As a small business owner, I have many things to learn; from taxes to production to eCommerce. It is fantastic to be your own boss, but having to do everything can be overwhelming.
Recently I have been having trouble managing my time effectively and figuring out what is most important. So I have come up with some new plans to keep my productivity up.
3 things that I have found to work:
1) Finding your Productive Space.
Working from home can be distracting; you have the TV, your dirty laundry to finish, bills you forgot to pay. I often find myself working one minute and then cleaning up the bathroom the next. So here is what I have found to work for me. Finding a place in your home that is solely dedicated to work can repel other distractions of home. Dedicate a work only zone, and decorate that space with work inspirations. If you really can’t focus at home, try finding a coffee shop or even a library to go to. Leaving the home and going to “work” (aka coffee shop), can mentally prepare you for a day of productive work.
2) Set definite work hours
When your headquarter is in your garage. Balancing work and
home can be difficult. The line between home time and work time can be
easily crossed. So set a definite schedule. Monday through
Friday 10am to 5pm only do things that is beneficial to the
company. Get up at a certain hour and get to your productive space by the start of your work time. Having a start and stop time can help set deadlines for that day.
3) STOP multitasking
People are always saying you must multi-task. I say BULL! Multi-tasking is distracting and can slow progress. Focus on the most important thing and do that first. Make a to-do list starting with the most important. A harvard study from 2010 shows multitasking can increase stress, drop IQ and lead to 40% drop in productivity. So stop multitasking.
To all the small business owners out there, I would love to hear your stories of struggles and success!