As a small business owner, you’re probably a driven person, to begin with. If you’re looking to harness that energy, keep reading for several ways to be more productive.
Pay Attention to Task Time
One long-term strategy for being productive is tracking how much time it takes you to complete a given task. This is especially helpful for tasks that you will have to repeat in the future because you will know the amount of time you need to budget when the task comes around again.
Use Planning Tools
As Forbes.com contributor Kalin Kassabov points out, simply having a way to plan your day can be a huge productivity booster. Whether you prefer writing your plans down manually in a notebook or tracking them digitally by using an app, find something that works for you.
Batch Your Tasks
If you find yourself jumping from task to task without making much headway on any of them, try batching tasks that are similar together. For example, if your email inbox proves to be an insurmountable challenge, you might dedicate a half-hour each day to focusing on it and nothing else. This will let you keep your momentum going as you finish off individual tasks.
It may sound paradoxical, but taking breaks can actually make you more productive. Try scheduling breaks every 90 minutes or so throughout your day. You may find that you come back to your task much more focused, even if the breaks are only for 5 or 10 minutes.
If you have employees, do your best not to micromanage them. Trust that you hired the right people and let them work. It’s important to check in every so often, but continually hovering over your employees can make both sides less productive.
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