We all want to change the world, or at least do something really amazing in it. Often, we get burnt out, have bouts of FOMO (fear of missing out), make excuses, or get distracted by our Facebook feeds. However, the reality is that in order to make a difference – whether it’s in the world or in our lives and businesses – we need to be more productive to do it.
If you are ready to become more productive and conquer the world, here are 10 tips for every young or aspiring entrepreneur to help get you started.
1. Figure out your personal schedule
Everyone works differently, and everyone works better at different times in the day. Figure out when you work best so you can schedule certain tasks to increase efficiency based on your upswings and downswings.
2. Create challenges for yourself
This might sound counterintuitive but hear me out. To wake up earlier, place your phone on the other side of the room. Flip your phone over so you don’t get alerts or texts that don’t require your immediate attention. Grab an extra-large water bottle so you don’t get as distracted on the search to replenish.
3. Take a break
In order to truly be productive, we also have to give ourselves the space to breath and reset. Take a brisk walk outside of the office or block out time to read the latest articles you bookmarked. This well-awaited break will make you more relaxed and help avoid burnout.
4. Workout in the morning
Exercise keeps our stress levels down, gives us more energy and can improve our overall mood. Set your alarm and workout right when you wake up to get the benefit from it the rest of the day.
5. Eat well
Sure, when we’re stressed we’ll jump at getting a quick lunch without thinking of how healthy it is. Or we’ll opt for just another latte. Think about what you’re putting in your body because not only can it effect your energy levels, the right meal can keep you full for longer – leaving more time to work. Bonus points for meal prep!
6. Go rouge
Sometimes we really need to concentrate. Try blocking off your calendar as “Do not disturb.” Turn off your phone and retreat to your home office. Or maybe you can go work from a local coffee shop – away from daily distractions.
7. Make your free time, free
While your grinding, grind. But when you’re free, be actually free. Plan great things when you’re out of the office and spend it with people who give you the best of vibes. To do great things at work, you need to create great experiences for yourself outside of it. Don’t let your hustle take away your happy.
8. Delegate and communicate
Sometimes, not every task is one you should be focusing on. Delegate tasks to other team members when appropriate. Consider using apps that help teams communicate more efficiently (a necessity in the retail sector) and tools that assist in project management. Using the right technology can be more effective than trying to manage it all yourself.
9. Turn off your email notifications
Don’t let yourself fall into the email black hole. We’ve all been there and answering one email will never be enough. Schedule time to answer emails – likely later in the afternoon when you need a mental break.
10. Love what you do
The best way to achieve our goals and dreams – is to actually love what we’re doing to get there. Sure, it’s not always glamorous, but the end goal in mind should make us excited just thinking about it. The more passionate you put into your job or your business, the more it’ll thrive.
The late apple founder Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
As young professionals, business owners, side-hustlers, and dreamers – we owe it to ourselves to do everything we say we’re going to get done. Tips and tricks aside, we have to decide that we really want this life. When we put our mind to it, nothing can stop us. Oh, and don’t forget to drink more water!
Sonya Matejko is a NYC-based writer who spends her time falling in love, falling apart, and traveling the world in between. She writes about love, traveling, and navigating through life in your twenties. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, and more, with one of her articles being shared over half a million times. Sonya also founded Single Strides, a home for hopeless romantics and wanderlusts. Her utmost goal is to inspire people to believe in love and to believe in themselves. Sonya currently resides in New York City working in advertising with her fluffy cat. She can often be found in local coffee shops or on a rooftop.