Productivity Hacks for Busy Business Owners
Running your own small business is a great way to secure your financial future while also giving you more freedom to decide what you do and when you do it. Of course, it’s also a lot of work, and most small business owners end up working very long hours in the early years of starting up their companies.
If you don’t want to spend all of your time in the office, but you do want to make your business a success, you need to take note of the following productivity hacks for busy business owners so that you don’t have to!
Focus on the important stuff
This may seem pretty obvious, but so many business owners spend more time than necessary dealing with the less important non-essential tasks that come their way instead of focusing on the important stuff – the work that builds the business and brings in clients. For example, calling a meeting to go over the same old stuff that your team already knows about is never going to be more productive than creating a pitch to wow that big new client. Work out what tasks are important – which tasks will add value – and focus on them because if you sweat the small stuff you’ll never get anything done.
Use technology to free up your time
From batch append software that helps you manage bulk datasets in one fell swoop to bookkeeping apps that will take care of your accounts with very little input from you or your employees, there is so much technology for small business owners to use, and you should implement as many of these solutions as you can if you want to be more productive. Yes, you will have to pay for some of these automated solutions, but if it means you can spend more time on the important stuff and less time in the office, it will be worth it for you and your business.
Take more breaks
Yes, really. Numerous studies have shown that working flat out without any breaks is bad for productivity. In fact, many experts believe that taking a break every 90 minutes will supercharge your productivity. So, don’t just implement it in your life, but let your staff take more breaks too and your business will soon be flying. How long should your breaks be? Five minutes is fine, but longer will be even better, so aim for 15 minutes of relaxation every 90 minutes and you should be o the right track.
Turn off notifications
When you have your phone or your email alerts turned on in the office, you will be distracted by them every few minutes, and even if you don’t give in and check what’s going on with the various beeps and tones, they will still take you out of your flow and make it much more difficult for you to work as efficiently as you otherwise might.
The productivity hacks may seem pretty basic, but implement them in your small business and you will very quickly see just how effective they can be.