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Incredible Productivity Advice Given By 21 Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Incredible Productivity Advice Given By 21 Successful Young Entrepreneurs

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur (or successful at anything) you have to know how to get stuff done. These 21 successful young entrepreneurs shared their best productivity advice.

1. Schedule tasks like college classes

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    Michael Pomposello, 24-year-old founder of Influencer Connect, says you should schedule your tasks on your calendar, during set times just like college classes.

    “A task I estimate will take 15 minutes to complete will usually be done in 10 or 15 since I am focused on getting that done during the set time. Without setting a deadline I may wander and do other things causing this one task to take 30 or even 45 minutes.”

    2. Delete it, don’t reschedule it

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      Omer Perchik, 30-year-old founder of Any.do, says you should be realistic about what is important and realistic to get done.

      “When you find yourself constantly rescheduling something, you need to ask whether it actually *needs* to be on your task list. The most successful people really know how to focus on their priorities, so they’re comfortable with deleting tasks that aren’t highly relevant. “

      3. Avoid distractions

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        Shannon Palme, 28-year-old founder of Shannon Palme Web & Graphic Design, says you have to avoid distractions at all cost.

        “It’s really tempting when you’re acting as your own boss to visit time-sucking websites like Facebook and Reddit, and what you might intend as a 10 minute break can easily turn into losing hours of valuable work time. I use a free extension for Chrome called Block Site, so that I’m not able to visit websites that distract me while I’m working.”

        4. Never ever answer the phone

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          Paula Rizzo, 34-year-old founder of listproducer.com, says you should never ever pick up the phone unless you are expecting the call.

          “Never, ever answer your phone. Not unless the person on the other line has an appointment to talk to you right at that moment. This will cut down on distractions and derailing your day!”

          5. Stay on top of your health

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            Selena Narayanasamy, 29-year-old founder of Orthris, says you have to take care of your health.

            “You have to build in time to workout and manage your health. A typical day for me involves a set number of working hours, time to actually make or grab something healthy to eat, and I schedule in (yes, actually schedule in) my workout hours. Even though I’m working less, I have a higher output and I’m more responsive and helpful to my clients.”

            6. Have a morning brain purge

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              Jay Clouse, 23-year-old COO of Tixers, says you should dump everything out of your mind first thing in the morning.

              “For the first 1-1.5 hours of my day, my brain is not prepared to start work. I work out every day, so I can order my thoughts while I work out, and also knock off one of my daily needs. This prevents me from trying to “end” work early to get to the gym, because it’s already done.”

              7. Create a sustainable routine

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                Sean Dudayev, 24-year-old Founder of InsureChance, says you should have a daily routine that you can stick to.

                “When building a company it’s easy to get caught up in a fast paced, energy drink, fast food fueled nights turning into mornings work hours. However that is simply not sustainable in the long run. Eventually you will experience a burn out that makes every mole hill seem like a mountain. The fix to this is establishing a routine daily to make sure you hit on all the things that will create long term, sustainable progress. I was able to do this without sacrificing work ethic, which is a fear for most young entrepreneurs. “

                8. Always set deadlines

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                  Tyler Brewer, 24-year-old founder of co-creator of Spontivity, says you should have a deadline for everything.

                  “Whether it’s making a decision, writing a blog, or completing a task, everything needs a deadline. Entrepreneurs are inundated with a variety of tasks everyday and being efficient was something I was terrible at before I started setting a deadline for everything I did. Decisions need to be made promptly and setting deadlines helps those decisions get made. “

                  9. Set a specific time of the day to check email

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                    Jenelle Augustin, 25-year-old founder of RESTore Silk, says you have to set aside only one specific time each day for email.

                    “Set a specific time of day to check email to avoid distractions. If I do not need to be on the Internet, I put my devices on airplane mode until my task is finished. I learned this out of necessity to keep myself from getting distracted so easily.”

                    10. Turn off email notifications

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                      Marc Guberti, 16-year-old co-founder of Teenager Entrepreneur, says you don’t need to be interrupted every time you get an email.

                      “Each time I saw the new email notification, I always felt obliged to see what that message was. Each time you look at your inbox, you are losing valuable time. When I am working on creating a product, I remove the mail icon from my Mac’s home screen. That way, I am not even tempted to look at my inbox since I cannot see it.”

                      11. Batch your tasks

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                        Tiffany Mason, 24-year-old founder of Mason Coaching and Consulting, says you should batch your tasks.

