Running an online business startup from home is great. No need for a stressful rush hour commute, and no need to rouse yourself out of bed too early. You can wake up anytime you want and feel more rested. You can also enjoy your breakfast a lot more, knowing that you aren’t in a rush.
But once you’re at your desk, you notice something. This something is what stresses you out at the beginning of your workday. Your whiteboard is full of “to-dos” just waiting to be ticked off.
You are then overwhelmed with all the things to be done.
The consequences of being overwhelmed are staggering. For one, you don’t know where to begin. Which task should be done first? Which ones take first priority? Should the difficult tasks go first, or should the easy ones? And how about those new small business ideas you want to implement?
The entire thought process of figuring what to do first becomes too much of a burden on your brain. Before you know it, you’ve already wasted one hour just trying to determine what to work on first. If this happens every single day, you’re looking at five hours per week thrown out the window. Worse still, you may end up unconsciously procrastinating.
Thankfully, there is a very simple solution to this conundrum.
Block out time for each task.
For example, you can dedicate one hour to answering emails, say from 9-10 AM. Then, from 10 AM to 12 noon, finish up the project that is due later in the afternoon. Give yourself an hour for lunch and a quick nap, then continue from 1 PM onwards.
Basically, it’s about estimating how many hours you would take to finish each task, then scheduling them accordingly. For more precision, you may also choose to schedule using 30-minute blocks. Put each task on appropriate time blocks on your whiteboard, then tick them off once done. A spreadsheet also works wonders, and is easier too.
Make sure to do it every workday.
Watch your online business startup soar in productivity.
Giving each task a specific time frame somehow forces you to focus on just one task at a time. This is a lot better than multitasking, where you switch from one task to another in the hopes of “being more productive”. Truth is you’re being a lot less productive that way. It’s only an illusion. The human brain is designed to focus on only one task at a time.
By doing this, you will see yourself tick off more tasks from your to-do list at the end of each day. You’ll get more things done with less stress.
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