Everyone wants to work smarter and faster. With the New Year in full motion, this may even be someone’s resolution. Entrepreneurs may not work the 9-5 grind but they are as well busy as those who do. This is the reason many love to find our shortcuts, tricks or strategies that help them work more effectively. These strategies are known as productivity hacks. In this post, we’ll share with you six amazing productivity hacks that actually work for entrepreneurs. In no particular order, here they are:
- Discover Your Peak Productivity Time: You’ll never be able to get anything done if you are working at the wrong hours. You have to find the times when you function at your peak and work with that. Some people have their creative juices flowing more in the morning while others opt for late at night. You must learn to conserve your energy for the time that suits you. However, don’t try to stay up late and wake up early to work the next morning as this habit will only worsen your productivity.
- Take Full Control of Your Day: Taking charge of your day begins the night before. Before you go to bed, take out a few minutes to plan the next day. Writing a to-do list helps with this. You should also learn to prioritize your to-do list and know which tasks are the most important. For Elon Musk, this is addressing the most important emails first thing in the morning within a half-hour period. This enables him set his priorities straight for the day ahead.
- Don’t Cheat Your Body: Your body knows what it wants and you cannot distort its natural flow. Take a nap if possible or go for a walk. Ensure you take regular breaks when you’re tired. You could use the Pomodoro technique which is 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break or the 60-60-30 technique which involves 50-minutes work, 10-minutes break, 60-minutes work and then 30-minutes break.
- Do Away With the Irrelevant: Several unnecessary weights are currently keeping you from a seamless flight in your work. One of such things is an irrelevant meeting. Try as much as possible to avoid them. And if you can’t, limit them to 20 minutes max. You should also learn to say ‘no.’ It doesn’t make you rude. Out of a list of 100 ideas from his top executives on how Apple could improve in the next year, Steve Jobs says no to 90 of them and keeps a “top 10” list. Out of these ten, only three are eventually implemented.
- Use Technology Wisely: Technology is a key player in part of what makes us productive. But if you’re going to use it, use it wisely. Don’t start your day with the distraction of social media. In fact, it is advisable to turn off all push notifications on your phone. Apps such as SleepCycle, YourHour and Todoist help foster productivity. You could also make use of StayFocussd, a Chrome extension that blocks distracting sites like Facebook.
- Create a Comfortable Atmosphere: Finally, the conditions in which you work also determine a lot of things. Avoid working in a cluttered or messy workspace. Get a comfortable chair and good ventilation. You could use some background classical music to calm your nerves and keep you focused. Also ensure to be properly hydrated all through the day in order to keep your focus.