Being an entrepreneur can be overwhelming. When I first started, I felt like I could never catch up on the tasks I needed to complete. I was always behind schedule, forgetting important tasks, and feeling like everyone else was getting way more done than I was. After much trial and error, I figured out some simple systems that have helped me get organized, streamline my schedule, and accomplish more.
Before you start, it's important that you take a moment to come up with a definite monthly goal and a weekly stepping stone. Next, you should create a to-do list prior to each day. Now that you have that out of the way, continue to Day 1 to start being productive.
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” - Mark Twain
First, Eat the Frog!
Do the most difficult thing on your to-do list first thing in the morning!
Take a look at the goal you wrote down and ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” - Earl Nightingale
Change Your Attitude
Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem! Change your attitude about things and you’ll change your life dramatically in no time.
Find a quiet place and just meditate for 5 minutes and and you’ll be amazed at the results.
“Work smarter, not harder.” - Carl Banks
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Embrace your goals and tasks day and night and rewrite or edit them as necessary, but do not completely change them. Having your daily to-do list will help you stay organized and make work easier!
“There is no gain without pain.” - Benjamin Franklin
No Pain, No Gain
You may be tempted to quit right before the finish line, so remind yourself how quitters aren’t successful. The most successful people are those that keep going even when they want to quit.
“Be okay with what you ultimately can’t do, because there is so much you CAN do.” - Sam Berns
Be Okay With Letting Go
At such a young age, and with such debilitating disease, Sam Berns, a 17-year old that suffered from Progeria, couldn’t have said it better. He definitely knew the secret to happiness!
“Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.” - Oprah Winfrey
Surround Yourself With The Right People
Call those people you enjoy being around and invite them out to coffee! Join some local organizations where you can network and socialize with like-minded individuals and you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this earlier.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney
Keep Moving Forward
You made it through 7 days! Be proud of yourself! You’ve managed to get this far, which means you’ve taken the first step in creating a habit of productivity. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to build a long-lasting habit, so go through this for another two weeks and it’ll be like second nature to you!
Here are the things you should have accomplished by the end of the week:
- Determine a definite monthly goal.
- Create a weekly stepping stone.
- Create a daily to-do list the day before, preferably.
- Rewrite and edit your goals, as necessary.
- Reflect and meditate.
- Stay motivated.