What if I told you that taking just a little bit of time before your week starts to actually plan your week could massively increase your productivity? You may call me crazy, but it’s true! Whether you do it on a Friday afternoon or a Sunday night, 10 mins to half an hour is all you really need to give your productivity the spur it needs on a Monday morning.
You may like doing certain tasks for your business, or you may find them stressful and time-consuming. Either way, it’s a good idea to take stock of all of the tasks and activities that you do to see which ones are actually the most valuable to you in terms of monetary value. Which ones contribute to helping you achieve your business goals?
No matter how clear your plan for the day, it’s inevitable that you’re going to encounter minor or major interruptions and distractions at some point. It’s all too easy to let these take over your day. How can you deal with minor interruption and distractions and not let them take you away from what you want and need to accomplish that day?
How many hours of your day do you find yourself sucked into the social media world? You think you’ll just have a quick browse on Facebook, then LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube…and before you know it you’ve lost an hour or two. It’s so easy to do and keeping your social media open when you’re working just means that every time you get a notification, you feel compelled to read it – just in case! So how can you stop procrastinating and spend your time more productively?
As a business owner, it can often seem counter-productive to take time out to analyse the tasks and activities you spend your time on, and what value each of them holds to your business. I’d suggest that delegating tasks and activities to someone else would free up your valuable time and vastly increase your productivity.
Your website is the main showcase for your business and it’s incredibly important not to forget about it. Even if you’re active on one of the many social media platforms, they cannot reflect as much of your business as a website can. Make a point of adding an action into your diary or calendar every couple of months to review and refresh your content.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of emails in your inbox, it is going to take time to sort through them all but if you do it in manageable chunks; it’s honestly time well spent. And, in the long run, time saved beyond measure. Here are 8 practical tips to help you wrest back control of your inbox.
If your physical and virtual business space is a mess, you’ll spend valuable time wading through items that would be better off being re-named, re-housed, archived, or binned. It may feel like an onerous task and a time-consuming exercise to sort through everything, but I promise you that de-cluttering and organising can save you masses of time when you're looking for an important contract or vital travel document.
Networking can be daunting sometimes - what to wear, who to approach, what to say, how to find out if someone is a potential client, how to move from one person or group to the next without offending anyone. My most important tip is to smile, don't try to be the person you think others want to meet. Be genuine and the rest will follow!
Your day is manic from start to finish, and there aren’t enough hours in the day! Sound familiar? It’s all too easy to jump from one task to the next, and not take a time-out to focus on how you could save yourself some time in a typical working day. Make a quick cuppa and settle down for a few practical time-saving tips…