9 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs
Becoming your own boss can be one of the most life changing and rewarding experiences of your life — and also terribly frustrating, especially for first time entrepreneurs. Not having office hours or being ok with working from home in your pajamas every day can take its toll on your productivity. Here’s a list we at Eternitech put together than can help you stay on track!
1. Routines aren’t always bad
Sure, part of the thrill of starting your own business is not having to stick by routine, but that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Routines help us establish good habits like getting up early, avoiding distractions, and working out, all which will help you on your ultimate goal: focus on your work, and get things done. It may be hard at first but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
2. Write a to-do list
Writing a list of things to get done can be a huge help in organizing your work. Sometimes you’ll find yourself writing down tasks you had completely forgotten about up until that moment. Whether you choose to to have your list in apps like Evernote or Google Keep, or just go old school with a pen and paper one, this is one tip where you can’t go wrong
3. Do the things on your to-do list
Unless you do go wrong. And the only way that can happen is if you write your list, push it aside, and keep working without paying any attention to it. You’d be surprised at how often that happens! Write up your list, keep it close to you, and check off the items one by one.
4. First things first
Multitasking is seen as a good quality, and it is! But you need to know when to use it. If you spend your whole day multitasking then you’ll only end up doing a bit of every task and delay completing any of them. A good way to avoid this is to work on every item on your to-do list through to completion. Begin with the most difficult jobs or the ones with the nearest deadlines, and don’t start on the next until you’ve finished.
5. Use your calendar
Put everything on your calendar. That means everything from meetings and phone calls, to lunch time, and every item on your to-do list. The hard part here is stopping work on each entry once its time is up; the plus side is that it gets you organized and stops you going back and forth between jobs doing bits of work on each one that don’t contribute much to the finished product.
6. Mute your phone
This is a life hack that is worth putting to use. It turns out that you check your phone much more often than you realize, sometimes as often as every six minutes. With notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and whatever other apps you might have, who can really blame you? Avoid that time drain and mute your phone (that means not even vibrating notifications), you’ll instantly notice a boost in concentration. Want to play this one on expert? Put your phone in a drawer and add a time to check it on your calendar.
7. Get some rest
We’re not making any breakthroughs here saying that you need your rest. Getting a good amount of sleep can help you focus better on your work, make more sound decisions, and even improve your health. Moreover, sleeping feels great, so there should be little reason to avoid getting more of it.
8. Dare to say no
Saying yes to everything can be a major roadblock to getting things done. While you may just want to help out a client or a friend, accepting jobs that you didn’t plan on having can make you push deadlines for jobs you already had. If you get used to saying no in these situations, you can remaining focused on your job. Offer your client a referral to someone else, or find an open spot on your calendar and tell them when you’d be able to start working on it. I guarantee they’ll understand and appreciate your honesty.
9. Pick the tools that work for you (and use them)
Be they CRMs or WordPress extensions, don’t spend too much time testing tools for your job. There are too many options to pick from and each one has an edge over the rest, so trying each one will just mean time that you could be spending on something else, and you’ll probably just end up hoarding apps that you’ll never open again. Do a search for a particular need that you have, get the tool of your choice and stick to it, working with it day after day will also make you more acquainted with it and you’ll develop your own shortcuts as you adjust it to your workflow.
Do you still need an extra hand with your work? Get in touch with us and let us know how we can help!