But don’t save all your relaxation for your mornings. Breaks throughout the day help keep your mind calm and more productive. Whenever you relax, your brain releases stress and distractions, which allows you to focus on your business tasks with increased awareness.
2. Plan for your week
Before creating a schedule:
Take note of how much time you spend on everyday tasks.
Use this data to help you divide up your schedule and maximize your time.
Create weekly or monthly schedules instead of daily, so you don’t have the added task of creating a plan each morning.
As an entrepreneur, you want to be on top of the latest news stories and trends in your industry. Each morning, check the news to keep informed of any national announcements or industry changes that may affect your business. If you find notable news, you can adjust your daily schedule accordingly to create the best routine based on the most current information.
4. Compartmentalize instead of multitasking
While multitasking may seem like a time-saver, it isn’t the most productive task management method. When you try to take on multiple tasks at once, you won’t give any task your full attention. However, when you compartmentalize each responsibility, you complete them with all your energy and focus.
If you want to improve your focus further, sort those compartmentalized tasks by area. For example, you can concentrate on completing all of your marketing tasks at once instead of switching from marketing duties to financial tasks then back to marketing.
Then, take those groups of tasks and list them in order of difficulty. Place the most difficult tasks either first thing in the day, or when you are most focused, so you have the energy to tackle those tasks before moving on to more manageable tasks.
One popular way to compartmentalize and avoid distractions is through the Pomodoro Technique. This technique sets aside 25-minute time segments to focus on one task. If any distractions pop up, write them down to address later. After each segment, take a quick 5-minute break before starting the new stretch. Then, after completing four 25-minute segments, take a 20 to 30-minute break.
5. Organize your workplace
To streamline your daily routine, cut out wasted time. Organizing your workspace makes finding the necessary tools throughout your day fast and easy. You can also manage other areas of your day by:
Creating easy communication lines
Using an online workplace organization application
Sharing daily calendars with your employees
Streamlining your devices and accounts you check each morning
6. Take daily notes
Throughout your day, you may find yourself weighed down by a mental load because of all the tasks, messages, and information you are trying to remember. Combat that load by keeping a pen and paper on hand. Use these to write down thoughts and ideas so you don’t forget them. Also, whenever you have a conversation, keep track of what you discussed by writing important reminders and follow-ups from the interaction.
At the end of the day, you can review all your notes and add them to your schedule for the week, so you will never miss another crucial task.
7. Make personal connections
Instead of burying your head in your phone and laptop all day, take time to create interpersonal connections with the people you meet during your daily routine. Greet people, thank them for their work, and engage in conversations with your employees and network. Personal interaction helps you unwind and boost your spirit. It also keeps you informed of what is going on.
Another way to keep on top of your connections is through email and phone. Make a habit of clearing your inbox and phone messages each day so you have a fresh start in the morning. Plus, it’s a great way to prioritize your connections and let them know you care.
Take charge of your daily routine
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