If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you’re probably used to late nights, early mornings, rushed meals, and that post-caffeine crash. You’ve heard the phrase work smarter, not harder. Well, that same principle applies to maximizing the productivity of the most essential person in your company—you. Here are five hacks to streamline your own personal productivity.

welcome-1  Set a bedtime and stick to it.

Productivity Tips
Keeping your body clock set will help you avoid the fatigue and crankiness that comes with not getting enough sleep. With time, a regular sleep routine will make it easier to unplug from the of stress of your workday and recharge for better concentration and motivation the next day.

welcome-2 Drink lemon water.

Keep a pitcher of room temperature water and squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of water (preferably 30 minutes before breakfast or that first cup of joe). The tartness will awaken you, the water will rehydrate you, and the vitamin C will give your immune system a nice little boost.

welcome-3 Delegate.

Are you spending valuable time and energy on something someone else can be doing? If so, document the process with a step-by-step procedure that you can hand off. Just imagine how much more of an impact your limited time and energy will have once you’ve stopped dealing with those endless mundane tasks.

welcome-4 Don’t multitask.

It’s an urban myth to think you get more done doing two or more things at once. Our brains just don’t work that way. Studies show it actually takes us longer to do two tasks at once than it does to do them individually. It can also cause mistakes that take extra tiem to fx time to fix (sorry, had to take a call). Focus on finishing one task before moving on to the next.

welcome-5 Take a break.

Next time you find yourself binge-working and glued to your computer consider this: breaks are scientifically-proven to boost focus and productivity. To keep your mind fresh, try working in sets of 45 minutes with a 10 minute break in between. When you come back, sit down and think about what you’ll accomplish next. Or wait, is it bedtime already?

What helps you stay productive? What impact has that had on your small business?