Being an entrepreneur is no easy feat- you’ve got ideas to scale, teams to manage, and bills to pay. You’re basically out here trying to be superhuman. Without being productive, this can all get overwhelming very quickly. But with this guide, we’ll walk you through the best productivity tips for entrepreneurs.
#1 Use technology in your favor
Being an entrepreneur is all about delegation. You have a great business you’re trying to scale but you can’t do it all on your own. That’s where technology comes into the picture. Use online solutions as your own “personal assistants” to help you stay productive, keep your calm and get work done. This doesn’t just mean typical productivity apps for workplace management (like Slack). Think bigger. Think meditation apps to help you stay calm, fitness wearables to help you stay healthy, or even time tracking products like a Timeqube. Remember — productivity is also about being disciplined, healthy, and happy too!
#2 Say no to distractions
Being able to grow an idea means you need to spend a lot of time and effort on your business. But how can you do that with just 24 hours in a day? You have to say no to distractions.
In this work from home era, the lines between work and play are increasingly blurred. It’s tough for you to stop thinking about an idea you’re so passionate about, while at the same time, it can be difficult focusing on work when the kids are constantly knocking on your door.
Some great ways to avoid distractions include creating a strict to-do list for daily tasks, avoiding social media unless work-related, and creating a designated work environment.
#3 Remember to take breaks
In this day and age, we over-glorify hustle culture where we work nonstop. And that applies to entrepreneurs and company founders especially. Yet, this endless chase after work only makes you less productive and more tired.
Taking breaks is the key to productivity for entrepreneurs. As much as you’d love to work on your idea all day, taking breaks allows you to recollect yourself. It gives you perspective on your problems and helps you think of innovative solutions.
#4 Stick to your goals
At the end of the day, being a founder is about sticking to your goals and living up to the expectations you have created. Begin by setting detailed and clear goals. Go beyond that first phase of “starting my own company” and break that down into achievable milestones. When do you want to have a good prototype of your product? When do you want to have preliminary funds? How many customers do you want to have by the end of your first year? Give yourself proper milestones to help you stay accountable. Better still — share your goals with family, friends, and coworkers so that you can keep yourself on track. Having goals, keeping yourself accountable, and celebrating milestones with friends is ultimately one of the best ways to be productive.
With that, keep your head up and get cracking on your big idea!