As a small business owner, you only have so much time in the day to get everything done. Sure, you could work overtime or start work especially early in the morning to give yourself a fighting chance, but this could lead to burnout if you push yourself too hard.
Thankfully, there are some simple ways to get more things done each day, without the problem of exhaustion affecting your life. Take a look at our ideas below.
Make a To-do List
Such a simple thing to do and yet so vital. If you have a to-do list in front of you, you are less likely to forget something important that you have to do, and you will be better placed to prioritize those tasks that need to be completed to a deadline. Download a to-do list app on your phone, or go old school and use a pen and paper to create your list. I reccomend having a top 3 for each day. You don’t want your list to become overwhelming so designate 1-3 items that MUST get done that day and make sure to do those first!
Get Rid of Any Distractions
The more distractions you fall prey to during the day, the less work you are going to do. It’s simple logic, so think about those things that distract you and deal with them. So, you might install a website blocker on your computer if there are any sites that you are tempted to visit for personal and not work reasons. You might turn off your phone if you know you won’t be needing it for any business calls. And you might also declutter your desk, because not only will you be better able to focus on your work without any messy distractions, but you will also be able to find what you need when you need it, without having to waste time looking for something.
Let Technology Be Your Friend
You have much to do in the day, from managing your clients to generating leads for your business. Some of these tasks are more time-consuming than others, and if you’re reliant on manual processes, then you are going to struggle to get everything done. Thankfully, there are all kinds of programs and apps available to make light work of some of your most complicated tasks, so take advantage of them. As examples, Netsuite for your accounting, Copper to help you generate more leads, Dubsado for automatically sending proposals and Tailwind for Pinterest and Instagram scheduling. Take a look at my recommendations page for more apps and programs that could help you, and implement them within your business.
You might assume you are getting more done when you’re multitasking, but according to psychology, this can actually be counterintuitive. Rather than speeding up your day, you might actually hinder your productivity as your mind and brain aren’t built for handling too many things at once, according to the study. You might disagree, of course, especially if you have nailed multitasking at home managing your work needs with your family’s needs, but if you have ever found yourself in a mental muddle in your business and if you have had to redo work because of some simple mistakes, it might be because you are trying to do too many things at once. Focus on one thing at a time then, as this might improve your productivity during the day.
There will be times when you do have to work longer than usual. It’s something that many business owners become accustomed too. However, this doesn’t have to be the norm, so follow our tips to better manage your work day, and if you have any ideas of your own, please feel free to share them!