You’ve heard the phrase “Time is money,” and only the best and brightest aspiring entrepreneurs know how to maximize that relationship to their advantage. (Hint: that will be you).
An unmistakable sign of effective wealth-building is increasing productivity.
It’s simple; the less time you spend per task, the more tasks you can complete, the more money you can make.
Let me hand you 3 tried and true methods to improve your productivity and while filling your pocket with cash.
Real-estate mogul Robert Kiyosaki says that “Intelligence solves problems and produces money.”
Whether it’s at work, at home, or while building your investments, you can benefit from improving how quickly and efficiently you get things done.
The more you realize just how valuable your time is, the easier it is to be intentional with it. The first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur that knows their worth is to treat yourself like one.
There will always be tons of things to populate your to-do list. Facing those responsibilities can be daunting, especially when they’re overly-involved or many in number.
If you tackle these tasks in the same repetitive way each day, your mental feet will be sore treading the same path over and over again.
Here are 3 surefire ways to organize, inspire, and jump-start your motivation to complete money-making tasks.
1. Make a list.
This may sound simple, but the best way to outline specific tasks that you need to accomplish are to define and prioritize them.
Deciding how to divide your time can be difficult, and different factors may convince you that tasks that are easier, or faster, to complete are more pressing than others. Resist the urge to prioritize simple, mundane tasks that you’re confident you can complete with minimal effort.
Challenge yourself to plan how to tackle the tasks you may be hesitant to start. Conceptualize what you need to do, consider where you may need clarification, and create specific deadlines for portions of the assignment until it is complete.
For example, if a student has a goal to write a paper by Friday, they may separate the assignment into portioned tasks.
Monday, they complete all the research they need. Tuesday, they incorporate that research into a detailed outline. Wednesday, they write the paper following the outline. Thursday, they compile their references, and proofread the paper. Friday, they do a final proofread, and submit the assignment.
You too can use this method to break down tasks that you may be dreading to start.
It’s sort of like how you may not want to go for a run, but then when you do, you practically fly home on a runner’s high.
Once you begin a task, it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other to complete it.
2. Change your environment.
Research shows that dividing your workspace can help compartmentalize your thoughts and increase clarity. This may just be getting up and walking around after you’ve finished a portion of your task, or it may be moving to a different location altogether.
Just as you wouldn’t wash your dog in the kitchen sink, there are certain contexts for different tasks to be completed.
Noticing when a change of scenery would improve your productivity is an important skill to minimizing wasted time.
For example, if your goal is to write a report to submit to your boss, write the report at your desk, and then print it. Bring the document with you to lunch, or to sit outside, and revise there.
Changing the location where you completed the first part of the task will help your focus on the purpose of the second half.
3. Celebrate your accomplishments.
Although it may seem counterproductive, take the time to reward yourself for completing tasks.
Dopamine is a neurochemical that is released when your brain senses that you have accomplished something. This chemical is responsible for feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and self-efficacy.
Your brain is hardwired to continue to motivate you to do things that trigger a dopamine boost again and again. Positive releases of dopamine are incredibly healthy for your brain and your body.
That means once you’ve got the ball rolling on that to-do list, it’s basically in your neurochemistry for it to feel natural to keep checking those boxes off.
So, while you’re being productive and working your way through those tasks, you’re teaching your brain to be more productive and happier when tackling to-do lists in the future.
The bottom line here is it’s simple to improve your productivity on a daily basis, and once you’ve done that, you’ll see how easy it is to pave your way to always having profitable productivity.
It takes time to implement changes in your daily routine, but if you try these tips, I promise you’ll notice a surplus in money-making time to dedicate to other prosperous ventures on your road to success.