Tips For a More Efficient YOU

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As a small business owner, you probably wish that you had more time to devote to your business. If you’re just starting out, you most likely work as many hours as possible, and likely find yourself wishing there were more hours in every day. You feel like you are successful, but you also know there is always room for improvement and growth. And some days you are probably left feeling like you could accomplish much more than you do.

Here are some tips to increase your efficiency:

Make the most of your time. Plain and simple, you need to make effective use of the time that you do have. Do this by knowing exactly what you want to get done and in what time frame. This can be accomplished by keeping a “to-do” list, and ordering your to-dos in terms of their urgency. Many people find satisfaction in crossing things off of their to-do list.

Organization is key. How can you expect to thrive in a cluttered, chaotic workspace? It might not seem like a priority but you should make it one! Your desk and/or office should always be clean and organized, so that you’re not wasting precious time tracking down materials that you might need to accomplish something. This helps if you actually have a desk (or office) where you can leave your work spread out (in an orderly fashion of course), especially if you are only able to work a few minutes here and there.  

Eliminate distractions. This is obviously easier said than done, as we are all human and can become easily distracted and find ourselves off task. Combat this by making a conscious effort to eliminate time wasters when you are trying to get work accomplished. E-mails do not need to be checked all of the time. Try limiting yourself to checking it only two times a day, once in the morning and again at the close of business. If the thought of going an entire day without checking your email is too much for you to handle, reward yourself with a quick glance after you check something off your to-do list. Also, remember to avoid things like Facebook, other social media and the internet in general while you are trying to work. You might think that you are only going to look for a few minutes but you could end up wasting large chunks of your day on things that aren’t improving your bottom line.