Here’s What Other Business Owners Do
One thing that all business owners need is more time, but until we figure out a way to get more than 24 hours in a day, you need to maximize the time you do have. Being more productive with your working hours can be a challenge, especially when you’re the one in charge. Below are some examples of what successful business owners are doing to be more efficient with their time to increase your productivity:
It’s been shown time and again that workers who sit in one spot all day long are much less productive as the day goes on. The body needs movement, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice working hours to hit the gym. Instead, set up different work stations that you can move to throughout the day, or use part of your day to work off site to help keep you fresh. Changing your perspective and moving your body throughout the day invigorates the mind and keeps you moving so you increase your productivity.
Multitask in Better Ways
Many studies have shown that multitasking while at work – such as answering emails while finishing an article while also answering the phone – can be detrimental to getting work done overall. But there are ways to multitask that can work. Many business owners, for example, connect with their network or do social media tasks while commuting in the mornings. Others dictate memos or emails while getting ready for work, or while taking a walk at lunch time. Look for ways to multitask a working task with a non-working task to cram in just a few more minutes to increase your productivity a little bit every day.
Recognize Your Own Productivity Cycles
Everyone works in different cycles, and that means a couple of things. First, it means understanding when you work most efficiently based on what’s going on around you. For example, if you find it easiest to work in the dead of night when no one is calling or emailing you, then you may want to schedule your day to start later and end later. But it also means recognizing when your brain power is at its best. If you are someone who gets a creative boost a few hours into the morning, schedule your most difficult tasks then, and leave emails and phone calls and even responding to customer reviews for later.
Finally, studies have shown that adding some creativity to your day can help you be more productive. It allows you to see things from a new perspective, which helps motivate you to keep working. Some ways that other business owners add creativity to their day without getting off task include changing up how they write their to-do lists – such as writing their to-do lists in a circle instead of a bullet-point list – or doodling their tasks like a comic strip instead of a bullet-point list. Just a few little tweaks to express something new can help your brain feel refreshed and refocused.
Use these tips and more to get some a little extra productivity out of your day, and you may just feel like you’ve unlocked the secret to getting more time. What makes you the most productive?