At the early stages of a startup, time is quite literally everything. Founders barely have time to eat, let alone take care of miscellaneous tasks that arise throughout the day. Startups have to be productive; there’s too much to be done and not enough time to do it. Luckily, there’s a solution.


1. Prioritize the most important tasks.

Take five to ten minutes at the start of each day and figure out what tasks are most important, and then handle those first. If you get the most important duties out of the way, you can focus your attention on lesser matters. Remember the 20/80 rule: 80% of your success comes from just 20% of the action. Make the most important tasks that 20%.


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2. Clarify your goals.

goalIf your goal isn’t specific, hone it down until it is. “Increase revenue next quarter” is vague. “Improve profit margins by 20% by Q3” is a much better goal, and one that can be measured and tracked. The only way to know whether you’re approaching a goal or falling farther away is to follow the numbers; if a goal can’t be measured, then it isn’t a proper goal.


3. If it’s not on the calendar, don’t make time for it.

scheduleIf you allow yourself to put out fires, you’ll never have time to get anything else done. Dozens of small crises will arise throughout the day, but the majority of these don’t matter. You have to focus on accomplishing only the tasks you’ve already scheduled in order to keep your company moving forward.


4. Review the week ahead on Sunday evenings.

When you sit down to prepare yourself for the next day, review the tasks you’ve scheduled for the week. Make sure they’re relevant and important; if not, rearrange your schedule until you have optimized it in the most efficient way possible.


5. Avoid using IM or texting.

These types of communication disrupt your flow and your train of thought, making it much harder to focus on the task at hand. Set aside blocks of time to connect with your team and discuss problems, but make sure you also have blocks of time where you focus solely on work.


6. Keep a clean workspace.

It has been proven that a messy, cluttered work area is distracting. Practice minimalism to keep distractions to a minimum. The more you’re able to accomplish in a short period of time, the better. Set aside five minutes at the end of each day to straighten up your work area for the next day to come.


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Learning what keeps you productive and taking advantage of it is essential to making the most of your time. It requires self-discipline, but maximum productivity is a skill that can be practiced. Using these techniques, Malaysia company formation has multiplied exponentially. New startups appear every week, and many of these are bound for success. You can be, too.