Productivity often feels like an elusive concept. You spend your days struggling to accomplish as much as possible, then wonder at the end of them if you’ve actually accomplished anything, or if you’re just wasting your time. Are you ready to improve your daily productivity? Try avoiding these key time wasters:
Time Waster #1: Checking Your Email Constantly
Ding! A new notification has popped up in your inbox. It could be important, so you scramble to check your email as soon as possible, only to discover that it was an advertisement. In some cases, the email is important. This means you’re derailed from your other important tasks to deal with it on the spot. Instead of getting caught in the never-ending email cycle, try designating specific times of the day for checking your email. You’ll quickly find that this strategy makes it easier to focus on the other things in your workday that are more important.
Time Waster #2: Trying to Do It All Yourself
When you own a business, you have to wear many hats and accomplish a variety of tasks, many of which you might not even have considered when you first started your business. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should leave every task to yourself alone. If you struggle with accounting and bookkeeping, for example, outsourcing those tasks can open up a wide amount of time in your day, leaving you with more time for the more important tasks on your list.
Time Waster #3: Unnecessary Meetings
Having meetings is a great way to make sure everyone in the business is on the same page. It’s also an excellent way to share ideas, brainstorm, and build collaborative relationships. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to have a meeting for everything. Instead, opt to have meetings only when it’s genuinely important that your team get together. If you spend the meeting feeling as though the only thing you accomplished was reading a few memos out loud, chances are, you wasted both your time and that of your employees.
Time Waster #4: A Messy Desk
Everyone has a different system of organization. Some people can tell you exactly where everything in their office is at a glance, even if it appears disorganized. Others, however, thrive on true organization. Real organization is one of the most effective strategies for keeping yourself on task throughout the day. A little time spent in organizing each day will make it easier to keep up with all of your business responsibilities. Create a system that works for you.
Time Waster #5: Insistence on Perfection
Sure, you want every interaction your business has with your customers to be just right. As a young business, every customer counts! That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to chase down that elusive perfection, especially if you’re struggling to complete all of your responsibilities or if you’re taking on that final check yourself for every customer interaction. Instead, learn the difference between “perfect” and “good enough,” and define clear standards that allow you to place trust in your employees. In many cases, this will take the stress off for everyone in your business, making it easier for all of you to get your jobs done.
Time is a precious commodity when you own your own business, and you don’t want to waste it. If you’re struggling to keep up with all of your responsibilities or if you’ve found that keeping up with your bookkeeping, accounting, and other financial data is harder than you thought, contact us. We’ll work with you to accomplish your financial goals and make it easier for you to keep your finances on track.