Our friends at MailMunch recently wrote an article highlighting 11 important research-backed habits that successful entrepreneurs build their business around.
These business habits are vital for proficiency, workload management, strategic decision making, and avoiding decision-fatigue over time. You can read the full article here, but with the new year upon us, we thought it would be helpful to highlight the high points of the article below for you. If a stronger business is your goal this year, implementing these new habits into your New Year’s resolutions will help!
- Creating a “recharge-time” habit: Setting aside just 30 minutes to recharge yourself can help to increase productivity by 35%, and clarity and decision-making by almost 50% compared to those that just charge through their day, according to a NASA study of 4000 of their own employees.
- Set aside time to be alone: Time in solitude can improve the ability to focus and even increase productivity according to a report written for Psychology Today.
- Taking time to reflect each day: Reflection can improve performance over time by allowing time to think about the previous process or product and what choices could be made to improve on either of them.
- Take time to disconnect: It’s not surprising that in today’s age, many entrepreneurs and business professionals are ‘addicted’ to technology. Taking time to disconnect from technology routinely can reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue on eyes, body and mind.
- Making a weekly activity plan: Creating a routine activity plan each week helps keep focus and sets priorities. These business habits make for better productivity and proficiency for entrepreneurs, employees, and businesses.
- Routine physical activity: Getting routine exercise is the perfect form of stress reduction and can help clear minds. Increasing your heart rate and blood flow can actually boost productivity and creativity, in addition to reducing fatigue.
- Plan routine micoradventures away from the office: Looking forward to a little adventure away from the office or desk each day can give you something to look forward to, and increase productivity and focus as a person strives to complete a task in time to take that little adventure. These could be something as simple as going to the park for a half hour, or a local coffee shop to meet a friend.
- Make sure your sleep schedule is routine: Going to bed and waking up on a routine schedule has a number of great health benefits such as regulation of your hormone levels. But, another source of research shows the regulation of your sleep activities will help your body better prepare for that time you are expected to be awake or asleep. This can increase clarity and productivity.
- Regulate the number of tasks each day: Every time you are required to make a decision or think about a task at hand, you limit the amount of decision-making energy for the next task. Creating a list of smaller, more digestible tasks can help reduce decision-fatigue and keep you focused and motivated to completing the tasks on your list. Therefore, small, limited task lists can increase productivity over time.
- Prioritize morning routines: It’s been a proven fact that people are more productive in the morning when their minds are fresh from a good night sleep and the distractions from a busy office day haven’t impeded the mind. Placing your high priority task deadlines earlier in the day will increase proficiency and productivity. This is one of the best business habits to initiate.
- Take time for routine networking: Every entrepreneur knows that networking is one of the best ways to make new business connections, expand referral business, and make new or strengthen personal connections.
These simple, but strategic business habits will help any entrepreneur or small business owner increase productivity and strengthen overall business.
The more routine these business habits become, the more proficient the activities themselves become; improving performance, reducing stress, and creating a better work environment over time.
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