5 tips for a productive entrepreneur lifestyle

It’s a new year and I know you have made lots of resolutions to be at your best this year. The 5 tips I share in this post will help you improve your daily productivity as an entrepreneur, thereby being able to achieve all of your 2018 goals.

1. Always start your day early

Early to bed, early to rise is an old saying that still rings true till date. When you sleep early, you are likely to wake up early, energized and ready to tackle the day. This is so because having around 8 hours of straight sleep per day improves your mental alertness, cognition and emotional wellbeing. It is in these states of sound health that you can actually function well to take actions towards your goal. Moreover, if you start your day with a positive perception, you will feel energized to do as much productive work as you can.

2. Write down your daily tasks

You may do this at the beginning of every week or the night before each new day. Make a list of all that you need to do and cross them out as you complete each task.

A list will give you direction as to what next you should do instead of spending all of your productive time thinking of what next or aimlessly browsing the internet.

Your to-do list can be as simple as jotting your tasks in a list form inside your notebook or you can go the app way. Examples of apps you can use are Evernote, Redbooth, Slack, Trello, etc. Keep your tasks short and simple so you can achieve them easily in little time. See my example below:

* Call Joseph about the business registration – 9am

* Reply Ade’s email – 9:30am

* Update Facebook profile introduction

* Send a follow up email to EFG Logisitics

3. Work with the Pomodoro technique

This technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It helps you manage your time efficiently and also organizes your daily activities. To work in Pomodoro mode, all you need do is use a timer to breakdown your tasks into intervals. This method of working allows you to focus on the task at hand for a set duration.

There are six steps in the original technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

(Source – Wikipedia)

4. Outsource your non core activities

By outsourcing your non core activities such as accounting, hiring and online presence management, you will realize that you are able to focus your attention on pleasing your customers and placing your organization at a competitive advantage. Here are 8 tasks you should outsource to boost your productivity as an entrepreneur.

5. Take breaks

A break is necessary to help you relax after long days of work. You should get massages, play fun games and actually do nothing for some time. Taking breaks will help you regain strength mentally and physically and you will have fresh energy to serve your customers better.

You can maintain a productive entrepreneur lifestyle without long hours or burnouts; just apply all or some of the tips above. Do you have any productivity tips you would like to share? Connect with us on social media, let’s discuss.