By Amanda, Feb 11 2019 10:04AM
Running a small business usually comes with a daily task list as long as your arm and, if you’re not careful, it’s very easy for the day to slip away from you right before your eyes!
So, here’s a few small tips to help you be more productive and run your day a bit better:
1. It's all in the planning
Spend a few minutes either in the morning or the night before jotting down what you need to get through the next day and, if you can split the list down by priority, that’s going to be even more helpful to you.
2. Stop the distractions
Social media, emails, text messages are ALL major distractions. If you’re a serial procrastinator, then social media is probably draining away your time rapidly. This is hard, but when you start working on a task you must step away from social media and emails. Put your phone on silent, log out of any chat groups, close your email down, anything which is going to distract you from the task in hand. You can check them once the task is finished and you’ll feel much better knowing the job is done.
3. Get organised
If you’re all over the place with your tasks and losing track of what is done, and what still needs to be done, you could try using a Project Management App. I use Trello and Asana but there are plenty of others to choose from. These Apps are ideal for prioritising and managing workflow and they sync with laptops, IPad, IPhone and even Google Calendar.
4. Manage your time
Set yourself timeframes to work on tasks. You will be much more productive if you work to a schedule, incorporating blocks of working time followed by time for breaks, lunch, dog walk etc. Research has shown the optimum time for working is 52 minutes followed by a short break, after 52 minutes concentration begins to decline. Skipping lunch and breaks is also counter-productive.
5. Seek help and support
Finally, consider outsourcing any tasks that you don’t need to be doing. Not only will this massively reduce your to-do list, it will also mean you will have more time to focus on doing the work you love! Let me know if you’d like to find out how I can help reduce your to-do list.
I’d really love to hear your best tip for running the day?