It is a very common situation – when you are working in growing company and don’t have time for the personal life. It’s a pity, but many CEO’s of successful startups also faced such an issue. They were in charge of everything: marketing, strategy, sales, hiring process, investments and even much more.
However, we all are limited to only a limited number of tasks and decisions we can make every day. And, falling under dozens of time-consuming tasks they were forced to develop different habits which made their work more productive. Some of them may seem strange.
For example, Mark Zuckerberg wears the same shirt every day and John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, takes a bath after each meeting (he says that this helps him to clear his mind and be more focused on other activities).
Below you will find less strange productivity tips from startup CEO’s collected for you to help you to achieve your primary goal: become a productive person and free some time for personal life.
1. Mikael Cho, CEO Unsplash
Mikael managed to start one of the fastest growing startups Unsplash, which right now has more than 1 billion photo views per months.
- Write down everything – idea, task, thought, anything which will come into your mind, this will help you not to forget something really important.
- Automate anything you repeat – there are a lot of repetitive tasks which are possible to automate. Try to search for tools and scripts online to make these tasks less time-consuming.
- Remove any chance for interruption – if you are doing something important and need to be focused on any single thing try to remove everything that interrupts you: social networks, phone calls, sounds, notifications. Think of interrupting things which you don’t need at the moment.
2. Kristy Winter, Essayontime CEO
Kristy is the co-founder of a popular academic writing platform which delivers quality papers for the UK students. Her team started with a small local group of writers and quickly grew into one of the largest professional academics services in the world.
- Use fewer tools – Figuring out a new tool or switching tools takes time, it is better to find tools which combine different tasks under one single interface.
- Start your day with quick wins- If you can do anything fast and know how to do it, it will be your win. Positive start of the day will make it even more efficient than you expect.
- Maintain good health – A healthy life starts with removing bad habits, dieting and developing an active schedule. Try to start with these three and proceed to other healthy activities like sports, good rest and other things.
3. Auren Hoffman, SafeGraph CEO
Auren has already started and sold five companies, and he never rests on his laurels; he moves forward, and these three things help him to be even more productive.
- Do fewer things -The real winners are the ones that do fewer things, but they are doing them great. If you are great in planning – then plan, if you have good taste – work with designers. If you are not good in writing – pass your task to another person.
- Don’t multitask -Focus on one task; multitasking is a bad habit when you need to make an important step or decision.
- Say “no” to almost everything – In our world each day you will see dozens of opportunities. However, not all of them worth your time. If you have been invited to a meeting, conference, presentation try to think if you need it and does it worth your day.
4. Matt DeCelles, Co-Founder of William Painter
When Matt was asked how to be productive, he just answered that you should do what you love. But, he has a little bit more tricks to share:
- Prioritize most important task – it is better to do the most important and most influential job first, because on it may depend your future.
- Delegate – If you stuck at doing something, chances are there is someone out there that can probably do it for less than $5/hr. Check out Fiverr, Freelancer.com or Upwork.com
- Use a post-it note to record the three most important things – this will help you to set goals and plan your future actions.
Productivity is very important for any fast growing business, and without developing efficient, productive habits, you may fall under all the tasks and opportunities which you otherwise can delegate or ignore.