We all develop daily routines, whether we’re hyper-organized or laid-back in our approach. Entrepreneurs have a reputation for being busy 24/7, and many entrepreneurs wonder how their own schedules and daily routines compare to others’. Does anyone really take those productivity breaks every 30 minutes? Am I working too late? Am I working enough?
While every entrepreneur is different, they all have one thing in common: They’re responsible for a business and whether or not it will be successful.
It’s a high-stress lifestyle, and one that a set daily routine can help give order and shape to. Below, we’ll talk about what a typical entrepreneur’s daily routine looks like and how a maladjusted routine can hurt your chances of success.
An Entrepreneur’s Daily Routine
Mornings are the perfect time for reviewing. If you stick to a daily routine like this one, you’ll do planning every evening that can be easily reviewed and referred to in the morning as the schedule for the day.
Every morning, you should:
- Take care of grooming
- Have breakfast and coffee
- Review the to-do list for today
- Find “slow” ways to get started
- Fulfill one task on the to-do list completely
Mid-mornings and afternoons are made for getting work done. After a morning of reviewing and gearing up for the day’s tasks, you can change to a faster pace and start tackling the to-do list in earnest. Afternoons are often the best time for making calls, holding meetings, and getting the things crossed off your list that you’ve been dreading.
In the afternoons, you should:
- Take a quick productivity break
- Transition to a faster pace
- Complete another item on to-do list
- Have lunch
- Commit to tackling any remaining to-dos
Related: How to Take More Productivity Breaks
While most salaried positions are able to finish work by the early evening, many entrepreneurs find themselves working throughout the night or whenever they get a chance. That’s a recipe for burnout. Make your evenings a time to do some planning (this helps if you start feeling anxious about “not working”) and focus on relaxation in preparation for the next day.
- Write down your plans for tomorrow by priority level
- Send any last-minute emails for the day
- Shut down your devices and spend time in the present
- Focus on relaxation in preparation for the next day
- Set a bedtime and stick to it