Improving productivity at work is key to becoming more competitive in a crowded market
What’s the difference between highly effective business owners and those who are constantly stressed and overwhelmed? Learn from other business owners on how to break out of your old mindset and accomplish the most important tasks in your business. From managing the inbox to reducing workplace distractions, this whitepaper will put you on the right path to better time management.
Improving your productivity — both as a company and as a business owner — is key to becoming more competitive in a crowded market. It’s also key to achieving a better work-life balance.
A recent Small Business Pulse Survey found that a full 84% of our respondents reported working over 40 hours per week and one in 10 reported feeling continuously overwhelmed by their responsibilities. For all those hours worked, the average business owner reported having only 1.5 hours of uninterrupted, highly productive time each day. That’s not much time to accomplish the most important things on a business owner’s plate.
This speaks to a huge need for business owners to learn to be more productive. We turned to the experienced business owners at The Alternative Board (TAB) for tips and ideas to help your business — and you — work more productively. Read on for ideas to transform your productivity and accomplish the most important things in your business.
“Busy” is a state of mind
What’s the difference between highly effective business owners and those who are constantly stressed and overwhelmed? After all, both have large numbers of tasks and responsibilities, and both only have 24 hours in the day.
The difference, says Joe Zente, CEO of Z3 Performance Development, is all in the state of mind. “Great entrepreneurs get more accomplished than weaker ones but rarely tell you that they are ‘really busy’ when you ask how they are doing,” he says.
“Conversely, unsuccessful owners are addicted to busyness. Their mindset has nothing to do with the number of hours in a day.“ The key to breaking the cycle of being in crisis mode is to change your mindset. “Successful owners focus on the important,” says Zente.
“Struggling ones focus upon the urgent.” “Don’t let yourself be ruled by whatever feels more urgent. To make the most use of your time — and feel less overwhelmed in the process — keep your eye on the work that’s truly important.”
Productivity Hacks for Business Owners will help you:
- Identify the inefficiencies that are taking up your time.
- Revamp your meetings into tools for productivity.
- Learn how to prioritise tasks and eliminate the clutter that is distracting you from your work.