Are you trying to be more productive in your business day, and more effective in how you run your business? (Aren’t we all?) Following good work habits can help. Here are 5 habits of highly effective small business owners.
- Get regular exercise. Set a time in your schedule to work out and stick to it, just as you would a meeting with a client. It doesn’t have to be a 90-minute workout—just 20 minutes can get your blood pumping and give you energy for the rest of the day. Many entrepreneurs find working out in the early morning ensures they don’t skip this time.
- Eat right. Skipping meals, grabbing fast-food lunches or eating one too many rich meals with clients can all add up to extra weight, a sluggish body and a dull mind. Keep yourself energized without packing on pounds by drinking lots of water during the day, swapping out coffee for green tea and keeping healthy snacks in the office/your briefcase/your car. Try unsalted nuts, dried fruit or energy bars for a pick-me-up that won’t fill you up too much to focus.
- Keep your schedule in one place. It can be digital, paper-based or whatever works for you—but keep one, unified schedule somewhere where both you and anyone who schedules your time has access to it. Many entrepreneurs get into trouble when they have multiple organizers, jot down notes about dates and deadlines on their phone or tablet, and also have an assistant scheduling meetings for them. Keeping your to-do list in one place ensures you always know what you’re doing.
- Make time for the big stuff. It’s easy to get lost in day-to-day business operations or putting out fires in your business. But by doing this, you’re being reactive, not proactive. Productive entrepreneurs set time to strategize and think about the big picture, too. Whether it’s once a week or once a month, book time on your schedule to work on larger issues, both alone and with your key people.
- Set goals and deadlines. You know the saying “A goal is a dream with a deadline”? Productive entrepreneurs don’t just talk about or wish for things to happen—they set deadlines and hold themselves accountable. If you want to add ecommerce to your website, for example, set that as your main goal and then figure out all the interim steps along the way to get there. Put your goals on a timeline, and check in with them every month to make sure you’re on track to reach them. If not, readjust your plan, but don’t give up.
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