Entrepreneurship is not easy. There might be hundreds of things you’re doing each day and still a thousand more waiting for your attention. But there’s only so much you can do in a day. That’s why entrepreneurs need to know some time-saving hacks that can fast-track their careers – and businesses –in 2021.
It’s harder to break a bad habit than to create a good one. So, we’ll start with the hacks that take the biggest will.
Take charge of your smartphone usage
Smartphones do a lot of good but when used in an uncontrolled manner, they can be devastating for an entrepreneur. Try to stay offline when you don’t have any reason to check your phone and limit your everyday usage. If your business depends a lot on social media, try scheduling your posts well in advance. You can also leverage enterprise mobile management solutions to keep your devices secure and increase your productivity.
Learn to say no
Identify the people and events that suck up all the time and leave you drained at the end. Prioritize your time by cutting down on engagements that don’t bring value to your life or business. This includes saying no to calls that can well be an email and limiting the duration of meetings and interviews to a predetermined timeframe.
Use time blocking
Successful entrepreneurs use time blocking to compartmentalize tasks throughout the day. For instance, if you’re big on social media, schedule a 1-hour block to reply to all the comments and messages. Time blocking can help you maintain a routine and provide insights into your working pattern.
Find your most productive time of the day
Not everyone’s a morning person, nor is everyone a night owl. There’s no fixed time of the day when every entrepreneur is at their productive best. So, you need to identify the hour(s) when you’re most focused, inspired, and ready to get things done quickly and use it to complete the most difficult task. Generally, it’s also a good idea to face the most challenging task at the start of your day.
Technologies that save time should be part of every entrepreneur’s lifestyle. They can help you track your progress, automate tasks and expedite daily routines. You can use social media planners like Hootsuite, project management tools like ClickUp and Trello, audiobooks instead of books and apps that turn news into insightful graphics.
Tasks that don’t need your constant attention should be outsourced. As an entrepreneur, your time is money, and you can’t afford to waste it on everyday tasks when you could go and accomplish something more meaningful. Outsourcing day-to-day IT tasks to an MSP is a good way to save time.
Pause and breathe
This is an important yet often ignored time-saving hack. Entrepreneurs are prone to burnout since they work with so many variables each day. This can leave a negative impact on their workflow. Routinely pausing and taking a break to gather your thoughts give your body and mind enough time to recharge and bounce back.