Being productive as an entrepreneur is not just smart but a key quality to become successful. Here are some best productivity tips for entrepreneurs and bloggers.
As a busy blogger or entrepreneur, you’re probably juggling many things on your plate, managing long to-do lists, and perhaps this is not even your full-time job. One of the things that many entrepreneurs struggle with, is to be productive with their time, because they run around trying to get everything done, but before they know it the day is gone and they feel like they still have many things to accomplish.
If you’ve been feeling this way too, don’t worry, you’re not alone and things can get better. Today, I’ll be sharing with you 5 hacks to boost your productivity as a busy entrepreneur.
What is the Meaning of Productivity?
First things first, what is really productivity?
I’m sure you’ve heard thousands of definitions about it and many experts talk about this, but first, let’s see what productivity is not:
- Productivity is not working 20 hour days trying to get everything done
- Productivity is not juggling many different things at the same time
- Productivity is not working without ever taking a break
So what is productivity then?
The simplest definition that I can give you (and this comes from my personal experience and opinion) is: productivity is the ability to manage your time efficiently, achieve your goals and grow, whilst also having enough time to enjoy your life.
It’s a bit of an unconventional definition, I know, but I don’t promote the hustle culture and I’ll never encourage you to work yourself out to the point of burnout.
In fact, if you’ve ever hit burnout in your life or you’re about to get there, I invite you to read this blog post where I share with you 5 tips to recover from burnout (and how to avoid it in the future).
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But now, let’s see why productivity is important as you’re working to grow your blog or business.
Why is Productivity Important for Entrepreneurs?
Making sure that you’re productive with your time as you manage your blog or run your business is essential if you want to achieve long term growth, without sacrificing your personal life, and your mental health.
I know far too well the struggle with FOMO, seeing all other bloggers doing all these different things, and feeling like you have to be a part of that. But that’s a quick way to burnout and overwhelm, and it doesn’t actually guarantee you’ll become successful.
Also, if you’re not yet a full-time blogger or full-time entrepreneur, it’s even more important that you make sure that every minute that you spend working on your business is spent well and wisely, instead of going after what everyone else is doing or adding 1000 different things to your to-do list just to feel accomplished.
So now I’d like to share with you 5 simple tips that can help you to be productive as an entrepreneur or blogger.
5 Powerful Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs & Bloggers
If you are trying to increase productivity in your business, here are some effective productivity hacks for entrepreneurs to follow;
#1. Write a Good To-Do List
This is an important step to make sure that you’re on top of your day instead of being stuck in a hamster wheel just about making it through life. You need to make sure that you don’t just brain dump anything that comes to your mind (there’s a space for that too, but not in your daily to-do’s), but that you’re strategic with what you put on your daily list.
I love sharing a super simple productivity hack to focus on your top 3 for the day, so what you should do at the beginning of each week (or the end of the previous one), is to write down everything that you need to do on a specific week, and then assign 3 tasks max for each day.
That way, you’ll reduce the feeling of overwhelm when you see 20 different things on your list, knowing pretty well that you won’t be able to achieve them all but you still write them down so it feels like you have a lot going on, and then you feel stressed because you couldn’t actually accomplish those tasks.
Here are few to-do list apps;
#2. Have a Blogging/Business Routine
What is a blogging/business routine? This is simply the group of activities you do on a daily/weekly basis in order to grow your blog or business. If you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend that you implement it asap, because as I was saying before, you need to be strategic with your time and you can’t just wing it.
This routine also needs to be aligned with your main goals, so you need to be doing daily activities that will align with your yearly goals and your big vision and move the needle forward, otherwise you’re just wasting your time.
To give you a very practical example, if your general goal is to increase your blog authority, you’re probably going to have to work on your SEO, engage and network with other bloggers, find opportunities to be a guest writer, engage on social media.
These are only a few examples, but they are activities that you do regularly and not just one time.
So what you should do is to schedule each of these activities (or whatever else you need to do to achieve your goals), and make sure that you set them on repeat depending on how often you need to do them. This way, you’ll avoid wasting your time doing things that don’t actually help you get closer to your goals, and you make sure you stay productive and efficient with your time every day.
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#3. Ditch Perfectionism
Without a shadow of a doubt, I know that this is one of the biggest killers of productivity. Trying to get everything perfect and not taking any action until we feel like we’ve achieved perfection, will make us waste precious time that we could invest to do many other things.
Especially as someone that’s building an online presence, you can’t afford to let perfectionism steal your time, because it’s a very fast paced environment and you might even miss opportunities because you’re so focused on getting everything right.
Ever read a blog post so many times because it wasn’t “perfect” yet, that even though there were no mistakes, eventually the sentences didn’t even make sense anymore?
Then you might be dealing with perfectionism, and wasting time that you could invest to write many other articles or doing other important activities.
The best advice that I can give you is to just take action. I know it’s easier said than done but I’ve been in your shoes so I know it’s possible. Don’t overthink too much, don’t stress about everything being perfect because *spoiler alert* there will never be a perfect time.
If you really want to increase your productivity in your daily activities, you need to make sure that you do what you’re supposed to do when you know you should do it. And the more you do this, the easier it will become in the long run.
#4. Plan Your Content Ahead
If you really want to be productive with your time and focus on the needle movers, you need to plan your content in advance.
I’m the queen of batching and I absolutely believe that if you want to grow your platforms and your blog/business whilst being efficient at managing your time, you need to be strategic with what you do.
When you plan your content ahead and you schedule a time to create all of it, you’re actually going to save yourself a lot of time in the long run, the quality of what you put out there will improve, you’ll then free more time to do other important tasks for your business, and you’ll feel more productive overall.
I really encourage you to try and implement this in your schedule, and if you want to read some very detailed information about content planning, here’s a post where I literally share everything with you.
You can even schedule your social media content in advance. It’s the easiest way to be consistent with your content posting and in touch with your followers.
#5. Focus on One Task at a Time
My final tip has to do with something that many people do, thinking that it will help them to be more productive. The thing I’m talking about is multitasking. The problem with multitasking is that our brains are not made for it, so if we keep switching from one task to the other trying to get everything done as fast as possible, we’re actually harming our productivity.
It’s much better to focus on one thing at a time, schedule breaks in between tasks, and that’s how we’ll actually get things done properly and productively.
Multitasking is not sustainable because after a while, our brain will get tired of it and it will take us longer to focus on what we need to do and to do it well.
According to these stats, multitasking can actually hurt your productivity by 40%.
So if you really want to increase your productivity and improve the quality of your work (and life), do your best to do one thing at a time, following the list you should write as I highlighted in tip #1, and you’ll definitely see a difference in the amount of work you can get done, and the amount of time it actually takes.
How to boost your productivity as an entrepreneur or blogger?
Alright, I know I’ve just shared a lot of information with you but I tried to keep it as simple as possible and to be very practical. I’m not someone that likes fluffy content so when I write, I like to be straightforward and get to the point.
I hope you’ll try to implement these productivity hacks in your own life, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this or the results you get with them.
Benedetta is a multi-passionate solopreneur and the founder of The Planning Geek. She loves planning and organizing her life, and helping small business owners to organize their life and business for success. In her free time, you can find her by the beach (or the park when in London), reading a good book, or exploring new restaurants and trying new delicious food. You can find her blog at theplanninggeek.com, on Instagram, and Pinterest.