You sit at your desk, staring at the screen, and dread sets in. If this is you, you’re not alone. Many business owners lose mental focus, but is it possible that productivity issues are at the root of your problems? Absolutely!
With the right tools, systems in place, and mindset, you can create a productive environment where ideas flow with little effort. In fact, it’s been said that with the right systems in place, your creativity flourishes.
Let’s Get Productive
While it’s a challenge to be as productive as you would like with meetings, phone calls, and emails coming at you all day long, it’s possible. The following productivity tips will help you to stay focused and productive.
- Eliminate Distractions. There’s a reason I put this first on my list. Distractions account for many wasted hours. If you’re sidetracked, it will take a few minutes to get back on track.
- Don’t let small activities pile up. If it just takes a minute or so, get it out of the way. Otherwise, it will be nagging you all day long to get it done.
- Plan tomorrow before leaving your desk. This trick will surprise you. It’s simple to jot down five or six tasks before leaving, and the next morning, you know just what needs to be done. (I do this directly on my calendar)
- Stand for phone calls. It’s been said that it will shorten the call, as you are less likely to get involved in idle phone conversations.
- Organize. Ok, we all know that from time to time everyone’s desk gets a little messy. However, if you see a pile staring you in the face day after day, you might want to declutter.
- Set up a system and stick to your to-do lists. If you don’t have the time or the know how to get started on this, AgentLeverage can help.
- Unplug. From time to time, you must step away from your desk and take an information sabbatical. Trust me on this, it works.
- Cut multi-tasking down to a minimum. It has its place; I know. At the same time, too much multi-tasking is counterproductive to productivity.
- Go broadband. If you spend a lot of time on the internet, spend the extra money on a high-speed connection if it’s in your budget. You won’t be sorry.
- Eliminate time wasters. If you must check Facebook or Twitter, cut down the time to once or twice a day. It’s probably not necessary for me to explain this one.
Finally, if you need an extra pair of hands, consider outsourcing. I have many happy clients who would tell you that it freed up precious hours each day for them. Take advantage of my free consultation, and we can discuss how I might be able to help your business too.