A lot of entrepreneurs fail for the simple reason that they have no clear direction. If you go to work and don’t have a plan for what you want to achieve, chaos is inevitable. This is how you end up simply answering hundreds emails or phone calls during an eight hour day, and not getting anything important accomplished.
Know the direction where you need to be going in.
First you need to know where you are going. If you haven’t already done so, consider setting goals for the next three to six months for things you want to achieve with your business. This is the only way you are going to have a clear direction.
Plan your day and your week and turn them into goals.
Once you know what you are working towards, now you can begin planning your day and your week. Break that three month goal down to a one month goal, and finally a weekly goal.
Write out a list of tasks prior to the week it starts.
Consider writing out everything you have to do in the upcoming week prior before it starts. Then set two or three really important tasks for each day and attempt to get those done first.
Entrepreneurs set an unachievable amount of stuff to get done.
Most entrepreneurs set an unachievable amount of stuff to get done. When that doesn’t get done, they just carry over the ten things they didn’t get done to the next day.
Being honest with yourself helps determine the important tasks that need to be done.
If you are honest with yourself, there probably should be no more than two or three really important tasks that have to be accomplished. If there are more, consider outsourcing the less crucial things.
Finish the two or three most important tasks before anything else.
Try not to do anything else until you’ve finished the two or three important things you’ve written down. That means no checking your email, handling phone calls, etc. Attempt to get your critical activities done before lunch if possible.
Head to the office early and eliminate distractions.
What if you work directly with employees? Then try getting to the office before anyone else so you can get things done before the distractions begin. The alternative to that is time blocking. This is where you set aside time where you don’t allow visitors into your office, and eliminate all other distractions. Consider taking the phone off the hook if you have to. Try not to leave until you get those crucial tasks done.
Marketing is the most important thing you can focus on.
What are these crucial tasks? Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that the most important thing you can focus on is the marketing. Other things can be outsourced, and probably should be if they are cutting into your marketing time. If you not adept at this skill, you will not get customers no matter how great your product might be.
Get rid of clutter
Finally, get rid of clutter. If your desk is littered with papers from the past few years, this can wreak havoc on your mental state of mind. Consider throwing out anything and everything you haven’t used for the past three months.
You will be amazed at how much you will be able to accomplish from following these tips.
You will probably be amazed at how much better you feel from doing this. Hopefully this advice will help you get a lot more done in a shorter period of time.