7 SImple Mind Hacks to Boost Your Entrepreneurial Productivity

As entrepreneurs, we are all guilty of taking on too much at a time.  

It’s in our blood; it’s how we function.  

But really, taking on too many tasks hinders our ability to grow our business and our personal lives.  It’s hard to let go of the reins sometimes, but it’s so important to take a step back and let some of it go.  

And guess what… this actually increases your productivity!  

So, how do we accomplish this goal of increasing productivity?  Here are a few awesome productivity tips:

Productivity Tip #1: Set SPECIFIC goals and timelines

The catch here is that you can’t be too vague; otherwise you will not accomplish your goal in a timely manner.  

So, rather than saying “update website,” be more clear and set a goal to “add 3 categories of x, y, and z to the website.”  

Define what it means to you to be “successful” in this goal, and stick to that definition.  

Write it down.  

Productivity Tip #2: Create a Schedule for Yourself

Do you ever get to the end of the day and think “man, I was so busy today, but what did I actually do?”

Or is that just me…

Creating a schedule is a great way to make sure you’ve prioritized some of those really important tasks.

This is a tough one because you, as an entrepreneur, are pulled in a hundred different directions every day.  

I get that!

But by setting schedules for important tasks, you will be able to stick to them better.  Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to plan every minute of your day; instead, write a few main goals for your day – and then STICK to it.  

Do this for your day, week, and month and check off your tasks as you go.  

This will help you not let big projects sneak up on you if they are scheduled in the future.

And, honestly, it feels so good to check off those tasks!

Productivity Tip #3: Schedule Meetings

Speaking of schedules, make sure to schedule meetings with your staff members.  

Having an open-door policy is great, but when your staff is coming in for a “quick question” 16 times every day, you get nothing done.  Instead, schedule times for meetings and make sure everyone abides by it.  

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule; don’t be too strict when it comes to emergencies!

Productivity Tip #4: Complete Your Most Complex Tasks in the Morning

Your brain is sharper in the morning (okay, maybe after a cup of coffee or two), so schedule your most difficult and brain-intensive tasks for the morning.  

Don’t try to start on your company’s budget at 3:00 pm when you are already fried.  

Starting complex tasks in the morning will jump start your day by feeling much more productive after accomplishing something major.

It’s refreshing and energizing to start the day off on the right foot!

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Productivity Tip #5: Set Time Limits for Working on a Project

Here I go with schedules again…

Setting time limits for each session of working on a project makes it more manageable.  I am oftentimes guilty of starting a project and working on it for way longer than I should have because I just needed to figure out one problem.  

The thing is, when you put it away and come back later with a fresh brain, you are more likely to find the solution much easier.  Don’t stay up till 10:00 pm looking for that one little thing.  

Just put it away.  

Work on it later.

It’s not the end of the world.

Productivity Tip #6: Learn to Delegate

I know, it seems like every task in your business is too important to hand over to someone else.  But the thing is, you have more pressing things you need to focus on.

Learn to delegate tasks and manage rather than do.  

Letting a fresh set of eyes and imagination work on projects may bring a completely new twist to your business, and that’s not bad!  

Keeping your ideas new and ever-changing is important, and bringing in new employees to help with those ideas pays off.  

Productivity Tip #7: Remember to Take Breaks – Treat Yourself!

There is a reason we have labor laws that require breaks for employees.  

You need to be taking those breaks, too.  

Take 15 minutes and walk around your building; outside, inside, doesn’t matter.  

Just step away from your desk and your work for 15 minutes to let your brain recharge.  

Take a lunch break.  

Don’t continue working just for the sake of working; you are not being more productive, I promise.

 

While we are on the subject of breaks, take vacations as well.  I know, it sounds scary to leave your company alone for a few days, let alone a week or two for a vacation.

But it’s necessary; for you and for your company.

Your employees need to know that you trust them; you need to know that you can trust them.

Now, I’m not telling you to go to the most remote island for 3 weeks with no cell signal.  But if you rarely take a day off, it’s time to take a much-needed vacation.

Unwind and come back with a fresh attitude and new ideas.  Traveling is the best time to come up with ideas you would have never thought of before at home; because you aren’t trying to think of them.  They just come.

 

Regardless of if you are a new startup with one or two employees or a successful business with hundreds of employees, these productivity tips apply.  An entrepreneur is an entrepreneur regardless of which stage of business he/she is in.  Entrepreneurs are wired differently than most, and while that’s typically what makes them the most successful, it also is what makes them take on too much at a time.  

 

So, take a step back from your life for a moment and think, “would it hurt to try these productivity tips?”  

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Stephanie Yarbrough

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Hi! I’m Stephanie, small business strategist, business planning superhero, and owner of Portage Consulting.  I live for hiking and snow skiing ...oh, and helping small business and startups develop growth strategies and achieve financial success.

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Hi! I’m Stephanie, small business strategist, business planning superhero, and owner of Portage Consulting.  I live for hiking and snow skiing ...oh, and helping small business and startups develop growth strategies and achieve financial success.

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