Striving to become more productive is a challenge, but it’s well worth the effort. By becoming more productive you can save time and increase your focus, making a greater impact for your business.
The following four strategies are simple, free, and you can start applying them right now to be more productive today.
Plan Each Day the Night Before
Taking 10 minutes to think strategically every evening can save you hours the day after. Take a look at your calendar and identify tasks you can merge in order to streamline your schedule. Thinking ahead will allow you to anticipate any snags that may make you waste time you could use to do more business.
Tackle One Task at a Time
As we have seen before, multitasking is not the answer if you want to be more productive. Multitasking reduces our attention span and increases the risk of making mistakes. Instead, get into the habit of shifting your attention consciously and completely in order to tackle one task at a time.
Make Decisions More Efficiently
Very often decisions are made in a way that’s not efficient. Time is wasted and decisions that could be made in ten minutes drag on for days. To avoid this, follow two simple steps.
- Consider how much time and effort a decision is worth. Once you have a realistic timeframe, stick to it.
- Always ask yourself “Why can’t we make this decision faster?” Obviously, important decisions may take a long time, but by making a habit of asking yourself this question you’ll make sure that schedules are as efficient as possible.
Use Templates and Checklists
Templates and checklists are two simple ways to make your small business more efficient. With email templates you don’t have to waste time looking for the right words when you write to a client or a supplier. Checklists, on the other hand, make you more efficient because you don’t have to remember what’s the next step in an important process.
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