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Staying focused and productive as a service business owner can be challenging. You’ll often have many tasks to complete in a short period of time, so it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, unorganized, or disconnected from your work. If you want to overcome these issues, it helps to develop some solid productivity skills.

Productivity is something many entrepreneurs struggle with on a day to day basis. However, it’s important to remember that your favorite CEOs and business owners didn’t become successful overnight. They too needed to tackle the struggle of getting work done despite everything else competing for their attention. To get back on track, you can use the same productivity hacks they employed.

Let’s take a look at four productivity tips that helped your favorite entrepreneurs create their own successful businesses!

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Raise your hand if you spend your workdays as productively as possible.

Hand still down?

Me too.

I’ve yet to meet someone who has truly mastered this. Even if your productivity is pretty on point right now, there are always a few more minutes to squeeze out of each workday.

Everyone wants to be more productive.

But the problems with that are twofold: 1) we aren’t always sure about what “being more productive” looks like, and 2) taking the wrong approach to improve.

Tired of struggling with this?

Let’s pinpoint where most people go wrong. Then we’ll talk about how to use a data-driven approach to fix it!

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Corey PembertonCorey Pemberton

A to-do list in a notebook.A to-do list is a great way to get all your tasks laid out in front of you. If you’re a service business owner struggling to get things done, creating a list of tasks can help you visualize everything you need to accomplish. But if you want your list to actually make you more productive, you need to approach it strategically.

The problem is that a to-do list doesn’t provide you with a clear path to getting your tasks accomplished. This is where a strategic approach – such as organizing tasks by importance or scheduling them in advance – can help you get more done. These and similar techniques enable you to create a clear plan of attack that will help you move from one task to the next with relative ease.

If you’re hoping to get more done with your to-do lists, here are four key strategies you should try.

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Being self-employed is pretty great.

You can choose which projects to work on. Set your own hours. Shape your business however you want it to grow.

But, as Uncle Ben from Spiderman would say, with great power comes great responsibility. Without a boss hovering over your shoulder, it’s all on you to stay productive.

Sound familiar?

Making the most of your time is a constant struggle. But spotting the most common productivity pitfalls is the first step to avoiding them. Keep reading to find out how.

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I’ve been on a bit of a minimalism kick lately.

It all started with my interest in the idea of a capsule wardrobe. From there, I read the unbelievably-popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Ever since, I’ve been on a mission to declutter all my spaces, take stock of what I own, and carefully assess what things I bring into my home.

One of the hardest areas to declutter, however, has been my office. From piles of papers littering my desk to disorganized folders and endless cords (seriously—I can’t count the amount of times I found myself wondering, “What does this cord even go to?”), my office space was in serious need of decluttering.

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