As an entrepreneur, you juggle many tasks at once. So, productivity is crucial. However, you may not realize how minor changes can improve your workflow efficiency significantly.
Whether it’s setting SMART goals or waking up at 4.00 a.m., successful business owners have their owned trusted productivity hacks. Here are the top ones to grow your business fast.
1. Focus or Fail
As a business owner, you need to have laser focus to be productive and successful. It’s not just about what you’ll focus on, but it’s also about what you’ll do despite the distractions. It’s all about focus, focus, and focus!
2. Time Management
The driving force of productivity and success is how you manage your time. This is the raw material for businesses. With many pieces every day, a business owner must focus on what’s urgent and important. Sometimes it’s tempting to give attention to things that are just pressing, ignoring the most important things.
Risk-taking, bootstrapping, and innovation are the hallmarks of businesses. However, some crucial management aspects like productivity, profits, and systems are overlooked by many business owners in the quest for success.
Sometimes business owners ignore productivity, citing the need for innovation. But in a resource-starved business world, higher productivity translates to better use of limited resources. So, innovation and productivity can go hand in hand if they’re incorporated in the company structure in a non-confrontational way.
4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Many business owners face challenges while building their company, particularly in building a team or raising funds. There are several tools to help grow a business effectively, but we all have limited time. And while time is crucial in every stage a business is in, it’s even more crucial in the formative stage.
When growing a business, it’s common for most business owners to multitask. But this hampers their productivity because they end up doing many tasks which they can delegate. Raising funds can deter someone from focusing on their core operating areas.
To improve your productivity and grow your business, learn to delegate tasks to your employees as per their abilities and skills. Delegating is not running away from your responsibilities. Rather, it helps to get more things done in less time – improving your productivity and success. If you need help, check out my free video course, “Let Go and DELEGATE!”
5. Bundle Tasks Together
Rather than jumping from one task to another, group similar tasks together (what I call “batching”). For instance, schedule all calls for specific times, and do all admin tasks together. Doing this will help you save time and it’ll reduce the mental energy it takes to switch from one thing to another. As a result, you’ll do every task faster and more efficiently, which will improve your productivity.
6. Find Your Golden Hours
Some people are more productive in the morning (not this girl). Others are more productive at night. Stop worrying about managing your time of input and focus more on managing your energy. Take on daunting tasks during your personal “golden hours.” Doing this will improve your productivity and you’ll be able to grow your business fast.
7. Use Apps to Boost Productivity
There are many apps that can help a business owner save time. They have templates that cut down repetitive work. It’s good to explore some of these apps and also use time-tracking apps to know how you spend most of your time.
Penn State research shows that people are more productive when using time-based apps that show their unproductive time.
All these strategies are easy to implement; they don’t require a lot of effort if you’re a busy business person and already feeling overwhelmed. Try these strategies today to boost your productivity and improve your workflow.