To make daily progress on your startup and really fuel growth you need to be working efficiently. This can be a real challenge! Especially when you have tons of deliverables, a to do list that can reach a couple pages long, meetings, etc…
Here are four tips to help ensure your working efficiently every day that I’ve come to rely on:
1. Break It Down
List your main goals for the week, such as ship that new feature, improve signup conversion rates, follow up on leads or respond to all the emails built up in your inbox. Try not to get carried away with too many goals, just focus on the the most important, big picture items.
Every morning write down your goals for the day. Since most of us are not robots it is a good idea to have a variety of tasks/goals. Keep it to 1 or 2 challenging goals and a couple easy wins (more on this below). During the day make sure to mark off each goals as you complete it! You’ll be surprised how good it feels after you get in the routine of conquering your daily goals.
Remember to keep your list of goals! It is a great way to gain insight on how to improve your planning and efficiency!
2. Easy Wins
You should love easy win! Unless you really enjoying smashing your head up against a wall, again and again, it can be wise to give yourself easy wins each day. It helps build moment, gives you a break from more challenging tasks, and ensures you are making steady progress every day. You’ll be surprised what a couple easy wins will do for your moral and your startup.
Only have big goals/tasks? Break them down into smaller pieces and spread them across the week. Don’t focus on the fact that you have 100+ follow up emails with prospective clients, just try to get to 5-10 complete for the day.
3. Ask for Help
At no time should you be wasting time wondering what to work on, how to go about doing it, or continuing to work on something despite the probability of success dwindling to almost nothing. In a big corporation you can get away with not working efficiently, but in a small team your wasting everyones time. Remember, its not about ego, it’s about working efficiently to achieve a common goal! If your struggling with something and haven’t found a solution in a reasonable time ask someone for help. Why waste hours when it could only take a couple minutes?
If you have an anti-social team that gets grumpy about being interrupted ask them the best way to get a quick question answered. Find those people on your team who understand that a few minutes a couple times a week can save you hours leading to the entire startup making more efficient progress on goals. When you have a question or need advice ask for a few minutes of their time.
4. Work Smarter
Think for a couple minutes before you leap into your goals/tasks for the day. This is key to working efficiently! It can be tempting to jump right in. With a little forethought and planning you can save yourself a ton of time. If you don’t know how to tackle something? See tip #3. Struggling to make daily progress? See tip #1. Frustrated, burnt out and want to throw in the towel? See tip #2.