As a business owner and entrepreneur I’m always picking up tips and tricks that help maximize the level of energy and focus I can put into my work.
I specialize in marketing, advertising, TV and brand consulting. When you’re in this field it’s hard to ignore the creative world that you live and breathe in. To go with the creative theme l’m going to hook you up with some creative ways to ‘hack’ your daily routine so you can make the most of each day on a professional and personal level.
Plan your day the night before
Get ahead of the game and make a list before you go to bed, write these down on an actual piece of paper, of the things that you want and need to get done the next day. The best way to make the most of this is to prioritize these tasks based on how important and timely they are. Now instead of waking up and trying to figure out what you need to do you have a routine set up so you can’t focus your attention and thinking on getting these things done! It’s true that small changes make huge differences.
Kill the snooze button
People on average waste 3 1/2 months of their life by hitting the snooze button; the truth is that those extra couple of minutes actually makes it harder for you to wake up and hurts your productivity. CNN did a great write-up on this if you’d like to learn more. Don’t mess with your sleep! If you’re looking for some tips on breaking this habit then don’t worry I’ve got your back.
Dave Asprey is a master at ‘bio-hacking’ and he’s come up with an amazing, and delicious way to kick off your day. I start every day with a cup of this liquid goodness and I’ve never been more focused and energized so I’m ready to crush the day. Check out what this stuff is all about right here! Making this stuff has turned into a daily ritual I look forward to and honestly the more discipline you have in life the better off you are.
So you’re the type of person that works for yourself. The freedom is amazing BUT it’s way too easy to get off track and lose yourself on Facebook or Twitter. Well not anymore! Check out the Rescue Time website for a free trial or sign up on Slim Timer for a free account. There are more options out there so feel free to try the ones I’ve listed above or find one that works best for you. Accountability is the key word here and these are the type of tools that will keep you focused so you can maximize your time. You probably don’t even realize how much time you’re wasting every day!
I’m not here to preach to you about diets or eating better because the internet is full of that! All I’m going to say here is that food is like your fuel. Make sure that throughout the day you’re giving your body the fuel that it needs to function at an optimum level. The main reason for bringing this up is that I see a lot of business people ‘get lost’ in their work and miss out on meals. The few moments that it takes to keep your body happy make a huge difference in the way your day goes!
Know when to unplug
Burnout isn’t a fun or healthy thing. Yes working hard and putting everything you have into work is a great quality but every now and then you need to put the phone down, close up the laptop and just enjoy life. Meditation and hitting the gym are 2 things that personally work for me. Find things that you like and give yourself a chance to be normal and relax. Stress isn’t a motivator!
These are only a few of the things that work for me and I don’t expect them to work for everyone. We all find our own ‘cocktail’ of things that work for us and make our own life better. Have fun trying some new things and exploring what works best for you. In business, and in life, nobody else is going to watch out or take care of you so do it to it!