May 16, 2015
Building a successful company and driving the team behind it requires a lot of time and effort from startup entrepreneurs. Moreover, with time and monetary constraints thrown into the bag, a lot needs to be getting done in what appears to be shorter periods of time. Working hard all day won’t guarantee success; working smart and maintaining a work-life balance in the process will.
Being productive while working on your startup and saying no to thousands of things is essential to get you where you want to be. So, below are 5 Tips for Startup Entrepreneurs to Increase Productivity and get better results from your brainchild:
- Limit number of email replies
Email is one of the most unproductive things for startup entrepreneurs and making sure most of your valuable time isn’t gobbled up by this time-vampire is essential. Never make emails the first and last thing you check in your day, also strictly limit the number of times you check and respond to your mail. Keep a time for replying to mails, during your breaks and such, and don’t let responding to emails become a major part of your work hours. Focus on the more important tasks at hand that need to be getting done and limit your responding to emails.
- No meetings unless they are decisive
Team meetings, strategy planning, and meeting up with people takes up a lot of time out of a startup founder’s schedule and this ought to be kept in check. Talk with people beforehand and if they don’t seem decisive and if nothing is proving to be concrete in terms, do away with such meetings; it will do you better. Don’t participate in meetings or other events that would bring no good out of them; valuable inputs are essential and if nothing seems decisive from your people and team, call off such meetings and instead focus on the work to gain further insights.
- Better done than perfect
“Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.”
A majority of the people you meet will care to argue with what is being said here. Getting things done will always be better than not getting started at all. ‘Did not succeed’ will always be better than ‘Did not try’. Shorter and meaningful experiences are what make up life and the only way to be more productive and happy is to get things done that would matter the most to you and your startup. Done will always not be perfect, but there’s always room for improvisations and rebuilding on what’s present already.
- Listen to music, feel relaxed
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
Music is a way of expression that brings joy and life to this universe. Everything seems to perfectly fall in its place when you are met with your favorite tunes, and that is the power of music. Music affects your productivity in ways more than imagined and it helps invigorate people while doing routine tasks. So, pop your headphones on and relax with your favorite tunes while you step away from your regular work for a while.
- Eliminate trivial decisions, like what to wear
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently opened up about why he wears the same T-shirt every day to work and that’s a strong point in itself for entrepreneurs to take note of. Take the example of Steve Jobs too, and you will find a strikingly similar pattern of wearing the same dress code to work every day. Deciding what to wear are trivial decisions and wasting much time on such decisions won’t bode well for startup founders who work hard to get ideas across the world. Get rid of making such decisions and follow a pattern that would eliminate your worry on such trivial decisions.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
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