that might surprise you. You don’t have to do everything in your business yourself. You can (and should) hand off those low-level tasks to someone else. Those that needs to be done, but they’re time consuming, and they drag the energy from you. Hire a virtual assistant 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. The time you free up will allow you to work on what’s truly important – and that only you can do. As always, time is your most valuable asset – even your time.
- Work Hard, Play Harder: You are not a machine. You cannot work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time.Take a day off. 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 really – other than work.Not only will you return to the office feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
- Focus: Multi-tasking is impossible. Even for women – in the long run. You cannot efficiently create a new program, 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. No phone, no Facebook, no kids or husbands or wife’s or neighbors or pets demanding “just a minute” of your time. Tune everything out, and you’ll find your work getting done much faster.
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