Owning your own business is usually seen as being the American dream. However, being an entrepreneur is also quite the challenge, too. New business owners usually all share the same challenge, no matter what industry they’re in. Being in charge means that there’s no one above them ensuring they stay on task and make the most of every hour. If this sounds like you — even if you’ve been a business owner for years now — the following productivity tips should help keep you on track.

You Only Have So Much Time Each Day

Business owners who fail show up to work with a list of 20 things they’re going to get done that day. Then 5:00 PM hits and they only got through about two and they weren’t even high priority.


Give yourself three goals a day. Ensure that they are the most important tasks for your business, though. These are usually the ones you’re most likely to put off. That’s why they should be the only items on your list. If you get through them, then you can move on to other less-important goals.

Set Your Goals the Night Before

Along the same lines, another mistake is setting your list of goals when you get into work in the morning. This is wasted time. Instead, you want to do it the night before. Do it right after your workday is over when you still have some good momentum and a solid grip on what needs to get done. If you’re not a morning person, it’s even more important you don’t rely on your ambition in the morning to dictate the rest of your day.

Don’t Try to Do Everything

Even if you’re currently a one-person outfit, that doesn’t mean you have to do everything. Countless people get more done every day by outsourcing major tasks to “virtual assistants.” You can find these people online, and while it might take a bit of work to get a perfect candidate, once you do, major items that don’t necessitate will get done every day without you lifting a finger. This will allow you to stay focused on those major priorities we discussed earlier.

Know When to Go Home

There’s no doubt that being a business owner often feels like a 24/7 job. If you’re currently the one and only employee of your company, you will definitely have to get used to waking up early and going home a bit late.

However, don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to do everything yourself and it has to get done today. Know when it’s time to go home. If you get burnt out, your company will definitely suffer in a big way. Even worse, your personal life could take a hit too.

Know When It’s Not for You

Lastly, if you find that your productivity is suffering simply because you hate what you’re doing, then it’s time to move on. Sell your company, auction off your assets, do whatever you have to in order to let go of something that is clearly causing you more pain than pleasure. There’s no dishonor in taking a learning lesson and moving on.

With the above productivity tips, you should find it much easier to make the most of every hour you spend at work, as well as realize when you’ve done enough for the day.