When it comes to entrepreneurship often times we have to figure out how to run things by ourselves. We learn by trial-and-error until we find the correct way to do things or the best way to run our businesses.
Entrepreneur lifestyles can be chaotic. It’s not always in a bad way, but many of us, multi-taskers, and mil-usos are always running to catch up to the next thing we are already running behind too. Do not worry. You are not the only one. Actually, it is pretty common, and yes, you can improve!
One of the main issues I’ve found among fellow entrepreneurs is our lack of organization, and why not fix it before it’s too late? Don’t you want to be a hell of an entrepreneur?
If you think you are a master at organization and get to your daily to-do list in a breeze, then this might not be for you, but if you feel you are all over the place and accomplish only 1 out of 10 things you need to do, then keep reading.
Establish an Organization System
Acceptance is the first step to become an organized and productive person. Organization is a skill that can be learned and I can assure you that if you stick to it, being organized will make your life easier.
Finding a system that works for you is key. Create a daily routine to help you get things done. It is said that if you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. I challenge you to write down every morning the tasks and things you must accomplish for the day. This will guide you through your day and release you from some of the pressure and anxiety caused by feeling overwhelmed.
The main three things that have helped me tremendously to become a more organized and consecutively more proactive is the following little routine:
The first thing I do when I wake up is to check-in with my business partners. It helps me stay motivated and on track. Then, of course, I grab a delicious cup of coffee, this is a must. And last, I sit down and plan my day. Before I can actually get to work, I have to clear my desk and organize my computer desktop. Does this happen to you? Somehow it makes me think better. I play some music and tackle the three hardest or time-consuming tasks first and I’m all good to go.
Becoming an organized and productive person took some time. I’m still working on getting better at it, in the meantime, I have found some tools to help me. These tools can also help you get on the wonderful journey of being an organized, productive, and awesome entrepreneur. So here are the tools I love and recommend:
1) Good ole’ pen and paper. They are thousands of apps you can use to increase your productivity and help you get organize through your day, but writing down physically on a piece of paper has been the most effective way for me to track what I need to do. The feeling I get at the end of the day when I get to check off my to-do list is priceless, it’s a feeling of accomplishment. 2) Time tree (timetreeapp.com). Time tree is a calendar app I recently discovered and LOVE! It is great for collaborations since it allows you to share and comment on your calendar and categorize by color. It’s available to use on your cellphone or your desktop and the best of all it is free. 3.)Asana (Asana.com) Another great tool to help you stay on track and organized. It’s great for tracking your to-do list by project and it’s great for working with teams, as you can assign tasks to others, share documents and comment on projects. It’s a must-have to keep everyone updated and on the same page when working on same projects.
Are you as organized as you think? Remember it is a learning process and we all have the ability to improve. Find what works for you and stick to it. Organization leads to great things, to a happier, and stress-free life.