We get it – you work full-time and sometimes it’s difficult to focus on your own entrepreneurial ideas. You always tell yourself you’re going to complete a bunch of tasks, but a lot of the time you don’t get around to it and push things to the side. Let’s put those days behind us, and get you started on your entrepreneurial journey.
Here is a guideline to help you focus, and accomplish goals every week.
It’s important to know what’s happening every weekend. Do you have dinner plans, going out with friends, any other commitments? Make sure your calendar is up to date, and look at how much time you can set aside each day to focus on your goals. Also, help future you and use some of your weekdays to work on your weekend project.
A big part of being productive is to set your goals. You should be able to confidently know what will be accomplished each day in advance. I recommend using a task management app such as asana when working with various team members or if you wanted to plan on a high level. Trello is another free app when you can create ‘boards’ to organize your thoughts and goals. Here is one I created for a hypothetical t-shirt startup.
This board has several categories:
Backburner – add tasks, ideas, goals, anything in this category (these lists are normally long)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – only drop what you know you can accomplish in each of these day categories. This way you keep your workload and goals realistic. You can add ‘points’ to each of your tasks much like the Scrum Methodology to gauge your work efficiency and plan better.
Completed – only once your tasks are completed can you drag your cards to this slot. This is important when you are archiving tasks so you can see the progression of your company.
One of the biggest factors for being inefficient is distractions – think Netflix and Instagram. Block them out with SelfControl, a cool app that can control what you want to turn off for custom times on your computer. Also, put your phone away or even better, turn it off completely so you don’t get any notifications.
Reviewing your work is just as important as planning. Make sure you are confident with what you’ve accomplished, and feel good about what you’ve done. Set short-term and long-term goals, and keep things interesting with new tasks. Watch a Gary Vaynerchuk video, Ted Talk, whatever can inspire you to keep up the ‘grind’, because it’ll pay off!
Want to turn your idea into a reality? BrainStation’s Product Management Course will teach you everything you need to know to start your Entrepreneurial journey.