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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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Tanvir Zafar

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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