Changing times means that business is now moving towards an any day, anytime setting. It’s not surprising to find yourself working on your business well into the weekends. This may also mean dealing with different aspects at the same time. To best manage your business, you need to get organized. Let’s take a look at a few of the main areas that you need to manage in order to raise your own productivity.
Time Waits for No Man
You would be surprised at how poor most people are at multi-tasking. Time is an important concept and learning how to effectively manage your time can significantly increase your productivity. The worst culprits to time wasting are tasks that are simply unimportant.
Think of the time where you had to leave an important task to check out that email or advertisement. There is usually a lot of time wasted on such activities and one simply needs to learn how to avoid them while giving priority to the more important tasks.
Before you start your day, have a plan on all the tasks you want to complete by day’s end. Then, compartmentalize everything including those less important tasks. In this way you will have enough time to go through everything in your plan.
Complete the Less Important Tasks During Commute
Did you know that most people have more than enough time to check out those emails as they commute to the office? This allows you to focus on the important tasks once you get to your office.
Learn to take advantage of the times when you are away from your business to go through anything that could interrupt your work schedule. Trust me, you will find that it helps.
Keep Meetings Short
You want to have as much time during the day to work on substantial business issues. As far as time wasting goes, meetings can play their part. As much as it is important to brief your employees, it is a good idea to keep things short.
One way to do this is to reduce your meeting times by 25%. This gives both you and your employees more time to work on the projects.
But let’s put things into perspective, shall we? If say, you reduced a daily meeting that took 1 hour to 45 minutes, you would get an extra 25 hours every month. That is a full day’s work. In a year that is more than 300 hours of work time from reducing meetings alone.
Most people underestimate the power of taking short regular breaks. But they are very much part and parcel of increasing productivity. Such break times will help you stay organized. Otherwise, in a situation where you are running back-to-back meetings, it is very easy to lose focus.
Saving time it seems is the main objective here. Anything you can do to have more time should be welcome. Remember to stay organized, take it easy and rest every now and then.