Being a founder isn’t only about leading a team. Oftentimes, a founder who also is a CEO needs to be the marketing specialist, project manager, decision maker, fund manager, or all of these at once. Keeping up with these schedules can affect your physical and emotional wellbeing – that said, being a founder should always have extra energies and stay productive when juggling multiple projects and priorities. That’s why, having time-off does not mean slacking off. A leader’s time-off is a way to reset, recharge, and come up with creative solutions they might otherwise miss.
If you are a startup founder, you can picture how busy your day is. You might get exhausted and burnout from handling and dealing with so many projects and priorities. Therefore, you need a system that will help you manage your daily activities as a founder, thus resulting in an effective outcome for both self-investment and business goals. Here are 4 tips to stay focused and take control of your day-to-day grind.
“How you dress could tell so much about you.” Why? Physical appearance would be the first people see and judge before anything else, so yes – how you dress is one simple requirement for being a successful person. And being a founder means you need to stay elegant but effective at the same time.
One tip for this is to stay organised by defining your own work uniform. It doesn’t have to be something fancy, choose comfortable and representative attire that suits you best. Keeping such a uniform helps you to have less to think about and helps to avoid decision fatigue. Interestingly, this is the reason why many presidents and CEOs wear the same thing everyday.
2- Multitask but also prioritise task
Some say that multitasking is unproductive, but this does not apply to everyone. You can read your letter while turning on a radio and eating your cereal in the morning. This could save time. While you could do multitasking, keep in mind that it is also important to zone in on one particular activity every once in a while and get things done.
3- Work meetings and human things
A day of a founder could mean you’ll have multiple meetings everyday, be it meeting with clients, teams, or one-on-one meetings to boost productivity. While meetings are important, you should do it effectively and productively by having them all in one day, for example. Doing this could save your days for more important projects. In addition, having a conversation with your subordinate is important, but it does not have to be in a conference room all the time. You could do a meeting while having lunch, taking a walk to a cafeteria, or during a day-to-day watercooler discussion. This type of meeting helps you form a stronger relationship and the relaxed environment will help you communicate better when you have to discuss a tough topic.
Moreover, all the work and business you’ve built will not run well if you cannot maintain your daily activities as “human”. What it means by humans here is like doing your everyday chores, spending time with family, turning off your mind for a while and resetting. Your day is cumbersome but don’t let it spoil your inner peace. Have time for yourself too.
4- Get better at saying NO
Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, has made it a point that successful people say no to almost everything. If it does not favour your business or your priority, why do you need to take it? Having a strong sense of priority and knowing what you want to spend your time on is vital to remaining effective. Remember, saying NO is also a way to stay focused on what’s the most important thing.
One more reminder is that staying focused and productive isn’t about mastering hacks or tactics, it is also about maintaining your attitude and set habits that you must develop and practice daily.