Everyone wishes that they had more time. Tasks can often take longer than first thought and other parts of life can get in the way. Finding ways to boost productivity so that you can maximise output and take your work to the next level is vital. Take a look at these three tips that will help you to work faster and smarter.
Do not multitask
Multitasking is often seen as a great way to get more things done in a short period of time. Unfortunately, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and not completing any of the set out tasks in a given day or time period. Multitasking can also be extremely inefficient as the quality and intensity with which each tasks is completed is reduced.
Rather than multitasking, look to complete things in sprints so that you can pump out tasks in short periods. If you find that you are getting interrupted, seek out a quiet spot that is free of any interruptions.
Get the latest technology
Today’s technology is constantly evolving to become more efficient and with improved features that allow businesses to perform at a higher standard. For some businesses, the investment may seem a little out of reach and that continuing to use the older equipment and not investing in new software will save money.
However, the opposite is actually true. Studies have shown that by not investing in new technology, a business may lose upwards of $2000 due to the lost productivity of a slower computer or software. Technology is a great way of keeping up with competitors so not investing in new developments is simply allowing them to get ahead of you.
Having a routine in place is the most effective of maintaining and improving productivity. Know when you work at your best and aim to complete important tasks during that period and schedule meetings around it. Look to minimise distractions by taking note of the types of distractions and when they are most prominent.
It can often be challenging to maintain routine if you are trying to grow a business so don’t be afraid to outsource some of the more time consuming tasks so that you have more time to complete the things that you enjoy most about the business and focus more on growth.
Productivity is a difficult thing to measure but if you take control of the inputs in every working day you will be able to make the most of your time.