Contributed by Patrick Cullen CEO & Founder of Panda Bear Linens
Make your life easier by implementing these into your business
Being an entrepreneur, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the “entrepreneurship maze”. That is, the overwhelming feeling of needing to get everything done and not knowing the best way to do it.
Therefore, I’ve tried various strategies to overcome this feeling, with the goal being to ease the confusion and increase my productivity. Here are the tips that have worked best for me:
Use a mindmapping tool like MindMeister
Every Monday, I sit down for about half an hour and “spill” out everything from my mind onto this tool. As an entrepreneur, you’re most likely constantly thinking about the things that you need to do. Being able to get all of that out and in front of you is invaluable. Once I’ve done this, I’m able to start categorizing the thoughts and forming actionable goals for the week.
Next I use a well known software tool called Asana
Here I can start planning out my week by placing the items from my mind map onto that of my schedule for the week. The best thing about this tool is that you can add other members of your company. This allows everyone to see the goals for the week. I can also assign tasks to members of my team, ensuring that they get done and allowing me to focus on the bigger picture. This is also great because it allows for transparency in your business,
thereby, fostering a great team environment.
Get an virtual assistant
If you’re financially able, get an assistant. It doesn’t need to be an assistant in the traditional sense, either. It could be a virtual one. You can find and hire them for cheap via services like Odesk or Elance. They’re great for when you need to delegate repetitive type tasks. If you’re hesitant to hire one due to financial restraints, that’s okay. Just
remember that no matter what, time is money. So before you simply dismiss it, first ask yourself if your time could be better spent elsewhere, such as on growing the business. You may find that a VA becomes an extremely valuable part of your business.
And that’s really all there is to it. In implementing these strategies, I’ve been able to go from, “trying to obtain my goals by navigating through the maze,” to “getting straight to my goals like walking through a hallway.”