8 Productivity Tips & Hacks for Lifestyle Entrepreneurs

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8 Productivity Tips & Hacks for Lifestyle Entrepreneurs | Lifestyle Business Magazine

How do you balance the freedom and joy of being your own boss with consistently crushing your goals? Well, all it takes is managing your productivity in a way that helps you achieve your goals faster. And if you’re looking for tips on how to do that, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for some actionable tools to help you manage your productivity in a way that’ll take your business, and your life, to the next level.

Here are some actionable tools to help you manage your productivity in a way that’ll take your business, and your life, to the next level:

1. Avoid Distractions While You’re Working

Time-consuming distractions like scrolling through social media, constantly checking emails and answering the phone can absolutely kill your productivity over time. Not only do they waste time, but they also drain your energy, leaving you with less enthusiasm for your work.

If you want to give your best to your business, avoid distractions by using the same technology that got you into them in the first place. For example, Chrome users can utilize Block Site, a free extension which allows you to disable certain sites like Facebook and YouTube for a set period of time, allowing you to fully focus on your work. Also, avoid answering the phone unless you’re expecting a call from someone, and keep it on silent to avoid hearing the beeps that come with missed calls, texts, and online updates. You can also remove the mail icon from your device’s home screen to avoid seeing new emails when they arrive. Lastly, setting aside an entire day to put all your devices on “airplane mode” in order to focus on a specific project can free you from distractions in order to get things done faster.

Also, avoid answering the phone unless you’re expecting a call from someone, and keep it on silent to avoid hearing the beeps that come with missed calls, texts, and online updates. You can also remove the mail icon from your device’s home screen to avoid seeing new emails when they arrive. Lastly, setting aside an entire day to put all your devices on “airplane mode” in order to focus on a specific project can free you from distractions in order to get things done faster.

2. Deal Effectively With Emails

While emails are a part of the job, it’s not completely necessary to keep checking them throughout the day. Rather set aside a specific time of the day, an hour or two, where you check and respond to emails, and keep to that schedule religiously.

And when you do check your emails, make sure to do so thoroughly, so that you don’t have any overlapping messages that tempt you to check your email outside of the designated time frames.

3. Get Your Priorities Straight

It has been said many times before, getting your priorities straight will help you get there faster than haphazardly working towards your goals, but it’s easier said than done. One way to make prioritizing easier is to determine what your most important task(s) are for the day and work on getting those done. These are tasks that are guaranteed to get your desired results, and completing them will give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve done something that contributes to the success of your business in the long run.

Another great tip is to write down the specific goals related to each of your current and planned projects. Is it to grow an audience? Develop a new product? Or simply improve on what you have? Writing down the goals associated with your projects will serve as a constant reminder of what needs to be done in order to get to the finish line. And always prioritize tasks that will get you desired results, and place these reminders in visible spaces so that you won’t have an excuse but to complete them.

4. Set a Morning Routine

The merits of having a morning routine are innumerable and have been lauded by many thought leaders, from Gary Vaynerchuk to Oprah Winfrey and Tim Ferris. The whole point of a morning routine is to prepare yourself, mind body and soul, for the day ahead, using specific rituals to create a state of balance, well-being, and vigor. Some of the most popular features or activities of a morning routine include meditation, exercise, journaling, reading and so on. Focusing on performing these and other tasks for the first few hours of the day is a simple way to optimise yourself to perform better for the rest of the day. Plus, your morning habits have an impact on the rest of your day, so if you begin on a balanced, high energy note, then you’re most likely to enjoy a day infused with the same qualities throughout.

Focusing on performing these and other tasks for the first few hours of the day is a simple way to optimise yourself to perform better for the rest of the day. Plus, your morning habits have an impact on the rest of your day, so if you begin on a balanced, high energy note, then you’re most likely to enjoy a day infused with the same qualities throughout.

5. Stay Healthy

Ill health can really derail your productivity, which makes taking care of yourself a top priority. Simple practices like sticking to a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, exercising and drinking lots of water will enable you to maintain youth, strength, and vigor over time. This will then enable you to enjoy the fruits of your labor while continuing to do what you love without limitations. After all, what’s the use of making all that money if you’re not going to be around to enjoy it?

6. Create a To-do List and Stick to It!

Having a to-do list is one of those productivity hacks that’ll just never go out of style. But what’s even better than a normal list, is allocating a set amount of time next to each task that needs completing for the day. Focusing on one task in the race to complete it in a limited amount of time is another great way to avoid distractions, and setting yourself a deadline will help you make decisions faster and with more precision.

Also, be mindful of what you put on your to-do lists. If you find redundant tasks that are constantly getting rescheduled, then it’s probably time to re-evaluate its relevance and remove it from your list altogether.

7. Follow a Schedule that Resonates With You

One of the best things about being your own boss is being able to set your own working schedule. While some people are night owls, others prefer to start working in the afternoon. Regardless of what your peak hours are, relegating your most important tasks to these hours can go a long way to efficiently complete important tasks in a timely manner.

On the flip side, when you’re free to build a schedule around your preferences, it can be tempting to put things off until the last minute. Luckily, the trick of prioritizing your most important tasks around your most productive hours will ensure that your most crucial task is out of the way, even if nothing else gets done for the day.  

8. Listen to Your Body and Take a Break

One can easily fall into the trap of constantly working, to the point where they ignore the body’s warning signals, and this often leads to stress, fatigue and health problems that affect your productivity. To avoid these and other issues, it’s important to follow your body’s natural cycles. This means obeying your body’s natural rhythms, which tell you when you need to work, eat or sleep. Also, try and get enough sleep each night so that you can maintain your energy for longer periods of time during the day.

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About the Author

Elena Tahora is a seasoned property investor and a real estate entrepreneur with an MBA qualification that she puts to work with her diverse property portfolio. She is now working as a marketing consultant for Malta Sotheby's Realty.

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