5 Simple Productivity Tips For Side Hustlers (Get More Done In Less Time)
Yes, we’ve all been there.
Staring at a long to-do list wondering just how on earth you’re going to be able to get through it all in one day. You’re secretly hoping that somehow magic happens and the tasks on your list magically float away into the horizon carrying with it your stress and burdens.
We stare at the same tasks that we were meant to do yesterday or even last week, with dread knowing that whether we like it or not, this task needs to get done.
But then what about the hundreds of other things that you need to do?
I get it. But you’re never going to move forward with your business if you don’t take action of the tasks staring in front of you.
I believe that productivity is a skill that all entrepreneurs need to have (At least to some degree).
Whether you run a team of 1 or you have an entire team of people working with/ for you, these tips are going to help you achieve more for your business in less time.
Productivity Is Not Just About Getting Stuff Done
In order to be productive as a blogger or creative business owner, we need to start by defining what exactly it means to be productive (As well as what productivity is not).
Productivity is not:
- Filling your schedule with a long list of to dos
- Performing tasks quickly
- Working hard
- Doing it all on your own
- Neglecting other areas of your life, such as your health and relationships
Productivity is in fact a measure of efficiency. In economic terms, productivity is a measure of output in relation to input.
How do we relate this to our day-to-day lives?
Writer Charles Duhigg defines productivity as “making certain choices in certain ways” that moves us from being “merely busy” to “genuinely productive”.
We often mistake the act of being busy with productivity. But this isn’t the case.
There are many ways to increase your productivity, which we will be detailing in later lessons, but the secret to being productive is being able to focus 100% of your attention on the most important task at any given time.
It sounds simple, but as I’m sure you’ll agree, it can be quite difficult to put into practice.
Here are my tried and true top productivity tips for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to get more done in less time.
Plan Your Day Ahead Of Time
Planning ahead is the easiest and most effective way to boost your productivity.
Start by creating a weekly planning routine. I do mine on Sundays. Every week, I take about 30 minutes to plan what I am going to focus on the rest of that week.
It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it makes a huge difference.
Start Your Day Early
This tip is particularly for side hustlers and people working on their business outside of their full time job. There is a tendency to want to put your business last- do it at the end of your day.
But when you have a fulltime job, the end of your day is likely when you’re the most tired.
Instead of setting yourself up for failure, my recommendation is always to work on your business BEFORE you start your 9-5. It takes some serious dedication to wake up an hour or 2 earlier, but this small shift will help you to get more done when you’re mind is the most alert.
Eat That Frog
Do the hardest tasks first. We often try to cross the easiest tasks on our list first because it feels good and it makes it seem like we’re making progress. But those little tasks often dont make a huge impact on helping us reach our big goals.
The big tasks are those important tasks that move the needle. They take you closer to your big picture goals.
Additionally, when you do the big task first, the rest of the tasks will often seem like nothing in comparison.
It’s easy to get distracted nowadays. It’s not just the mindless scrolling through social media that can make us feel distracted, notifications too can be a huge time suck. That seemingly innocent ding can lead to hours of scrolling, responding to messages and attempts to multitask.
Whenever you work on your business, try to position yourself as far away from distractions as you can. Sit in a quiet well lit place where you can maintain your focus.
Our phones are often a huge culprit, so it helps to turn it to airplane mode or turn notifications off while working.
You Don’t Have To Do it all
I notice this problem with many creative entrepreneurs (myself included). We insist on doing EVERYTHING on our own.
It is almost like there is a badge of honour you get for being able to do it all. Or maybe we feel that if we let go of certain aspects of our business that we’ll lose control.
But I have learned that in order to be truly productive, you need to identify your zone of genius and let other people work in their own zone of genius. There is absolutely NO WAY that you are that good at everything!
Sure no one will share the same passion and determination you have for your own business, but they may be able to get certain things done faster. (Remember productivity is about efficiency)
Start by outsourcing and delegating small tasks to other people. Sure they may mess up, but being a great leader is all about communication and helping them with the right resources so that these mistakes don’t keep happening.
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