There are a few phrases that I have heard thrown around multiple times in the entrepreneur community about productivity. These nasty myths about productivity can be paralyzing to a business owner since our time is so valuable! It is up to us to make sure our company is consistently profitable and how we spend our time plays a huge role in that. Productivity is a pretty big deal as an entrepreneur.
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These are the 9 Pinterest myths I hear the most. Often, I ignore the comments but it really does make me want to hug them and then shake the craziness out.
Productivity Myth One: “I work best when I am under pressure”
I used to say this all the time when I took on web design clients before I got serious and expanded to the boutique-style online agency I own now. Goodness gracious, all that pressure equals stress. Stress promotes a lot of terrible things to go awry in our bodies. Stress causes health issues, acne, and tons of issues that aren’t fun to deal with. I know several entrepreneurs that have been hospitalized after a launch goes on for their company because there was so much pressure and stress they put on themselves.
So yes, you may feel like you work best when you are under pressure. But don’t do that to yourself. If you create a plan and get strategic, BIG and better things are going to happen to you.
Productivity Myth Two: “If I’m busy, I’m productive”
Believing this myth means that you are working your cute buns off and not getting as many results as you could be seeing. Work smarter, not harder. By figuring out systems and defining workflows for your business, you could be working a lot smarter and saving a lot of time. This is part of having the CEO mindset which I know you have, that’s why I would never catch you saying something like this, right?
For years I worked so hard on my business and stayed busy, always having an overflowing to-do list. But was I productive? Not near as productive as I could have been if I would have had a big picture strategy for my business, systems in place, and workflows that would have kept me consistent and saving a lot of time on the front end. Just because you are busy does not mean you are productive!
Productivity Myth Three: “By doing multiple projects at once I’ll finish these tasks quicker”
While you are switching between each task, a percentage of your time is actually lost in the transition. Give 100% of your attention to one task at a time. Complete, move on. Your business is not like your everyday life. I’m a boss at listening to a podcast, cleaning the kitchen, washing the dog bed, and cooking dinner all at the same time but when it comes to my business, I focus on one task at a time. Every task in my business deserves my 100% and I value my time too much to lose any of it in the transition of multi-tasking.
Moral of this myth is that multi-tasking is bad for your business and you magically lose time every time you switch from task to task.
Productivity Myth Four: “Just one more task…”
No. Take a break! Breaks are needed.
Set alarms for your lunch break or any break in general that you need to take. By taking breaks, you are letting your mind rest and clear out. Breaks are really great to take when you aren’t in a really productive mood so you can time your breaks around the specific times in your day when you aren’t as fired up about getting your tasks done.
Productivity Myth Five: “If I keep learning, I will be able to work smarter”
There is a ton of fantastic resources out there, heck, I’m one of those resources with this blog, my YouTube channel, my Facebook group, and my podcast. Don’t be paralyzed by all the information and not take action though!
There comes a point in your business where instead of constantly learning you need to schedule time to take action on whatever you are learning. Personally, my learning time is during my “lost” time when I’m driving, showering, cooking, and doing mundane things that I have to do but now I can listen to podcasts and learn business strategy while doing the tasks I needed to get done as well. That way when I’m at my desk in my office I can focus on taking action, implementation, and getting my crap done!
Productivity Myth Six: “Tackle the biggest project first thing”
This is a really discouraging thing to do first thing in the morning. Instead of tackling your biggest project first thing, tackle a lot of those smaller tasks that you know you can accomplish within 10 minutes or less! That way, when you go into Asana, you can check them all off and see those flying unicorns jump across your screen. That sounds like a fantastic way to start the morning and get you in the mode of being productive.
Also, related to the biggest project, I would suggest breaking up that project into smaller tasks so that you feel more accomplished when taking this on.
Productivity Myth Seven: “I don’t have time to get my business organized”
WHAT? I can’t comprehend this. Why would you not spend an hour minimum getting your business systems and workflows set in place so that you will save tons of hours every week?? You can accomplish so much more with very little setup time, especially with me guiding you through it in my program Asana for the Entrepreneur!
Productivity Myth Eight: “I’ll never be able to stick with systems”
But.. but.. they save you so much time. By using systems I was able to cut down creation time for a task in my business from 4 hours to 45 minutes. YEAH. I mastered the system and I never missed a step and didn’t feel paranoid that tech issues would mess up all because I stuck with my systems. It’s a habit that is crucial to form if you are going to be the CEO of your business.
Productivity Myth Nine: “I feel like I’m less creative with organization systems”
The whole point of getting organized is to free up your time so that you CAN focus on the art of what you do and be creative. Your time is so, so valuable. Think about how much time setting up your systems for your business in Asana specifically would save you every week and now you have control back over your time and how you spend it! I would love for you to use that extra time to be more creative, get inspired on Pinterest, go visit a local place that pumps you up. That’s what I want for you.