If you’re a business owner, then you’ll know just how important it is to make the most of your time. But unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, our productivity doesn’t reach the level that we need to reach if we’re going to grow our business. That’s the bad news. The good news is that a lack of productivity isn’t a permanent condition that you’re born with. By making a few simple adjustments, you can get yourself back on track. We take a look at some of the mistakes you may be making, and how to change them.
Working the Wrong Hours
There’s little point setting down to work if you know your mind is still asleep. When you’re working, you need to be fully alert and ready for action! That’s why it’s important to find the working hours that agree with you. If you’ve never been a morning person, then you’ll be asking too much from yourself if you’re relying on starting your work at eight in the morning. Work when you know your brain is most active. If that’s late afternoon, then so be it. So long as you’re working well, it doesn’t really matter.
Your mind might be running at 100 mph, but if your computer and infrastructure are lagging way behind, then you won’t have much success when it comes to reaching your targets. As such, it’s imperative that you make sure everything is in full working order in your office. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, then work with an IT consulting company; they’ll ensure that your system is set up to maximize productivity. Once your systems are up to speed, you’ll be able to work as hard and fast as your mind allows.
Working Too Hard
Of course, there’s such a thing as working too hard. There really is! For example, a twelve hour day might look good on paper – and sound good to others – but they’re probably not worth it. For starters, you’ll be getting nowhere near twelve hours of productivity from that period – the human mind isn’t able to concentrate well for that long. You might be doing work, but it won’t be your best stuff! The other issue is that you’ll quickly grow tired, which will affect your output on other days, too.
You can’t have everything in this world. If you want to run a successful business, then you’ll need to give up other things, at least for a while. If you’re spending long nights with your friends, you’ll wake up the next day without that extra spring in your step. Also, hit the gym! It gives you space to think, and more energy, too.
Is time short? Then stop saying yes. You don’t need to do everything or accept every offer that comes your way. Make a habit of only saying yes that you know will help your business, and let the energy-draining offers pass you by. You’ll have more time to focus on what’s important.