It’s September again and time to get back to work. (That is if you even got any time off this summer!) This week on Best of the Blogs we’ve rounded up articles that focus on strategies for working smarter and getting more done in less time. Grow your startup or small business faster and hopefully in the process you can stay more relaxed and less stressed!
Each article we’re highlighting has different strategies but a few themes that stuck out amongst them all were:
Work when you are most the productive
Say ‘no’ to things that don’t fit with your business
1. Know who to call when you have a problem. Who do you know that can help you with which certain types of problems? Knowing who to go to will make you more effective at solving problems.
2. Do what makes sense for your company’s culture/ business. If you take on work that isn’t within your core capabilities or doesn’t align with your business strategy you could end up wasting time and resources. Plus clients will appreciate your honesty.
3. Don’t take everything personally. Problems with your startup are not (always) your fault. Every startup faces challenges. Just get on with solving problems and figuring out solutions without making it your fault.
Ways to Increase Employee Productivity , StartUPBreaks.com
1. Schedule fun activities. It refreshes people and helps them get back to working productively.
2. Change the office décor around. Adding flowers or other items just helps keep things fresh. It doesn’t have to be major change to have an effect.
3. Be more friendly and sociable with your employees. Taking the time to chat and get to know people is always appreciated and makes them feel more engaged and valued.
- Make a list of the things you need to get done
- Hire freelancers – delay
- Go offline and turn off distractions to get work done.
- Set realistic deadlines for client projects. Being late or doing a rushed job won’t help so provide a realistic estimate
- Email management – find a system that works for you. Do you need to always respond right away or is it better if you deal with emails in batches 2 or 3 times a day?
- Take breaks every hour to 40min – short breaks to recharge will help you concentrate better.
- Do what you love.
- Find out when you work most productively and work on your most demanding tasks then
10. Urgent or Important? Focus on things that are urgent and important.
11. Automate whatever tasks you can – bill paying, etc
12. Learn to say “no”.
13. Choose specific blogs or news sites to keep you up to date on industry news. Don’t try and read everything.
14. Have a calendar.
15. Reward yourself for getting things done with small treats or a few minutes of free time.
16. Have a speedy Internet connection. These days nothing slows you down like a slow connection.
17. Try web chats rather than spending time running around town to meetings. Obviously you should still attend the super important ones, but you shouldn’t feel the need to attend everything in person if it can still be done effectively using video conferencing or chat tools.
Minimal Hours Maximum Productivity – Under 30 CEO
If you work from home have a space where you can get work done with no distractions. For instance a space that can be closed off (e.g. has a door!) where you won’t get interrupted by other people, pets, the TV etc
Tasks expand to the time allotted to them (Parkinson’s Law). Don’t always allow extra time on tasks because without a doubt you will use the extra time.
If you can delegate you should.
Plan out your next day the evening before so you can focus on the most important things.
Figure out when in the day you work best and make use of it. It doesn’t have to be 9-5 as long as you are productive.