Are You Productive as an Online Business Owner?

workspaceThis question might seem like a fairly simple one to answer. At least that was my initial opinion… But as it turns out, there’s no sensible way of measuring our productivity levels.

I mean, even if we feel like fairly productive people, we can’t be sure what our true potential is. Who knows, maybe we could get twice as many tasks done every day…

So what to do to find out? I guess that the only possibility is to keep improving our productivity, day by day, no matter how good we think we are.

(Now, this is not going to be a purely speculative post talking about this or that, I actually have some advice I want to share that will help you achieve more during your workday.)

Productivity is actually a quite funny thing. You can’t possibly stumble into good productivity by accident. If you want to be productive, you have to make your actions conscious and be able to choose some tasks over the others, as well as learn how to handle them effectively.

In the beginning of my online presence, productivity was one of my main problems. I just didn’t have the motivation it took to get a precise set of tasks done every day. That was the time when I started learning the GTD methodology and implementing it into my daily schedule. Luckily, it wasn’t long until I was actually quite pleased with the results I was getting.

Even though I do realize that there’s still room for improvement, I want to share some of my tips with you.

Online-Business-Productivity

First of all, let’s talk about your daily schedule in general. Things like: when the best time to start working is, what to do first, how to warm up, and so on. I send you over to one of my guest posts:

How To Start Your Workday – 6 Helpful Tips

The second piece of advice is about the tools you can use to make your everyday “work-life” easier to manage. These days, there truly is an app for everything, and even though not every app out there brings some actual value, I want to show you the ones that, in my opinion, do.

Getting These 6 Apps … All it Takes to Improve Your Productivity

Lastly, I want to take a moment to talk about the main culprit of our less productive days – email. Quite simply, checking email every 10 minutes is the worst thing you can do as an online business owner. Email can really paralyze your work schedule if you’re not acting consciously when dealing with it. This last post is exactly about this – how to handle email effectively.

Workspace Productivity How-To: Handling Email

The topic of productivity is actually one of the bigger ones when it comes to the online business space, and it’s quite impossible to present any kind of one-size-fits-all solution. In my opinion, the best way of becoming the perfect version of your productive self is to improve just one area of your work at a time.

How productive are you right now? And more importantly, how much more productive do you think you can be?


  • Craig

    Great post Karol,

    This came knocking just when I needed it the most. I’ve been a writer just little shy of two years and I must confess, I’m far from being productive. I’ve yet to achieve the feat I know of, talk more of one that’s currently in the subconscious.

    It’s noon on Wednesday in my country and I’m yet to start anything. I’m looking for some sort of motivation that I’ll never get. That’s to show you how pathetic my situation is.

    I’m attacking this monster right away. Worst outcome is… I’ll win.

    Thanks so much for this.

    Cheers
    Craig.