A small business owner often wears many hats. There’s always so much to do and there’s just not enough hours in the day, right? There are things you can do to help you check more tasks off your “to do list” and boost your productivity. If you’re finishing up each day tired, stressed and feeling like you should have gotten more done, it might be time to try a different approach. Check out these tips to help you make the most of your day. Try working a few of them into your daily routine. You just might be surprised at how much more you accomplish!
Get an Early Start
For many, the morning hours tend to be the most productive. The time between 9 am and noon has been identified as the period when mental alertness is at its peak for most people. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to get an early start on the day’s tasks and knock out a big chunk of them before lunchtime.
Have a Plan
An early start won’t make much difference if you don’t have a plan. Some small business owners use planning software and others just make a simple list. Either way, planning and prioritizing daily tasks can significantly boost your productivity.
It isn’t uncommon for a small business to start out as a one-man show. Once the business grows and takes on additional employees, owners may have difficulty handing off some of their tasks to others and some owners just think it’s easier to do the task themselves.
While you may struggle with delegating, it is an extremely effective way to boost not only your productivity but your employees’ as well. Trusting your employees with tasks you would normally do can instill confidence and provide motivation. In turn, you will have more time for other tasks.
Break Down Big Projects
A large project can be overwhelming if you try to tackle it all at once. Divide it into smaller, more manageable tasks you can tackle one at a time. If possible, you may even want to delegate some of them. Rather than being weighed down by the entire project, you will feel a sense of accomplishment as each task is completed, motivating you to tackle the next one.
This can be difficult, especially with all the technology at our fingertips. Unless it is essential to what you are working on, refrain from checking out social media and constantly checking your phone. These distractions will break your concentration and could result in valuable time being wasted. You can also avoid distraction by briefly checking in with your employees at the beginning of each workday. That way you can address any concerns or issues they have then, potentially avoiding numerous interruptions throughout the day that will disrupt your workflow.
One More Small Business Tip
Growing a small business can be challenging, taking a lot of time and effort. These tips can help make it easier and more successful. Sometimes, business growth can require a little extra capital as well. Capflow Funding can provide fast, flexible funding to fuel business growth. Contact us today to see how we can help grow your small business.