Everyone wants to work less. Employees of big companies want to work less. Business owners want to work less. Entrepreneurs want to work less. Everyone. However, people know that the more you work, the more money you will make, or that is at least the idea.
There are ways entrepreneurs can work less, though, yet be just as effective. No, this is not going to be easy, and this will be tough if you don’t have the manpower to help you out. In hopes of living a more fulfilling life outside of the office, start working smarter, and let these three tips be your guide.
How Entrepreneurs Can Work Less, Yet Be Just As Effective
- Delegate Work
- Prioritize Like No Other
- Try To Be More Productive Instead Of Working More Hours
This is where having the manpower comes into play. If you don’t have a lot of workers under you, maybe you have something better, which is employees who you can really trust. Employees who are doers and dreamers, just like entrepreneurs. If you have these people working for you, then start delegating simple tasks that you realistically shouldn’t be handling anyways.
Many entrepreneurs tend to be perfectionists, but there comes a time when you need to start trusting your employees. This is truly a great way to work less, yet be just as effective. You are no longer doing the work yourself, but it is still getting done.
Prioritize Like No Other
Some people make schedules, daily routines and morning routines, but there is one thing they forget to do, and that is prioritize. Fellow entrepreneurs, don’t make the same mistake.
Here’s why you need to prioritize. You have deadlines to hit, so it is crucial that you hit those deadlines by working on those projects first. Here’s a less obvious reason: If you do a bunch of work in the day before getting to your more important work, then you are just going to worry about the more important work until you actually get to it. This will lead to unwanted and unnecessary stress. Another good reason to prioritize is for the simple fact that our brains work better at different times of the day. For instance, you might be more alert and a more productive worker in the morning, so this is the time when you need to tackle your more pressing and/or challenging matters.
Prioritizing leads to two major things. Meeting your deadlines, and feeling less stressed.
Try To Be More Productive Instead Of Working More Hours
It is great to take breaks, and you really should be taking as many as you need. That’s a great way to stay recharged and motivated. However, when some people know they have a long day coming up, they accept this, and it could lead to being less productive.
Here’s what we mean by this. Let’s say an entrepreneur has 12 hours worth of work scheduled during the day, and sprinkled in are some breaks. There are ways to shave a couple of hours off of that day. For instance, entrepreneurs can turn their phones off, stay away from social media and eliminate any and all distractions. This might be easier said than done, especially if you have conference call after conference call scheduled.
The moment you tell yourself that it will take you two hours to do a task, the moment your brain will stick to that two-hour goal. Instead of telling your brain that this task will take two hours, tell it that it will only take an hour and a half. Then, get rid of all of your distractions, and get to work. In every sense of the word, be more productive. Use that valuable, valuable time wisely. It is a special gift that no one can buy more of.
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