Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs
“Honestly and integrity are by far the most important assets of an Entrepreneur”
- Zig Ziglar
Entrepreneurs are busy souls and with only so many hours in the day and an endless list of tasks to be accomplished, becoming efficient is integral to success.
So, here’s my unique list of tips, tricks and hacks that you – the entrepreneur – can use whenever you like, or whenever it feels the most appropriate. My Productivity tips might have a different effect on you, but mostly we’re looking for ways to organize, manage, and combine our workflow. In the spirit of brevity, here are my top productivity tips that will pay immediate dividends
1.Write down your ideas
“Take your ideas seriously. Write them down, let them nest in your head and nurture them. You know what you need to do.” – Kathy Hester
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You’d be amazed how many entrepreneurs say it really works. Most people don’t take it seriously: if you’d have a wonderful idea, you’d hardly forget it, right? But apart from brilliant breakthrough ideas you might come up with, there are thousands of things you have to deal with every day. Each of these things can have a fresh solution. That does why don’t rely on your memory too much – write those ideas down and come back to them whenever you’ve got time. This way you’ve got a good overview of all possible solutions and not anything gets lost.
2.Select what is right for your particular business
“The best way to gain self confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”
– Swati Sharma
The trick is to balance advice. Approaching things a bit skeptically and giving them a second thought could be very helpful. Self-confidence is important too. After all, it’s your vision and skills that made it possible to start your business. So listen carefully but trust your experience and intuition as well.
3.Create a Transparent Working Environment
“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.”- Earl Nightingale
If you can’t find your team’s tasks, assignments, and daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly goals you’re not creating a transparent sufficient environment. When your team works in an opaque digital surrounding, two things are inevitable.
First, you’re going to naturally start micromanaging. When you don’t know what’s happening and what’s getting completed, you’ll start hounding employees for status updates and feedback. This is demanding not only for you but for your team. You will be create a transparent working environment process and services.
4.Choose the right people
“Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential.” – Steven J. Stowell
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If you don’t like people you’re working with, it’s going to be hard for everyone. Making sure you employ someone who’s genuinely interested in working for you and further motivating them is important. This way you can permanently explore new opportunities and make the most of them.
5.Simplify Your Team’s Communication
“Effective teamwork begins & Ends with Communication.”- COACH KRZYZEWSKI
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Peers, customers, experts and bloggers everyone who took interest in you can help you in their own way and do it for free. They can mention your business in their blogs, include links to your content, recommend it to their friends and share it in their social media, like you, tweet about you and much more. So talking to them and learning from them is going to be an important part of your strategy.
6.Build the networks – both up and down
“We build this company from the customer back, not from the company out.”
– Lou Gerstner
It’s really important to find your way to build valuable and meaningful connections with different people. For example, experts will provide you with advice on how else you can grow your business, mentor you and give access to their own target audience.
Working your way down means communicating with startup owners and beginning entrepreneurs. Sometimes it can be a start of a very promising partnership. Remember that you once were in the same shoes and you’d really appreciate if someone helped you to rise.
7. Keeping time management
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.”- Thomas Edison
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Keeping time management is the most important to success your business. You are likely more productive at certain times of the day than others. Schedule your hardest and most important tasks during your most efficient times of day, and save your easier/less important activities for your low-energy periods.
8. Learn all the time
No matter what business you’re in it’s always about learning the new, better ways of doing something. Being open to learning is crucial. Most entrepreneurs would probably object: how are we to learn permanently if we don’t have enough time? Well, that’s the challenge and part of your strategy has to be figuring out how you can constantly add value to your knowledge and skills. Most of us just do it on the go.
9. Listen carefully
Being open to suggestions is a great way to build meaningful relationships. For you it’s a new pool of fresh ideas you can think over and apply to your business. Listening to the right feedback can guide you and help to improve performance.
10. Get Active
“The expert in anything was once a beginner ’’
It’s no secret that being active is critical to our productivity. I’ve personally seen my productivity levels skyrocket during periods when I’m training for endurance athletic events such as running races and triathlons. You’re training for an all-encompassing event or simply going for a short walk during lunch, get active and you’ll quickly see how time away from business will be more than offset by increased output.
11. Set a specific time of the day to check email
So many of us are slaves to our emails. The second we hear the bell of a new inbound email, we immediately stop what we’re doing in order to respond to the latest message. And yet, doing so is highly inefficient. Closing our email until we’ve accomplished our critical objectives is one small but incredibly powerful habit for enhanced productivity.
12.Build your brand
“Businesses are now only as strong as their brands, and nothing else offered business leaders so much potential leverage.”- Jim Stengel
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Your brand is going to be the only thing to distinguish you in the marketplace and show your customers the unique value proposition of your products. It’s going to be very difficult but as Gary Vaynerchuk has put it: “There is no substitute for honest hard work.” Building a strong brand will reward you earlier or later.
13. Track your performance and progress
“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” – Frederick Douglass
If you don’t precisely measure both your performance and your progress, you won’t be able to get an actionable insight into how you can improve and grow. Chances are good that you already use a number of apps and tools to speed things up and save time. Track your time, your social media success, your costs- the more tangible your performance is, the more odds there are for you to manage it effectively.
Those are the less-known secrets to productivity. This productivity tips and tricks to help increase brand name and more productivity level for multi-millionaire entrepreneur or freelancer. I hope they work for you as well.