Entrepreneurs and start-up owners are no strangers to utilizing innovative techniques to tackle their business-related duties. However, it can be easier than it may seem to fall into a rut and forget all about the wild spirit of adventure that first sparked the desire to start a business.
So what is a business owner to do? You can hack your way back.
Stop putting off the things you do not want to do.
Everyone has that “thing,” organizing their files, replying to emails or any other mundane task that shows up on a to-do list. Instead of leaving it until last, get it out of the way early on and focus on more exciting tasks for the rest of the day.
Speaking of that to-do list…
Start making one again. With a clearly defined plan for the day, productivity can skyrocket while unnecessary down time can be kept to a minimum.
Make sure that “you” are on that list.
Time is at a premium for most business owners, so make sure there are some non-business related activities penned (not penciled) on your to-do list several days a week. Including time for exercise can prove to be significantly beneficial.
Ignore the phone every once in a while.
If it is your mother calling, consider answering, but otherwise, give that phone a break. Voicemail is an invaluable tool, and, if it is important, the caller will leave a message that you can check at your own leisure. Even business-related chit chat can derail whatever task was at hand before the phone rang.
Get out of the office.
Fresh air (or the espresso-scented air of that good coffee shop a few blocks down) can result in new perspectives on otherwise redundant or troublesome issues. Try temporarily working in a new area.
Ready to improve the pace of your business day? Give these business hacks a try and watch your day transform into a mean, lean, productive machine.