Being an entrepreneur in today's world means wearing multiple hats, even more so if you are a solopreneur. At any given moment you are engaging in work that either positively or negatively impacts your bottom line.
So, how do you ensure that at the end of the day you have been efficient and productive?
Below are seven tips that will help you manage your day more constructively
Mapping out your to-do project list ahead of time will be of tremendous benefit. For example, at the end of today, you should have your list ready for those things you will be doing tomorrow. The farther ahead you plan, the more likely you are to be successful at the end of the day/week/month/year.
Break down large projects into tasks. Doing this will give you a clear idea of where to direct your focus. This will also allow you to identify what parts of the project can be delegated and whether collaboration is needed.
As your company’s visionary, your main role is to engage in actions that execute your vision and feed your company’s bottom line. All other projects or tasks should be delegated downline or outsourced.
Distractions derail productivity. Email alerts and phone chimes seem to multiply when one is wanting to be focused. Try putting the phone on Do Not Disturb for a couple of hours or sending the calls to voicemail.
Assign specific times to check emails and return calls, for example, first thing when you arrive at the office and then again in the afternoon. Prioritize your responses to those calls and emails that impact your business.
Another recommendation for managing emails is to create filters to have only specific emails going to your inbox, and the others bypassing your inbox and going directly to designated folders.
Work on only one task at a time. Multitasking is inefficient. Once the project or task at hand is complete, then move to the next priority item.
Working for long periods without breaking leads to fatigue and stress. Taking breaks refreshes the brain and improves mental acuity, which leads to increased productivity.
Yes, hydration does influence productivity. Our brain is composed of 73% water, which means that we need to be hydrated to remain sharp.
A 1-2% loss of water reduces cognition. Drinking water can increase productivity by 14%.
Being productive is no small feat, but it is necessary to grow and maintain a successful business. Knowing when, and how to prioritize the day, and keeping ahead of distractions are skills that must be mastered.