Being productive isn't about working harder, it's about working smarter. Tons of entrepreneurs waste time procrastinating, checking emails, liking a whole bunch of stuff on Facebook, and working on low-priority projects. The key to supercharging your productivity isn't about working longer hours, it's about recognizing the habits that slow you down and removing them. Here are 8 tips that will boost your productivity:
1. Seek Forgiveness - Not Permission
In a world of approval addiction, it's better to act now and ask for forgiveness later, than to always be seeking permission. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.”
2. Be Positive
While you're working towards being more productive, it's easy to become put-off and negative. Don't say, “I'm an idiot, why didn't I get anything done today?” Instead, maintain an optimistic mindset, which will help you to find better solutions to your hang-ups, and get more done.
It has been shown in studies that multitasking is generally unproductive. However, if you are pressed to complete several non-creative, boring, and monotonous tasks, it can sometimes be more beneficial to juggle these back and forth until they're finished.
4. It's Okay to Outsource
Outsourcing has become a dirty word these days, but there's nothing wrong with outsourcing repetitive and easy to learn computer/clerical tasks, website research/development, telephone duties, basic writing, and (sometimes) customer service. Just be careful as it's easy to get carried away. If you're spending a lot of time tidying up after poor results, it's probably time to bring things back in-house.
5. Take Advantage of Your Biological Peak
They say the early bird gets the worm, but don't forger the afternoon hawk gets the prairie dog; the evening fish gets the fly, and the night owl gets the rodent. Not everybody is their most productive in the morning. Work on your hardest tasks when your energy is at its individual peak. If that happens to be 2am then it's 2am - working on your own terms is one of the perks of being an entrepreneur.
6. Force Yourself to Take Breaks
People often postpone eating healthy or exercising under the guise of being too busy. The truth is, if you don't lead the body on a salubrious break, it will scavenge its own time, in the form of over-checking e-mails or playing on reddit
7. Perfectionism is Overrated
It's common for people who have been working on a project for an extended period of time to take a victory lap once it's complete. In other words, they partake in minutes or hours of glorified time wasting in the form of triple (and quadruple) checking their work. Recognize when a project is finished so you can avoid unnecessary scrutinizing, and move onto the next task. Perfectionism is overrated.
8. Naps Are for the Old and Productive
Whoever said naps were for old people, was absolutely right. For some people, it takes 70-plus years to realize their body needs to recovery in the mid-day, and surfing the Net doesn't exactly have recuperative power. Power naps (< 30 minutes) improve mood, promote job satisfaction, and will increase your productivity towards the tail end of each day.