9 Productivity Hacks for Busy Solopreneurs

Hello and Happy Tuesday! 
Before we dive off into today’s blog post, I want to send a huge Thank You to all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to participate in the survey that I sent out on last week.  It really means a lot to me.
Now…On to the blog post…
Working alone is never easy.  The one challenge that most solopreneurs and entrepreneurs in general have in common seems to be that we can never find enough time in the day to get things done. 

Productivity Tips for Solopreneurs

I wanted to share the 9 productivity tips for busy solopreneurs that can help you get the most out of your workday:
1.   Have clearly defined hours of business – Although we live in a 24 hour society, it doesn’t mean you have to. The whole point of being a solopreneur is that you don’t have to work 24 hours a day. You have to make time for family, friends, and fun. The only way to do that is to have set hours of operation – Selfgrowth.com
2.   Don’t say yes to every request – Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity – RobinSharma.com
3.  Delegate Responsibilities – Delegating and outsourcing roles and responsibilities out to freelancers will free you up to work on the most important thing there is in your business…running it. Here are 15 responsibilities that you can outsource and delegate to others.
4.   Schedule vacations – The one thing solopreneurs forget to do is schedule a vacation for themselves. Corporations give vacation to their employees; it’s part of their business model. It should be a part of your business model as well. If you didn’t include the fact you will be going on vacation for at least two weeks to a month out of the year into your business plan, I would say your business plan is unrealistic and flawed. One of the biggest things that cause the demise of solopreneurs is burnout. For your own sake, take a vacation. – Selfgrowth.com
5.   Use Productivity Tools and Applications – In this day and age, there are a variety of productivity, organization, task management and project management applications available that make it easier for you to run your business smoother and more efficient. Some examples of these applications include: Evernote (for note taking), Invoiceable (for billing and sending invoices to your clients via email), and Skype (Box.com) to store, send and share information with your clients via the web) – Here is a list of 10 apps that can make you a more productive and organized entrepreneur
6.   Get Started Right Away — Just as productivity begets more productivity, goofing off begets more goofing off. Avoid the temptation to coast through the day by getting an early start on getting things done. If you do find yourself starting the day off track, get back on immediately before your lack of productivity turns into a welcome excuse to pack it in early – Momeomagazine.com
7.   Don’t discuss private matters with during the work day – To improve your productivity, guard against spending time discussing personal matters with clients, colleagues, friends and family during the work day – Shesgotclients.com
8.   Schedule time for personal chores and errands – If you know when you will get these things out of the way, and that the time is a part of your schedule, you can allow your brain to focus on the task at hand, rather than playing the guilt tapes in the background of your thoughts – Inc.com
9.   Make a work schedule – Decide what hours you want to work over the course of a typical week. Write them down. “Work when you want” does not mean “Do everything else you must and want to do and work with whatever time you have leftover” Work 9 – 5; Split your hours into smaller segments to accommodate your personal and family needs; Work a graveyard shift – whatever works best for you. Stick to the schedule. –Salesaddiction.wordpress.com 
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of productivity tips for busy solopreneurs.  I would love to know, are there any productivity hacks or tips that you are currently using in your business that you would like to share?  If so, I would love to hear them.  Thanks!

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.

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