We’re so excited to welcome Nicki Ong as our guest author today!
Nicki is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, mama, wife, and creative who has been helping entrepreneurs at every level optimize their websites, write powerful copy, and simplify blogging since 2008.
As founder of Simple Sprout Studio and an experienced Google guru, Nicki is here to share her insights about how to become a highly productive entrepreneur.
Join us as we explore what makes the most successful entrepreneurs so effective!
Ever feel like you’re working on your business 24/7 and getting nowhere fast?
If so, you’re not alone.
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of your ever-growing to-do list, losing sight of your long-term goals.
The good news? You can do a few simple things to be more productive and get ahead. In this post, I’ll share three secrets of highly productive entrepreneurs.
1. Highly Productive Entrepreneurs Set Clear Goals
The first step to being more productive is to set clear goals. What do you want to achieve in the next month, year, or five years?
When you have a clear vision of where you want to be, it’s much easier to stay focused and on track. Write down your goals and dreams, then refer back to them often.
Put them on sticky notes around your home and office. Put them on your Pinterest boards. Put your goals and dreams everywhere you can see them.
Then, get granular. Break your big goals and dreams down into quarterly, monthly, and daily goals.
Want to put together your first course? Fantastic. Break it down into the simple steps you need to take each day or each week.
And don’t be afraid to adjust your goals as you go; as your business grows and changes, so will your goals.
2. Highly Productive Entrepreneurs Delegate and Outsource
One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is trying to do everything themselves. And it stands to reason: your business is your baby.
But the reality is harsh: you can’t be an expert in everything. So start delegating tasks that someone else can handle or outsource them altogether. For example, if you’re not a great writer, hire a copywriter or content marketer to create blog posts or written content for your website.
Not only will this free up your time so you can focus on other things, but it will also ensure high-quality work. (After all, you’re smart enough to stay in your zone of genius and hire someone else who is in his or hers.)
And if the thought of outsourcing completely overwhelms you, start with something small. What tiny, time-consuming thing could you outsource in your home life? How about grocery shopping (with a service like Instacart)? Lawncare? House cleaning?
Or how about in your business? With an accountant? Lawyer? Virtual assistant?
Once you see the power in outsourcing, there’s no doubt you’ll be hooked.
3. Highly Productive Entrepreneurs Make Time for Themselves
It’s important to remember that you’re not a machine; you need time to rest and recharge. (In fact, if you’re a female entrepreneur, your body naturally works on a monthly cycle, not a daily cycle.)
Make sure to schedule some “me time” or self-care time into your week, even if it’s just an hour or two, or 10 minutes a day.
Use this time to do something you enjoy outside of work — such as reading, going for a walk, or taking a yoga class. When you take care of yourself, you’ll be more productive and better able to handle the stresses of entrepreneurship.
Productivity isn’t about working around the clock; it’s about working smarter, not harder. By following these three simple tips, you can start being more productive today and set yourself up for success in the long run. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start being more productive!
About the Author
Since 2008, Nicki Ong has been helping entrepreneurs at every level optimize their websites, write powerful copy, and simplify blogging to increase Google rankings and, ultimately, grow their businesses.
As a multi-passionate entrepreneur at Simple Sprout Studio, she deeply understands the SEO and content challenges you face. From marketing therapy to creating content confidence, Nicki is your Google guru.
But she’s not just a content and SEO expert; she’s also a mama, wife, creative, fitness junkie, journaler, red wine lover, and eternal optimist.