We have a gift for you. It’s something everyone could benefit from having more of, but it’s very difficult to obtain. What is it?
Time! We can’t add extra minutes to the end of your day, but we do know how you can make more time. How?
Implement the following 5 tips to get the most out of your day:
- Track aspects of your business that are within your control
To start, try a Google search to find trackable metrics for your business. For example, an accounting firm could track billable and non-billable hours, time spent with clients, and average response time. When you spend time improving the results of your metrics within your control, aspects you can’t control will inevitably improve!
To-do lists are easy…to write. We’ve all been there – ambitiously adding every task we’d like to complete only to realize at the end of the day that we’ve barely completed half of them! So instead of simply listing action items, try blocking your time for each task. This will help you to set more realistic goals while helping you stay on track for the entire day. By doing this on a daily basis, you’ll be able to calculate a more accurate estimate of how long each task will take you.
- Plan, reflect, plan, repeat
At the very end of your day, put pen to paper and plan out the following day using tip #2. Then at the end of that day, reflect on what you were able to accomplish. Acknowledging your successes daily gives you a confidence boost and should spur you to finish the tasks you have yet to complete. This will then help you to compile your to-do list for the next day. It’s an addictive cycle of productivity!
- Put even seemingly minor tasks on your to-do list
How do you feel when you cross off items on your checklist? Proud? Accomplished? That’s natural! When we succeed at accomplishing even small tasks, our brain reacts by releasing dopamine, which gives us feelings of pleasure and motivation. If you put a few “easier” tasks on your list, you’ll be checking off items left and right! And the more items you check off, the better you’ll feel!
- Don’t multitask.
While many flaunt their ability to multitask, researchers say it can actually make you less productive. To increase concentration, try wearing headphones, putting your phone and other devices on a “Do Not Disturb” setting, and close any other web browsers and applications that are not associated with the task at hand.
Now comes the most difficult task of all – put it into practice! We’ve tried to implement these methods to improve productivity within our office and we’ve seen the benefits. So give it a try! For more information on how we can help your business, click here.