One of the many advantages to being your own boss is that you get to prioritize what is important and what is not. Unfortunately, without a little mental discipline, it is very easy to end up wasting time without accomplishing anything. Staying on track will lead to good business habits and a greater chance of success.
“If you are not making the progress that you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined,” said Paul J. Meyer, founder of Success Motivation Institute and author of Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul.
The following are seven quick and easy ways to maximize your productivity:
Log out of social media accounts.
According to Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange, the average person spend over three and a half hours on social media each day. In terms of productivity, that is almost half of a normal work day. Those hours could be used in much more productive ways other than coming up with creative names for your accounts.
Although it isn’t always possible to completely remove social media from your life, it is possible to minimize its impact during your working hours. If you turn off alerts and hide the apps from easy access, you can more easily avoid checking status and answering updates that are not important to your business.
Set daily goals.
An entrepreneurs’ work load is rarely set in stone. Tasks, on a day to day basis, can be completely different and without the comfort of a routine. Setting daily goals will allow you to keep your current tasks in front of you.
Numerous apps have been designed for this task, but one of the easiest to use and most common is Google Calendar. Most of us already use Google for web searches, email and it works on your computer and any connected hand-held devices you use.
Plan your work and work your plan. The old adage is as important now as it ever has been. Having daily goals is not enough. At the end of your work week, you should sit down and work out a casual plan for the next week. Important tasks and goals should be listed and worked toward. Tweaking the results is the entire purpose of setting daily goals
Complete important tasks first.
The temptation to begin your day doing easy tasks to give yourself a sense of accomplishment can be overwhelming, but if you start with easy tasks by the time you are ready to work on the most important task you are already mentally tired and even more reluctant to jump into it.
Instead, start with the most important task. By the time you have completed it, you will be able to relax and work on the smaller, less important jobs at a more leisurely pace. Your sense of accomplishment at getting through the hardest part of your day will make the other jobs seem easier.
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