                        “I discovered this tip after listening to an audio from motivational speaker, Brian Tracy. He recommends that you should batch your tasks. For example, check and respond to emails all at once. Make your phone calls all at once.This saves you a lot of time. I check my email once a day at 1pm and I make my phone calls once a day at 2pm.”

                        12. Create a weekly strategy document

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                          Jason Parks, 26-year-old Owner of The Media Captain, says you should create a strategy before beginning every week.

                          “Each week on Sunday morning, I sit down for 60-90 minutes and make a strategy document for what I want to accomplish for the upcoming workweek. I am able to create a to-do list but more importantly, I come up with proactive ideas for the company. The key to success for this strategy document is having a clear mind. “

                          13. Get to inbox zero every day

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                            Sean Butler, 25-year-old founding member of LeanBox, says you should clear out your inbox every day.

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                            “There is a tremendous amount of additional data to manage, and I work from our headquarters, our operations center, and remotely. I like to work from desktop computers, so I have a different computer at each space and a tablet that I use remotely. The only way to manage everything without losing my mind and sleep is by keeping my email inbox to zero at the end of every day.”

                            14. Do the one thing that would make you satisfied with your day

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                              Greg Archbald, 29-year-old founder of GreaseBook, says you should identify what would make your day a success.

                              “Ask yourself, “what’s the one thing I could accomplish today that would make me satisfied with my day?” Now, block out at 2-3 hours to focus on that one, stinking item. Let the rest of the urgent BS fade to the background.”

                              15. Prioritize

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                                Matthew Eagan, 30-year-old CEO of imagefreedom, says you must prioritize your tasks by what will get you results.

                                “Prioritize the things that must happen without forgetting the things that should happen as those always seem to be the biggest revenue generators.”

                                16. Use the Pomodoro Technique

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                                  Shaun Walker, 30-year-old cofounder of HEROFarm, recommends using the Pomodoro Technique to improve your energy level.

                                  “Follow the Pomodoro Technique, and move around at least once an hour to get the blood flowing.”

                                  There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:

                                  1. Decide on the task to be done
                                  2. Set the Pomodoro timer to *n* minutes (traditionally 25)
                                  3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an *x*
                                  4. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
                                  5. After four Pomodori, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)

                                  17. Run every task through an impact vs. effort analysis

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                                    Joshua Dziabiak, 27-year-old founder of The Zebra, says you have to understand the amount of impact a task will have relative to the amount of effort it takes.

                                    “As an entrepreneur, you have to make peace with the fact that your to-do list is never going to be truly complete. I’ve found that it’s less important for me to get every single thing on my list completed, and more important for me to instead fully tackle the things that immediately move the needle. By constantly asking yourself which tasks require the least effort but yield the most impact, you will move faster toward your larger goal. “

                                    18. Never, ever procrastinate

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                                      Vincent Dolliole Jr., 19-year-old fashion blogger, warns that procrastination will steal your life away if you let it.

                                      “So many people my age and younger let procrastination get the best of them. When I don’t feel like doing something I just ask myself this question: “If procrastination was a thief who was blatantly and continually stealing money from me, would I continue to let him do it?” Asking myself that question is usually enough give me a massive surge of motivation.”

                                      19. Work even when you don’t feel like it

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                                        Cody McClain

                                        , 24-year-old founder of WireFuseMedia, says you still have to do the stuff you don’t want to do.

                                        “As an entrepreneur for 10 years now, I’ve learned that you have to do things even if you don’t feel like it. There is nobody above you forcing you to do the difficult parts. At some point I realized this is not school anymore and there is no teacher giving me an assignment that is due next week. Part of becoming an entrepreneur is realizing there is never a right time to do the things you need to do in order to move the business forward.”

                                        20. Journal daily, even when it seems like there’s no time

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                                          Anna DiTommaso, 25-year-old founder of Creative80, says you should journal every single day no matter what.

                                          “Writing is a way to help process things. It clears your mind of thoughts that would otherwise sap your energy and provides a sounding board for ideas. That’s important when you work alone. It also gives you a point of reference for when you fall on tough times and want to find your way back to good. When I write on a daily basis, I am much more productive and hold myself to much higher standards. Even when I am working a 14 hour day, I realize the necessity of writing.”

