As a small business owner, how you spend your time counts—and it doesn’t matter if you’re a one person shop or in charge of a dozen employees, if you’re not being productive, you’re losing money.
In honor of World Productivity Day tomorrow, we’ve put together five ways to set the stage for getting more done—every day.
Don’t pick up your phone first thing.
We know – it’s easy to reach for your phone when your morning alarm is attached to it. But opening your email or scrolling through Facebook while you’re still in bed can be a time suck and it can be a bit of a downer. Studies show that browsing through Facebook feed can actually make you feel worse about yourself – and you don’t want to do that to yourself first thing! Shut off your alarm, and then shift your attention to more positive things.
Take care of you with a morning routine.
Entrepreneurs are often so overworked that they put themselves last – including putting off self-care essentials. Establish a morning routine that not only takes care of those necessary hygiene needs, but also gets your blood flowing. This is especially important if you work from home. Whether you start the day with a shower, or prefer to just wash your face and brush your teeth when you rise, take care of you. You’ll feel more awake and ready to tackle the day. It doesn’t matter if your “business” attire is a hoodie and a pair of jeans, personal hygiene is a must.
Write things down.
You’re wearing a lot of hats and juggling a ton of to dos when you’re an entrepreneur. Give your poor brain a break! If you try to keep everything that you need to do top of mind, you’re going to tax your memory. Just like your computer can’t handle too much going on at once, neither can your mind. Carry a notebook, planner or calendar with you so you can get things off your mind and into a secure place. Opt for a paper notebook because it helps your brain remember what you are writing. Try it.
Fix your posture.
If you want to stay focused, your brain needs oxygen – and that can only happen if your lungs are able to expand. By sitting or standing up straight you give yourself more room to breathe. Unfortunately, most people sit or stand hunched over thanks to years of computer use. Train yourself to sit up straight at your desk, and consider getting a sitting/standing desk or a Varidesk so you can shift position throughout the day.
Focus on your energy, not your time.
Although productivity is often associated with time saving, it’s actually about getting things done when you have time as well as energy. Think about it this way – when are you going to want to spend your creative time? First thing in the morning or at the end of the day after lunch? Match your tasks to your energy level in order to be more productive. Evaluate your own energy peaks and valleys, and then plan your work accordingly.
Productive days are just around the corner! Use these tips to start the day better and keep the motivation going all day long.
About the author:
Tobi North – Creativity rock star and marketing master
I enjoy being innovative and creating communications that customers can relate to. I am always looking for that “light bulb” moment, when I find an interesting topic that I know our customers will love to learn more about. In between creative brainstorming sessions, you can probably find me at a concert or searching for the best BBQ joint in town. .