Top 10 Personal Productivity Steps Every Entrepreneur Should Implement Everyday

How well are you making use or your time daily? Are you always productive? There are many people wanting to know how to become more productive. I came up with 10 ways that you can become more productive with your day. Let’s see if you do any of these things. These 10 ways are in no particular order.

1. Exercise!! We all get stressed with our jobs. Whether your stuck in a cubicle for 8 hours or work from home like I do, we all obtain stresses in our lives. Exercise improves mental health so you can deal with future stress in a better way. Physically fit people tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Most people that are stressed sit at a desk.

2. Hydrate!! Drink water!! Not tea or coffee. Caffeine, which most of the population will consume to become “more alert and focused”, actually depletes your body of water. Your brain is made up of 70% water. So more you use your brain, the more water it needs to replenish. Caffeine with a lot of brain stimulation is very counter-productive. Ever heard of the expression: “water is life”? Caffeine slowly kills you!

3. No Phone calls. I work at home, and when I am working my phones are shut off! Phone calls can be very distracting and can cause you to lose focus and get off track. Set aside some time on your break to check your voicemails and call backs.

4. Take a break every hour. Yes, I said every hour. We as humans have a very low attention span. (Mostly because of a poor diet and lack of proper hydration.) Most of us work at a computer. Our brains and our eyes need the break. Set an alarm to take a 10 minute break every hour to allow your brain and eyes to recover. Talk a walk, get some fresh air. Your body and posture will definitely thank you also.

5. Don’t multitask! Studies have shown that multitasking lowers your IQ! You lose focus and start drifting away from the daily plan you set for yourself. As entrepreneurs, we all have a lot on our plates. Multitasking may be the way to deal with all the things we need to do, but we were all told to take 1 step at a time, for if we take too many steps, we may stumble.

6. Eat a healthy balanced diet. This may scare you, but carbohydrates should be at least 60% of your diet. I know, you may disagree. CarboHYDRATES secrete the hormone Serotonin which allows your brain to process information faster and more efficiently. This will increase you mental alertness and therefore will lead to better productivity. I could go on and on with this subject, but I won’t for now. Stay tuned for a more informative article on this topic.

7. No emails! This is probably the biggest NON Productive activity that you can do. This means you have to get on the internet to see your emails and with all of the advertisements and junk email offers, this will KILL your productivity. For entrepreneurs, this IS the biggest killer of personal productivity. Set aside sometime to do this, preferably at the end of you workday.

8. Stick with your plan! You should have written out or even have a spreadsheet of what you will do everyday to become more productive. Stick with it!! If there are 5 tasks you need to do to be productive, then your goal is to do those 5 things before anything else!

9. Set a regular sleep schedule. You should go to bed and get up the same time everyday. Sleep is a behavior. Being consistent with this good behavior will lead to increase energy in the morning and good night rests in the evening.

10. Balance your family life. This one is HUGE!! I read an article (don’t remember where, though) where more than half of divorces are work related, meaning one of the two spouses works too much or travels too much and is not their for the other. Make sure you take the time to spend with your families. There is NOTHING more important. You should set time everyday with your spouse/significant other and your kids.

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” – Anthony Brandt

These top 10 personal productivity steps should be implemented everyday to be successful. I know there are many more things you can do, but these 10 work for me and my team.