In today’s age we are more connected than ever, which means that we are communicating more, which means that we are doing more. Time is our greatest resource, but also the one that we lack the most. The solution is to become more productive in the time that we do have. Here are some things that I try to do to perform my best throughout the day.
Breathe In & Out
Comfort is key – that is why you have to make sure that you feel good and relaxed before beginning any new task and even during it. Spend 30 seconds on medicating or even just drinking a cup of water. Think about it as giving you more “space of RAM” to be concentrated again.
Write It Down
Write every single one of your tasks down on colored paper with different tones. Organize them by priority and set deadlines. Not only will this help you stay on track with what is most important, but you will be able to quantify your jobs and really see what your day will look like. The colors also help to relax your brain and give you fresh energy.
Utilize Your Driving Time
Prepare for your day even before you are in the office. Think about what is already planned and get an idea of when you want to work on certain tasks. If you take a train to work, then you can even actively change meeting times to ease up your schedule so that you enter your office with a peace of mind.
You don’t always have to finish every task by yourself. Find colleagues or friends that can help prepare the essential information and material for you by the time you turn back to the job.
Most of us are impatient, including myself. Rather than waiting for someone to read your email and reply with the possibility of miscommunication errors, just pick up the phone. This way, you get more direct and correct information and gives you the opportunity to ask more questions that you probably wouldn’t write in an email, afraid that they would go unanswered if there are too many.
These are simple things that you can easily integrate into your work habits that will make your productivity increase and overall, make you much less stressed and more ready when you arrive for work. What other ways do you improve your productivity?
Being an entrepreneur can be extremely stressful and anyone who is trying to create their own business right now understands what I am saying to the -nth degree.
Why is it so hard? You need to work harder than you have ever working before. You have to push yourself to the limit of your emotional, mental and physical capacity. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is worth pursuing.
Every business owner had this moment in their life that they have an “entrepreneurial awakening” that totally redefines their life. You know exactly what I’m talking about – when you realize that you are not satisfied with your life and finally understand that it is because you are meant for something more.
The problem is that this burns inside of you – your plans to build something remarkable. You want it to be significant, something you can pass onto your kids and create a wealthy lifestyle. So, you begin to act on it.
The emotions are a huge reason of why entrepreneurship is so hard. Sometimes you feel excited – every time that you make progress. You feel like you can take on the world and succeed. Then, some times you are not making the progress that you want to make and you fail one of your deadlines. You looked at it all and feel overwhelmed. There is so much that you want to do, but have no idea how you’re going to get it done. You start to doubt yourself and feel discouraged, maybe uninspired. However, you shouldn’t have to lose your sanity to become an entrepreneur and you won’t.
What made you decide to start this journey? We get so caught up in what we’re doing that we forget why we are even doing it, but there are actually two why’s. What do you want to get out of this and what do you want your business to bring to others? Make sure to keep this in the forefront of your mind as much as possible – it will motivate you when you begin to get discouraged.
Practicing this daily can change your life. It makes you focus on the positive and doesn’t allow yourself to dwell on little troubles or struggles. Remember, you can always be thankful for how far you have come. A fun way to practice this is by having a journal. No, I’m not kidding. Write down something that you are grateful for at the end of each day and look through it every morning before you get started.
When it comes down to it, being an entrepreneur is persevering no matter how hard it gets. Begin to practice you why’s and gratitude and the emotional roller coasters will get easier!