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Get more out of your day as an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs | 11 June 2020 | Written by Oliver Op de Beeck

The day begins, you blink, and it’s over and done with. Sound familiar? A lot of entrepreneurs feel like time is getting away from them. Deadlines, meetings and 1001 other things are on your to-do list and you have 24 hours to do them all. Is it even possible?

Get more out of your day as an entrepreneur
These tips will help you, as an entrepreneur, to get more out of your day. 

1. Don’t start the day with emailsYou wake up and the first thing you do is check your inbox. That makes sense for an entrepreneur, right? No, actually, it doesn’t. By doing this, you may well be up to date with what has happened while you were sleeping, but it’s not wise to start your day this way; before you’ve even had a coffee or eaten anything, you’re trying to concentrate on a variety of work-related thoughts. This is incredibly unproductive! 

Your brain does its best focusing in the morning, which is why it’s best to start the day with one big thing and focus, exclusively, on your one big thing. What is it? Well, you have hundreds of challenges and tasks every day. But some of these are more important than others. 

Emails shouldn’t be at the top of the list. You undoubtedly have more important things to do or think about. For this reason, just before you go to sleep, it’s best to write down your most important task for the next day. You’ll then be able to begin the next day with that specific task. 

You can compare your brain to the fuel tank in your car. Full and ready to go in the morning. As the day progresses, you use your fuel until, at the end of the day, there’s nothing left. 

Structure your day from most important to least important. Begin with your biggest jobs and end with smaller tasks like answering emails. 

2. Make a series of tasks and jobsYour brain needs several minutes to become completely involved in a new assignment. If you have to commit yourself to several meetings and telephone calls throughout the day, you’re best planning them one after the other. Otherwise, you run the risk that your brain will never be completely focused. 

Imagine your day begins with your one big thing, but after 15 minutes, you need to stop working because you have your first telephone call planned. 

You then have 30 minutes to work on your big task before it’s interrupted again, this time by a meeting. If you plan your meetings randomly throughout the day, you’ll never get anything finished. 

This is why, for example, it may be best to work on your tasks in the morning and plan your telephone calls and meetings for the afternoon. Admittedly, by the afternoon, your fuel tank is only half-full, but a meeting requires less focus than creative work. 

You’re best putting all your tasks into a series if you want to work more productively. Do similar things after each other so that your brain doesn’t have too much difficulty reaching a state of strong focus. 

3. Take the time to relaxDo you still remember what it was like to be at school? In secondary school, lessons lasted 50 minutes, with a few minutes break between them. This approach was not coincidental. Your brain actually needs pauses like these. 

Taking breaks ensures your brain has an opportunity to rest. Afterwards, it will once again be ready to work with a full tank of fuel. If you don’t give your brain any rest throughout the day, you’ll notice that you become tired and that concentrating becomes more difficult. 

A (short) break gives your brain time to reset, so you’re ready to continue your work with all systems firing. Taking a break raises your productivity in the long term. 

A day lasts 24 hours, but it will feel like less if you don’t optimise the way you spend it. Evaluate how you structure your day and you’ll soon notice it can be done better. Using these tips, you’ll be able to arrange your time to your advantage and get more out of it!

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