These 5 habits will make you a productive entrepreneurMunira Rangwala
Busy doesn't even begin to describe the day of an entrepreneur. There are a hundred and one things that a businessman has to manage and accomplish every single day to keep his company running. Unlike employees, who can punch out at the eight hour-mark, entrepreneurs have to burn the midnight oil to ensure that everything is smoothly functioning even at that hour. If you have been looking at ways to set your life in order and not let work consume all your time, take note of these five habits that will make you a more productive entrepreneur.
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Set aside time to do what you love
Whether it is at daybreak or just after you've had your dinner, you need to set a few hours aside to indulge in the one thing you absolutely love doing. Whether it is reading or watching your favourite series, when you do what you love, you automatically relax yourself in the process. A calm mind allows you to unwind and de-stress from the day's work. It also gives you renewed energy to pursue your goals with passion once again.
Set a small number of goals to accomplish every week
In addition to the tasks that need to be carried out on a daily basis, set aside three goals every week that are pertaining to the larger picture of your business. From doing research on potential clients to making a report on what your competition is doing, when you list down any three goals that you want to accomplish every week, you motivate yourself to look beyond the smaller details and keep your focus on the bigger picture.
Check your email at scheduled intervals
As an entrepreneur, you must receive plenty of emails from your clients, vendors, and employees. However, if you spend a major portion of your day simply reading and responding to emails, there will be little time left to get actual work done. The best solution to this is to check your emails once every hour. When you set aside regular time slots to respond to emails, you can attend to other tasks without distraction.
Deal with the most difficult task first
Instead of putting off the hardest task for the end of the day, get to it right at the beginning, so you can spend the rest of the day without worrying about having to do it later. When you deal with the challenging work the first thing in the morning, you will be amazed at how smoothly you can accomplish your remaining responsibilities.
Even as an entrepreneur, if you keep doing the same thing day in and day out, you'll eventually grow bored with the monotony. The simplest way to keep yourself interested and motivated at all times is through self-education. Commit yourself to learning a new course or mastering a new skill, and you'll see how doing this works wonders for your productivity.
Habits cannot be mastered in a day, and you therefore shouldn't beat yourself up if you have a few off-days. Strive to integrate the above mentioned habits into your daily routine so that you can help yourself become a more productive entrepreneur.