We’ve all been there, wishing for a few more hours in the day or another day or two added to the week. Since adding extra time to our lives is impossible and we can’t turn back time, the next best thing is to be more productive with the time we have.
Here at Advicoach, we help business owners across the country improve their leadership and business management skills. Improving productivity is critical to strategically moving your business forward, so we’ve helped many business owners just like yourself make sustainable changes that have had lasting positive effects on their companies.
Check out our top 3 tips for improving productivity:
Setting micro goals
One of the first things you work on when you engage with an AdviCoach is the creation of a one-page strategic plan. While we start with your long-term goals, we break this down into five-year, three-year, one-year, quarterly, and weekly goals that all funnel together to lead to your ultimate goal. (Retiring on a yacht, anyone?)
Creating these short-term (micro) goals helps to focus your energy on what needs to be done right now and to prepare for what needs to be done by the end of the quarter, the year and so on. Not only are smaller tasks easier to complete, but you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of completing tasks and reaching your short-term goals, which can support your motivation to keep working toward the bigger long-term targets.
Put a Vision/Mission in place, or revisit it if you have one
Your business vision and mission give a purpose to what you and your employees do every day. Purpose driven companies typically have higher levels of engagement and subsequently improved productivity than those that don’t. Keeping your mission in mind can help to keep you focused and make better, more effective decisions. A clear vision or mission can also guide strategic planning and implementation, which have their own productivity benefits, as mentioned above.
As a business owner, it is all too easy to get distracted by working in your business and neglecting to make time to work on your business. If you are following your strategic plan and working diligently toward your vision, you won’t have time to do everything. That’s why it’s essential to employ a great team who can take care of the day-to-day tasks, freeing up your time to work on more strategic tasks to move your company forward. Of course, you need to have trusted and motivated employees to take on more responsibilities, but if you are already operating with a vision with strategic and measurable goals, your team should be on-board and ready to work to make the business a success.
If you find yourself wondering where your day went without feeling like you’ve accomplished anything, it’s time to take action to improve your productivity. You owe it to yourself and your business to make the most of your time with tasks that need your attention so that you can work smarter and achieve more.
Our AdviCoaches have helped many business owners just like you take their businesses to the next level. You can learn more about what AdviCoach does to help business owners improve productivity or request a free, zero-obligation conversation with us.