A successful business can be both a joy and a stressor. Dealing with a full calendar and managing all the moving parts of business ownership can leave you wishing for more time in your day. The struggle to stay productive is a reality for many who are wrestling to wrangle their workdays. Good news! Proper time management and staying productive in the face of a constant buzz of busyness is possible.

“While at work, we spend 6.5 hours a day checking email.”

Source: Adobe

theBLOQparq (tBp) is an innovative, master-planned community that acts as a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs. The seamless combination of micro-retail, office and residential spaces allows individuals to maximize every minute and accomplish a live/work balance guaranteed to cause envy and awe. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can improve your level of efficiency and, ultimately, your overall success.

1. Goodbye Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking can cost you time, efficiency, and reduce the quality of your work. The right approach is to focus on completing one task at a time. By completing tasks singularly and in sequence, you will remain more focused than when trying to switch back and forth.

2. Energy Management

Understanding whether you are a morning person or a night owl can help inform your decisions for time blocking and tasks work. If your creative energy is at its peak early on, use that time for brainstorming and strategizing. When the later hours arrive, opt for scheduling meetings and answering emails – things that require less innovative thinking. By observing your energy patterns, you’ll be able to adapt your tasks accordingly.

3. Breaks Are Necessary

Unless you are sporting a cape and leaping tall buildings in a single bound, you’ll want to be sure you are taking breaks to prevent burnout. It can be tempting to overwork yourself to meet a deadline or materialize a long-desired vision, but it’s critical to take time to rest and recharge. If you’re an infamous “break skipper,” set an alarm to remind you when it’s time for a breather i.e. meditate at your desk or go for a short walk.

“Those who sleep 7-8 hours each night are happier, more productive, and produce better results.”

Source: Lifehack

4. Be A Goal-Getter

With goals front and center, your vision and focus can stand firm. Setting smaller, realistic to-do lists makes the bigger picture seem less overwhelming. It’s like completing a marathon – one mile at a time. The ability to be a short-term visionary actually helps to clear your mind of clutter and allows you to identify what is most pressing and time-worthy.

The first step in your journey to a “work smarter, not harder” approach means putting some of these tried and true time management and productivity tips into practice. At tBp, we work to build spaces that support your success and allow you to make the most of your on-the-clock hours as an entrepreneur!

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