                                          21. Set fun activities outside of work

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                                            Tim Halberg, 34-year-old founder of Tim Halberg Photography, says you should schedule fun activities outside work to motivate you to finish on time.

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                                            “Schedule activities outside of work, like a round of golf in the afternoon. I’ve found this forces me to get my work done in time to get out the door. It’s funny how much you can get done when presented with a hard deadline. I discovered this by taking a two week backpacking trip and realizing my business was caught up before I left and that nothing died while I was gone. I decided I needed to recreate this as a normal piece of my weekly schedule.”

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                                            Last Updated on September 17, 2019

                                            How to Delegate Work Effectively (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                            How to Delegate Work Effectively (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                            All managers and leaders must master the art of delegation. Understanding how and when to allocate responsibility to others is essential in maintaining a high level of productivity, both on a personal and organizational level. Knowing how to delegate is also essential for an effective leadership.

                                            To learn how to delegate is to build a cohesive and effective team who can meet deadlines. Moreover, knowing when and how to delegate work will reduce your workload, thus improving your wellbeing at work and boosting your job satisfaction. Unfortunately, many leaders are unsure how to delegate properly or are hesitant to do so.

                                            In this guide, you will discover what delegation really entails, how it benefits your team, and how to delegate work effectively.

                                            The Importance of Delegation

                                            An effective leader knows how to delegate. When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more on a daily basis. Effective delegation also promotes productivity within a team by drawing on the existing skill set of its members and allowing them to develop new knowledge and competencies along the way. The result is a more flexible team that can share roles when the need arises.[1]

                                            When you are willing to delegate, you are promoting an atmosphere of confidence and trust. Your actions send a clear signal: as a leader, you trust your subordinates to achieve desired outcomes. As a result, they will come to think of you as a likeable and efficient leader who respects their skills and needs.

                                            Delegation isn’t about barking orders and hoping that your staff falls in line. A manager’s job is to get the very best from those under their supervision and in doing so, maximizing productivity and profit.[2]

                                            Here’s an example of bad delegation:

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                                              Careful delegation helps to identify and capitalize on the unique strengths and weaknesses of the team members. Delegation also boosts employees’ engagement as it proves that the managers are interested in drawing on their talents.[3]

                                              The Fear of Delegating Tasks

                                              Delegation boosts productivity, but not all managers are willing or able to delegate.[4] Why? Here’re some common reasons:[5]

                                              • They may resent the idea that someone else may get the credit for a project.
                                              • They may be willing to delegate in principle but are afraid their team won’t be able to handle an increased degree of responsibility.
                                              • They may suspect that their staff is already overworked, and feel reluctant to increase their burden.
                                              • They may suspect that it’s simpler and quicker just to do a task themselves.
                                              • They dislike the idea of letting go of tasks they enjoy doing.
                                              • They fear that if they delegate responsibility, their own manager will conclude that they can’t handle their workload.

                                              Delegation vs Allocation

                                              Most people think that delegation and allocation are synonymous, but there is an important distinction to be made between the two.[6]

                                              When you allocate a task, you are merely instructing a subordinate to carry out a specific action. You tell them what to do, and they do it–it’s that simple. On the other hand, delegation involves transferring some of your own work to another person. They do not just receive a set of instructions. Rather, they are placed in a role that requires that they make decisions and are held accountable for outcomes.[7]

                                              How to Delegate Work Effectively (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                              So what’s the best way to delegate work so you can fight the fear of delegation, build an efficient team and work faster? Here’s a step-by-step guide:

                                              1. Know When to Delegate

                                              By understanding how much control you need to maintain over a situation, you can determine the best strategy for empowering workers. There are 7 levels of delegation that offer workers different degrees of responsibility.

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                                              This brief video explains these levels and offers examples of when it’s appropriate to use each one:

                                              Delegation occurs along a spectrum. The lowest level of delegation happens when you tell other people what to do. It offers little opportunity for employees to try new approaches. The most empowering form of delegation occurs when you are able to give up most of your control over the project to the employee.

                                              Knowing how to delegate work helps you understand how to connect people with tasks that make the best use of their talents. When done properly, it ensures that you will get the best end-result.[8]

                                              When you’re deciding how to delegate work, ask the following questions:

                                              • Do you have to be in charge of this task, or can someone else pull it off?
                                              • Does this require your attention to be successful?
                                              • Will this work help an employee develop their skills?
                                              • Do you have time to teach someone how to do this job?
                                              • Do you expect tasks of this nature to recur in the future?

