It is incredible how life in the second decade of the twenty-first century has become so hectic. Unfortunately, if you’re a small business owner you will know this all too well. Luckily, help is at hand and there are many ways in which you can easily organize your life to better manage your daily life and become more productive in no time.
The following are five easy-to-implement steps that will help you with your productivity:
1. Focus on one thing at a time!
Yes, I know that women are multi-taskers but save the superhero mode for another area of your life. When it comes to your business, focusing on one thing at a time will ensure that you devote ALL your attention to the task at hand. Doesn’t that important email to your client deserve your full attention? You would feel hurt if you discovered that the email YOU received from your supplier was written while they were focusing on five things at once.
2. Distraction is the enemy
If you get distracted easily, remove the distractions! If you can’t work unless your desk is neat, never allow your desk to get untidy. People are major distractions so if you have a lot of work and need to concentrate, close your office door and tell your colleagues that you may not be disturbed for a few hours. Social media is also a big distraction so if these sites are problematic for you, you may want to consider blocking them on your computer during the day so that you can work more effectively.
3. Set time limits on meetings and lunch breaks
Meetings and lunch breaks really do eat into precious working time. It is therefore incredibly important to ensure that meetings and lunch breaks never exceed their time limits. If this happens to you often, perhaps try mentioning to other meeting attendees that you cannot exceed the time limit at your next meeting and even make use of phone’s timer to signal the end of the meeting. Use the same function for your lunch break. It will make the world of difference, especially if you tend to talk a lot!
4. Online appointment scheduling
As mentioned before, we are now in the 21st century so we should all be using online appointment scheduling! Gone are the days of messy diaries with untidily scribbled names and details with loose papers stuffed in. Making use of handy and time saving websites such as Timelyvisit.com will revolutionize your life. This website, for example, allows you to customize your calendar online and lets your customers book appointments with online scheduling. It has the added benefit of reducing no-shows (with further reduces wasted time) and also looks great and is easy to use on mobile devices.
5. Get out of bed earlier
Yes, something as simple as getting up even an hour (or half an hour, if you find it difficult), can an amazing difference to your productivity. Think of what you can achieve in an hour? Leaving for the office an hour earlier may also mean you beat the morning rush hour, thus saving even more time! An added bonus.
The key to becoming more productive is do it in increments and these are just five small but effective ways to begin.