He is smart, intelligent and talented. He solves your troubles and he is the savior to all. No, we are not talking about Superman; we are, of course, talking about an entrepreneur.
On a serious note, an entrepreneur is a person who has to work hard every day in order to ensure you receive the service of a lifetime. An entrepreneur, as the textbooks describe, is dynamic and can act accordingly based upon the situation. We can keep hymning his or her praises all day long; but that is simply how magnetic and appealing an entrepreneur is.
What makes an entrepreneur click? What makes him or her different from the others? You may wonder what a normal human being should do differently in order to be productive and anything close to an entrepreneur.
Let’s take a look at the 5 practices and things that an entrepreneur does to increase his or her productivity.
1. Be calm and take decisions wisely
Jumping the gun is a very bad practice that can eventually result in your downfall. As an entrepreneur, you make decisions and take calls on them after doing a 360-degree check of the situation or issue on hand.
Entrepreneurs have a very dynamic, but diplomatic process. In the heat of the moment, some may lose their comfort zone and make a rash decision. Sustaining this urge is the key, and can really only help with productivity.
2. Be proactive
Working late is sometimes inevitable and unavoidable; however, sometimes we have a choice and we dodge it. Entrepreneurs always think about what will happen in the future. As a result, they hit the bed and doze off for the night, always making sure that they have a head start the next morning. This allows them that little edge.
You might even say that entrepreneurs literally ‘sleep on it’ when they call it a day, but the extra half-hour or quarter of an hour provided to them becomes invaluable the next day.
This proactivity can be anything from taking a briefing on the next day’s early-morning meeting to working a file that you need to read, to deciding the next day’s work clothes or even to contemplate about the route that you have taken the next morning.
3. Bring an ‘added’ value to your office
“Humour can increase workplace productivity” Source.
Whatever an entrepreneur touches turns to gold. Yes, they bring value, efficiency and merit to the workplace. As a result, you cannot ignore their aura. Should something still be missed, as an entrepreneur, you would have to rectify that.
If you believe that any one single practice or habit is letting your team down, then you must change that behavior immediately. It can be something fundamental like pushing your colleagues or co-workers going too far, to being too serious at work or even denying everyone a coffee break. If you are doing something, then please replace that habit with things like humor!
Humor can increase the productivity of your office. Yes, really.
4. Make use of technology
The difference between a traditional businessperson and a modern day entrepreneur is technology. While the former is reluctant to adapt it, the latter thrives along with it. Entrepreneurs love using all sorts of modern technologies and systems. In fact, most base their work on technology alone so that they provide a better service/product to their clients.
If you are a budding entrepreneur, then you should embrace the assistance that technology offers. It can become one of the best mediums to improve you and your company’s productivity. To start with, you can utilize the features of ERP (enterprise resource management) for better planning, execution, and coordination of your organizational goals.
In addition, you can use modern systems like Cloud Computing or Virtual Assistance. You can easily control your whole company with your smart mobile phone. An entrepreneur has to accommodate tech-savvy traits in his or her mindset and has to make full utilization of all of the applications and software the mobile phones and handheld devices have to offer. Apps such as Google Hangouts, Acquire, Skype, Venmo and Pocket etc. can easily become your best tools.
5. Encourage and allow your team participate
“The difference between success and failure is a great team”. Source.
Your team is the soul of your venture. Many people in the past have tried going it alone, but most have failed, resulting in everything crashing down. Your team is always going to work hard to give you the output that you need from them. Therefore, it is important that you encourage your team and personally make them feel as if they are an integral part of the whole story.
To make your company more productive, hear them out and check on what they have in store for you. Ideas will flow and one of them would certainly yield and turn out to be a very productive input.
Now that you know what practices you need to perform in order to become more productive, we are sure that following these steps will certainly help you to scale up the entrepreneurship ladder quickly.
Sawaram Suthar is head of marketing at Acquire, and also a founder of Jagat Media, a digital marketing agency. A digital marketing consultant, he has experience in things including branding, promotions and page optimization, along with research and strategy. He has an MBA from the University of Pune. Anyone can find him on @sawarams.