Starting your own business and running it is a tough and daunting prospect. Many entrepreneurs trip themselves up at the first hurdle by being disorganized and distracted.
Lets admit it, one of the biggest disruptions to starting a business is the dreaded procrastination. It makes doing the items we need to complete hard and sometimes impossible. To start a successful business an entrepreneur needs to be well organized and productive.
Here are five ways to boost productivity:
1. Turn off Distractions
We live in a world where instant knowledge and gratification is just a click or a swipe away. The Internet, while being a wonderful invention, is also the master of time wasting.
Identifying your time thieves is an important step in improving your productivity. Bad habits are hard to change but if you are going to be successful you need to have the discipline to modify your work routines.
2. Keep Track
Keeping track of your business journey is key to succeeding. FXCM recommends professionals use a log to learn as much as possible from the past. The site quotes Winston Churchill who said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” We all make mistakes and if you are going to be an effective entrepreneur then you will have to learn from those errors.
As we said above, technology can be a major distraction, but it can also be a great tool in setting up and running a business. Forbes created a list of five apps for entrepreneurs that deal with a range of issues from managing finance to messaging apps designed to make communication easier. All the apps on the list are free so you can try them out and see which ones work for you.
4. Learn to Say No
Learning to say no is essential to being a business leader. Starting up a company requires a lot of work and that work can increase if you find yourself doing tasks you should have said no to. A blogger on The Startup wrote that “according to the Pareto Principle 20% of effort produces 80% of the results; however 20% of results consumes from 80% of the effort.” This shows how much effort can go into successful results and how much time can be wasted by doing the wrong tasks. The blogger also writes that the reason most people can’t say no is that they don’t want to be seen as the bad guy.
5. Take a Nap
Not doing anything can help you be productive. It sounds wrong doesn’t it? Yet evidence shows that taking a nap can make people more alert and prepared to do a better job. Some of world’s most successful people and best thinkers are famous for taking naps during work time. Even taking a small break from your tasks can help you improve your productivity. Breaking your work up means that you won’t be doing long days where it can be easy to get distracted.