The first week of the new year is up! I’ve been contemplating on writing more blog posts this year and yet, I had the same sinking feeling when I think of achieving tons while staying relaxed. On top of managing my business and various client portfolios.. I also consult, network, socialize, travel.. and try my best to achieve work-life balance this time around. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I do envy those who manage to juggle things without having to sweat a lot. Perhaps, they do. But, they appear just too happy to be bothered. I’ve asked myself a couple of times if there’s really a quick fix to becoming really productive overnight?
Seven Habits of Highly Productive Entrepreneurs Revealed
The answer came close to home, when I’ve had the chance to reunite with a long-time friend and entrepreneur ( just like myself ). It started with a trivial discussion on multitasking and whether such a thing really exists. You see, the brain can only handle enough information and you’re not really doing all things at once – but many things at a faster rate than before.. unless you have four pair of hands, two sets of brains. This is his argument and if you come to think of it, it’s no farther from the truth, that trying to do so much with twice the speed lets you lose focus and you end up with more unfinished tasks than ever. So, is productivity a myth then? Not really. It all starts with following these seven paths that highly productive entrepreneurs follow:
1. Be Clear About Your Priorities
Knowing what you want most will help you list a set of priorities to accomplish, starting from the most important to the least. You only need to have five goals to start with and see how it grows.
2. Learn When To Say No
Accepting that you can’t do everything, that you don’t know everything is the first step. Don’t take too much that you can’t handle and never compromise your personal happiness as well.
If you don’t start your day with activities you enjoy, you may just end up procrastinating about finishing anything. Be grounded. Be passionate about work. You will achieve more things if you love what you’re doing. And this means having more time to enjoy those precious moments in life.
4. Work Mindfully
Whether you’re returning a call or listening to your client, you have to be completely focused in what you do. Being present is pretty relaxing. Less stress means more accomplishment.. and lesser attention to distractions or time wasters.
5. Discover New Things
Or, new and efficient way of doing old things. There are plenty of online tools that can help save you time. You can even outsource tasks to virtual assistants so you can focus on the core competencies of your business.
6. Add Value
Whenever you think of doing something, always ask yourself if it is really necessary. When you value your time, you also value your worth.. and others will value the idea that you have something unique to offer them.
7. Be Positively Persistent
If at the end of the day you haven’t achieved everything you planned, don’t beat yourself up. Mistakes do happen. But your positive attitude in wanting to do better tomorrow may just put you back on the right track.
Above all, gratitude is the best attitude any entrepreneur can ever have. It’s all about being grateful for a day of having worked smarter that will save you from working harder the next. ( and that makes it the 8th habit to have this year ). Sorry, there are just no shortcuts to these habits this time.
Would you rather join me in a 30-minute power nap to increase your productivity towards the end of the day then? Let’s sleep on it!