If you’re a business owner, you are probably used to working long hours with little sleep or relaxation time. You have likely also worked more than your fair share of weekends! Society often puts a lot of importance on the idea of material success, sadly at the detriment of mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Instead of focusing on putting as many hours into your business as possible, try to make the hours that you do work as productive as possible. That way you can get more done in less time, which leaves more hours free for hobbies, socializing, and all-important sleep. Here are some top tips.
Craft your ideal workspace
The first step is to make sure that the place you work from is optimized for productivity. You can do this regardless of whether you work from home or in an office. For example:
- Set up your desk ergonomically to avoid distracting back pain
- Clear away clutter to make it easier to find items you need quickly
- Wear noise canceling headphones to help you focus
- Put a plant on your deskto help boost creativity and productivity
- Ensure you have good lighting to prevent distracting eye stain
Harness the power of technology
A lot of people complain that technology distracts from working, but there are also plenty of tools that can help make you more productive. For instance, you can use an app that prevents you from accessing productivity-sapping websites such as social media when you’re trying to work. There is also a wealth of digital tools out there that can enable you to complete complicated tasks (such as your taxes) more quickly. In addition, it’s worth looking at plug tech refurbished tablets as an affordable option for working even when you’re not at your desk.
Overcome the tendency to procrastinate
Procrastination is one of the biggest enemies of productivity, but one which everyone succumbs to every now and again. Luckily there are ways to overcome it, including breaking down large daunting tasks into more manageable ones, and writing a detailed list of what you need to accomplish each day. It can also be helpful to allocate specific times of the day for checking your email rather than logging on haphazardly. Try to resist the urge to multitask, as this rarely works in practice. Another focus-enhancing tactic to try is the Pomodoro Technique, where you use a timer to work solidly for 25 minutes and then allow yourself a five minute break.
You don’t have to handle every single business-related task yourself! Some entrepreneurs are reluctant to accept outside assistance, but the reality is that outsourcing can save you time and also ensure that your motivation isn’t sapped by tasks you struggle with or don’t enjoy. That way you’ll have more hours to dedicate to the important aspects of your business that only you can do. Not only that, but you’ll be brimming with enthusiasm and therefore be more productive. Plus you’ll benefit from access to expert knowledge and software that can make your entire company more productive. There truly is no reason not to try it!