If you’re a business owner, then you’ll know just how precious your time can be. Alas, it often feels like there’s just not enough time in the week to get everything done. You might have grand ambitions for your business, but if you’re constantly chasing the clock, then you’ll likely struggle to fulfil those ambitions. Fortunately, there are some time-saving strategies that’ll help you to get a better grip on your time and become more productive. In this blog, we’ll run through some of the best methods.
Start the Day Right
Just because you’re in the office, that won’t necessarily mean that you’re working productively. Let’s think about the morning, for example. Are you hitting the ground running from the first moment that you walk through the front door? If you’re not, then you could consider that “wasted time.” Even if you’re working on a task in the early hours of the day, you won’t be doing your best if you’re still half asleep. So what’s the solution? To make sure you’re fully alert by the time you reach the office. The two best methods for doing this are to go for a run and take a cold shower. If you do both those things, then you’ll be wide awake. Perfect!
Keep a Schedule
One of the fun things about being a business owner is that you get to make your own schedule. However, this isn’t always as beneficial as it can seem to be. When you’re an employee, you have set hours. When you’re a boss, you decide when you work. And that could mean that there are days when you commit to working twelve hours or so. The issue with this is that it often doesn’t mean that you’ll get more done; it just means you’ll be there longer. Humans have a habit of making their tasks fill however much time is allocated to them. If you have a strict schedule (say, you have to be done by 5 pm every day, then you’ll actually probably find that you get more done than if you were staying until around 7 pm each day.
Many hands make light work! If you’re beginning to drown under the weight of everything you need to do, then why not consider bringing some other people on board? There are two ways to do this. You can hire a member of staff, or you can outsource a task to a third-party company. Of course, it’s important to remember that this will only benefit your business if you can bring the right people on board. As such, it’s a good idea to review your hiring process (if hiring an employee) or asking for recommendations (if you’re outsourcing a task).
Software and Automation
If it’s been a while since you reviewed your technology and software, then now could be the time! There are new tools coming out all the time, and once you incorporate them into your operations, you’ll find that your productivity goes up. There are tools for everything. If your contracts are taking up too much of your time, then look at using contract builder software. Or it could be that payroll or other HR matters are taking hours. In that case, you’ll find that HR tools can speed things up a lot. In truth, there’s no shortage of examples we could give! Whatever problem you have, it’ll be a good idea to look into what’s available. It might just change the game.
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, it’s tempting to try to work through as many things as possible. Everyone feels better when they feel like they’re making progress on everything that they need to do. However, it’s important to remember that multitasking probably isn’t as good for your business as you think it is. Studies have shown that only around 2% of the population can multitask effectively. It’ll be much better to just focus on one thing at a time. In order to feel happy with your progress, be sure to do the most difficult task you have to do first.
Take Regular Breaks
Your brain can only take so much work. In order to operate at full capacity, you’ll need to take regular breaks. A five minute break just when your mind is beginning to tire can make a huge difference to your productivity. That means you’ll get through your tasks quicker than you otherwise would, and you’ll end up saving more time. Plus, you won’t be as tired.