Productivity Inspires

So you’re going to do it, you’re going to craft your startup, build it from the ground up.

Heck, you’re ready to get to work, you’re an entrepreneur, for crying out loud!

OK, now what’s the product you had in mind? No?

OK, do you at least have an idea of what your business will be? Still no?

Look, I get it, I really do! I’ve gotten my entrepreneur juices flowing without having that “Aha!” moment of what my next business or startup would be.

You need an idea, but those don’t just appear upon command. In this case, the best thing to get your creative ideas flowing is to take a step back and increase your productivity.

And to help maximize your daily output, these five key components will be your guide — because a productive day typically features all of them.

Do Something Creative

The truth? Most people can be more productive with their time.

Whether it is writing a Facebook post, updating your blog, working on your screenplay or whatever it might be… doing something creative is a great way to get the brain going.

The biggest thing is that you’re doing some sort of out-of-the-box thinking. By creating, whether it’s a simple drawing or knocking out a chapter for your first novel, you are expanding the mind.

The key takeaway: You don’t necessarily have to be labeled an artist to be creative.

Creativity is in all of us.

Work Out

Any form of exercise will do the trick.

It doesn’t matter if you run 20 miles or walk one. Outside of the health benefits that are associated with exercising, it’s also great for the mind.

And yes, meditating can be thrown into this category as well.

Help Someone

Helping someone can startup a beautiful chain reaction. Whether you’re a person in power or are simply struggling to make ends meet, helping someone every single day is a very achievable goal.

There is no shortage of people who need to be helped, and you don’t have to go along with this process in an extreme manner (e.g., giving away your life savings).

Simply holding the door for someone, picking up something that another dropped, donating to a good cause, visiting an animal shelter — anything.

Being humane in any sense of the word is the gift that keeps on giving.

Plan Ahead — Even if It Is Just for Tomorrow

A productive day has to feature some sort of planning. After all, if we don’t plan ahead, how are we going to know what we are supposed to do tomorrow?

While the mystery of not knowing the future is a beautiful thing, people also need to remember that the destination known as success is not something to trip on, although the path to failure is sometimes along the way.

Being successful takes a ton of planning, and then some more planning after that.

Family Time/Recharge

Spending time with family, friends and loved ones is an important part of the process.

It can be something as personal as dinner, or something less personal like a phone call home.

There are times when talking to another person is the last thing some of us want to do — and that is fine as well. As long as you are recharging in some sort of way (relaxing, watching TV, reading, etc.) before the next day’s work, then you will have capped off a productive day.

Every day is different and not every day is as challenging as the next.

The key? Routine. That is why you’ll find that most productive people all follow a detailed schedule. This is true for the 9–5 warriors and entrepreneurs alike.

How do you get your creative juices flowing? Email me at Stay in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

For auld lang syne, my dear, I’ll see you in 2020!

Sent from a Shark,

Kevin Harrington