Doing everything yourself has significant advantages
While many people focus on the downsides of being too controlling in business, there are significant upsides. You get to control the entire brand… and you keep all the money!
Your lifestyle will hugely impact your productivity
Work online and you’ll find that there is a powerful two-way relationship between your productivity and your lifestyle outside of the office.
Be careful about what you eat to ensure you are providing healthy sustenance that can fuel your optimum cognitive performance.
Learn to outsource
You can outsource any tasks that don’t require your unique skills – that means anything that is menial or busywork.
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Sleep is the priority
Better sleep will improve EVERY aspect of your performance and productivity.
Be strict about “work time” and “down time”
Creating set parameters for when you are working and when you are not will help you to get more out of BOTH periods of time.
Learn to meditate
Meditation literally grows your brain! But it also helps you to learn to focus, to avoid distracting thoughts, and to detach from stressful emotions.
Sleep with the window open
Our bodies use the temperature to help set our biological rhythms.
Don’t check your (work) phone when you’re not at work
Checking your phone might take two minutes, but the emotional impact can last much longer.
Adopt a growth mindset
Don’t think about things you can and can’t do. Think about what you need to learn to do, and how you can develop those skills.
Learn to get into flow
Flow states are the optimum state of human performance, characterized by extreme focus.
Be productive for 40 minutes and push through the “wall”
To get there, you need to focus solidly on a task with NO distractions for 30-40 minutes.
14 Create an environment conducive to work
The right home office can make getting into flow much easier.
Try working outside
Or in coffee shops. In short: venture out from your home to get a change of scene and some social interaction.
Try digital minimalism
This is a lifestyle choice with tremendous benefits for the solopreneur.
Physical fitness will make you more productive
The fitter you are, the more nimble and energetic your brain will be.
Close open loops
Open loops are tasks that you haven’t completed. They play on your mind until you finish them.
Tackle the biggest task first
This is called “eating the frog” and is a technique recommended by Mark Twain. It means you’re doing the hardest job while you have most energy, and it greatly increases your chances of achieving flow.
Make working less your goal
Why are you doing all this now? Why are you optimizing yourself so much? The answer is so that you can work less in future!