Staying productive and making sure your team is doing the same is one of the most important parts of running a business. If you start to lag, you’re going to waste a lot of time and money and you’ll struggle to grow your business. Below there are a handful of productivity hacks for business owners that just about anybody can use.
Only Have A Meeting If It’s Worth Your Time
Cut out all pointless meetings, and make sure you only ever host a meeting if it’s worth your time. Ask yourself: would an email be a better way to discuss this? How about Skype? The last thing you want to do is pull people away from their work when you don’t have anything of true value to tell them or explain.
Do The Hardest Task First Thing In The Morning
Take a look at your to do list and do the hardest task first thing in the morning. This way, you’ll get a feeling of accomplishment that should carry you through the rest of the days tasks. If you put it off, it’ll be harder and harder for you to get started on it. The hardest part of a difficult task is often just getting started. After about 20 minutes, you’ll be in a state of ‘flow’ and completing the task should be much easier.
Stay Away From Emails And Social Media First Thing
Stay well away from your emails and social media first thing, even if you have your business in mind and best intentions at heart. Have set times for checking these, but ensure that in the morning you focus on getting some real work done first. In an ideal world, you’ll have somebody whose sole job is to check and update these channels. It’ll save you a lot of time and help you to avoid distractions.
Get Help When You Need It
There’s no shame in asking for help, so be honest when you need it. Ask for advice from your employees, or get a mentor. You could even work with a consulting firm like Syntrix Consulting Group. Know what you’re struggling with and then find the right person or group to help you.
Schedule Breaks And Encourage Your Team To Do The Same
Schedule your breaks – sitting in front of a screen for hours doesn’t mean you’re getting more done. Make sure your team take regular breaks too. It’s better to take shorter, regular breaks than it is to take one or two long breaks. It can be tough to get back into ‘work mode’ when you take longer breaks.
Take Advantage Of Technology As Much As You Can
Automate and outsource and use other platforms and pieces of technology to save time and help you get things done faster.
Do Tasks That Are Simple As Soon As You Get Them
If a task takes less than 5 minutes, don’t put it off. Do these simple tasks as soon as you get them.
Exercise In The Morning And Give Employees Incentive To Do The Same
Exercise sends blood to the brain and brings clarity, equipping us to handle whatever the working day throws at us. Give employees incentive to do the same – how about offering corporate gym memberships?
How will you become more productive?