Many entrepreneurs excel at accomplishing so much while others struggle to mark one thing off their to-do list, and yet everyone has the same 24-hours-per-day to work with. Why are some people so much more productive?
Productivity is partly effort, but mostly efficiency. Utilize these 8 tips to get more done every day by working smarter rather than harder.
Put Your Hardest Work First
Beat procrastination by starting your most difficult or daunting task first and don’t deviate from that task. When you take on your biggest challenge first thing in the morning, you will feel clear-minded and accomplished the rest of that day.
Only approach tasks one at a time and finish it to completion so that there are no loose ends to tie up by the end of the day.
Delegate or Outsource
You can’t do everything by yourself. When you truly have too much on your plate, consider delegating or outsourcing tasks. Prioritize what is most important for you to do personally (based on your strengths) and delegate the rest to partners and team members. Building that trust through delegation and outsourcing allows you the ability to tackle larger jobs in the future and grow your business.
Get Email Under Control
Email is necessary, but can also be very distracting. Set aside a specific time each day for emails so you can quickly check and respond only to urgent matters before closing your email for the rest of the day. You’ll be amazed at how productive you can be when you’re not a slave to your inbox!
Use Technology to Automate and Streamline
Make emails even more streamlined by identifying an auto response to answer frequently asked questions. Setup your filters to automatically sort and prioritize your emails so your time is not spent digging through your inbox. Create alerts and notifications for updates on important clients without having to check your email.
Know When to Say “No”
Don’t suffer increased stress and burnout just because you’re too afraid to admit when your task list is full. Assert yourself and have the confidence to say no when asked to take on a new project. Spreading yourself too thin can lead to poor performance so knowing and expressing your limits allows you to focus on doing quality work.
Multitasking can kill productivity. Choose your projects carefully and purposefully so that you can devote time and focus until a single task is complete. Then you’ll be able to move on to the next task and give it the attention it deserves.
Give Yourself A Break
Maintain your momentum on tasks by regularly scheduling breaks into your routine. Focusing too long on one thing can contribute to small mistakes and burnout. Refresh and revitalize by stepping away from your work and returning with rested eyes.
Use Today to Prepare for Tomorrow
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