Month: September 2016

While productivity is certainly one of the more important entrepreneurial characteristics to have, it is not always the easiest thing to have a productive day when working from your home office.

Being highly productive may be a natural trait for some, but for the majority it is a skill that we sort of half-hearted learned in our school days.

Working for someone else sometimes makes it easier to boost your motivation – especially when there is a boss looking over your shoulder.

Having your own little business however makes things just a tad more challenging, even without that added factor of deciding your own work hours.

So what’s a busy self-starter to do to ensure that you start each day on the right foot?

How to be Productive All Day, Every Day

If you need a little more ‘oomph’ to seize the day and make things happen, here are some simple yet effective tips to be productive whole day gear into action…

1. Get Up Earlier.

Really, this should not be an alien concept. You may feel that that extra hour on the snooze button is essential, but just think how much easier mornings would be with a bit of extra time.

2. Make ‘You Time’.

Having an hour that is devoted entirely to you – whether this is spiritual, mental or even emotional – is a good way to get into the right mind set before you start work. You will feel calmer, steadier and generally more ready to begin the day ahead.

3. Meditate.

Wondering how to be productive without doing anything at all? Even 5 minutes of meditation each morning can make the world of difference. You do not have to light the incense or do any chants – all this is really is the practice of quieting the mind. Not only will your boosted concentration make for a more productive day, you will feel a lot better in general too.

4. Visualize Your Day.

Close your eyes, and imagine in your head how you would like the day to go. What do you have planned for the day? What are your top 3 tasks or priorities you need to complete? What goals do you have? Keep this in your inner thoughts and you can avoid distraction later in the day.

5. Get Inspired.

Motivational books, podcasts, online articles, inspirational quotes or any other sort of material you may find are all great ways to inspire yourself each day. Feel empowered, learn from other people and their success.

6. Free Your Mind.

All too often, we spend our lives focusing on rational, doable tasks and plans. Letting your mind roam to explore the impossible is fantastic for your creativity. So much in fact that even Aristotle once applauded ability to ‘entertain a thought without accepting it.’

7. Eat the Right Breakfast.

Step back from those waffles and sugary cereal, and open up your fridge instead. What you need to begin the day is a low carb, sustainable meal to keep your energy levels balanced. Whole-grains, fruit, eggs and smoothies are all good options.

8. Boost Your Heart Rate.

Exercising in the morning helps burn more calories during the day. It also gives you that endorphin boost (real or imagined) that makes you feel on top of the world.

9. Wake Up Your Brain.

Your brain also needs a morning workout to perform at its best. Playing puzzle games, doing crosswords, scrabble and any other brain teaser you enjoy is the best way to exercise your brain. Anyone for Sudoko?

10. Groom Your Way to Success.

Working in pajamas is something that just about every self-employed person does at some point or another. But even if those slippers are super comfy, spending a bit of time on grooming and dressing is a great way to improve your confidence for the day ahead and feel good about yourself and your business. Studies also show that a bit of care can also even improve your income!

One Last Thought on Being Productive

We know that sometimes, work and life make it hard to start a healthy morning routine. Those who have only recently started working from the comfort of home may struggle at first. When it comes to being a mom entrepreneur there are other factors too – kids, school runs, housework, cooking and the million other errands that arise each day.

Read Kirstie Mae Belanger‘s answer to What should I do for a productive day? on Quora

But even starting with just one or two of these habits is the best thing that you can do for you AND your business. Not only will you have a productive day – you will have a productive week, month, year and life too.…