So, you are about to enter the realm of entrepreneurship. Or maybe you have already been an entrepreneur for a year or two but with poor results. The thing you ought to focus on is productivity!
The internet is full of articles on productivity hacks. But you cannot focus your time and energy on all of them, right?
That’s why we bring you a list of the ten best and most promising productivity hacks. These are sure to make you smile and get results all through your journey of entrepreneurship.
The Only 10 Productivity Hacks You Need for a Terrific New Business
- Beware of the shiny object syndrome.
When you are just starting out, you will find a lot of ideas to serve people and make money. Let us say you start a new consultancy business.
Now, there are many ways for you to sell your services. You can choose to tie up with organizations, do webinars, go out networking, create products, etc.
Since you can focus on only one at a time, you start with networking. But ten days later, you realize you can even find clients by creating courses or youtube videos online.
That’s when you need to understand that you are about to become a victim of the shiny object syndrome. If you choose to start on another path, you will lose the benefits of the first road taken. And you may leave this new path too in some days.
Overall, not committing to one thing can waste a lot of your time and make you unproductive. So, stop getting distracted by the shiny objects that may come your way and focus on the golden egg in your hand.
- Eliminate tasks or delegate.
Do you know about the 80/20 principle? You must, because you can apply it to almost every problem in entrepreneurship. Whether you are thinking about being more productive or trying to use money effectively, the 80/20 principle will help.
It states that about 20% of your actions bring 80% of the results. So, why focus on the remaining 80% actions until you have mastered the primary 20%?
To put this principle to the test, all you need to do is see which of your tasks bring you the most results. The ones that get the least results, like bookkeeping, maintaining your website, etc. can be delegated if not eliminated.
- Keep in touch with other entrepreneurs.
Thanks to social media, we can build our network easily these days. One network you should make is that of entrepreneurs.
There will be times when you won’t feel as productive as you should be. You might stop caring because the results don’t come early.
Staying in touch with other entrepreneurs helps you see what they are going through. Their achievements and goals will give you a push to be more productive to get similar results.
- Have a coach.
Having a network of entrepreneurs may not be very useful for some as it can also bring comparison in the picture. A better way is to work under a coach.
A coach not only provides consistent feedback but also mentors and counsels you along your journey. Coaches keep you accountable by reminding you of your vision enough that your inner fire keeps you productive.
- Use time batching.
If you know a bit about computers, you might remember the concept of context switching.
The concept is that the computer takes a little extra time every time it switches from one task to another. So, when you work on multiple tabs, your PC will run slower than it runs when only a single tab is open.
That’s exactly what happens with humans. Jumping between several unrelated tasks trying to complete them simultaneously can waste a lot of your time. That’s why time batching is one of the most effective productivity hacks ever known.
With this method, you can batch all similar tasks together so that you don’t waste your time and energy in switching.
For example, you can batch small, not so useful tasks like checking emails, messages, social media, clearing the mess on the table, etc. together.
- Workout and meditate regularly.
When you have a clearer mind to work with and more able to focus on the task at hand, you can be more productive. Both exercise and meditation help with this.
These activities release dopamine – the happiness hormone in your body. You might have noticed yourself – the happier you are, the better you work.
Additionally, exercise boosts your energy levels and keeps brain fog away. It is like coffee but without the coffee crash. Imagine how productive that can make you.
- Don’t waste your mental energy, trying to remember stuff.
Most of the time, when we are not productive, it is because we don’t have enough mental energy to do the task at hand efficiently.
When this happens to new entrepreneurs, it is often because they are trying to remember a lot of stuff they need to do. Or the lessons they learn on their journey.
But this wastes away a big chunk of their mental energy. Remember what David Allen, author of the book Getting Things Done says. Our mind is to create ideas, not store them.
So, jot down everything you must remember. Carry a notebook with you everywhere you go. Even get a waterproof notebook for your shower ideas if you must. Create voice notes if you are driving.
Engage yourself in a brain dump now and then to ensure it is empty to give birth to business ideas instead of rotting to-dos.
- Audit your time.
Gretchen Rubin, the author of the book the happiness project, says ‘measure what you want to manage.’
According to her, you cannot manage something well unless you can measure and monitor it. That’s how you need to manage your productivity too.
Audit the hours you work on your business. Track how much time you spend on social media or meaningless activities like checking the mail. Glancing over this audit will tell you where your time goes and how you can find more time.
- Automate your social media posts.
Being productive means doing more in less time. But social media is a tool that often takes away more of your time than the results it pays.
Thanks to social media automation tools, you can solve this problem. All you need to do is create your posts in bulk for a week or a month and schedule them.
Once you have scheduled them, you won’t have to worry about posting on different platforms at different times. You will also be able to stay away from the distraction and negative emotions that come from scrolling on social media.
- Calculate the amount you might lose if you aren’t productive.
Let’s say your per day income currently as a new entrepreneur is $50 a day. If you are not productive just one day, you will lose this amount.
Additionally, consider how your income will compound over time as you grow in this journey of entrepreneurship. Next year, around this time, your pay would be $500 a day.
Since you were not productive for one day in your journey, it will make you reach the $500 mark a day later.
Thus implying that if you are not productive today, you will not just lose $50 but may also lose $500 of the future.
Knowing how you can lose such crucial income for your business is bound to push you towards being more productive.
Those were the ten tremendously effective productivity hacks you ought to apply in your business!
Let us know if you have any more efficient hacks like these.
By the way, which of these is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
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