Today to be productive is a real challenge for anyone, not only for entrepreneurs especially having in mind totally unproductive environment around us.
You want to do more work today. You do not want to reschedule tasks for tomorrow. Simply, you want to be more productive.
But, the question is how you can become a more productive entrepreneur when you already have too many tasks, too many unpredictable calls, emails, social media messages, meetings, casual meetings, and so on.
Too many distractions around you, too many technologies that make available to anyone, too many things that you want to do for today… All these things will create bigger and bigger pressure on your entrepreneurial life.
Simply, we are living the life in the totally unproductive environment.
If you want to protect yourself these eight pieces of advice will help you.
1. Plan your workday in ahead.
When you plan your workday ahead you will simply escape all possible unplanned and uncertain distractions from your unproductive environment. With the right plan on your hands, you are on the right way to not allow the external environment to have an effect on your workday. So, spend at the end of each day several minutes to plan the next day, and yes, stick on your plan, don’t let it become only the piece of paper.
2. Follow 80/20 rule when you decide what you will work tomorrow.
This means that 80% of the achievement that you will have will come from only 20% of the work that you have done. Do you really need the rest 80% of work that you are doing currently? So, check what bring you in a large step closer to your goals, and reject doing everything that has the really small effect on your achievements.
3. Your priorities first, then other people’s priorities if you have a time.
Don’t allow your workday to become full of reactive work for other people’s needs or demands. Set your own priorities and manage your workday according to them. There will always be many people around you who will don’t matter about your own priorities and productivity. They are selfish and only think about their own priorities and productivity asking you for something that can probably wait several hours or several days. In such a way, with your own priorities, you will create a strong wall between you and totally unproductive environment which wants to take your attention and lead your workday.
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4. Take brakes every 60-90 minutes of your work.
The fact is that today our work demand exceeds our capacity to do the work. You can’t simply do the work continuously for long period of times with high possible speed or efforts. So, take a short break between every 60-90 minutes effective work. Start doing something completely different as walking outside, talking with friends, reading or anything else that will help you to recharge yourself for the continuation of your work.
5. Divide your day on creative and reactive work.
All the important things that you will need to do on a specific day will be part of your creative part of the workday. Another part of your work you can use on reactive work such as answering phone calls, emails, unimportant but unavoidable meetings and so on. Have in mind that when you are in the creative part of your workday you will need to block everything that is not part of your creative work.
6. Use technology to automate many tasks that you are currently doing manual.
Even the technology can be one of the biggest distractors for you and part of your unproductive environment, still, it has a large power to make you more productive entrepreneur if you use it on the right way. If you see technology as a means to speed up your work and in same time something that will protect you from the unproductive environment, you will succeed in your efforts to increase your productivity.
So, start using technology in two main forms. First, to automate as much as possible tasks that can be automated in order to bring you more time. The second form is finding the way how technology can protect you from distractions like blocking distracting websites in a specific period of time like your creative part of the workday.
7. Build habits and daily routines that will help you to block the effects of your unproductive environment.
You will need strong habits if you want to protect yourself as much as possible from your unproductive environment. Doing some of the things I have mentioned here through the power of frequency will bring you on the top of your productivity curve. Doing a little bit each day some of the pieces of advice here to protect yourself from an unproductive environment will enable to do much more over the months and years.
8. Create systems that will help you in doing important things, but without distraction.
Building right systems, clear enough that you will use them in everyday work will enable you to bring stability in your work even the environment is highly unproductive and distracting environment. In order to succeed to create the right habits and daily routines, the right automation, delegation, and distraction elimination, you will need clear workflows and processes which working procedures will eliminate any possible uncertainty when it comes to doing the important entrepreneurial work.
You are the only person in charge of your own productivity. You can’t fault other people, because they are simply doing their own job. You can’t fault websites with titles that attract your attention, because they are also doing their job to attract your attention. You can’t fault social media sites, they are doing what is their job to do in order to attract your attention and ensure you will spend as much as possible time on their platforms.
You can always click the off button and shut down your unproductive environment in order to protect yourself and become a more productive entrepreneur.
Question: How you are protecting yourself from the totally unproductive environment?