The Three Pillars of a Productive Small Business Day
Not every day is a slam dunk day, where things seem to get done almost effortlessly, your coffee tastes like liquid inspiration and your team only gives you good news. Still, there are ways that you can tilt the odds in your favor, setting up routines that allow you to get to work in a good mood, feel productive during the day, and then get some rest afterwards. The business day can be broken down into three major pillars, all of which support the wonderful ceiling of that ideal day every entrepreneur wants to recreate.
Pillar One: The Morning. We’ve written about doing the Morning the right way before, but it cannot be stressed enough how important getting a good start to your day is for small business owners. Whether or not you choose to wake up with some coffee, you should make sure to eat a nutritious breakfast. Fruit is a good choice to include in your meal, since the natural sugars that it contains gives you a slower burn boost than a sugary doughnut, and the fiber in fruit is good for keeping your digestive system running smoothly. It’s important to wake up in as stress free an environment as possible, so make sure that you get a good night’s sleep and then wake up somewhat gradually, instead of crashing at one in the morning and then jumping out of bed to the sound of a blaring alarm at seven. Give yourself a little extra time to make up for any inconveniences along your commute that might otherwise make you late. Being caught in traffic is less awful when you know you have some cushion around getting to the office.
Pillar Two: The Workday. During the workday is when things get more complicated. Taking a break during the day to eat a healthy lunch and drink water is a good technique for regaining your balance in the midst of hectic activity. You should have come to work with an idea of what you need to get accomplished, and who you need to reach out to to keep things moving in the right direction. It’s often the case that business owners are going to be interrupted in the course of going through their to do list. Practice the art of prioritizing, and you will be better able to identify what can wait, what can be delegated out and what is a real crisis.
Pillar Three: The Evening. Make sure that you record and account for the tasks that you weren’t able to finish as well as those that you would like to get done. This will help you wake up knowing what to do. When at home, it can be nice to wind down the day with some exercise or a short stretching routine. The most important thing that you do is get enough rest. It can be extremely difficult to get to bed at a reasonable hour when there are things that you still want to get done, but remember that you are at your most effective when you have given your mind the time to rest and reinvigorate itself.
Photo Credit to Verity Cridland on Flickr