Productivity hacks for entrepreneurs
All the major entrepreneurs have determinate characteristics and attitudes in common. These characteristics allow them to be able to optimize their work and time, achieving their goals more easily and without wasting time.
The difference between mediocrity and massive success lies in how you use the hours you have in a day.
The truth is that it is not important how many hours you stay in front of your computer or in front of your paperwork, but how you manage and exploit them.
You can stay in your office for 10 hours and at the end of the day understand that you didn’t conclude anything, or you can work for 4 hours a week and achieve the objectives set.
I want to share a few productivity hacks with you that will allow you to work smarter, not harder and some advice on how to use them.
Productivity hacks are shortcuts, tricks or strategies that help you get more done in the same amount of time.
Being productive isn’t easy. There are so many distractions out there that it can be hard to make progress towards your goals. But it’s not hopeless. There are tools and methods that you can use to become more productive and efficient you can.
Here, there are six hacks you can use to increase your productivity:
1. Blackout time
You need to have a blackout time during your day. It’s essential to avoid interruptions that might distract you from your task and it could be tough to return to the work you were doing.
You have to understand that all things take their time, so when you are doing something you need to focus just on that task you are working on and postpone other stuff till after.
The distractions will slow down your job, and you will need twice as much time to finish your work. Some advice that I can give you is to put your phone in aeroplane mode, don’t be in a room with possible distractions, have a clean desk and focus just on your own thing. Blacking out your time and focusing on your tasks can get you in a State of Flow and helps you increase productivity.
2. Learn to delegate
If you are working with other people, a way to work more efficient and faster is to delegate.
I know, it is difficult to delegate your job or some work because you think that the other people couldn’t do your work in the way you want. But when you will learn to delegate you will realise how useful it is when other people help you.
I suggest you (at least at the beginning) delegate the work you find easiest and maybe less important so that you can concentrate on the tasks and topics you find more valuable.
3. Write things down
How much time do you spend trying to remember what you need to do for the rest of your day?
It is a frequent and spontaneous action that we do, but unfortunately it is also an enormous waste of time.
The solution that you could use is to write your tasks down to free up your working memory. How? There are a lot of useful to-do list, and note-taking apps that you can download and that could simplify your work, without going crazy trying to remember something that was important for you. The key is not to further complicate your tasks.
4. No Multi-tasking
Another way to do better and more efficient your job is indeed to focus on one thing at a time.
SAY NO TO MULTI-TASKING.
Doing one thing at a time will free up your mind in an incredible way.
Even if you think to be able to do more things at the same time, it definitely won't be better than completing them individually.
It is scientifically proven that people who are trying to do more stuff at the same time have an IQ drop by 10 points; this is equivalent to losing a night of sleep.
5. Start with the hardest thing
After knowing what your tasks are for the day, I suggest you to begin with the hardest and most important on your to-do list.
That’s because at the beginning of day work, you are more relaxed and you have a more clear mind; making hard things easier for you and you might do it faster and better.
Starting with the hardest task is also great for your satisfaction.
When you finish the most laborious task, you will feel an immediate sense of achievement, relief and high your-self esteem. Take a minute to enjoy this moment.
6. Learn to use the word “NO”
Learn how to say NO.
There are things more important than others; you need to prioritise your tasks and say no to the things that you think are not important for your goals.
If you are not good at saying no because you don’t know when it's okay to say no, I suggest you first listen to the likely request of the other person carefully because that might be important to the person who is asking you.
Also knowing how crucial a particular task is for someone helps you get a better picture of the consequences if you were to reject.
So there you go. These are my tips and tricks on how to be more productive. Hopefully you can stop counting your hours of work and shift to a more productive measurement like the types of tasks you complete.