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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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                                        , 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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                                            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                                            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                                            How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

                                            If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

                                            Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

                                            So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

                                            1. Meditate

                                            We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

                                            Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

                                            Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

                                            Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

                                            Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

                                            If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

                                            And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

                                            2. Get plenty of sleep

                                            If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

                                            If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

                                            How much sleep should you be getting?

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                                            Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

                                            Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

                                            Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

                                            Yes, there are.

                                            Try these three things:

                                            • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
                                            • Don’t eat too late
                                            • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

                                            Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

                                            However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

                                            3. Challenge your brain

                                            When was the last time you challenged your brain?

                                            I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

                                            To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

                                            Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

                                            There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

                                            • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                                            • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                                            • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

                                            If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

                                            Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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                                            4. Take more breaks

                                            When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

                                            At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

                                            However, I was wrong.

                                            Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

                                            Let me explain.

                                            Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

                                            Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

                                            It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

                                            It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

                                            What’s the answer?

                                            Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

                                            If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

                                            5. Learn a new skill

                                            I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

                                            “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

                                            From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

                                            Let me give you an example of this:

                                            Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

                                            Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

                                            The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

                                            Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

                                            Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

                                            6. Start working out

                                            If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

                                            Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

                                            Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

                                            “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

                                            Not a problem.

                                            A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

                                            Interested in getting started?

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                                            Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

                                            • Join a gym
                                            • Join a sports team
                                            • Buy a bike
                                            • Take up hiking
                                            • Dance to your favorite music

                                            7. Eat healthier foods

                                            I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

                                            This applies to your brain too.

                                            The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

                                            Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

                                            Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

                                            Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

                                            • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
                                            • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
                                            • Nuts – improves memory
                                            • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
                                            • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

                                            Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

                                            Final thoughts

                                            I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

                                            You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

                                            But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

                                            Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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