Hello Fortune, I really appreciate the tips you reeled out and I learned from them as well. I have tried to apply same in various aspects of my life. I would say that tips number 1, 3, 4 are sacrosanct. However, tips number 2, and 5 may not pass as being untouchable. Below are my reasons.
Your tip number 2, “find your productivity zone” may not be generally established because the life of an entrepreneur is dynamic. An entrepreneur may find his work to be constantly on transit, which means he could be moving from one place to the other. In this case, how would he be able to find a productive zone to ensure astute time management?
For instance, I am not only on transit but transiting from one rural area to the other. I am currently in a village without the comfort features of a metropolitan area.
Secondly, to focus on blocking distractions can work to some extent. However, there are some distractions that should be avoided by understanding and good communication.
For example, in this era where people are forced to work at home, some people have a dedicated room for their work while others may not have the luxury of such extra rooms. So, for the latter, they would have to work with what they have which may result to working in the midst of their family members (including loquacious children). In this case, trying to block off your family members may not be productive because it could cause misunderstanding and avoidable family rift.
For my latest remark on blocking distractions, I think it would be advisable to discuss with your family members and even friends about your work/project that got on your sleeves, hence the need for tranquility during working hours.
On the former remark in finding a productive zone, I would prefer to say that one have to plan and decide to be proactive to achieve set goals. The plan to surmount any obstacle should be the overriding driver of what you have to do irrespective an uncomfortable situation. Obstacles will come, but being proactive is key to surmount it. For example, as I aforementioned, I am in a rural area, aside what I came to do in the village, I have a plan to develop at least a course this year for osiriuniversity.com. Now, considering that I am in an “unproductive” zone, where there is no strong internet, power, soothing ambiance, it would have been an excuse to quit this TEF programme let alone to develop a rigorous course. But I am on them both because I have resolved to be proactive in any uncomfortable situation to achieve my aim. In the words of Steve Covey (1989) “Proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control (their Circle of Influence) in lieu of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control (their Circle of Concern)” I hope my comment helps. Kindly comment or share your views on astute time management.
Stephen Covey (1989) “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” Free Press [Online] Link: https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits.html (Accessed 30 June 2020)