Smart businesses stay productive to be successful. Technology can help save time and money, allowing you to focus on the key aspects of your business. But, it’s not always necessary.

Ensuring your business’ efficiency is key and I have some productivity tips for your business to stay smart.

1. Start with the most Important Task for the Day

Begin your day by taking care of the most important tasks when you are fresh and focused. This means you will be doing the most important task and not necessarily the most urgent task.

Urgent tasks can sometimes be unimportant on closer inspection so don’t confuse the two.

You can often interrupt the most important task if something really urgent comes up or you have a deadline during the day. You can always return to the most important task later.

If you’ve already organised your thoughts around the most important task early in the day, it will be easier to re-engage with it later in the day. Your subconscious might even have been doing some of the work on it while you were thinking about something else.

2. Manage your time consistently

For a business owner, strong time management is very tightly linked to strong project management and your project is your business.

Time management includes long term planning and efficient scheduling of time. Time management also creates consistency in the work place, which leads to increased productivity.

3. Multitasking does not work

Doing a range of tasks at the same time makes you lose focus and that means the standard of your work will suffer.

Do one thing at time, do it well and then move onto the next task.

4. Do what you Need to do

Do what needs to get done and don’t get caught up in secondary tasks.

Getting distracted by secondary tasks is a form of procrastination and procrastination will always make you feel like you are working really hard but not really getting anything done by the end of the day.

Give yourself a break and do the things that you need to do.

5. Engage a business coach

Yes, I have a little bit of self interest here and the interests of our industry but the truth is that having a coach working side by side with you to ensure you and your team are working at their peak will produce changes in business profitability can be both dramatic and profound.

If something is not working in your business, an outside expert eye can identify things that you could do to improve the situation and identify ways to implement positive change. Perspective is first thing we can lose in the struggles and strains of the business world.

So there you have the top five productivity tips:

  • Start with the most important task
  • Manage your time
  • Don’t multitask
  • Do what you need to do
  • Engage a business coach if something is not working and you can’t quite identify the problem.

May your day be a productive day.