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5 Best Productivity Hacks For Solo Entrepreneurs

5 Best Productivity Hacks For Solo Entrepreneurs

The life of an entrepreneur can be quite overwhelming at times. It’s not just about the money. Time goes alongside money. It is one of the greatest commodities any entrepreneur can ever have. That said, it is considered that entrepreneurs are very conservative when it comes to spending time and money. They are meant to be that way. They wear multiple hats at the same time. Sometimes managing all these things can be a huge challenge. Have you ever thought about adding some hacks to your daily routine – perhaps some productivity hacks to make yourself more productive?

As an entrepreneur, your typical day is packed with hundreds of emails, going through the daily routine and schedule, meetings, and trying to manage a to-do list that seems to keep on growing. But the real challenge is trying to tackle the daily progress and standardizing it.

How can you increase productivity and manage everything at the same time? Go to walk, join a gym and use fitness bands to keep track of your daily workouts.

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Here are five hacks entrepreneurs use to stay on track so they avoid wasting time and money.

1. Prioritize Your Goals and Customize a Schedule

To begin with, you need to step up certain goals and targets you need to achieve. More importantly, you need to prioritize these goals to gain focus. You also need to prioritize yourself by setting up time blocks for each task and completing it within that time frame. When you’re limiting yourself to certain activities in a certain amount of time, you are preparing yourself to manager harder tasks with ease and precision and also within a deadline.

To keep yourself organized, you can always download a tool, software or application. There are plenty in the market. One of these is ToodleDo, a multi-functional tool that will help improve overall productivity and organization.

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2. Handle Most Undesirable and Difficult Tasks First

Your to-do list might have numerous tasks you find are the most undesirable and most difficult. You leave them behind and focus on many other ones on the list. This is not an ideal way to go. It’s going to be hard, but you have to get the undesirable tasks out of the way now or tomorrow. What would be your choice?

Tom Hopkins states that the most difficult and challenging tasks should be handled first. Don’t run away from them because you find them undesirable. Do them early on, when you are at the peak of your energy.

3. Hire an Assistant

Too much work on your hands? You have to get the workload off your shoulders. Remember, you are one person and you can’t possibly do everything. You need to realize that you cannot handle everything on your own. You just might need an assistant. Skimming past this crucial point will not be very helpful and productive. Just because you can’t afford one doesn’t mean you should just forget about it.

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In the words of Tony Robbins, you can make two hours four by hiring an assistant. If you require two hours of help a day, you can make it four as you and your assistant both will spend the same amount of time. He also states while telling his story that we all think we can do everything ourselves but that’s not possible. Hiring help is the best way to go and a great productivity tip.

4. Use Technology To Make Your Job Easier

Technology has come a long, long way. Today, you can make things easy for you by the use of technology. The high-tech, cutting-edge gadgets and software are meant to cater to your needs and ease your workload. You will find countless applications, tools and software that will help you effectively and efficiently complete a task – even the most complicated ones. Navigate swiftly through your day with the help of these modern day tools and gadgets.

There are plenty of free tools and applications you can use for single chores. For instance, Dropbox is a great tool to store your important files. If you want to host a webinar, you can use AnyMeeting. For project management, try Basecamp.

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5. Evaluate Everything, Improve and Repeat

When you adopt any new activity or system, you need to assess it. Evaluate every bit of detail and modify it if needed. Make sure to leave enough space for improvement and once you have done that, you will keep getting better at things. The first time may not be a huge success. Don’t worry. Evaluate where you went wrong and make the changes that will help you perform better. After that, you need to repeat it and ensure you’re on the right track. A plan that goes wrong means it had something that was either missing or overlooked. Review every single bit of detail to find out what went wrong and do it all over again.

Try these productivity hacks to manage your workload effectively. You’ll be more efficient, saving time and money.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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