Stuck in a productivity rut? No worries. We’ve curated a list of must-read productivity tips for small business owners that can help you work more effectively than ever:
1. Don’t Multitask
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking is not beneficial to productivity. “Time management experts estimate that focusing on one thing at a time will double productivity, work output, and performance. And when you’re running a small business, that can mean the difference between success and failure. Force yourself to do one thing at a time by setting a clock or timer for a certain amount of time, and then focus on that one task until it’s complete,” according to Money Crashers.
2. Take a Breather
When feeling overwhelmed, it may be time to take a break: “Be sure that through all the hassle of increasing productivity that you don’t forget to be refreshed every now and then. Make sure that you allow time for yourself to recollect. Overworking yourself will only cause you to be less productive. Take some time off every now and then.”
3. Capture Creative Ideas
The retention of creative ideas are often lost in a busy schedule, according to American Express OPEN Forum: “The world renowned scientist Dr. Linus Pauling once said, ‘The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.’ Most leaders and entrepreneurs are visionaries who generally don’t lack good ideas; however, capturing all these ideas is often a challenge for busy people. Evernote is a popular, free program for collecting ideas. (Here’s a list of other tools to consider.)”
4. Give Immediate (and Private) Feedback to Employees
According to Gaebler.com, “None of us wants to work all day on a project only to find that we have wasted our time.