You’re an entrepreneur, busting your gut on your latest startup and you’re all too aware of how limited your time is.
There’s no doubt about it: there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you want. There are, however, enough hours to do what you need. The key is knowing how to make more of the hours you have to get more done.
Learn to get more done
Better productivity is a skill that can be learned. You might even find it takes less energy than you’re currently exerting. So start applying the following ideas and you’ll soon feel better.
- Take better care of yourself. An odd place to start? Not really. This is one of the hardest things for startup-obsessed entrepreneurs to do, but it’s also one of the quickest ways to increase your energy reserves and enhance your decision making abilities. Take a little time to take care of your body and mind: eat well, exercise regularly and try to get eight hours of sleep (each and every night). You’ll make better use of the hours in the day if you do.
- Delegate. Are you still trying to tackle all aspects of your business? It’s unlikely this is the best use of your time. As the key decision maker, the more mental energy you spend on minor things, the less energy you will have for the bigger picture. And that means inefficient decisions and missed opportunities. Even if you’re not ready for your fist employee, sites like Elance and Fiverr help you outsource affordably as and when you need it.
- Prioritise your mental energy. You have a finite amount of mental energy. Every time you make a decision, that energy depletes. Minimise trivial choices and push them to later in the day, so your not wasting prime productivity time. Automate or create routines where you can, for example, lay out your clothes the night before, plan your meals for the week in one go and set a regular time for gym visits so there’s no ‘what should I do first?’
- Give yourself a break. Learn to work within your natural limits. Everyone needs a break and they should be scheduled into your workday. Remember, sometimes the most groundbreaking ideas come when you are relaxing – in the shower, on a walk in the park, riding a bike. Working yourself into the ground leaves no time for your subconscious to mull on those crunchy business problems, leaving you spending more time worrying than actually solving anything.
- One thing at a time. Multitasking doesn’t work. It just means doing several things badly instead of one thing really well. Silence the phone, avoid answering emails, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door – do whatever you need to have that uninterrupted 15-20 minutes that it takes to reach a flow state, then really get some work done.
Now, off you go and get more done today.