Getting Out Of Your Own Way

June 6, 2018

 

1. Stay Organized

How organized is your business?

Here’s a quick test. Look at your desk. How many papers are lying on your desk? Open your desk drawer or open a filing cabinet. What does it look like in there? On your computer, go to where you store most of your electronic files. How easy is it to find items?

 

2. Delegate Tasks

Sometimes you have more work than you can possibly do. Or, an employee might be behind or have more work than usual. Ask your employees to help lighten the load. Delegate tasks to workers who have less work.

Tasks will get done faster when you delegate them. But, communication is key. If you want employees to do delegated tasks properly, you must clearly explain the tasks and what needs to be done.

 

3. Use Technology

Technology can make many business tasks faster, easier, and more efficient.

You can automate tasks with technology. You can have processes running in the background while you do other work. For example, you can automate email marketing, bill payments, computer backups, and social media posts.

Technology can help you reduce errors. For example, you might use payroll software to accurately calculate employee wages and employment taxes, which reduces the chances of calculation errors.

 

4. Create Goals

Setting goals can make your business more productive. Goals give you and employees something to work toward. When you have goals, you can list out productive steps to stay on track and meet the goals.

You should regularly set business goals. When you complete goals, set new ones. And, adjust goals as your business evolves. Having up-to-date goals will ensure your business has high levels of productivity.

Your goals should be practical, measurable, and time-bound. For example, you might say you want to increase revenue by 10% during the fourth quarter. Or, you might say you want your employees to reach out to 30 potential clients this week.

 

5. Set deadlines

Your business must complete tasks on time to keep customers happy and to meet legal requirements. Deadlines are important to productivity because they let people know when they need to do things. A lack of deadlines can cause disorganization and tardiness.

Deadlines are motivators. They can motivate you and your workers to complete tasks on time. And, workers might even work faster, finishing the tasks before the deadline. Even if there isn’t a real deadline for a task, you can create an arbitrary deadline.

Deadlines give workers a way to prioritize tasks. A list of deadlines tells them which tasks need to be finished first. They can weigh the deadlines with the complexity of each task to determine what to work on.

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