Entrepreneurs Share 14 Productivity Hacks

If you’re looking for ways to boost your productivity as you head toward your launch, you need to know what’s worked for others before you. These fourteen core tips will help you structure your time during the run-up to launch and the crucial growth period after, allowing you to get more out of your time by minimizing distractions and delegating duties wherever possible.

The first and most important thing is to master your communications. Employees and vendors alike need to know what’s important, so phrase all your requests, instructions, and other business-oriented demands in terms of priority. That way, if someone is trying to figure out what to do first, it’s easy for them to pick the right task. Along with that, you need to block out time for the most pressing tasks, the ones you can’t ask someone else to do. If you don’t, you’ll get pulled into handling other matters and those things won’t get done.

Learn to delegate everything that can be done by staff to staff, so you spend more time supervising. Make sure that time is spent supervising, though—you really don’t need to be on social media. Not only will it distract you when you need to focus, it can expose you to feedback you don’t need to see while you’re still working to launch. To help you decide what to delegate, what to block time for, and what to plan further, use bullet journaling. That’s our fifth point, and as you can see, these tips structure together into one set of habits easily. That’s why they help your productivity so much.

Along with limiting social media time, you will want to separate your personal email inbox and your work one and limit yourself to checking your work inbox during your productive time. When it comes to asking questions or messaging workers, ask if you really need to. If you’re delegating effectively, too many messages will just distract your workers. Block off mental prime time with your tasks, too—the time your brain works best should be your strategy and brainstorming time, not the time you spend on tasks.

Write things down. Bullet journaling is good, but it isn’t enough. Make notes on everything so you don’t forget while you are busy. Focus on one thing at a time, too. That’s why you’re taking time to delegate and to block off your schedule. Remember downtime, too. You do have a personal email box to check. The last three are the most important to your productivity: Set limited and regular work hours, remember there’s always another day, and stop watching the clock. If you want to do your best work, be a good but firm boss to yourself first.