When running your own company, there is never a shortage of work to do. However, even though the number of tasks seems to grow as you complete them, there are ways to stay organized and complete your work in the most efficient way possible. Here are three tips to work smarter, instead of harder, by eliminating the busy work and running your business in the most optimal and effective way.
1. Focus on One Thing at a Time
When you have a thousand and a half things to take care of, it’s only natural to want to have your hands in all of them. Unfortunately, this is not the most efficient way to get through your work. In fact, multitasking effectively is almost impossible for the average human being, and simply results in many tasks getting done, half-assed. The best thing to do here is to tackle one thing at a time, and give all of your focus and energy to it. This will result in a completed task, done correctly the first time, in less time than it would take to try and complete it with only a piece of your brain.
2. Take on Your Biggest Challenge First
It may seem tempting to take on what some would call the “low-hanging fruits” first, and leave the big tasks to the end. However, this can actually cause you to use all of your energy and focus on the smaller, possibly less important tasks, leaving none for the more intimidating, bigger issue. Although it may seem scary, it’s best to buckle down and take on your biggest challenge(s) first and get them out of the way early. This way, when you’ve completed the big guys, you won’t have to use so much of your time to tie up the loose ends, and you’ll get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.
3. Write a List of Your Tasks
Some might look at this as adding more work to your day, however writing a list of your tasks for the day, week, month, and year will actually save you a lot of grief. Writing a list will help you organize your thoughts, and take what may seem like a mountain of work, and make it more graspable and organized. Also, having everything written down will ensure that no task slips through the cracks when business stress comes calling.
Although it’s important to work hard in your business, it’s more profitable and efficient to cut the unnecessary chaos, and be as productive as possible. Work smarter, not harder, with these tips, with more to come in the following Part II of our blog post covering Ways To Reduce Busy Work and Be More Productive.
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