You’re faced with what seems like a million tasks that need to be completed ASAP. How best can you maximise your time without burning out?
Here are 3 hacks for entrepreneurs to help boost your productivity.
Hack 1: Block out time to tackle your emails
Emails are an unavoidable part of being an entrepreneur. At any point in time, your inbox is likely to be inundated with requests for meetings with clients and potential partnership/sponsorship enquiries, among others. If you find yourself spending a significant amount of your time simply reading through and replying to emails throughout the day, take a page out of Elon Musk’s book and consider carving out blocks of time just to tackle your emails.
As the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, this billionaire receives a large number of emails each day, but devotes half an hour starting 7am each day solely to addressing his most “critical emails”. Adopting his practice allows you to filter through what is important to your decision-making while ensuring that you still have time to dedicate towards your other tasks.
Hack 2: Make use of your commute
If you are not based from home, chances are you spend a significant amount of time commuting to and fro work. Given that many work-based applications can be accessed through your mobile device, why not use this time in a productive manner?
You can consider replying messages and those non-critical emails from hack 1 during your travels. Alternatively, utilize these periods of time for personal development; you could listen to podcasts on self-improvement or read e-books on personal growth.
Hack 3: Get comfortable with delegation
As an entrepreneur, it may be tempting to get involved in every aspect of your business. You want to ensure that a certain standard of quality is maintained across the company, and how better to ensure this than by doing everything yourself?
However, as an entrepreneur, your role within the company is one of leadership. Hence, rather than performing functional work, focus your time on making key decisions and charting the direction of growth for the company. If resources permit, consider delegation through outsourcing or hiring of employees so that you have the time to tackle the more important issues.
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