The Difference Between Being Busy and Productive as an Entrepreneur

Why aren’t I getting more done when I’m so busy everyday?

In 2016 I quit my full-time job to be able to focus 100% on my online business (I was a personal finance blogger back then). With all of that extra time and energy to put towards work, you would think that income would skyrocket. That’s what I thought at least. That’s not what happened (womp-womp).

I was busy all day, probably working twice as many hours as I did previously. But, it was another year before I figured out exactly why my income didn’t budge when I was finally able to put all of my focus on my biz. 

Busy is not the same as productive. 

Hours do not equal money.

The word productivity literally means that you are producing something. 

Productive = producing. 

So when you’re busy or “working on” a project, you’re not actually being productive unless you are producing a result/finished product. 

I was busy all day, but I...

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How Can Entrepreneurs Increase Productivity? 4 Steps to Make It Happen

I'm not great at math, but this is a pretty simple equation:

When you can get more done in less time, you can earn more money while working less hours.

This means more time for projects that ignite your passions, more energy to connect deeper with your favorite people, and more money to give you options where you didn’t have them before. Win - win - win. 

But HOW? How can entrepreneurs increase productivity? There are four areas to consider when it comes to efficiency:

1. Ruthless Prioritization

Productivity doesn't mean doing all the things and cramming each day as full as possible. It's the opposite.

It means only doing the tasks that will move the needle towards your goal and letting  less important things go. I know, I know, it all seems 100% important, but I promise you that it's not.

Ruthless prioritization starts with setting one ultra-clear goal (usually an income goal).

From there you can figure out which tasks will help you make...

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50 Journal Prompt for Entrepreneurs

Journaling is a powerful tool that most entrepreneurs aren't utilizing.

Dive in using my favorite journal prompts and watch it change your business!