We all have only 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week. Many of us at some point become overworked and underpaid. If you still feel you have some work to do to reach your career goals, perhaps it's time to make some changes to how you are working.
Elon Musk is a brilliant businessman, engineer, and inventor who has taken the world by storm with his forward thinking. While we may not all be on the same mission, one thing that we may share is a need to improve our work-life balance as entrepreneurs.
Here's how to get more accomplished each day, the easy way.
1. Start your day off right
Sometimes, coffee is the breakfast of champions. Billionaire Elon Musk wakes up and spends about 30 minutes addressing high-priority emails and having coffee. This allows him to start his day off on the right foot, by crossing critical tasks off his list first thing in the morning. If you're anything like me (with a penchant for saving the most difficult tasks until the last minute), then this might be a good method to help you boost your productivity.
2. Change the way you look at social media
You hear it all the time: People say that social media marketing is the key to a successful business. Remember to keep in mind that the organic reach of social media is low and the algorithms are ever changing. If you want reach, it's going to cost you -- that's how social media makes its money these days, after all.
For this method to work for you, unique content is the way to go. If you've found yourself stuck in a rut of sharing others' work and not creating any of your own, you've got to step it up. Get noticed in the media, contribute articles, and get interviewed on podcasts to get exposure.
Another way to utilize social media is to reach out for collaborations with businesses that have a like-minded following. People will share your work via their social platforms when they feel it offers their readers valuable information or even entertaining content.
3. Change the way you chase opportunities
Recognize that today's tools and technology have opened the doors of opportunity for entrepreneurs. There's so much you can do if you have the ideas, the initiative, and the will to keep going. Take control of your career, and remember execution is key!
First, get focused by spending time this week giving your business an honest evaluation, and then get to work. Keep an eye out for new opportunities, continue to meet new people and make new connections, and always have goals in place.
Know what you want to accomplish next, and continue to meet and set new goals. Write them down to make them real. Always try to get more exposure, and don't limit your thinking.
4. Change the way you take advice
When you run your own business, everyone will have advice for you, coaches to friends and family members. Sometimes it's good advice, but sometimes you have to listen to your instincts and do what you think is right. After all, you are the entrepreneur.
You have to figure out what makes sense for your business. Listen to someone else's ideas and put your own spin on them. Trial and error has always been my best friend. It allows me to try something my way, and if it fails, I understand why and can move forward without wondering, "What if?"
5. Change the way you work
Some days you feel on top of the world and unstoppable. Other days you might be running low on motivation. Strive to keep focused, and continue to chip away at your goals. Complete the tasks that are not as difficult to get you going. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you'll be happy that you didn't waste your time.
6. Change the way you price your work
How much is your time worth? Just because you are good at something, it doesn't mean you should do it. Is what you're doing feeding your soul, making you a better person, or feeding your family?
Remember that your time is valuable, and that you don't have to take jobs you don't enjoy. If for the time being you're stuck doing something you're good at but don't love, at least make sure it makes sense financially.
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