10 Software Tools Every Business Owner Needs
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Rarely is anything an overnight success. It can take years of hard work before it pays off, and that can be a hard truth to accept. But there are tips and tricks, or habits really, that you can implement into your daily life to pave the way to a successful future for you and your company.
These tricks, that I’m about to share, are a mix of productivity hacks as well as personal life hacks to help you perform at your best and build an extraordinary legacy. With practice, they’ll become second nature, and allow you to free up your mental bandwidth to tackle the tasks that will grow your business exponentially.
1. Prioritize Taking Accountability
As a business owner, you’re responsible not only for your own outcomes, but the outcomes of the people you hire. A great leader has insight into the day-to-day operations of their business and has the ability to empower their team as well as step in when needed. Additionally, you can’t expect your team to take accountability for their actions and decisions if you don’t set an example first.
Taking accountability in everyday situations helps you to learn how to take responsibility for your destiny overall. You are in charge of your success, and when you get into the practice of taking action instead of making excuses, you’ll go further than ever.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Greatness can’t be achieved when your body and your mental health aren’t performing optimally. The idea of hustling 24/7 and wearing burnout as a badge of honor is outdated. In order to succeed, you need to take care of your body.
That might mean incorporating a consistent workout routine into your day, whether that’s early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Some people prefer to start their day by getting their body moving, which may actually promote greater productivity.
Pay attention to how your body feels throughout the day. Are you getting enough sleep? Or are you powering through on a bad night’s sleep? According to a 2016 business school study, leaders who prioritized sleep were perceived as more charismatic.
3. Turn Off as Many Notifications as You Can
Phones can be the primary way in which you do your work, but they can also be incredibly distracting. Turning off notifications to the apps that you don’t need to be looking at can help you focus and be more productive.
Even if you use social media for your business, block off some time each day on your calendar as the designated time to engage with your social media audience. That way, your train of thought and workflow aren’t interrupted each time your phone pings with a new like or comment. You can even check out some apps that help limit your screen time, so you can spend your time building your ideal business.
One trick to avoiding distractions is putting your phone face down, turn off sounds and vibrations, or even put the phone in another room, while you work on the task at hand.
4. Never Stop Learning
The true secret to greatness is not being someone who knows everything, but being someone who is curious about everything. When you acknowledge what you don’t know and ask questions to learn more, you have the potential to increase your knowledge exponentially.
Being open to learning helps you stay relevant to current trends. Not sure why you should use a specific platform for your business? Instead of writing it off because you don’t know how to use it, spend some time diving into the opportunities to reach your audience on a new platform, or grow your audience base into a newer demographic.
Being able to admit you don’t know something is a strength, and it frees you of the fear that people will think you don’t know everything because by your own words, you don’t.
5. Block Off Your Time
It can be hard to hop from one task to another, or deal with multiple people asking you questions. Take control of your own schedule and block off time for the various tasks you need to do. That way, you can streamline your workflow and free up mental bandwidth to deal with whatever’s in front of you during that time block.
If you’re more productive in the mornings, set aside a couple of hours to work on bigger tasks. Include blocking off time for things like visionary strategizing. Being able to brainstorm and have the space to read, listen to podcasts, or just let inspiration strike you in general, is hugely beneficial to the growth and success of your business.
An example of time blocking on your calendar could be exercising from 7am to 8am, working on the next quarter’s strategy from 8am to 10am, responding to emails from 10am to 10:30am, answering team questions from 10:30am to 11am, and so forth for the rest of your day.
Blocking off time also gets you into the practice of setting boundaries, which are necessary for making sure you get the time or support you need to achieve greatness.
Some of the most productive people in the world swear by time blocking. Ever heard of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Michael Hyatt, or Cal Newport? Yep – they are all time-blockers. They’re squeezing every drop of productivity from their days, and so can you.
6. Surround Yourself with People Who Inspire You
When you surround yourself with people who inspire you, you create an atmosphere for growth. A successful mindset is contagious, and you will learn more from people who have strengths to complement your weaknesses.
Running a business can be isolating at times, which is why it’s important to connect with other business owners and entrepreneurs. Not only will they understand what you go through with your business, they’ll be able to support you as you inevitably face challenges while building your legacy. Together, you can continue to inspire and motivate one another.
7. Keep a Notepad By Your Bed
You never know when a great idea is going to hit you. The most practical tip of this list is to keep a notepad by your bed, or just near you at all times. Maybe it’s easier for you to track ideas on your phone, though that could undermine tip #3 if your phone just serves to distract you further.
Entrepreneurs tend to struggle with perfectionism, so make sure that doesn’t happen when you jot down ideas. They don’t need to be fully fleshed out—just get them down, physically on paper, so you can revisit them and think through them later on. Writing things down, instead of thinking them or even typing them out, can enable a higher level of thinking.
8. Embrace Making Mistakes
As cliché as it sounds, making mistakes is a part of life. But what can be debilitating is letting a fear of making mistakes limit your ability to grow. Instead of fearing mistakes, embrace them! When you fear mistakes, it makes you unable and unwilling to try new things. Instead, when you embrace failure, it takes away its power over you. So, you might fail….so what? You’ll learn from it and get even stronger.
By following these eight tips, you’ll find yourself even stronger as a leader and as an individual. You may not notice the changes overnight, but they’ll be there. Stop being stagnant in your growth and take actionable steps to hack your way to greatness.
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