                                              2. Identify the Best Person for the Job

                                              You have to pass the torch to the right team member for delegation to work. Your goal is to create a situation in which you, your company, and the employee have a positive experience.

                                              Think about team members’ skills, willingness to learn, and their working styles and interests. They’ll be able to carry out the work more effectively if they’re capable, coachable, and interested. When possible, give an employee a chance to play to their strengths.

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                                              Inexperienced workers may need more guidance than seasoned veterans. If you don’t have the time to set the newer employee up for success, it’s not fair to delegate to them.

                                              You also have to consider how busy your employees are. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm someone by giving them too many responsibilities.

                                              3. Tell and Sell to Get the Member Buy-In

                                              After you’ve found the perfect person for the job, you still have to get them to take on the new responsibility. Let them know why you chose them for the job. [9] When you show others that you support their growth, it builds a culture of trust. Employees who see delegated tasks as opportunities are more likely to be invested in the outcome.

                                              When you’re working with newer employees, express your willingness to provide ongoing support and feedback. For seasoned employees, take their thoughts and experiences into account.

                                              4. Be Clear and Specific About the Work

                                              It’s critical to explain to employees why the project is necessary, what you expect of them, and when it’s due.[10] If they know what you expect, they’ll be more likely to deliver.

                                              By setting clear expectations, you help them plan how to carry out the task. Set up project milestones so that you can check progress without micromanaging. If your employee has trouble meeting a milestone, they still have time to course correct before the final product is due.

                                              This type of accountability is commonly used in universities. If students only know the due date and basic requirements for completing major research papers, they might put off the work until the eleventh hour. Many programs require students to meet with advisers weekly to get guidance, address structure, and work out kinks in their methods in advance of deadlines. These measures set students up to succeed while giving them the space to produce great work.

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                                              5. Support Your Employees

                                              To see the best possible outcomes of delegating, your subordinates need resources and support from you. Connect them with training and materials to develop skillsets they don’t already have.[11] It may take more time up front to make resources available, but you’ll save time by having the work done correctly. For recurring tasks, this training pays off repeatedly.

                                              Sometimes employees need a help to see what they’re doing well and how they can improve. Giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of delegation. This is also a good way to monitor the delegated tasks as a leader. While you can keep track of the progress of the tasks, you are not micro-managing the employees.

                                              Throughout the project, periodically ask your employees if they need support or clarification. Make it clear that you trust them to do the work, and you want to create a space for them to ask questions and offer feedback. This feedback will help you refine the way you delegate work.

                                              6. Show Your Appreciation

                                              During periodic check-ins, recognize any wins that you’ve seen on the project so far. Acknowledge that your employees are making progress toward the objective. The Progress Principle lays out how important it is to celebrate small wins to keep employees motivated.[12] Workers will be more effective and dedicated if they know that you notice their efforts.

                                              Recognizing employees when they do well helps them understand the quality of work you expect. It makes them more likely to want to work with you again on future projects.

                                              Bottom Line

                                              Now that you know exactly what delegation means and the techniques to delegate work efficiently, you are in a great position to streamline your tasks and drive productivity in your team.

                                              To delegate is to grant autonomy and authority to someone else, thus lightening your own workload and building a well-rounded, well-utilized team.

                                              Delegation might seem complicated or scary, but it gets much easier with time. Start small by delegating a couple of decisions to members of your team over the next week or two.

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                                              Reference

                                              [1] BOS Staffing: 5 Benefits Of Delegation – Empower Your Team
                                              [2] Brian Tracy International: How to Delegate The Right Tasks To The Right People: Effective Management Skills For Leadership Success
                                              [3] MindTools: Successful Delegation: Using The Power Of Other People’s Help
                                              [4] Fast Company: The Three Most Common Fears About Delegation: Debunked
                                              [5] Leadership Skills Training: Delegation
                                              [6] Abhinav Jain: Delegation of work vs Allocation of work
                                              [7] Anthony Donovan: Management Training: Delegating Effectively
                                              [8] Management 3.0: Practice: Delegation Board
                                              [9] Focus: The Creativity and Productivity Blog: A Guide to Delegating Tasks Effectively
                                              [10] Inc.: 6 Ways to Delegate More Effectively
                                              [11] The Muse: The 10 Rules of Successful Delegation
                                              [12] Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: The Progress Principle

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