Entrepreneurs and multi-tasking tend to go hand in hand. As much as we may read about focusing and doing one thing at a time, it isn’t that easy when you’re a one-person show managing production, shipping, marketing, sales, accounting, etc. So, yes, multi-tasking is often a given.
However, you can use a multi-tasking approach to actually be more productive. How? Read on!
Multi-Tasking Entrepreneur: Ideas to Boost Productivity
1. Differentiate Distractions from Multi-tasking
Multi-tasking is where you’re doing one or more things, while keeping the bulk of your attention on the main task and achieving results. Distraction is where you’re getting your attention pulled in different non-productive places with no clear outcome.
Think about going to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and getting sucked into the feed, clicking from one link to another only to realize 30 minutes later, you haven’t gotten anything done.
If you’re distracted, you need to work on focusing and setting strict boundaries on your time and how you use it. Use a timer if needed, and move away from your source of distraction once the timer buzzes.
2. Prioritize and Power Through
Multi-tasking entrepreneurs often end up feeling exhausted and overwhelmed because they seem to have a LOT going on all at the same time.
Make a list, prioritize it and then, power through. Understanding and differentiating between “urgent” and “important” can help you prioritize your lists.
Also, see where you can combine activities to make multi-tasking both productive and less exhausting on your system.
For instance, you can listen to a podcast (I recommend Indie Business Network’s podcast!) that is crucial to your skill development while you’re making or shipping products. Or listen while you run on the treadmill: self-care and skill development for the day? Check.
3. Use Tools and Automation
Finally, multi-tasking entrepreneurs can really benefit from tools and automated systems that take the pressure of them and yet get the job done. For instance, if you find the keeping up with client details and follow ups is something of a distraction, you can automate it with a tool, like Contactually.
You can also use basic tools, like the recorder on your smartphone to dictate notes and reminders too. I ‘wrote’ a portion of one of my Amazon Kindle books this way, by dictating my thoughts while walking on the treadmill and then having my assistant transcribe the notes for me.
Finding ways to make your multi-tasking actually more of a productivity booster can be quite addictive and once you see how much more you get done, you may be hooked too!
Do you find yourself with lots of distractions or are you able to multi-task effectively? Share in the comments below.