When people start a business, it’s because they desire freedom to work on their own terms and make money doing what they love and helping others, but many new entrepreneurs and business owners soon find themselves struggling and overwhelmed with everything – this leads them to feel stressed and burned out because no matter what they do, they just never feel like there are enough hours in the day to get through their ever-growing to-do list taking up their focus.
If you can relate to this or simply want to avoid it before you even start your business, then in this post, we’re going to share with you some of our top tips for how to be more productive in your business.
Create a schedule
Instead of giving yourself a massive task or to-do list that you’ll never get through, then you should instead take out a calendar (digital or paper) and map out your week into a schedule. This allows you to see how much time you realistically have to do things and then prioritize the things that will actually move your business forward and not just the things you think you should be doing, but you really don’t want to be doing.
Time-blocking is a fantastic productivity and time-management technique that many business owners and entrepreneurs use because they know how effective it is in helping them manage their busy schedules. Time-blocking basically works alongside your schedule and is where you block out certain times of the day to work on certain tasks – usually by batching them together. For example, if you prefer to work early in the morning because this is your more focused and creative time, then you could block out mornings to do your content creation or client work.
You only have so many hours in the day, so trying to do everything is not going to get you very far. The most successful business owners and entrepreneurs aren’t successful because they’re great at everything – they’re successful because they’re honest about what their strong and weak points are and only focus on their strong points. The weak points, if they’re necessary for their business get outsourced to people whose strong points they are. So, if you struggle with tech stuff, then get some Outsourced IT Support, or whatever else you’re not great at.
If your schedule and the things you’re doing each day aren’t based on actual goals, then what are you hoping to achieve with them? The best and fastest way to really know what’s supposed to be on your schedule each day and week is by setting goals and then breaking those tasks down into action steps that form your schedule. What most people do is just list down random things they believe they’re supposed to be doing, but that aren’t actually assigned to a goal. This will just have you running around in circles, feeling stressed out and not at all fulfilled in your business, which is basically the opposite of why you started your business.
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