Entrepreneur.com recently published an article that featured productivity secrets of the Top 13 Tech CEO’s. I must say productivity is one of the areas in small business that I have struggled with.
As a small business owner I have often times felt like I have so many things to do- yet so little time to do it. If you are anything like me and are trying to find ways to get more things done in your business then you should definitely read on!
How Do You Quickly Increase Your Productivity Level?
These seven simple tips will help boost your productivity in no time:
1. Systemize and Automate Your Processes
A lot of the daily operations in a small business are repetitive. If you can figure out how to create systematic and automated procedures for those repeating activities, then you can easily free more time from schedule and do other things for your business. Some of my personal favourites for automating are:
• Aweber—a flawless system for email and newsletter distribution and tracking
• MailChimp—the all-in-one tool for creating gorgeous email, newsletters and promotional email campaigns
• HootSuite—a nifty tool for posting content and monitoring engagement across all social media
2. Create a To-Do List Every Day.
Find out what things need to be done by creating a to-do list every day and block out 2-3 hours a day to complete these activities. This list will help you recognize the most and least important tasks, track your project’s progress, and allow you to better schedule your day.
3. Prioritize Your Activities.
Not all the tasks you need to complete every day are important. Before you start working, it’s best to take care of the tasks that are urgent and can’t wait, then finish other tasks at your “down time”.
4. Delegate Tasks
Always remember: no man’s an island. If you can’t do everything alone, then don’t force yourself. Doing so will only get you working longer hours and, worse, producing subpar output. The smarter move is to outsource and delegate tasks (e.g., accounting, web design, live support) to your chosen contractors. You can use sites such as oDesk and Elance to accomplish these tasks.
5. Eliminate Distractions
This includes the TV, social media, email, and our mobile gadgets. Yes, all of those can actually be used for our business, but can also be huge distractions. Turn off your TV and mobile devices, go to a quiet room, and cut your internet connection, if needed.
6. Set Aside Time for R and R
You are not a Robot! We must have some time to replenish our energy so we can perform optimally. That said; remember to set aside enough time for meals, power naps, and other rejuvenating activities.
7. Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done
Having strong motivators can always help in boosting productivity. Of course, the rewards you will give yourself need not be something so lavish. Some ice cream, more time with your kids, or being able to watch your favorite TV show without any work-related worries—these are great reasons and motivations enough to work faster and better.
Make it a GREAT Day Yall!
Psssstt! Here’s a Video on How to Use O’Desk For Outsourcing. Good Luck!