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3 Steps to a Productive Work Day for Entrepreneurs

As I have talked about I recently left my day job and started working from an office on my online business full time.

With my new schedule I have tried to make myself as productive as possible.

This (intentionally short) post is the 3 keys I have found to ensuring I have a productive day…

  1. Do the most important/biggest/ONE task first thing in the morning
  2. Have a plan for the day
  3. Have a schedule for the day

ONE – Do the ONE most important thing first. Whatever spin you put on it (the one thing book, eat that frog book or robin sharmas 1/90/90 plan)… All the advice points to basically the same plan: pick the most important/biggest nastiest task that will make all other tasks easier or irrelevant and work on it first thing when you start your workday until it is completed or 1.5-2.5hrs has passed. I have found that days when I do this I look back on the day and not only did I get more done at the start of the day the momentum carries over to the rest of the day.

TWO – Have a Plan – The second most important part of being productive is my evening/weekend work where I continue to try and have all emails well handled before I turn in for the night and have a detailed plan including knowing before I sleep what my first big task of the day is going to be. This evening work combined with having a plan sets me up for the next day to be fully productive. The hidden benefit of listing out all the work I plan to do including picking the major task I am going to tackle first thing in the morning is that I feel very well prepared to handle it in the morning while my subconscious has been chewing on the problem/project all night.

THREE – Have a Schedule – One of the concerns of having more time was that I would end up being in a position to not be efficient with my time. To try and overcome this I have decided to make sure my work hours are fixed so that I am forced to get as much done in the time I have and fight Parkinsons Law “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” from allowing tasks to take over my entire day.

parkinsons law text overlayed on deser

Like most things in life the steps to achieve improved productivity are simple but not easy to follow consistently.

I am still improving and have a lot of room to improve especially on getting more consistent with sleep, diet (more energy building foods like vegetables and less energy draining sugary snacks) and exercise (not too intense or too little – the balance is tough).

What are your personal keys to having a productive day?

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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