Every famous entrepreneur has habits they swear by. Steve Jobs wore the same outfit every day to avoid decision fatigue. Elon Musk divides his day into five-minute blocks to be the most productive he can be.
But they don’t have to be that rigorous. There are a number of small changes you can make to squeeze the most out of your day and be the most effective entrepreneur you can be.
This is one Sir Richard Branson swears by. Exercise not only boosts your productivity but lifts your mood at the same time. There are even studies that emphasise the immediate benefits of exercise on your mind.
Exercising regularly? The benefits are numerous – you learn faster, you’re less stressed, your mind stays productive for longer and you remember more. It can be difficult to find the time to fit exercise into a busy day, but even going for a stroll around the block for a break will help your brain keep ticking for longer in the day.
2. Get organised
Dividing your day into five-minute increments may be Elon Musk’s secret to success, but it probably won’t work for everyone. Organisation creates success, which is easy in theory, but difficult in practice. To be able to stick to a regimen, you’ll have to hold yourself accountable.
Plan out your day and stick to it, but allow for wiggle room. The day of an entrepreneur rarely goes to plan, so while you should make use of every minute you have, you should also be prepared for this possibility.
3. Go for a full night’s sleep
One thing needs your attention and then another, and suddenly its the early hours of the morning. It can be hard to take a step back from your work, but sleep loss tends to have a snowball effect. A poor sleep means it’s harder to manage the stress of the next day, which could lead to another night burning the midnight oil. Carve out the necessary time for sleep and don’t fall prey to burnout.
4. Become flexible
You have to be willing to change as needed. There’s a time to stick to your guns, but there’s also a time where you have to rethink and pivot to a better option. Change happens every day – you have to be on top of it and ready to adapt. It also comes into play when problem-solving. By striving to be flexible, you grow your problem-solving abilities and can find unique ways of making your business better for your user.
5. Be curious
Curiosity means you become fully engaged with the world around. It opens your mind to new ideas and possibilities. Allow your curiosity to flourish and you’ll never be bored. Constantly asking questions about the ways things work leads to having more ideas of your own, and could lead to greater success in the long run.
Valuing curiosity so highly has a trickle-down effect on the rest of the company. A culture of curiosity allows people to be passionate about their work and creates room for innovation.
6. Learn to love networking
Having a strong network can mean the difference between an idea taking off or taking a dive. Learning how to network doesn’t come easily, but it can be cultivated over time. Start out at local industry events, especially ones where everyone is trying to network. Research the opportunities available to you to uncover those you can get the most out of. Don’t forget to utilise LinkedIn to build an ever larger, global network.
7. Strive to keep it simple
Remember how Steve Jobs wore the same outfit every day? He was keeping it simple where he could. By creating simple routines, any entrepreneur can become more productive and avoid over-stressing themselves. Simplicity makes it easier to achieve goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.
8. Wake up early
Early bird gets the worm, right? Cliché phrases aside, mornings truly are the best time to get things done without the distractions. It can be a hard habit to jump straight into, so set your alarm slightly earlier every day.
The co-founder of Kayak wakes up at 6 am to meditate, while Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his day even earlier at 3:45 am. Waking up early will make you feel like you have extra hours in the day, but don’t sacrifice a full night’s sleep to get there. It’s all about balance.
9. Maintain a work-life balance
It’s all too easy to become consumed with work – you have to remember to have a life outside the office. You can combine this with your exercise and take up CrossFit or yoga, or a hobby on the side. It’s important to get yourself out of ‘business
10. Know how to self-motivate
At the end of the day, no one else should be pushing you as hard as you push yourself. As an entrepreneur, you’re not really answerable to anyone else. This means there’s no boss telling you when things are due and to get a move on. You have to be doing that. It can be hard when the payoff (and the pay cheque) aren’t immediate, but you can’t let that stop you.
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