Productivity and efficiency have pretty much been popular buzz words over the past few years and perhaps even more so during the past year as more and more business owners try to make the most of their time during a busy day. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot do everything yourself when it comes to running your business. Investing in your business not only decreases stress but it makes your business run more smoothly, therefore increasing profits.
If you need to improve your productivity, try these three tips:
#1: Outsource It
Rather than being overloaded with monotonous tasks and expensive software they may have to learn, many smart business owners are accepting their limitations and finding expert service providers to take over these tasks. What takes one expert an hour to do can easily take a non-savvy business owner 5 hours or more to complete. Is that really a good use of your time?
Start off by being clear about what tasks you need to outsource, make a list and prioritize the list. You can ask other business owners for referrals to start the process of identifying ideal candidates and meeting with them to determine if they are a good fit for your business needs.
#2: Kick the Bad Habits
Are you stuck in some of your same habits, doing things just because you’ve always done it that way? Analyze your business during the last year. Did you launch any programs or any new products or services? Were the results better or worse than you expected? Are there any new software programs or apps that will make your work more efficient? Are you still keeping your books in a handwritten ledger or are you ready to convert to an online accounting program?
Delegate tasks; find a new software; plan out new programs or updates; these are all things you can start doing today, not to spend money unnecessarily but to bring some enhancements into your business.
#3: Create an Actual Plan
Use a project management program or an old-fashioned paper planner but put your projects onto a calendar and work towards achieving those goals. Without a plan, your actions are meaningless. You might decide to work on something unrelated to your goals or you might delay your own deadlines in order to put client business ahead of your own work. A business plan is your blueprint to reaching your goals, no matter how lofty they may seem. Seeing this plan daily will give you something to focus on, therefore increasing your daily productivity.
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There’s no excuse not to grow your business this year!