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5 Ways to optimise output and productivity in business

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As a Small Business Coach, I come across Business Owners wanting to boost their productivity and focus daily.  The struggles of maintaining productivity whilst leading an incredibly busy life is the bane of most people’s lives.

It’s easy to become preoccupied with tasks which are not priorities, and even some that misleadingly fool you into believing that you are being productive when in reality, your time could be better spent elsewhere. Mindlessly scrolling through social media and emails are key examples of this! But how can we beat this problem? There are many top tips out there to maximise output and increase productivity.

Below are 5 key ways to optimise your output and productivity which both myself and my clients on a regular basis:

1. Schedule

Do not confuse your schedule with your to-do list. A schedule allows you to time block and delegates certain times of the day or week to certain activities. Your to-do list focuses in on these time blocks and details exactly what needs to be accomplished during these sessions. Many business owners whom I coach seem to get these confused. They time block their schedules but do not know how to prioritise their to-do lists to accomplish the most during these blocks. Time blocking is a great solution for those people who know what they need to do but take a long time to do it! When you time block, it is essential to keep moving on to the next block whether the task is finished or not. This will help build momentum and you will find you get a lot of output from keeping to these blocks!

2. Routine

Some people love routine and others hate it. In business, a routine is essential to ensuring your consistent success. Just as the benefits of a morning and evening routine have been proven to increase productivity, establishing a routine for the administration of your business will also improve productivity!

3. Take a break

When we get into the flow of things, it is really easy to forget to take a break. Whilst it is great that a lot of work is getting done, not taking the necessary breaks you need will wear you out in the long run. Try taking a break every hour. Even taking a 10-minute break for every 50 minutes of work is a great method to tackle this. Taking a few short breaks during the day will help conserve your energy so come 5 pm you don’t feel too worn out and exhausted. Walking Meetings have become a super popular way of combining a break whilst still being productive. The same goes for task alternation, so you can get up and move around a little!

4. No to procrastination

Thinking about a task often takes longer than actually completing the task itself. Procrastination takes up headspace, weighs you down and can make you feel overwhelmed. In the last few years, it seems like how to avoid procrastination has become the million-dollar question on every business owners mind. Personally, I minimise any distractions and work this in with my time-blocking technique so for a solid amount of time I am only focusing on one task in short bursts and then take a break. I’ve also learnt to use deadlines to my advantage as I’d rather get tasks done in time than frantically trying to get a task done in a matter of hours. Allowing yourself enough time to complete important tasks rather than putting them off until the next day allows gives you buffer room should you need to refine or rework anything you are completing.

5. Upskilling

In the recipe for productivity, to-do lists and schedules are not the only ingredients. Continued learning about your industry will ensure that you are up-to-date in your field and have the most relevant information to overcome hurdles and blocks. Overall, I’ve learnt that productivity comes with learning how to overcome distractions, challenges and bad habits. Learning through reading, taking classes, listening to podcasts and attending workshops are all fantastic ways to keep expanding your mind and thus, your productivity levels!

About Alison Morgan

alisonm@thebusinesswomanmedia.com'

Alison Morgan is a specialist Business Coach; helping Small Business Owners create successful strategies for Business Growth, Branding, Websites, Start Ups, plus more. Alison is the creator of the Australian Business Growth and Networking Events and the Mindfulbiz Podcast. In addition, Alison is a respected Industry Blogger, regularly reviewing and showcasing products and services.

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