Have lofty goals and dreams, but don’t actually feel like you are getting much done? This is the real dilemma that entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. It’s time to stop spinning your wheels and be a focused boss babe.
Here are some tips and tricks to stay productive as an entrepreneur!
Create a To-Do List
Creating a to-do list can be so beneficial. Instead of just spiraling mentally about all the tasks you need to complete, it can be so helpful to get it all written down, making it much more manageable.
Sometimes just writing it all out can be enough to ease your stress and get you back on track. For others, seeing this long to-do list might actually send your brain spirling even more.
So now it’s time to break it up!
Our brains can only focus on so much at once, so identifying your 3 biggest, most pressing tasks can be the key to productivity. Yes, you can even organize your to-do list! Ty this simple task of separating the items on your to-do list into three categories:
MOST PRESSING: These are the 3 most important tasks that should be the only thing taking up your headspace. Everything else is written down merely so you don’t forget for the future. Think of it like you are hanging it up on a hook, writing it down so you don’t have to even think about it.
Helpful hint: Number your 3 most important tasks 1-3, so you know what to complete first!
Near Future: These items are next in line once you finish your 3 biggest tasks. You might have a deadline coming up in a few weeks, a future appointment, or a task that needs to happen by the end of the month.
Brain Dump: This is the section that is for the least important items, maybe even tasks you are not sure actually need to happen, like finally cleaning out that garage of yours (might not actually happen!)
Okay, it’s time to get rid of the things that are holding you back… Yes, even your phone. Now, you might be thinking, but I need my phone to work! If this is the case, then e you should think about using a special app for work messages to keep everything separate.
If you don’t need your phone, then it’s time to put that baby on airplane mode! Trust me, that alone will take away a lot of distractions.
Find this hard? Try scheduling in time for distraction. Eliminating distractions cold-turkey for most people has a similar effect, which is relapse. Scheduling in distraction is far less restrictive and can be exactly what you need to actually stick to what you say. This way, you don’t have to totally say no to Netflix!
This sounds counterproductive but in reality, taking a break can allow your brain to rest, reduce stress and frustration, and actually increase attention and productivity.
For this break, do something that will rejuvenate your brain:
Grab a healthy snack
20 minute workout
Pour yourself some hard earned coffee
Then get back at!
Group up similar activities and do them all at the same time. Okay so, maybe you block out 3 hours for just writing. Focusing on all the writing tasks you need to complete. This could be done with phone calls, emails, and of course cleaning. Don’t forget some self-care there!
Block out designated time to work.
Be realistic with your goals & time! If you block out an 8 hour period for writing tasks, without breaks, you are unlikely to follow through.
Helpful hint: You know yourself best. Are you a morning person or a night owl? With this knowledge, schedule your blocked out work time for your best times!
It’s Time to Get organized!
Are you an old-school kind of lady? Like it written out in a planner, or a bullet journal. If so, buy yourself a pretty new thing, and start planning.
Not your thing? Use google calendar or a planning app, such as Cozi.
It doesn’t matter what you use, as long as you stick with it!
So what’s next?
Schedule, schedule, schedule!
Schedule in your breaks, your blocked out work time, and even your distractions! Schedule it all in, and keep yourself accountable.