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8 Productivity Tips for the Everyday Business Owner

13 March / 3 Shares / by

Productivity can be hard to come by, even if you’re already the proud owner of a business. Deciding to get things done and actually getting things done are two different things. Here are some things you can do to improve your productivity.

 

Start your day by checking up on email and social media backlogs

Most people start out their day by checking their emails. This is a quick and easy way to get one of the less time-consuming parts of your day over with. Start the day by checking your emails, reading your newsletters, and going through spam. Check up on social media and go through your backlog. Once those are out of the way, you can focus on bigger tasks.

 

Work outside of your usual work area if you can

Sometimes, the office itself can be a distraction. If you can, consider working outside of where you usually work. Sometimes a change of environment is all you need to improve your productivity. When working on a report, maybe go to a coffee shop like Starbucks or you can even work from home. Most companies are experimenting with letting their employees occasionally work from home. Doing these result in shorter commutes, fewer sick days, and a few other benefits.

 

Group similar tasks together

Consider grouping similar tasks together to get things done in one go. This approach works especially well for routine tasks like sending out emails, checking on social media, and contacting clients. Grouping similar tasks together helps you maintain momentum and makes your efforts more focused.

 

Focus on harder tasks first

Work on the tasks you dread while you still have the energy to do them. Unfinished, difficult tasks can be a huge drain on your productivity. They are constantly hanging over your head, distracting you from other things that need to be done. Difficult tasks are often pushed aside for later or tomorrow. Improve your productivity by getting those overwhelming tasks done as soon as possible.

 

Write more things down

Whether it’s on good old pen and paper or on your phone, consider writing down the things that you need to get done for the day. Writing down commitments can help you form a better picture of how the rest of your day will go. Doing this also allows you to better focus your attention and energy on you tasks. Getting organised is the first step to being more productive.

 

Don’t be afraid to delegate

You don’t have to do everything yourself. Some tasks like email and performing necessary calls can be delegated to someone else. Consider hiring an assistant to work on tasks that don’t completely require your attention. Evaluate your everyday to-do list. Which tasks really demand your attention? Which ones can someone else do?

 

Get things done during the morning commute

Unless you’re driving to work, consider taking advantage of your morning commute to work on some time-consuming tasks. Using your phone or laptop, you can do anything from checking your emails to coordinating with people in your team to planning out what you’ll have to do for the rest of the day.

 

Keep regular breaks throughout the day

Working nonstop from the moment you get to work can never turn out well. If you want to stay productive, you’re going to need to take regular breaks. Anything from 10-to-15 minute power naps to coffee breaks can help you reinvigorate during an otherwise stressful workday. Fatigue causes you to lose both focus and energy.

Productivity can be hard to come by. Procrastination is something that hangs over the heads of students and professionals alike. Focus on tasks and plan ahead. Follow these tips and you should be well on your way to a more productive lifestyle.

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