How to Improve Your Productivity as an Entrepreneur
Oftentimes, small business owners are an army of one. Even if they have a staff, it is their responsibility to be the face, voice, and decision-maker of their company. It’s a stressful position and one that can easily lead down avenues of second-guessing and self-doubt. Here are a few practical tips for entrepreneurs to maintain productivity and sanity at the same time!
Get It Over With
Most organized people will tell you that they keep some sort of daily to-do list. They tend to review it before they go to bed or first thing in the morning. Chances are, every day they home in on one task that jumps out at them as the thing they are looking forward to least. And for that very reason, it should be the first thing they do when they get to work. On the surface, that seems counter-intuitive, counter-productive, and insane, but there is a method to the madness. Think about it this way: If you know the thing you dread the most is coming up at some point in your day, you will spend an inordinate amount of time that day thinking about it. It’s a cloud over your head. If you tackle it immediately, however, no matter how bad it is, it’s done.
Too many small business owners achieve productivity on paper but spend their day hunched over a desk under a fluorescent light. Focus is great, but in the long run, your mood and work will suffer if you don’t take some time to get up, move around, breathe fresh air, and re-calibrate. This isn’t just a new-age feelgood sentiment, this is biological science. Get some exercise!
The workdays can be long for an entrepreneur, especially at the beginning of the road. It may be difficult to squeeze in a meal, a workout, or me-time with a hectic schedule. It may not be ideal, but maybe you could improve productivity by exercising while you watch a video tutorial or eating while you’re on a conference call (with your phone on mute.)
Network with Social Media
Like it or not, social media is the currency with which networking is traded. Embrace the social platforms that align with your industry and interact with colleagues. The engagement can help you spread your brand message and sphere of influence.
It’s tough and lonely being a new entrepreneur. Do yourself a favor and take these steps to keep from being brought down as you rise to success!