April 16, 2015 | 3 minutes

Productivity Advice From Successful Young Entrepreneurs

This blog was based around Jeff Steinmann’s Lifehack article “Incredible Productivity Advice Given by 21 Successful Young Entrepreneurs

By Nathan Strum

To be young, rich and famous, that is a typical goal of many. The following are tips from young successful business people, who are revolutionizing the business world.

1. Schedule like you are in college

24-year old founder of Influencer Connect, Michael Pomposello, marks tasks on his calendar just like he did in college. He states, “A task I estimate will take 15 minutes to complete will usually be done in 10 or 15 since I am focused on getting that done during the set time. Without setting a deadline I may wander and do other things causing this one task to take 30 or even 45 minutes.”

2. Delete, Don’t store

The truth is, if you are rescheduling something constantly then it most likely is not too important. 30-year-old founder of Any.do, Omar Perchik, advises to be realistic of what is important. He states, “When you find yourself constantly rescheduling something, you need to ask whether it actually *needs* to be on your task list. The most successful people really know how to focus on their priorities, so they’re comfortable with deleting tasks that aren’t highly relevant.”


3. Don’t answer the phone

34-year old founder of listproducer.com, Paula Rizzo, advices to only pick up the phone if you’re expecting a call. She states, “Never, ever answer your phone. Not unless the person on the other line has an appointment to talk to you right at that moment. This will cut down on distractions and derailing your day!”


4. Evaluate what makes your day successful

29-year-old founder of GreaseBook, Greg Archbald, advises to analyze what tasks are going to make you feel successful at the end of the day. He states, “Ask yourself, ‘what’s the one thing I could accomplish today that would make me satisfied with my day?” Now, block out at 2-3 hours to focus on that one, stinking item.”


5. Work even if you don’t want to

24-year-old founder of WireFuseMedia, Cody McClain, notes the importance of working hard even when you do not feel like working. He states, “As an entrepreneur for 10 years now, I’ve learned that you have to do things even if you don’t feel like it. There is nobody above you forcing you to do the difficult parts. At some point I realized this is not school anymore and there is no teacher giving me an assignment that is due next week. Part of becoming an entrepreneur is realizing there is never a right time to do the things you need to do in order to move the business forward.”

6. Pressure yourself through fun activities

34-year-old founder of Tim Halberg Photography, Tim Halberg, says you should schedule activities outside of the workplace. He states, “Schedule activities outside of work, like a round of golf in the afternoon. I’ve found this forces me to get my work done in time to get out the door. It’s funny how much you can get done when presented with a hard deadline. I discovered this by taking a two week backpacking trip and realizing my business was caught up before I left and that nothing died while I was gone. I decided I needed to recreate this as a normal piece of my weekly schedule.”


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