There are lots of people out there who have brilliant ideas towards starting their own business. You may even be one of them. Yet a lower number of people actually go on to start their own business.
Below is a list of tips that can help maximize your productivity:
Lump tasks together.
When you’re first starting out, figuring out how to balance work and home life with your new hobby can be tricky. It might be tempting to try and multitask (e.g. writing emails while you pack the dishwasher.) However, I find multitasking tends to waste more time than it saves. Instead, lump tasks together — both business and everyday duties.
Give yourself breaks.
When you’re working on your own projects, many people fall into the trap of pushing themselves too hard — forcing themselves to work unreasonable hours with no breaks. However, just because you are working hard, doesn’t mean you are working smart. Our minds can’t focus for too long without breaks.
Set aside some time each day to work at your side gig. Treat this time like a doctor’s appointment; you just can’t cancel it. When you’re working try to make the most of your time. Rather than just reading through emails, think: Could the time be better spent elsewhere? Even if you had all the time in the world, how you prioritize makes all the difference.
Join a mastermind group.
Every month I meet with three other women who are also running their own business. We meet to share our goals, discuss our progress and offer encouragement. Being accountable to someone else can give you that extra push you need to keep going. It’s difficult to get motivated when the only person who knows if you didn’t do something is you.