Business Improvement Tips - How to be less productive in your business?
Research tells us that we can only be productive up to 80% of the time each working day and that’s almost impossible to maintain every day.
But ………………. We spend so much time and effort in trying to reduce waste and improve productivity maybe we should look at what the worst offenders are actually doing!
How to get less done in More Time:
1. Hit the inbox first thing every morning, definitely
Unquestionably, an hour attending to random promotions, LinkedIn requests and Facebook photo alerts will be more important than anything else on your to-do list. Treat your inbox like your boss – it knows exactly what’s important for you to do all day and every day.
2. Answer the phone, always
It doesn’t matter who you are with or what you are doing, never forget that the sound of your ring tone supersedes ALL else in terms of priority – treat it like a fire alarm.
3. Relax, you’ll have a clear day tomorrow
Despite the fact that this has never ever happened before, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll definitely have an empty mind and clear schedule tomorrow, so you can put off tackling that important task until then.
4. Respond to everything immediately
Make sure that other people’s priorities become your own. Constantly reacting to ‘urgent’ yet ‘unimportant’ tasks is how visionary people achieve great things I’m sure.
5. It’s got to be 100% perfect
Firstly, don’t start anything until you have absolutely everything you need. Secondly, understand that you can never do too much tinkering around the edges. It’s not done unless it’s a masterpiece.
6. Never miss a news story
It is proven by business owners globally that it is crucial to read all breaking news, viral stories, industry insider blogs and photo galleries with titillating headlines. The political gossip that you read will come in handy one day. Tip: set your local news site as your browser home page!
7. If in doubt, set up a meeting or conference call
Nothing gets something off your to-do list and into next week like teeing up a meeting or a “discussion”.
Now you’re ready to start. All that’s left to do is write 15 things on today’s list and get cracking on all of them at the same time. While returning a call you can research a new supplier or product– don’t forget your inbox!
What are your worst productivity killers?
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