Time is arguably the most essential resource in entrepreneurship. However, time is also a limited resource that has to be well managed.
The fact is that we all have access to 24 hours a day but it’s not always enough to get things done for a lot of young entrepreneurs.
So many young entrepreneurs struggle to accomplish much within a short period of time. This is why proper time management has to be a priority for every young entrepreneur in order to boost productivity.
As a young entrepreneur, it’s not just about managing your time alone, it’s also about managing your energy. The fact is that highly-productive people understand that managing their energy is as important as managing their time.
In short, you have to manage your time as well as your energy in order to improve your productivity. This is because you can not produce more if you don’t have the energy as well as the capacity.
How to stay focused and be more productive
So, how do you stay focused and improve your productivity as a young entrepreneur? How do you manage your time and quickly get things done? So many people believe that time management tools offer the best solution to help you get more done on time.
This is somehow true, however, there is a limitation to what time and tasks management tools alone can do.
Young entrepreneurs will have to develop a kind of daily rituals or habits to be able to get the best out of their time.
There have been various studies into the mysterious habits of the ultra-productive people. These studies help to find out the daily routines of the hyper-productive people.
What are their secrets and what makes them different from other people? The world’s most successful people have some unique habits. Try them out and see where they take you.
#1]. Sleep early to get up early
Scientifically, having a nice sleep plays a major role in our good health and ability to quickly think and get things done. But how do you get a nice sleep without sleeping early?
Going to bed early will give you extra hours of sleep which can provide the ultimate mood boost. So, in a way, sleeping early and getting up early helps productive people get more hours out of each day.
This means that anyone aiming to be more productive will have to develop a habit to get up before everyone else. The fact is that there are far fewer distractions and a lot more calmness in the early morning. It means you stand a better chance to be far more productive if you are an early riser.
#2]. Don’t be jack of all trade and master of none
The idea that you can “do” it on your own is a bad habit that prevents young entrepreneurs from being productive. For this reason, you need to delegate tasks to individuals who can help you get things done in the nick of time.
The fact is that being a jack of all trade and master of none is detrimental to your overall performance. Majority of the successful entrepreneurs usually hire and collaborate with other people. In short, successful people built their careers on collaboration because they understand the fact that no man is an island in entrepreneurship.
So, you need to focus on one task at a time. Stop wasting your time while struggling to get a lot of things done at a go. Stop being a one-man entrepreneur and find capable hands that can help you work on some stuff. Don’t do multitasking, it’s a bad habit for entrepreneurs and it is dangerous to your health and your productivity.
#3]. Workplace interruptions
Workplace interruptions is another thing that prevents people from being productive. So many studies revealed that interruptions at work can diminish employee productivity by 40-60%. This is particularly not good for any startup entrepreneur aiming to grow their business.
Eliminating office distractions will help you to stay focused and improve your productivity. Successful people have developed ways to get rid of distractions in order to stay productive. This is why employees can’t just roam around in some offices. You just have to get yourself busy doing something on your desk.
Some offices have hours for employees to work away from their desks to improve their productivity. Some will even post a “Do Not Disturb” sign on their office door to eliminate unnecessary distractions. You too need to develop this kind of attitude and habit. You’ll be surprised at the difference a small adjustment can make.
#4]. Self-discipline and self-control
Self-discipline and self-control are two vital characteristics of successful entrepreneurs you need to adopt. As an entrepreneur, you need self-discipline when it comes to working on something that matters to take your business to the next level.
There’s little denying that motivation can be a great way to usher people “into the zone”. The motivation from certain kinds of music can increase physical performance. We’ve even found that watching three motivational videos per day can change one’s life.
You wonder how people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg build multimillion dollar businesses? They worked really hard and most of their successes were as a result of self-discipline and self-control. You need to cut down on time you are wasting on frivolity activities such as watching too much TV and playing games.
Everything you do has to be accordingly so that you don’t waste too much time on an activity. Find a way to limit the time you on social media so that you won’t be distracted. Develop a daily routine and make sure you stick to it. This is one of the steps you must take if you want to be productive and successful.