1. Form. the most successful entrepreneurs know that having a little structure in their schedule can create a successful routine. if you're running around putting out small fires instead of planning for the future of your business, you're going to burn it out.
The key to an effective workday is having a small organization in place. get up every day of the week at the same time and get into a routine, e.g., get up, exercise, eat breakfast, answer emails, make calls, set aside time for planning and work, check your email again, make calls, and sleep.
Having a certain order allows you to prioritize things in your day, empower your team and clients when they want to access you, and reserve time with family, friends and yourself. the structure becomes a smart entrepreneur.
2. Turn it off. smart phones and wi-fi are amazing. it's easy to take them for granted now because they've become a part of our lives and didn't exist ten years ago. still, entrepreneurs like bill gates and richard branson built million-dollar businesses with a landline phone.
All this connectivity is very convenient, but it can also be very detrimental to your workflow. you must find times in the day when the messaging option is turned off, email notifications are blocked, and the phone does not receive calls. all those distractions take your brain out of its creative process.
3. Urgency doesn't mean it's the most important thing. part of being an entrepreneur is using your good judgment. commit to knowing your business model and your products. you must trust your judgment in hiring salespeople and other employees. apply that to the urgent versus the important that comes up every day. part of the brilliance of working under a structure is that many times you must eliminate the urgent versus the vital.