Different dictionaries may not use the same exact words to define the word “entrepreneur”, yet the context of its meaning stays the same. An entrepreneur is one who takes charge in setting up a business or an enterprise and is responsible in controlling and managing the risks associated with it. In general, it’s the entrepreneur’s insights that count the most especially as regards opportunities and threats present within the market, as well as the ever-evolving business and financial climates.
That right there shows how valuable an entrepreneur is. For all intents and purposes, an entrepreneur encapsulates the moral fiber of a sound economy. That may also explain why a report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows that nearly 14% (27 million) of Americans of working age prefer to start or run their own businesses. It’s a clear indication that the entrepreneurial spirit has rubbed off on quite a number of people.
Remarkable Qualities of Entrepreneurs
Outstanding self-confidence must be a given among entrepreneurs. They are expected to have a take-charge attitude without being too cocky, since cockiness may make them too full of themselves and closed-off to advice and critique. Entrepreneurs are likewise expected to be swift decision makers; they are quick to decide as soon as their analysis is done and they were able to prove that advantages outweigh the risks of their business decisions. They are no fence sitters; they are quick to take sides especially when they know what is at stake and what rewards come after taking the risks.
Successful entrepreneurs owe their fortune to hard work, perseverance, and determination rather than luck or destiny. They don’t commit halfheartedly; they go all-in and all-out or not at all. Instead of leaving big business decisions to chance or basic impulses, they plan using their astounding business acumen and gift of foresight. Moreover, they are not easily overwhelmed when the volatility of the business climate changes or they are beset by challenges.
Entrepreneurs know the value of sacrifice. They are powered by their creativity, and they are innovators at heart. That’s why they hate the idea of being measured based on rigid protocols and standards. In addition, because they acknowledge the fact that their business can’t succeed without the help of other people, entrepreneurs are known to have awesome interpersonal skills and are sociable. After all, they need to communicate constantly with employees, clients, investors, and suppliers.
Seeing as how remarkable and daunting being an entrepreneur can be, it's only logical to assume that entrepreneurs, on the whole, can be deemed as "superheroes", right? Wrong. Inasmuch as they seem invincible and always ready to take on the world, entrepreneurs are humans, too. Hence, they go through the sames things "ordinary" humans go through like bad days, lazy days, and wrong side of the bed days. You get the picture.
How can entrepreneurs shake off those bad days and maximize their days in order to be productive? Continue reading below to find out.
Eight Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs
Whether you like it or not, there are days when you just want to burrow deep under the covers and ignore the alarm once it sets off. You just want to shut yourself off from the world and sleep. However, you realize that you have a business to run. So many people depend on you and expect you to start the day with guns a-blazing.
Indeed, the saying “no rest for the weary” holds true if you’re an entrepreneur. So what can you do to make yourself more productive even on days when your mind is willing to work but your body doesn’t want to cooperate? Here are eight tips to maximize your day so you can be more productive:
1. Avoid hitting the snooze button.
You set your alarm for a reason – to wake up early. If you keep hitting the snooze button on your alarm after it sets off, you’re bound to hit it a second time, a third, and so on. Before you know it, you’ve hit it several times. The snooze button is a snare; try to inculcate that in your mind. The last thing you want is to fall into that trap. Once your alarm sets off, will yourself to get up and get out of your bed or risk falling into a snare. Rather than hit the snooze button, give yourself time to be fully awake, prepare yourself – mentally, physically, and emotionally – and spend a few minutes by yourself instead.
2. Avoid checking social media.
Checking social media posts email early in the morning will take away precious time you should have devoted to getting yourself mentally and physically ready to start the day. Let’s face it; not everything on social media is worth spending time on. It’s a distraction you can do well without. Social media is counterproductive. Instead of gearing you up for the day ahead, the things your read on social media, majority of which are, let’s be honest here, garbage, will derail and distract you the rest of the day.
3. Avoid reading email.
You probably think sifting through your inbox first thing in the morning is the best way to make yourself productive. After all, majority of the items in there are work-related. Nevertheless, the items in your inbox can cloud your judgment of what you should prioritize for the day. Instead of letting the contents of your inbox dictate which task should be prioritized, think about what’s on your plate for the day. Prioritize your thoughts based on what’s important and not based on what your inbox leads you to believe is important.
4. Exercise or meditate.
Studies prove that there are cognitive benefits to exercising in the morning. Apparently, exercise doesn’t only increase your energy levels and improve your blood circulation but it also develops your memory and thinking abilities. Thus, you will be in a better position to make wise decisions during the day. At the same time, meditation will not only help you relax and de-stress but it can also help clear your mind so you can focus on more important things.
5. Take a cold shower.
The shower is, perhaps, the best place to do some serious planning. You can map out the entire day while scrubbing the sleep off your body. Besides, taking cold showers in the morning has been proven to be an awesome productivity hack. It appears that a cold shower can trigger the release of the hormone norepinephrine, which is known to be energy, concentration, and alertness booster once released into the brain.
6. Eat a nutritious breakfast.
You’ve probably heard it a million times before, but it’s a fact you can never refute – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious breakfast is a great way to kick-start your day, giving you that boost to your metabolism you need early in the day. It also gives you the energy to take on whatever challenges the day has in store for you.
7. Review your goals and priorities.
It never hurts to brainstorm with yourself. You can write down at least top five actions you plan on taking on for the day. Review your schedule and prioritize accordingly to see how you can finish these five actions you’ve planned. By reviewing your daily goals and priorities, you’re making it known that you are holding yourself accountable as far as getting things done is concerned.
8. Listen to a business podcast or audio book.
Listening to a podcast or audio book focused on business is a great way to learn new skills or maybe hone the skills you already have. These are skills connected to self-improvement, time management, productivity, and business management. You’ll never know when an idea stares you in your face, but by listening to industry leaders speak about their experiences, you can gain real-life takeaways, as well as new information you can use to help your business grow.
These are just eight of the many things you can do to maximize your productivity as an entrepreneur every given day. Hopefully, these will help you be the best entrepreneur you can be and help your business grow bigger and stronger than it already is.