In startups as in life, there’s never enough time. There are a million and one decisions to be made and only 24 hours in a day (and allegedly some of those should be spent sleeping). So start by eliminating or minimizing distractions — anything that gets in the way of running your business.
Focus your time and energy on the most impactful things. Ask yourself: what is important and what can be postponed until tomorrow? What is stopping your company growing? Those are the answers you should deal with today.
And when you’re trying to set priorities, borrow a tip from former Olympic athlete Ben Hunts-Davis and ask yourself: will this make the boat go faster? That is to say, will this decision or action have significant, measurable, positive results that will help you hit your targets? Or is it just a “nice to have” that you can add later?
Cut the noise and focus on things that move the needle (or the boat).