Work Productivity for an Entrepreneur

Work Productivity

Work Productivity

Work Productivity for an Entrepreneur can be more challenging than for others. No one sets the priorities. No one is telling you what to do and when, or even when you’ve done enough. 

Like everyone else, most of our days are full of tasks, chores and responsibilities. Some are connected to our work some are not. 

It’s how we divide up those tasks – how we decide what to do first and what to leave for later that contributes to our success (or not).

We all know that it’s difficult to keep up with this never-ending list of things to do.

How on earth can we be productive doing it.

The good news is that there are some proven techniques that are really simple to put into practice.

Techniques used by super-productive people that can help us stay on track and  help up stay focused on what needs to be accomplished first.

Get Out of Bed Early: 

Successful business people make the most of their time. They take work productivity seriously and take advantage of every waking hour by rising early – often around 5 am.

They know that they must use their time wisely in order to be productive and successful.

Get a good night’s sleep by going to bed earlier…not by sleeping late.

Successful Entrepreneurs do not “sleep in.” 

Get Organized: 

It is just easier to stay focused when working in an organized and clean workspace. Your mind is not distracted by all the clutter that would otherwise stall your output.

If you really want to get the most out of your time, clean out your workspace and watch your productivity increase.

Focus: 

Think of your To Do List as a series of courses of action (tasks) that you need to complete

Focus on
One
Course of action
Until
Successful

Work Productivity - FocusIt’s only by focussing on the task at hand that you will complete it efficiently.
Don’t get distracted. Train yourself to get on and do it until it’s finished.
Then you can take a break before the next thing if you need to.

There are a number of techniques I find helpful.

My favourite is the Pomodoro Technique.

Single Tasking: 

This may come as a surprise, but multi-tasking does not help your productivity.  Actually, it’s a time waster, splitting your effort in many directio rather than focusing it in one area.

You need razor sharp focus if you want to be super-productive, not diluted eneeffort.

Forget what you currently think about multi-tasking and stick to getting the job done with “single-tasking.”

You’ll get more accomplished in less time.

Create a “to do” list – Set your goals: 

Productive people spend a little time at the beginning of each day (or at the end of the previous one) writing down their key tasks for the coming day.

They make a list of things that need doing, and they put the most important things first. They set themselves SMART goals. In this way, the less important tasks do not get in the way.

Some people find that writing their to do list on sticky notes is effective. That way, they can’t even see what’s coming next, and can be even more focussed.

Have Clear Priorities: 

Focus first on the things that are both important and urgent.

Challenge yourself.
Think about what will happen if you don’t do something. If the answer is ‘nothing bad’, move it down the priority list or better, just don’t do it!

Once you have completed the important and urgent tasks, you can focus on the less important or less urgent tasks.

Understand Your Body’s Natural Rhythms: 

You already know this, but you might not have thought about it.

Some people are ‘morning people’, some are ‘night owls’.

For all of us, there are times of day when we’re most alert and focused. When we feel most energetic.

Those are the timess to do your most difficult tasks.

Leave the more mundane repetitive tasks for times when you are not necessarily at peak performance.

Time-out: 

Taking short breaks is really important to productivity and success.

Most people can only concentrate hard for 20-30 minutes before their mind tsrts to wander. Take regular short breaks. Get some fresh air or make yourself tea or coffee. Don’t think about what you’ve left behind.

After a few minutes, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to start work again.

Incidentally, a short break is also a great way to solve a problem. If you’ve been trying to figure something out for more than 20 minutes or so, take a break, clear your mind and then go back to the problem. It won’t always work, of course, but the chances are higher than if you just keep ploughing through without a break.

Get It  Right First Time: 

Don’t waste your energy repeating tasks that should have been done right the first time.
If you get it right the first time and you can move onto the next thing more quickly, and improve your work productivity. Simple as that.

You’ll achieve much more by getting it right the first time around.

See It Through To The End:

Don’t stop working on the important things until you have finished them completely.

Of course, you can take a break, but never start on something else.

Getting things “half-done or even nearly all the way done” is not the route to work productivity.

Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can finish today.

Reward yourself: 

This is especially true for tasks that you dislike and don’t look forward to doing.

Promise yourself a reward when you finish a task for a job well done.

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