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The 5 habits of highly productive entrepreneurs
Written by Bulelwa Mdanyana
24 October 2012

Generally speaking, productivity is about the effective and efficient use of all resources that are available to you for executing any duties or tasks. Resources will include time, people, knowledge, information, finance, equipment etc.

Most people who start their own business have come from the corporate environment where employees may rely on managers and supervisors to ensure that they achieve what is expected of them. As an entrepreneur, you are now your own boss, a position that comes with perks and serious responsibilities. The entrepreneur is required to manage their own productivity in order to run a business. As the business owner, it is important to set and maintain your own standard and do your part in managing personal productivity for maximum effectiveness that will benefit the business and your team.

So how does the entrepreneur manage their productivity? A few gudi

  1. 1.    Consistent application of time management and organisational skills

Being organised can help in ensuring that everything is well organised, according to their importance. Organize your daily tasks by listing them down. By doing this, you can keep track of your progress and avoid making mistakes by working on a rush and overlooking some important things. Identify which of these tasks on your list should be given first priority. You can place the ones that are harder to do first on the agenda, while the easy ones could be in the bottom of your list.

 

Another thing that wastes time is attending or calling unnecessary meetings, where nothing important is really discussed and nothing much is achieved. Rather make a telephone call where possible. 

  1. 2.    Avoid multi-tasking

The ability to multi-task is often praised but doing too much at once is not always efficient. Don’t fall into the tap because excessive multi-tasking does not do justice to your tasks.  It is better to have 2 completed tasks than 10 that are half done.

  1. 3.    Eliminate any distractions

A distraction can be anything that will keep you from performing the task at hand and must be avoided. While there is nothing wrong with taking a breather for a few minutes, an unnecessary phone call, for instance, can become a distraction when it takes you an hour to get off the phone. Be disciplined in this regard and get rid of any distractions in your work area before you start.

  1. 4.    Work with an element of flexibility

Handle the task with flexibility. While you can be very organized, there are some things that will go wrong no matter how well organised you are. You must be able to adapt when the need arise, and re-order priorities.

  1. 5.    Have a strict deadline

Set deadlines for yourself so that you have the motivation to finish one task. Go the extra mile and push and challenge yourself with the deadline.

By doing these simple steps, and developing these habits, you will not only become a productive entrepreneur, but you will also develop very good work ethic that you can transfer to your employees


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