Success: Incredible Productivity Advice Given By 21 Successful Young Entrepreneurs
A lot of success advice comes from people who, have been, well successful. Usually that takes a long career, Lifehack has Incredible Productivity Advice Given By 21 Successful Young Entrepreneurs. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Schedule tasks like college classes
Michael Pomposello, 24-year-old founder of Influencer Connect, says you should schedule your tasks on your calendar, during set times just like college classes.
“A task I estimate will take 15 minutes to complete will usually be done in 10 or 15 since I am focused on getting that done during the set time. Without setting a deadline I may wander and do other things causing this one task to take 30 or even 45 minutes.”
2. Delete it, don’t reschedule it
Omer Perchik, 30-year-old founder of Any.do, says you should be realistic about what is important and realistic to get done.
“When you find yourself constantly rescheduling something, you need to ask whether it actually *needs* to be on your task list. The most successful people really know how to focus on their priorities, so they’re comfortable with deleting tasks that aren’t highly relevant. “
3. Avoid distractions
Shannon Palme, 28-year-old founder of Shannon Palme Web & Graphic Design, says you have to avoid distractions at all cost.
“It’s really tempting when you’re acting as your own boss to visit time-sucking websites like Facebook and Reddit, and what you might intend as a 10 minute break can easily turn into losing hours of valuable work time. I use a free extension for Chrome called Block Site, so that I’m not able to visit websites that distract me while I’m working.”
4. Never ever answer the phone
Paula Rizzo, 34-year-old founder of listproducer.com, says you should never ever pick up the phone unless you are expecting the call.
“Never, ever answer your phone. Not unless the person on the other line has an appointment to talk to you right at that moment. This will cut down on distractions and derailing your day!”
16. Use the Pomodoro Technique
Shaun Walker, 30-year-old cofounder of HEROFarm, recommends using the Pomodoro Technique to improve your energy level.
“Follow the Pomodoro Technique, and move around at least once an hour to get the blood flowing.”
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
1. Decide on the task to be done
2. Set the Pomodoro timer to *n* minutes (traditionally 25)
3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an *x*
4. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
5. After four Pomodori, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)