How to Increase Your Productivity
By Sharon Housley
sharon at notepage net
Small business owners frequently juggle a variety of roles within
their companies. Creating a balance and effectively managing available
time is extremely important to most small businesses. In order to
economize and make the most of the available time, you should implement
a time management plan.
Set realistic goals that are not unreasonable or unattainable.
It can be very demotivating to consistently feel as if you have
not accomplished anything, simply because you regularly fail to
meet unreasonable goals that you've set for yourself. By setting
more realistic and attainable goals, you will feel a sense of accomplishment,
and often be motivated to work harder.
When are you most productive? Use the hours of the day when you
are most productive to tackle the more difficult tasks. Manage your
schedule so that you use your time most effectively.
Sometimes the thought of starting a new project is overwhelming.
In fact, the start itself can often be the most difficult part of
a new project. Prepare, plan, and then take action! Dive in feet-first
and start the project. Do not let the size of a project intimidate
you. If necessary, large projects should be broken down into multiple
smaller ones, making it easier to get started.
Set benchmarks to monitor your ongoing progress. Benchmarks are
particularly important for large projects or complex tasks. Use
these benchmarks to assess the feasibility of your planned time,
and make adjustments when necessary.
Plan For The Unexpected
Unfortunately, things often come up that will disrupt your carefully
laid plans. Try to think of disruptions as challenges rather than
roadblocks. Do not panic when the inevitable unexpected delays occur,
and do not be reluctant to adapt and revise your planned schedule
when such disruptions force you off your timetable.
Evaluate your progress on a regular basis. If you find that a
specific task consistently wastes an inordinate amount of time,
devote some brainstorming time to find different and possibly quicker
ways to accomplish the same task.
Build rewards into your schedule. Plan to "treat" yourself after
you tackle and complete an unpleasant or particularly daunting task.
If you enjoy certain projects more than others, use those enjoyable
projects or tasks as rewards for completing the less-enjoyable ones.
Keep A List
It may sound silly to keep a list. Of course you know what you
need to do... but maintaining a list will help you stay focused.
Additionally, the act of crossing a completed task off the list
can provide you with a morale-boosting sense of accomplishment!
When you hear the "fun things" in life calling, remain disciplined.
Adhere to your schedule, and resist the urge to become distracted
during scheduled work hours. If you've done your time management
planning correctly, there will still be time to enjoy those fun
Do not forget to take regular breaks. Go for walks and get fresh
air when necessary. Sometimes a short walk will refresh you, and
you may find yourself even more productive as a result.
Realize that some days are simply going to be more productive
than others. Managing time effectively can be very difficult, but
it does become easier the more you do it.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.
Published - June 2011