As an entrepreneur, your daily routine might be excruciatingly demanding. At times, you might find yourself wishing the day had more hours or you had some sort of productivity-boosting superpower. Turns out, you don’t need magical powers to get more out of each work day. Here are some productivity hacks that will help you become more efficient without having to miss out on your ‘me time’.
1. Wake Up Early
Just an hour or two earlier than you do now can do the trick. A morning walk or jog can provide you with clarity that will last you the entire day. Apart from that, you can also take some time to categorize your tasks for the day in order of importance or urgency.
2. Create A To-Do List
While you can discern the urgency of tasks in the morning, it’s a good idea to list down a detailed list of things to do a night before. Make a time-table consisting of tasks while allotting a time-frame to each of them. You’ll be surprised to see how much more you get done this way.
3. Do The Tough Stuff First
There might be a phone call or a report that you’ve been putting off for a while now. Starting tomorrow, do that thing you’re avoiding as soon as you start your day. Once that particularly challenging task is out of the way, you’ll be relatively stress-free for the rest of the day.
4. Optimize Meeting Times
You probably know that shorter meetings are more, if not equally fruitful as long meetings are. Face it, anything longer than 15 minutes is mostly waste of time. So, enforce a rigid rule about meeting durations and make sure everyone follows. Pre-planning meeting agendas and expectations from attendees is conducive to a shorter meeting.
5. Disconnect For A While
It’s understandable that your work might depend on staying connected with clients, partners or peers, but when it’s time to focus, it’s best to turn off all communication. Put your phone and other distractions away if you’re trying to get something done, and you’re sure to get it done sooner.
6. Take Breaks
This may sound counterintuitive but it actually works. Pushing yourself to do too much too quickly can be a definitive way of becoming tired, irritable and inefficient. Take regular time-outs during which you can refuel with coffee, snacks and quick chats with colleagues, and then get right back to work.
7. Use Note-Taking Apps
Keeping a note-taking app handy can become a life-saver if you’re always on your toes. You never know when inspiration will strike or someone will say something you don’t want to forget. Enter, your trusty note-taking app that will never let anything get lost in the onslaught of information you register every day.
8. Make The Most Of Weekends
After a grueling work-week, the weekend needs to be nothing less than a mini-vacation. Whether it’s meeting family or taking a quick road trip, make sure your weekend is spent doing something you love. Likewise, if a vacation to you means sleeping in, then let nothing stop you from doing just that all weekend.
9. Analyze The Root-Cause
The root cause of productivity loss, that is. Whenever you cannot complete a task in the time you assigned to it, ask yourself why. Figure out where time is wasted and make sure you get rid of this reason.
10. Get Help When You Need It
Trying to do everything yourself is just setting yourself up for failure. As an entrepreneur, you need to learn how to delegate and get help when you need it. Identify the strengths of your team and distribute some tasks as and when you need to.
Incorporate these ideas into your daily routine and you’ll be basking in the joy of exceeding your own expectations in no time.