As entrepreneurs and hustlers, we want to get it all done. Yet, so often we end the day feeling frustrated at how many tasks still haven’t been checked off that ever-growing list.
We are wearing a bunch of hats at a time, quite often we’re overscheduled, we’re trying to bootstrap our time, and a full day just never seems like enough.
So, I have put together my 7 top productivity hacks to help entrepreneurs protect your time and be more productive each day.
1. Exercise & Meditate
Definitely add exercise to your daily routine.
Here’s why: Exercise increases your energy capacity.
And, meditation (quiet time, contemplation, being still, prayer, whatever you’d like to participate in) is a much-needed activity for your mental state.
Entrepreneurs tend to run on high octane. Being able to calm your mind and relax is a great way to recharge and work on your mental state.
2. Prepare For The Next Day the Previous Night
Make it a habit to plan your next day a night before.
That way, you’re never fumbling around over a cup of coffee trying to decide what you need to get done. You’ll already have a game plan ready to go.
Before you head to bed at night, grab a notebook, or use task management apps like Trello or Clickup to carve out your next day. (If you’re in the market for tools, feel free to check out some of my other favorite online tools.)
What are 3 things you can do the next day that will move your business forward? This question will help you set the game plan for the next day.
Remember, a schedule is a plan, not a promise. That’s a crucial distinction, so make sure you internalize it. Stay flexible, like a rubber band. If you need to make some adjustments, do it.
3. Create A Distraction-Free Work Zone
In a world of push notifications, emails, instant messaging, and work-from-home lifestyle, we’re becoming increasingly distracted while working.
As an entrepreneur, if you find yourself bouncing from task to task, becoming more frazzled as you struggle to make real progress, consider trying these tips to minimize distraction and establish some order:
- Flip your cell phone over – or put it on the other side of the room.
- Install a productivity-boosting “blocker” on your computer.
- Try tools like Evernote, Google Keep, or Trello; they allow you to add items to a list that you can check back on later.
- Batch everything – email, social media, and even text messages.
- Use airplane mode and switch off notifications
4. Complete the Most Important Tasks First Thing in the Morning
If you are struggling with aligning your tasks according to their importance level, this one’s for you.
In the book Eat That Frog, Brain Tracy emphasizes completing your most important and most difficult task first thing in the morning.
Maybe you have a long list of important tasks at hand. If yes, ask yourself–which of these things is going to make the biggest difference in growing my business?
Find out that one task and knock it out first thing in the morning. Consistently putting less important tasks further down on your to-do list will make a tremendous difference in your business growth, revenue, and engagement with clients and teams.
5. Give Up Multitasking – Focus on One Task at a Time
Multitasking seems like a great way to get a lot done at once.
But don’t do it! Research has shown that our brains are not nearly as good at handling multiple tasks as we like to think they are.
I know, I know, if you’re like me, you think you can do it.
Some researchers suggest that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%.
Be aware of the times when you’re multitasking. There’s a good chance you might do it so much that you don’t even notice when you’re doing it (me!)
I like making a game of how many google chrome tabs I can have open at once – how about you?
Doing one task at a time may help you become more productive, and it may even make each job you do more enjoyable.
6. Get Comfortable with Delegating
There is a saying that goes like this:
“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself”.
This might be true for the odd task, but it’s not relevant philosophy for most entrepreneurs trying to complete a ton of tasks in a day.
As entrepreneurs, we all want to be efficient and productive.
To do this, the ability to delegate and allow others to assist and share in the load is important, as it saves you both time and energy.
Your production as an entrepreneur will be slowed if you have to make every decision.
I recommend using platforms like Fiverr and Upwork to find people to help you with virtually anything you need. You don’t have to train them fully if you find the right people. Folks skilled at their task will do a great job; just introduce them to your company and then turn them loose.
7. Work Remotely and Take Time Off
Traffic is the worst thing about commuting and the average commute is nearly 30 minutes.
That much time on the road means workers are spending more cash on fuel and maintenance for their vehicles.
The average remote worker can save thousands on fuel costs.
One of my favorite parts of entrepreneurship is the ability to set my schedule and work from home or anywhere.
I also suggest taking a full day off from your business each week to recharge your batteries and enjoy life. This only works if you learn from the above steps and can run your business more efficiently. In that case, you’ve earned it.
Summing It All Up: Get Sh*t Done
If you are serious about being productive, then this post is everything you’ll need.
So read it, take notes, and implement the tips. Small steps can lead to big, long-term changes.
What are your productivity hacks? Let me know in the comments!