Write lists. Use bookmarks. Have documents in your google account.
Seriously, if a thought comes make sure you have a way to remember it! As your business grows so will your to-do lists, so getting in the habit of taking notes and setting reminders now will be a life-saver later. I have anywhere from 2 to 25 reminders in my blackberry go off a day. From groceries to get and people to email to a blurb I heard on the radio to look up later. It all needs to get stored somewhere so this brain can focus on the task at hand!
Track your time.
If you’ve never tried time-tracking before, oh man is it going to rattle you! For a couple of days, try writing down everything you do in 15 minute increments. This can be a real eye opener for those who wonder ‘where does the day go’, or for those who spend more time researching than actually getting the job done. I’d recommend doing it for a week or so, without becoming too obsessed. After that take an evening to really look at where your time is spent, and adjust your next weeks schedule to be a bit more realistic. (1 hour on business card design that was actually 3.5 means next time I scheduled 2.5 hours and did not allow myself to go over)
Know when you work best.
And try to fit that into the real-world schedule. Maybe you’re not an early riser, maybe your inspiration comes later in the evening. That’s okay, but make sure you’re scheduling out the amount of time you need, without interruptions. Ex., if you work great in the evenings, do not start texting with someone 30 times because they are not at work anymore, make your status away and focus!
Eating well, all day long.
This may not fall into something you can handle, or even want to, but it’s about time you realize that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (gosh darnit). The better nutrients you give yourself the more energized, on task and better at your job you will be. I was well aware of the power of eating long before I started on my own, but nourishing myself is one of my greatest business assets. Have a smoothie in the morning, try and curve coffee addictions with alternatives (just go to David’s Tea and ask for something to keep you alert!). At the very least eat 3 square meals a day! (Skipping lunch to get something done 3 days a week will only slow you down in the long-run, consider nourishing yourself as part of your long-term business plan!)
Take a look at your surroundings.
Where do you find yourself every day? At home? A coffee shop? Somewhere in between? If you are reading this and feel like you need a little spark in your entrepreneurial step, a change in scenery might be a good place to start! Take a day to re-organize things the way you want them, try a library instead of Starbucks, try a small coffee shop instead of a big one.
If you feel bored or that you need to leave your house at the end of the ‘day’, maybe look into office space? Get a wifi-finder app for your phone and see what other options there are, or look into coworking in your local city. If you haven’t heard of coworking before I suggest you google the word + your city right now and see what you get. I found kowork London a few months back and it’s been a serious game-changer!