The main idea of productivity is always to work smarter, not harder. Just because you are active, working hard, and doing stuff does not mean you have used your time wisely enough to be productive. Unfortunately, a myth equates being “busy” to being highly productive, while not being “busy” equals laziness.
However, the most productive people can easily seem lazy with this mindset when they got all their work done already and get to take the rest of the day off. Remember, the formula for productivity is your output over your input. If your input significantly outweighs the output, you need to adjust and fix your to-do list.
Here are a few tips that many successful entrepreneurs follow to be more productive and less busy throughout their day
Remove Absolutely Any and All Distractions
When it is time to work, take responsibility and remove the distractions you know will disrupt you. Get rid of distracting music.
Don’t work where people are walking around and talking. Keep your workspace clean and organized. When distractions are removed, you can stay focused, concentrate, and create momentum to get your work done faster.
Create Many To-Do Lists and Know How To Prioritize
Start each morning with a to-do list to tackle each thing you need to get done. If you need to reach out to a customer and also complete a big assignment for the day, then you need two separate to-do lists.
Don’t allow yourself to go with the flow, or you will find yourself doing pointless tasks throughout the day. Successful people prioritize their to-do lists and stay on track by sticking to them.
Take Time To Evaluate Their Work, Efforts, and Company Mission
It’s essential always to schedule time throughout your day to evaluate your actions and compare them to your goals. You could be busy all day yet only wasting your time and resources when that time would be better suited doing something else more important.
Take five or ten minutes every now and then to make sure you are still on your to-do list and that the goals you need to get done relate to your company mission or ultimate goals. Simply ask yourself, “Did the tasks I do today chip away at any of my goals or get me closer to where I want to be?” If yes, then keep going. If not, adjust your to-do list.
Work in Batches
Working in batches means putting similar tasks together and getting them done at the same time. This means less time is required to go back and forth between different tasks and to keep the concentration and momentum you need to get done fast.
Automate Repetitive Tasks
Finally, productive people automate repetitive tasks using technology, hiring a virtual assistant, or creating templates to make their work that much faster. Create templates for emails, repetitive tasks, accounting, inventory management, and customer management software to keep track of mundane and tedious tasks.
Don’t put out more effort only to achieve no rewards. Compare your efforts daily to your mission to ensure your productivity matches your intentions to live a more successful life.