Victor Mitchell, Lead Funding CEO and Life-long Entrepreneur, Offers 8 Ways to Be More Productive

Productivity is the heart of any great entrepreneurship journey. Getting more done, on the right things, in shorter time periods marks you as someone who goes above and beyond. However, contrary to popular belief this is not something that everyone does naturally. It takes understanding what the core tenets of productivity are and how to harness them in your life. If you don’t have time to sit down for hours at a time with tomes from the likes of Peter Drucker and other management authors, consume the following eight easy ways to start being more productive today.

1. Defining Your Goals

You can’t hit a target that you don’t set in the first place. Far too many entrepreneurs make the mistake of confusing busy work with productivity. Having no time in your schedule doesn’t make you a hero. Getting the right things done does. If you don’t define what these “right things” are from the start, you risk running around in circles. Instead, create 12-, six-, and three-month timelines with specific goals for you personally and your company. Then, create a system to track these goals and hold yourself accountable. Before you know it, you will start finding ways to get these goals done more often and faster than ever before. There’s a certain magic in writing something down.

2. Hiring the Right Team

You are only as good as the weakest link on your team. That is why it is crucial to hire the best people you can find. Sometimes, you might have to pay a little more than you planned to a get a quality employee on-board. But over time, it will probably pay off.

3. Automating Work

The last thing you want is to do repetitive work in your company. If someone can write a script to automate it, then you should opt for this every time. It might take some getting used to at first while you manage the details of creating automation protocols, but they will save you time in the long run and pay you back tenfold in the future.

4. Having Fewer Meetings

Meetings might seem like a smart idea at first. However, in reality, they are not. But while the sessions might not be ideal if overdone, they are perfect in small doses. Instead of holding meetings every day, cut them back to once per week.

5. Be an Early Riser

  1. Getting up early can make you more productive. Instead of feeling drowsy by the time you roll into the office, you feel like you are ready to take on the world. Besides, if you can sneak in some professional development time before you clock in, it is likely that you will not have to rely on pure willpower to do the same thing at the end of the day.

6. Cut Email for Other Apps

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