How Do Entrepreneurs Stay Organized?

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Whether I’m speaking at a conference in Zurich or talking to entrepreneurs at my live events in Austin, Texas, I often hear the question: How do entrepreneurs stay organized? It’s a common question because the very nature of entrepreneurship is rushed and hectic. When someone decides to buck the status quo and create a business of their own – declare to the world they’re an entrepreneur – there are endless amount of variables to consider.

Where do I start? What should my image be? What are my goals? Where should I focus my time and energy?

And those are just the more general questions. All entrepreneurs have to wear different hats and juggle multiple responsibilities – especially at the beginning of their careers. So, there’s really no way around it: Entrepreneurs must be organized and effective to be successful.

Organization for Entrepreneurs

But organization has a different kind of significance  and definition for entrepreneurs. Accountants, bankers, lawyers and doctors all have to make sure they keep their files straight, calendars in order and records up-to-date. But that’s really just organization in a physical sense.

For entrepreneurs, cognitive organization is just as important. We have to make sure our heads are in the right place every day, because all of our decisions have a direct impact on our business and ultimate livelihood. That’s why it’s important for entrepreneurs to be highly intentional with their time, effort, energy and focus.

With today’s cultural obsession with “the hustle,” entrepreneurs often think that running themselves ragged means they’re moving in the right direction. But after years of working with some of the top entrepreneurs on the planet, I’ve found that the vast majority of them focus on awareness and presence above all else.

These entrepreneurs don’t get caught up in frantic to-do’s of their business. They focus on the long-term and they only do the things that will move them toward their ultimate goals. And they have developed systems for focusing their energies on achieving the intention they have for that day, not running through a list of (endless) tasks. This is a planning system based around the tactics of living with intention and creating momentum on a daily basis.

Momentum-Based Planning for Entrepreneurs

I train all of my clients to integrate this into their business and lives. If they can become more intentional with their activities and less obsessed with constantly growing to-do lists, then they’ll be infinitely more effective in their decision making, leadership and feelings of achievement.

I created Momentum-Based Planning because I saw too many people wondering how entrepreneurs stay organized. The entire planning system is simple but highly effective, with tactics entirely overlooked by traditional planning methods. While comprehensive in its ability to help entrepreneurs achieve success every day, Momentum-Based Planning is differentiated by two key items: entrepreneurs write out their intention every morning, as well as what made them uncomfortable the day before.

Focusing on intention allows entrepreneurs to track whether or not their day was successful based upon what they wanted to get out of the day, not a list of tasks. And by cataloguing what made them uncomfortable the day before helps entrepreneurs identify what they can offload to help them move forward faster.

Writing down these two items each day teaches your brain to organize itself more effectively. You learn how to be intentional with your time and get the most out of your interactions and meetings. Your mind becomes accustomed to identifying the pain points of the day before so that you can be more productive the next day. And ultimately, entrepreneurs receive a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day because they can track their progress toward their intention, and actually see themselves moving forward.

Next time you feel disorganized or wonder, “How do entrepreneurs stay organized?” ask yourself how intentional you’ve been with your time lately. A little cognitive organization can be infinitely more effective than re-sorting your file cabinet.

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