Are you looking for ways to get more done in less time? It seems that this is a frequent topic with individuals regardless if you’re self employed or corporate employed. “I need to find ways to improve my productivity”, sound familiar?
Everyone can improve upon their current business practices. If you are looking for ways that you can get more done throughout the workday and the work week, then you have come to the right place.
What Is Productivity?
In a nutshell, it’s how you run your business, checking off those To-Dos.
What is the workflow like on a daily basis?
Do you have a rhythm or is it stop and start?
Could your mindset be keeping you from a more efficient process to get it all done?
How do you know if you are being productive? Well, you get things done. That to-do list gets smaller until it’s finished completely and you are ready for new tasks. We are not reinventing the wheel here, only making it roll a little bit better.
Twelve Business Productivity Tips
1. Envision Where You Want to End Up
When creating your goals, see where you want to ultimately go with your business. In this way, you can create workable action steps to reach that end.
2. Say No
When you already have a full schedule, don’t overload your plate by taking on more work than you can handle.
3. Work in Spurts
This is one of the concepts of time boxing. You set a time frame and work on certain tasks within each virtual box. Try starting with a 90-minute box. Do all that you can with a specific task. When you are done, move on to focus on something else.
4. Avoid Distractions
In your home office, shut your door while working. Close Facebook, email windows and the Internet (unless you are doing research). Now you won’t be tempted to shift to these activities when you are focusing on the work at hand.
Keep a positive attitude about your business. Set reachable goals so you are driven to achieve more.
6. Take a Break
Working non-stop can lead to burnout. Schedule breaks within your day for rest, meditation or just to walk away from your computer.
7. Divide Up Tasks Into Manageable Milestones
Prioritize your tasks each day according to your deadlines. Tackling a large project one day at a time brings results.
8. Use Templates
Streamline business processes by creating or using existing templates for invoices, memos, newsletters, press releases and other forms.
9. Spend Time With Family
It takes your mind off of work. Besides, it’s for their well being that you work anyway, right?
10. Conduct Web Meetings
Everyone is busy. If you work on the Internet then your staff may live in different states. With web meetings they can tune in from their office or even on the go from their Smartphone.
11. Schedule Everything
Know where you are supposed to be at all times, even if it is sitting on your couch. Keep a calendar of family and work events so you don’t get your wires crossed. There are plenty of tools and smartphone apps just for this purpose.
12. Get Help
If you need to and can afford it, hire help for those tasks that can be outsourced.
I will leave you with one final thought about improving your productivity, it’s a quote from Henry David Thoreau…
It is not enough to be busy…The question is: what are we busy about?
Regardless of which of these tips you will pick to help you improve your productivity, keep in mind the tasks that you take on…are they getting you to where you want to be?
Do you have a productivity tip to add to the list? Please share it below.