As a business owner, you’re in charge of several things – from the day-to-day operations of the business to the long-term business plans. It’s actually easy to get swamped and getting everything done may seem daunting. These productivity tips have been dilligently researched and guaranteed to work for you, if only you can faithfully follow them.
From research, its been found out that the average entrepreneur spends 11% of their time doing what can actually be considered “business”, while they spend the other 89% fooling around. We are virtually all guilty of this to varying extents and at different times.
You have to understand how to focus on the right things, and those are some of the things we are going to be addressing in this post.
Always take the opportunity for self-development:
This is arguably the most critical key to success in any sphere of human endeavour. The gravest mistake you can ever make as an entrepreneur is to stop learning. New things, old things, new ways of doing old thiings, everything – just don’t stop learning. Read books, attend symposiums- whatever works for you really. You’ve got to get better and better at what you do. By getting better, you effortlessly improve your productivity by applying your newly acquired skills. Successful people don’t just rest on their MBAs, they keep on striving to know more.
Define your goals for the day:
To become successful, learn to develop a very specific routine that you follow religiously to help boost your daily productivity. Before you sleep at night, make a mental note of the things you’d like to do before the following day runs out. By forming a habit of setting daily goals and tagets, you’ll be better equipped to focus on your ultimate longer-term goals.
When you unwaveringly dedicate yourself to achieveing your targets for the day, success finds its way to your business. Success is addictive, no matter how little, just like failure could be addictive too. When you succeed, you are happy, and you want to do everything to keep that happiness. Chronic failure can easily lead to depression – yuck! nobody wants that.
Say no to procastination:
“I’ll do this now, then take a short nap of about 10 minutes before working on those”. Thus that describe your attitude to work? Well you’re not alone – you actually are in bad company though. Procastination is the perfect template for failure. Most people tend to tackle easy-looking tasks first , with a mental promise to get back to the harder tasks later and we all know how that often turns out, other things simply crop up like shadows out of nowhere.
Whenever you’ve decided to perform a task, follow it through to a logical conclusion. Say no to procastination the thief of priceless time and watch your productivity soar.
Make a checklist:
The second point we made in this post, was about adopting daily goals. The other thing you can do, and which is actually a follow-up on seting daily goals is to write down those daily goals list on paper. What this does is you’re more than likely to complete that list by the end of the day. If you concentrate on completing tasks and checking them off, you will make way more progress than just simply going by memory because it places a psychological obligation on you to fulfill your promise.
Make adequate plans for the unexpected:
In life, nothing is promised. By now, virtually everybody is used to “the only constant in life is change”. It’s important to prioritize what must be done today because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Close that sale today, because tomorrow your client might have an urgent family affair to attend to. Don’t be a victim of circumstances.
You have to be able to find the balance between being acutely aware of the fact that so many variables in life are out of your control and doing everything in your power to maximise the ones that are. It’s very simple, do you have the discipline, do you have the self-control, the willpower to start and complete your most important task. If you don’t have it you can develop it with practice.
Drop the emails for a while: When running a business, it’s normal to recieve thousands of emails a day from clients and associates alike. This is especially true of small business owners who don’t have dedicated CRM departments to handle all that stuff. In order to make sure that you remain on track to achieve your daily targets, its advisabe that you only read your emails at certain times in the day.
The key is to turn it off, check it every two to three hours and turn it off. And its not just emails – there are actually a thousand and one things to distract you on that your smartphone. Don’t kid yourself, or us for that matter – just drop it.
Take a periodic break from business:
One of the most efficient ways to boost productivity during the workday is to truly unplug at night so you can recharge for the day ahead. When you’re a business owner, it’s very hard to simply take your mind off “business”. The truth is that sometimes all you need to do is take a step back and exhale. Everything just seems to become clearer. I have experienced this so many times when trying to write code. I just close my laptop and take a nice little walk, listen to some good music and boom! Suddenly, it all seems to click!
Develop a positive outlook about your work:
Yes, we all need to take our work seriously, but no one should have to live like a zombie. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to catch some fun while working – especially when you love what you do.
Having a positive outlook in tough situations can greatly helpt to boost your productivity. That never-say-die attitude can save you a lot of dissapointment. Believe in yourself and other members of your team. It is “positive energy” and will serve you in good stead in your business.
Learn to bounce back quickly from failure:
The problem shouldn’t be about failure really, it’s about having the courage to rise up from your ashes. Failure really should be a call to action. By making mistakes, you get to see what works and what doesn’t. Some things will work while some others simply do not work, and that’s alright – really. It’s about incorporating the lesson you learnt to your next plan in order to inmprove your chances of success.
But hey, try to cut out the silly mistakes you know- the very very very stupid ones!
That will be all for today, thank you for stopping by, and hope you’ve been able to pick one or two things. or even three that might be of use to you in your business.
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