Being an entrepreneur is hard, you have to be self-motivated. No matter how much you love your business some days the enthusiasm to sit at the desk and do the work just does not come.
On these days I have a few use tricks I use to make sure I am still in GSD mode.
1. Binaural Beats
You probably have not heard of these but they are my number #1 tip for productivity. They are essentially different tones for each ear (you must wear headphones) that help align your brain waves to the frequency of the tones. Therefore you can put on binaural beat music for focus and it will help you focus. It may sound hokey but it really works. Here is one you can check out or you can download them on itunes or find some good ones to test on youtube (just search for binaural beats).
2. 30/10 Rule
Commit to focusing for 30 minutes straight, then promise yourself 10 minutes to surf the internet, look at your phone, check your email, whatever you want to do. I find that breaking up the time in manageable pieces allows me to get more done; and not switching back in forth between work and play is proven to be more productive.
3. E3Live Algae
E3Live Algae is a high quality algae product from Oregon. I absolutely swear by this vitamin. The company claims the product will “energize your body, balance you mood, and focus your mind.” From my experience it definitely does what is says it does.
4. Set the stage
Make your workspace happy! You are most likely to want to stay in a place you actually like. I like to get all set up before I sit down to write and make sure I have everything I need. I light some candles, get my tea, put on my music — all this makes me feel better at my workstation and hence more productive.
5. Turn off notifications
Kind of goes without saying but if you turn them off, they won’t interrupt you mid work stream keeping you more productive in the long run. Use the 30/10 rule and check them after you have put in a solid 30 minutes.
Catherine Cason is a San Francisco resident and serial maker. Her love of sewing and design lead her to start an e-commerce startup basiccontent and this was the catalyst for blogging about female entrepreneurship. She started a blog called Gem Hunt about jewelry as an outlet for her love of gems. You find out more about her blogging and projects at www.catharine-ellen.com or follow her on Twitter at @catcason.