As a business owner, I’m always trying to find ways to be more productive within my business. I understand that productivity is a core strategy for my success and it’s something I work on daily. I’ve compiled a few of my favourite tips to help you also achieve maximum productivity within your business!
Outsource Things You’re Not Good At
It’s pretty simple when you think about it. If you’re not good at something and have no time or interest in growing your skills, save your energy and outsource that task. There are many different, cost-effective solutions to your outsourcing needs. You can find affordable virtual assistance in different networking groups, or maybe you even know someone! Have any friends that have teenagers that may want to make a few dollars? It’s a great opportunity to give them some work experience, and you get a new fresh perspective on different aspects of your business. As with any solution, you’ll need to set the framework, build trust, create the process together but just think of the time and stress you’ll be saving by not having to do this task yourself!
Find Tools to Help Automate Aspects of Your Business
One of the things I hear from my client’s all the time is that they’ve never thought about the time it takes to actually complete tasks by hand. Important things like scheduling, booking client meetings, accounting, content scheduling, responding to emails, creating mailing lists all take time. We now have amazing tools right at our fingertips that once set up, will take away the time consuming manual processes. Even on the tightest budget, you can benefit from the simplicity of automated processes.
Blocking Out your Time
I’ve talked about this before here, but blocking out chunks of time out of your schedule will absolutely save you time! If you know you only have an hour to write, edit and post a blog you’re going to get your butt in gear and get it done! When we have extra time on our hands ( and even sometimes when we don’t…), we tend to procrastinate until we absolutely have to no time left to spare. This also gives you a visual of your schedule and you can easily decide if you have the time to take on new things as they arise.
Walk Away & Come Back
Sometimes when you’re working on something, you become oblivious to the task at hand. You suddenly remember all the things you still have to do, and that email you forgot to send last week. To say you’re not productively completing this task is an understatement. Before you get to this point, I strongly suggest taking a break. Even just a 10-minute walk, or work on something else for a bit and come back to the task with fresh eyes.
Lose the Nay Sayers;
Honestly, if you implement only one of these tips into your business, please let it be this one. I cannot stress enough the importance of having supportive people in your life! Negative people bring you down and ultimately suck the life from your productivity. If your current circle isn’t the supportive kind, find support in networking groups, social media groups and other business owners. Having people in your corner helps to increase your creativity, inspiration and motivation.
Now that I’ve shared my tips with you, I want to know what is your most time-consuming task within your business? Connect with me using the #AmandaMarieBiz tag!