5 Ways to be More Productive

This week we talked about the easiest way to free up time by delegating tasks to a virtual assistant. However, while we wait for you to get your LaBlaq Creativ freelancer let’s talk about 5 things you can do now as an entrepreneur to be more productive.

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1. Get up early

The  earlier, the better. The beginning of the day is when you have the most control over it. Once clients, spouses, and kids are up it’s a race against the clock. Many new entrepreneurs are excited about setting their own schedule. Avoid the temptation to sleep in simply because you can. If you are finishing your client work early, great!

 

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2. Eat the Frog

No, not literally. This phrase simply means there is a task you know you need to do. It’s been sitting in the back of your mind since you went to sleep. The task that you don’t want to do is the task you NEED to do first. It’s gross, it’s icky, but push through and EAT THAT FROG. The sooner you get through the unwanted task(s) the less time wasted avoiding it.

 

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3. Plan your day

This seems really obvious. However, due to the nature of entrepreneurship it is surprisingly easy to get sucked into the world of the unorganized. Mapping out your day will help you focus on what is important. It will also help you prioritize your success.

 

 

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4. Check your Email

This is a tad controversial. Many people suggest avoiding your inbox as long as possible due to the distractions it can cause. Set a timer, and check your email. Any email that requires more than a quick response, add to your to-do list!

 

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5. Personal Time

In the beginning it seems like personal time should be a reward. This is a recipe for a fast burn-out. You are a person outside your business. Stay connected to family/friends. Make your hobbies a priority for yourself. Personal time must be scheduled in or you’ll never take the time. Work-life balance is the “raison d’etre” for many entrepreneurs. This is a lofty and elusive goal, but you can ensure you have some semblance of a life if you schedule mandatory personal time.

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Many people had a rough year. Hashtags wishing 2016 ‘Bon Voyage’ have regularly trended the past few weeks. Instead of thinking of 2016 as a year of loss, try to think of 2016 as a year of refinement.

Friends, family, money, and business may have been lost in the fire, but what remains has been purified. Who and what stuck by you this year should have your undivided attention.

Mourning loss is natural and has it’s place. However, never get stuck there. Channel that negative thought, negative emotion, negative energy into laser sharp focus on what remained in 2016.

Then apply the “Three Life Rule”.

  1. If you don’t go after what you want you’ll never have it.

You have to “go”. This is an action people. You’ve dreamed, you’ve read, you’ve researched, now GO! Actively make some moves. Did you write your business plan? Did you call that guy/girl you like? Did you download that recipe you’ve been staring at? GO!

2. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.

When is the last time you asked for something you truly wanted? I mean something you just assumed is going to be a “No”. Did you feel better when you had the answer (good or bad). Going to take a huge guess here and say, that even if the answer was “NO” just knowing the answer resolved some stress. Ask for what you want! If the answer is “no” find out why. If the answer is “yes”. Awesome!

3. If you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same place.

Surprise! No movement=no movement. Take a look at your goal, break it down into a very small piece. Now even smaller. Now one more time. Now you have this teeny, tiny task to do. Write for 10 minutes, run for 2 minutes, clean for 3 minutes. Just get started and you will be surprised how accomplished you feel moving forward.

As always, if you need any help. Whether it’s life or business, contact us.

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