Startup Tuesday: 7 Habits of Highly Productive Startup Owners

Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Startups [ 0 Comments ]

startup productivityAs a startup owner, there is nothing more valuable to you than being productive. With a hundred things going at one time, it’s imperative that you are able to complete tasks efficiently and effectively.

As put it, “CEOs of the hottest start-ups fret about how to tame the e-mail monster and squeeze a few more checked to-do items into each day.”

Whether you’re a veteran startup addict or just getting your first business off the ground, consider picking up some of these habits.

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1. Extreme Focus

Focus, focus, focus. Whether you’re working in a coworking space or from the living room of your house, it’s not easy to do, yet integral to a productive day. As an entrepreneur, you should be thinking about innovating without losing focus to complete the most important task at hand; as Benjamin Franklin once said: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

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2. Tool Crazy

The most productive startup business owners know how to use tools to their advantage; and you don’t necessarily have to shell out all your cash to get the best ones. Google Docs, Evernote and Hootsuite all perform different tasks, and are free. In a startup, technology can be your greatest asset.

3. Not Afraid to Outsource

If you’re running a one or two person business, you can’t be afraid to send some work out of house. In fact, the smartest startup owners do; it’s important to know when you can handle something alone and when it’s better in the hands of an expert. Simply seeking out help on sites like Fiverr takes tasks off your already full hands.

4. No Meeting Wednesdays

On Quora, Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, suggested No Meeting Wednesdays. One day a week is clear of everything allowing you to focus on nothing but work. It’s easy to let you schedule run you, instead of the other way around.

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5. Knowing Your Priorities

With so much going on, it may be difficult to prioritize, however it’s imperative that you have a handle on this. Whether you create your priority lists, daily, weekly or monthly, do it and stay on track. Don’t lose sight of what cannot wait.

6. Work on the Go

We spend more than a 100 hours a year in our car; that’s 100 hours you lose if you aren’t smart about your time. Be sure your email and important software programs are available on your phone and work while you move. There is no time to lose in a startup business.

7. Know When to Take a Break

Just as important as working on the go is knowing when to take a break. The average adult has an attention span of 4-5 hours, and pushing yourself past that may result in lackluster work, poor decision making, and negative mood swings. Know when it’s time to take a breather and when it’s time to step out.

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