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10 Simple Productivity Tips

  • Blog
  • 15 October 2015

Here at the Federation of Small Businesses, we are committed to helping small and medium-sized business owners to maximise their potential. In order to get the best out of your business and allow it to fulfil all its possibilities, productivity is the key. We can help with some simple tips.

10 Simple Productivity Tips

  • Time is the most valuable resource at your disposal; make sure you use it well. Prioritising your tasks is very important.   
  • One way to make you use your time to its best advantage is to try to reduce time spent in meetings. Think hard about what really needs to be on the agenda, and try to eliminate anything unnecessary.
  • Allowing staff to work from home at least part of the time can be a real boon for small businesses, both in terms of time saved on a long commute and reduced office running costs.
  • It is also worth thinking about similar tasks which can be grouped together; this allows you to pick the employee with the most relevant skills to undertake them and means that their time will be utilised most effectively.
  • Think about the most effective way to communicate with employees and clients. Sending an email, for example, can mean extra time spent composing your message. Of course, then you will need to wait for a response. Often we have found that a phone call can get quicker results.
  • Establishing a routine in the way you run your business is vital. If you have set times and methods for performing everyday tasks, you will find that they can often be completed with a minimum of thought and effort.
  • We have found that despite all your good intentions, sometimes things can go awry when you are running your own business. It is important to take time on a regular basis to review how things are going and to decide on any changes that you may need to make.
  • Saying "no" can actually be a good habit to cultivate. Your time as a small business owner is precious, so you should not waste it undertaking tasks which will not benefit the company.
  • We all have tasks that we dread, whether in work or general life. So it makes sense to get these odious jobs out of the way in order to concentrate on other aspects of running your business.
  • Finally, it makes real sense to take some time to make a rough plan of your week and what you need to achieve on a day-by-day basis. You will take great satisfaction in ticking off your to-do list and knowing that you have taken care of everything which needs to be done in order to make your business a success.

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