When you're a small business owner, getting a lot done during the day feels amazing. Unfortunately, everything from being tired to a lack of resources can make productivity tank. Here are three productivity tips you can try right now--most of which have solid science backing them up.
- Put rewards up for grabs. Researchers have found that the brain releases dopamine in anticipation of reward. Promise yourself a treat--a massage or just a coffee--and you'll likely be in a better mood as you work. If you're relaxed and happy, your fight-or-fight stress response won't kick in and shut down the critical thinking parts of your brain.
- Keep only relevant apps open. You probably know all about the programs that can block you from certain websites. But go one step further and commit to keeping apps closed if they're not relevant to your immediate task, too.
- Make to-do lists instead of pinging from thing to thing. Doing things as you're thinking of them easily can cause delays in other jobs that truly deserve priority. Instead, add the task to your to-do list so you don't forget it, and then get back to your original job. Ideally, schedule the time you're going to address whatever you write down as you add each item to the list. That way, you know you'll be able to tackle it and don't have to feel anxious, even if you're scheduling a lot.