Entrepreneurs are experts at juggling a million tasks at once. They deal with daily to-dos, keep up on industry trends, and put out fires — all while staying focused on a long-term vision. So when it comes to honing productivity, it makes sense to turn to successful business owners for advice.
How do business owners stay focused and productive without a ton of stress or letting their personal lives suffer? Here are five productivity tips that will benefit you whether you're running a business or just trying to improve everyday life.
Stop doing things the hard way. There are tools to make virtually every aspect of life more efficient and convenient. Business owners swear by productivity tools like Asana and Trello for project management and ReSkript to view and collaborate on documents anywhere, any time. ReSkript also gives users access to smart notes, a calendar, and chat and video calls, making it an all-in-one collaboration tool.
These productivity tools are just as handy at home. For example, did you know you can scan documents in Google Drive or use Evernote to organize your personal life? Goodbye, paper grocery lists; hello, streamlined life!
There are some tasks everyone dreads doing. Instead of wasting time procrastinating or attempting tasks you simply don't have the skills for, delegate. For entrepreneurs, this means outsourcing business filings and compliance work. Instead of wrestling with confusing legal jargon and outdated government websites, businesses can use business formation services to handle the paperwork.
This tip applies outside of the office, too. Everyone benefits from letting a professional handle their taxes. There's also a reason that the gig economy has become so popular. Why clean your own bathroom, mow your own grass, or shop for your own groceries when you can hire someone with a few clicks?
Staying focused in a distracting environment isn't easy. Instead of trying (and failing) to tune out distractions, prevent them. This is especially important when it comes to technology. Set aside time each day for answering phone calls and emails. Then, silence notifications, close your inbox, and focus on the task at hand without distraction.
Do you find yourself surfing the web when you have more important things to do? Try an app like RescueTime to see where you're wasting time, then block distracting websites when you need to focus.
Even the most productive people hit a wall sometimes. When that happens, don't try to power through. Breaks are a reset button for your brain, and they're an important part of any entrepreneur's toolkit.
Even short breaks are effective for improving productivity. Stand up and stretch, take a walk around the block, or perform a short meditation when you need a quick time-out. This applies whether you need a mental break from a task or a chance to de-stress in a difficult situation.
Maximizing productivity isn't about working all the time. In fact, making time for creative pursuits makes you a better business owner and your company a better business. The most talented entrepreneurs are skilled at innovation and thinking outside the box, but cultivating a creative mindset takes practice.
Creativity also makes you a happier human. Creativity leads to better problem-solving skills, greater academic and professional success, and improved social and emotional well-being. While it's not easy to make time for creative pursuits in the midst of a busy life, creativity could be the key to getting more done.
Productivity is a skill. And like other skills, cultivating a productive life takes practice. Use these tips to improve your productivity in business and in life. When you make productivity a habit, you make the most out of every minute.
ReSkript is a productivity tool everyone needs in their toolkit. Whether you’re a business owner, a student, or a working professional, let ReSkript take the hassle out of document collaboration. With easy file management, secure collaboration, and integrated video calling, ReSkript has everything you need to get the job done. Give it a try today.
By Stephanie Haywood from Life Boost