Being an entrepreneur involves some serious commitment. You’re bringing ideas to life, running the day-to-day operations and have to be your own cheerleader.
A big part of entrepreneurship is being able to manage your time and focus on being productive. While it’s always easier said than done, incorporating a few small habits into your week, may help boost your productivity and success for the future.
Here are 5 ways to become more productive:
1. Build out Your Calendar Daily
Think of your calendar as your roadmap that guides you throughout your day. Try to get into the habit of scheduling out a good portion of your tasks and not just relying on your calendar for meetings and appointments. Need to work on sales or respond to emails? Be sure to add this to your schedule. Items like eating, taking a break, meditating or even drinking more water shouldn’t be overlooked on your calendar.
The key to a clear roadmap is mapping out your days in advance and refining as necessary.
2. Start Using a Timer Regularly
Using a timer helps you get started and can also keep you on track so you don’t go into a never-ending spiral (à la Instagram). Pick a time that works for you whether it’s a quick 20 minutes or an hour and see how much you can get done! With a push of a stopwatch or call out to Siri or Alexa, this hack could be a game changer for your business.
3. Find An Accountability Partner
When you’re your own boss, there typically isn’t anyone holding you accountable. This may mean that goals get pushed aside, deadlines aren’t as strict and your schedule can become relaxed.
Partnering with a fellow entrepreneur, consultant or friend to help you stay on task and true to yourself, may just help you get those tasks done.
4. Create A Divide & Conquer Schedule
Since your week is tasked with so many to-dos, it’s important to create a divide and conquer schedule in advance so you can look at the week with clarity and a plan.
Start by understanding the key areas that require your time and schedule days for these areas of your business. For example, you may want to work on sales and press outreach on Tuesday and Wednesday. Internal operations happen on Monday and finances are on Friday with business meetings happening early in the morning or after 4pm so you have the day to be most productive.
Obviously, this schedule seems like a picture perfect scenario, but getting into a habit to where you can divide and conquer your schedule is a way to have a productivity win.
5. Asses Your Workspace Options
Having a comfortable work space goes along way and that’s why it’s important to understand when and where you are the most productive. Ask yourself whether your current office situation works for you. Does it need a de-cluttering, energy shift or re-decorating? Or, do you need to step out of your space and head to a coffee shop, co-working space or a hotel lobby for a change of scenery. Wherever you decide to work, make sure it can help you thrive.
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