How to organize your work day
Running your own business comes with its own challenges. Organizing your work day is the first step towards improving efficiency of your work. Here are some techniques to help you improve work efficiency while running your own business.
● Set Goals
Setting realistic, achievable goals is necessary to ensure success of your business. The goals you set can be a tool to motivate you to move ahead. These goals need not necessarily be monumental, you can choose to take small steps at a time. Setting such goals and objectives can give proper direction to you in running your business.
● Schedule Your Day
Scheduling is important to make your work organized and create a daily habit that will make you get used to doing your work at a certain pace and will remove the hassle of constantly thinking about what you have to do next and when. It is also a way to make sure that you do not forget to complete any important tasks. It is not only important to create a schedule, but it is also vital that you stick to your schedule everyday. Creating a to-do list for each particular day can also help and also provides you with satisfaction when you complete each task for the day.
● Monitor Trends
Events across the globe tend to affect any business, big or small. Therefore, it is essential to keep oneself updated on the current events and trends, specifically in your own industry and area of operation. These events can also be used to your benefit in sales and marketing and so, it is important to stay up to date on these events.
● Motivate Employees
The growth and sustenance of any business rests majorly on the efficiency of the employees. Highly motivated staff can help you achieve the results you are seeking. To ensure this, you should take time to listen to your employees, take their inputs into consideration even if they are lower ranked than you. This can be helpful to you as well in solving any crisis that may arise within the company.
● Take a Break
The importance of taking a break is often overlooked as people assume that the only way to increase their productivity is to increase the amount of time they work. However, sometimes it is important to take a step back and breathe. Taking some time off work can help you do your work with a full-fledged force once you are back.
● Prioritizing your tasks
Each person has a different time when they are most productive. This could be early in the day, after lunch or towards the end of your work-day. It is thus important to organize your work in such a way that you do the work that requires more focus and energy during these productive periods. For example, for some people they are unable to focus as soon as they begin working and for others, they find it difficult to focus post-lunch. However, it is also important to try and finish off the more important works in the beginning itself as far as practicable so that the pressure to finish them does not pile on till the end moment. You can monitor yourself for a week to find out a pattern of when you are most productive during the day.
● Declutter your work environment
Your workspace can have a huge impact on your productivity as it is where you will spend most of your day working. A messy workspace can hamper your flow of work and can lead to an increase in anxiety and in turn a decrease in productivity. A de-cluttered workspace can help you think clearly and also ensures that you do not waste time searching for things or even misplace important things or documents at crucial moments. You should clean up your desk and throw away old and unimportant things.
● Automate whatever tasks you can
Business automation is a necessity in today’s world. Automating menial tasks allow employees to focus and contribute more to crucial tasks, thereby increasing productivity. It saves time to a large extent. Although it is seen as an expensive and unnecessary investment, in the long run, due to efficiency and the time that is saved and can be used towards more important tasks, it will be highly beneficial to your business.
● Limit interruptions
Constant interruptions can reduce efficiency of your employees. This includes frequent meetings on the same day, breaks scattered around the day, continuous email alerts, notifications from upper management, etc. This interrupts the thought-process and work-flow which is a hindrance for creativity and progress. It distracts the employees and takes them some time to get back to work efficiently.
● Hold a daily company meeting
Meetings are necessary to keep up with the progress of the employees and the company as a whole and keep everyone in the loop. However, meetings should not be organized for every trivial issue. You must prioritize and think about whether the meeting is absolutely necessary, whether inputs of the employees are necessary for the particular issue, and then fix a short amount of time for the meeting and use this time effectively.
While delegation can seem risky, it can be favourable for both you as well as your staff. Allowing qualified employees to do certain important tasks can boost their morale and sense of responsibility, which would make them perform better and can also save your time which can be used for other productive tasks. It will enhance the skills of your employees, thereby improving your company as a whole.
● Have the Right Tools and Equipment
One of the most basic requirements to increase productivity is having access to adequate equipment that is necessary for your line of work. Outdated equipment can be a waste of time and can also decrease the motivation to work for your employees. Making good investments on software and tools can make an enormous difference on your productivity.
● Focus on one thing at a time
Most people these days rely heavily on multi-tasking to get their work done. However this is detrimental for productivity. Multi-tasking reduces the productivity with which each of the tasks are done. Therefore, although you may be able to finish all the tasks at hand, the quality of the work done takes a hit.
● Find the motivation behind completing a task
Everyone faces moments where they are in a slump or block and are unable to focus properly on their work. At these moments, it is important to rekindle your motivation behind doing the work and reminding yourself why you are doing it. It can boost your spirit and bring your productivity back.
● Be accountable
Accountability can ensure that you stay on track. This could be towards your co-workers or being accountable to your own deadlines even. It is also important to forgive yourself when you make mistakes or have a bad day, or if your employees are having one. Instead of dwelling on mistakes, you should move ahead and simply ensure that it does not happen again.