If you’re a new business, trying to find the time, money and workload to make your business into something that will rival Richard Branson’s is basically impossible. Okay, even businesses that have been around for years would struggle to beat his record – but you have to aim high, right? According to a Harvard University Study, a whopping 75% of startup companies fail within the first year, more than 50% fail after five years, and over 70% fail after ten years. Obviously, these aren’t great odds, but most of these failures come down to similar issues within the company – a lack of productivity. Want to avoid that? Check out these 5 ways to increase your productivity to match your business growth…
Delegate your days without giving yourself more!
Britney Spears was the one who always told us that it’s good to “Gimme More” – but in this instant, you need to ignore what the Princess of Pop has told you because giving yourself more time during a working day will always end in disaster. Instead, you need to learn how to delegate your days so that you achieve the best productivity rate. While this differs from person to person, if you want to be as successful as Elon Musk and Bill Gates, you might want to separate your days into 5-minute segments.
Keep to a specific morning routine
If you own your own business, it can be easy to give yourself an extra hour in bed if you’re feeling a little tired. After all, you’re the boss, and you can do anything you want, right? Well, when you think about it, this is an hour less of work each day you’re late, or an hour that you have to stay later each night. Keeping to a specific morning routine is one of the best ways to increase productivity to match your business growth. Wake up at the same time, have breakfast at the same time, and get into work the same time each day!
Track your time
Have you ever been responding to emails when you’ve been hit by a little advertisement on the side of the screen that caught your eye? Of course, you click on it and soon find yourself down a rabbit hole of singing cats. Although it’s fun, watching a Tabby sing ‘Ave Maria’ isn’t the best way to be productive. To combat this, use tracking software or an app to track how much time you spend doing useless searching. Then try to remove this from your daily life.
Take advantage of breakfast and lunch meetings
We’re not really sure why people don’t take advantage of breakfast and lunch meetings more. It’s food and business – what could be better?! One of the best ways to expand your business is to find new clients, but finding the time to network and attend meetings can often eat into your day-to-day productivity. Yet, if you eat and talk at the same time, you’re basically killing two jobs at once.
Ignore phone calls until you’re on the train
If you work in a customer-based setting, ignoring a phone call may not be the greatest idea – but for the rest of us, ignoring phone calls until you’re on the train or commuting could be a lifesaver. Yep, most of us spend too much time on the phone each day, and this can really eat into the work that you should be doing each day. If the call is not important, save it until you’re on the train or on your Bluetooth in the car so that you can once again fit in two jobs at once.
Looking to boost your business productivity? It’s simple! Just follow these five rules.