5 Productivity Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should Try

June 14, 2022


Edie Horstman

Earlier this month, we dove into telltale signs you’re ready to start a business. So, what’s next? Logically, you want to set yourself up for success. You want an organized, productive routine that supports your workflow. After all, pursuing entrepreneurship isn’t a walk in the park. It comes with its own slew of obstacles, trials, and tribulations. But when our workflow is structured—and we commit to choosing courage over comfort—success is inevitable. Below are five productivity hacks for entrepreneurs.

Implement A Daily Mindfulness Ritual

No surprise, we’re starting with mindfulness. With a strong mindset and unwavering dedication, entrepreneurship will feel less overwhelming and more attainable. Said differently: a resilient mind will take your business far. In the Mindshine app, you can implement a “mighty morning” coaching session, “deep work routine,” or another guided activity that speaks to you. The goal is to find your sweet spot (this will likely require trial and error!). For example, you may prefer a mindfulness activity while you steep your tea. Or, you may need an afternoon pick-me-up in the form of a walking meditation. Good news—there are plenty of shorter coaching sessions when you’re pressed for time.

Create A Schedule That Complements Your Creative Flow

As an entrepreneur, thinking outside the box is a daily pursuit. Thus, it’s important to figure out when you’re most creative—when your brain is firing on all cylinders. For some, that’s early in the morning. For others, they don’t hit their stride until early afternoon. Find yours and honor it. During this time, either tackle your hardest tasks or the ones that require the most creative energy. Ultimately, one of the best things about being an entrepreneur is making your own schedule. When you know you’re most productive, hone in on those hours. Find a schedule that fits with your personality—we’re all unique!

Limit Social Media Distractions

Easier said than done. I get it. However, limiting distractions is key when it comes to productivity hacks for entrepreneurs. To start, put your phone on Do Not Disturb. Do this as frequently as necessary. When it comes to social media, turn off your notifications. Caveat: if your job requires ample time on social media, batch your social media sessions (log in 1-2x per day, rather than sporadically checking your direct messages). To take things to the next level, monitor your app usage. See precisely how much time you’re spending on social media. Likely, it will be eye-opening. Use this as a benchmark. You can also set a daily time limit!

Get Your Inbox Under Control

Does your inbox need a declutter? Same. However, instilling an inbox strategy is easily one of the best things you can incorporate into a productive routine as an entrepreneur. Whether you jive with folders, labels, or any type of structure, a clean inbox is an easier-to-manage inbox. If you haven’t tried batch responding to your emails, give it a go this month. A few other tips: try Spark (to get your inbox to zero) and Leave Me Alone (to easily unsubscribe—forever—from emails). Don’t become a slave to your inbox. Make it work for you.

Set Better Boundaries

If you’re a people-pleaser like me, begin setting boundaries. ASAP. You’ll quickly avoid certain people, tasks, and experiences that currently cause stress. And entrepreneurship is already stressful enough! By setting boundaries, you’ll make space for more of what makes you feel grounded and inspired. When you get clear on what you’re comfortable with—and what you’re not—you’ll protect yourself from things that may cross certain boundaries. It takes practice, but standing firm to what you will (and won’t) tolerate is game-changing. I highly recommend this book to get started. 

Best Entrepreneurship Books

In addition to the productivity hacks above, here are a few books that have inspired my journey. I hope they provide insight and encouragement as you create the career of your dreams.

  • 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think: As you dive into entrepreneurship, it’s profoundly important to take care of your mental health. Along with a daily Mindshine routine, this book will help tremendously. You’ll want to re-read it and gift it to others. These essays are a compilation of universal truths, realizations, and tools for any type of transformation. Best of all, I’ve found that this book does what it promises in the title—if you are willing to do the work, your life (and career) will blossom.
  • Company of One: The number of times I’ve told my husband, “this book is changing the way I view my work!” is countless. Whether you’re running your own brand, are considering starting a side hustle, or work within a large corporation, this book is applicable. Overview: it’s a refreshing business strategy that’s focused on a commitment to being better instead of bigger. 
  • Expert Secrets: This book was recently suggested to me, and it’s a game-changer. You’ll learn how to transform your business through story-telling, character, and charisma. Ready to turn your online visitors into lifelong customers? This book is for you.
  • The Power of Broke: Daymond John writes about how starting a business on a limited budget can be an entrepreneur’s greatest competitive advantage.
  • Behold The Dreamers: This debut novel is about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream. It follows the unforgettable story of a Cameroonian couple as they make new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
  • Big Magic: Whether you’re looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges at work, embark on a life-long dream, etc. Big Magic is gold.
  • Female Innovators At Work: This book describes the experiences and successes of female innovators and entrepreneurs in the still largely male-dominated tech-world in twenty candid interviews. It highlights the varied life and career stories that lead these women to the top positions in the technology industry that they are in now.
  • Year of Yes: A mix of humor and real talk, Shonda Rhimes writes about the power of saying yes, the value of our personal journeys, and recognizing your own power.

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