10 Self Management Tips for Successful Entrepreneurs

January 28, 2014 by  

When everything is a priority, how do you maximize your productivity and continue getting things done?
1. Outsource what you can
Everything may be a priority, but you are not equally brilliant at everything. Eliminate the unnecessary tasks and outsource your weaknesses so your time and focus is directed to where you will make the biggest impact for the business.

2. Focus on one thing at a time
It may seem like a no-brainer, but multitasking is a myth. Instead of juggling multiple projects at once, schedule out blocks of time during which you only focus on one task or one project.  Take breaks but eliminate interruptions during these focus periods.

3. Prioritize the time-sensitive issues
Do time-sensitive tasks before they become a crisis. Look at all of your to-dos and identify the time-sensitive ones . Do those tasks at the start of each day, then prioritize the next big project to undertake in the same manner.

4. Schedule high brain tasks in your prime time
Everyone has a time of day when they are the most productive so focus on the tasks that are the highest priority to complete during that time. Once you have set that block of time, eliminate distractions such as calls and emails and use that time when you are at your mental best to accomplish your most important tasks.

5. Get an outside perspective
It is easy to get overwhelmed and too emotionally involved in everything that is happening which can hamper your ability to make clear decisions. Engage someone else; such as a business partner, mentor, coach or friend to help guide you with the right questions and solutions.  This outside perspective can open you up to new possibilities and opportunities.

6. Protect yourself
When you find your plate filled with all high-priority tasks, you must remove all external distractions. This includes other people, emails, phone calls, and all social media sites. Now focus all of your energy on one task at a time until the project is complete, and then you can move on to the next one.

7. Don’t get stuck
You will never get everything done, so don’t dwell on it.  Divide your time between what is urgent and what is important. If you handle all the things that pop up as soon as they come to you, you will never move forward. Deal with the urgent issues and work toward the long-term solutions.  As you grow, you can hire more people to handle some of those urgent matters.

8. Do the jobs that move you forward
It is important to stay focused on what really matters. Spend some time on upfront planning to determine the most critical tasks that you need to complete in a timely fashion. It is usually much better to concentrate on one or two priorities and do them really well, instead of being spread so thin that you have mediocre output or need to redo tasks….this is NOT efficient.

9. Rank for productivity
Written lists are still one of the best tools for productivity. When there is too much on your plate, do a brain dump: give each item a numbered ranking based on priority.  Remember, do the urgent and important tasks first…those are the ones that move your toward your key goals.

10. Define roles and delegate
Make sure everyone on the team has clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Everyone on a proactive team wants to contribute, so leverage their gifts and skills so that the ultimate outcome will be what all of you desire.


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