Starting your own business means you let go of traditional work hours. Let’s face it – being an entrepreneur means you have to work harder, smarter, and even later than those who have the traditional 9 to 5. Often times, people think that being an entrepreneur means you don’t work as long as other people. That concept is completely false because everyday, an entrepreneur is always thinking about new ways to stay ahead of the game.
Planning is essential to getting things done effectively and efficiently. Unless there is a daily plan written down, an entrepreneur can easily find himself/herself wasting time on needless stuff and neglecting what’s important. Think about it for a moment. How many times have you caught yourself doing stuff that wasn’t important? How many times have you looked back over your day and wished you had been more productive? A written plan will keep you focused and on task.
Here are some ways in which you can avoid wasting time with unproductiveness:
Make a list of important tasks that need to be done throughout the day in a particular order. Once each task in completed, put a check mark beside the task to indicate done
Communicate with family and friends not to disturb you between certain hours. When you’re in business for yourself, people assume you have time for them. You have to treat your time as valuable because time wasted will cost you opportunities
Take advantage of educational material while traveling. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or waiting on a flight, listen to podcasts that will educate and empower you
An an entrepreneur, you need to understand that your product and/or service is valuable. By placing value on your time, your business, and what you have to offer, you get in the mindset that every second counts. Sadly, I’ve seen too many people squander away their time with either social media or just chit-chatting with people who waste time themselves. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not suggesting that you don’t have social interaction. What I am suggesting is that you value your time. Remember, an entrepreneur doesn’t have the luxury of traditional hours because there’s nothing traditional about being an entrepreneur.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television talk show host (Tuesdays at 7pm). Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey