Lately, one of the most startling things I have observed is how much time and energy leaks we entrepreneurs have, each day. We have only 8 hours in a day and there is only so much we can do. And when the day ends, most of us leave home with an incomplete feeling. As if, we could have done more but we didn’t. I have seen only a handful of people (can be counted on fingers), who really accomplish a lot in the same 8 hours.
Over these Years, I have discovered some key principles that separates the non-performers from the super-performers. I have accumulated this know-how after many years of study and experimentation. I am sharing these golden nuggets with you today.
1. Appreciate the Finite Nature of Time: Time is finite and it is slipping away every moment. We have only so many years to live (how many? we don’t know) and only so much time to spend on work.Once time is gone, it is gone forever. The time you have left is a very finite quantity. If we get this simple rule that time is non-renewable energy, we’ll value time more than anything else. Your time is so much more valuable than money. Wherever possible save those precious moments. Every time you make a bad use of time, you are sacrificing it’s good use which could have done something better for you.
2. Say “No” Often, Take Time to say “Yes”: We entrepreneurs are always in an enthusiastic “Yes” mode. We are “Yes” people. Yet, each time we say “Yes”, we are making a commitment to spend our finite time and energy on something that others want. I am not asking you to say a blunt “No” to everything. You can say “No” gracefully without offending someone by saying - “Let me think about it” or “I will look at my calendar and get back to you”. Then take the time to think before saying another “Yes”.
3. Frequent Distractions will Kill your Ability to Think: Hyper communication is the biggest enemy of entrepreneurial success. I can’t be more blunt than that. In a communication frenzy world, we are all desperate to respond, reply and react. We take milliseconds to reply to the email, respond to the WhatsApp message in seconds and pick up the phone call in a moment. And we do all this to impress the other person. To show how fast and responsive you are. At what cost? At the cost of our thinking, creativity and focus. The powerful arsenals of your brain are being quickly lost in the frenzy of responding to the next email or the next sms. Get on a communication diet plan. It is important than ever before to your success and to your mental health too. The Human race has survived without the communication gadgets for thousands of years, you can easily survive without them for a couple of hours. Put your phone on silent, or turn it off completely for sometime. Use that time to focus on high level thinking and planning.
4. Sleep and Relax More and more often: Our brain is a highly evolved, complex gadget. It is extremely sensitive device fitted with millions of neurons interconnected to each other. It is magical and it can do so many different types of activities such as learning, understanding, memorizing, evaluating, calculating and feeling. Yet, we abuse this wonderful device. We keep our heads staring at the TV late night. While many of us wake up early, we tend to sleep late. Our brain is constantly put to use on one activity after another without any gaps or relaxation. After a busy day, take a couple of hours to do nothing. Relax. Go to bed early and get a full 8 hours sleep. You will feel much more charged and get more done with less work.
5. Routines: Human being is a creature of Habits. Having a great morning routines and evening ritual will get many complex things done with ease. For instance, I have a daily routine of writing at 5 am in the morning. This daily routine is automatic and almost effortless. Likewise, there are chain of activities in the morning which I do on a daily basis. They are - exercising, meditation, eating fruits, reading and writing. These are ingrained in the daily routine. If you can gradually insert great routines in your lifestyle, you will get so much more done without consciously thinking about them.
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