Having the right tech and working more productively helps streamline operations, saving time and boosting your bottom line.
By Entrepreneur Partner Studio Staff
Everyone wants to get more done in a given day. If you own your own business, productivity helps you take it to the next level.
Productivity can be elusive, though. The good news is, with a little discipline and the right tools, you’ll have what it takes to achieve what you want.
Here are three tips to help business owners, managers, employees—anyone really—to start working faster and smarter.
1. Avoid multitasking.
When you have too many things to do, it can be tempting to try to do everything at once. However, when you attempt to do two or more things at once, you are less efficient at all of them. Not only does switching between tasks reduce productivity by 40 percent, a recent study finds that it also interferes with overall brain activity.
Instead, consider working in sprints, tackling one task and completing it before starting on another. If frequent interruptions are a problem, find a quiet spot or ask employees and coworkers not to bother you during that time period.
You can also benefit from shifting the majority of your workload to the start of the week. One study found that we accomplish the most tasks on Monday, completing 20.4 percent of our weekly tasks on that day. By Friday, task completion falls to 16.7 percent.
2. Upgrade your technology.
How old is your current equipment? Businesses often delay purchasing new computers and mobile devices due to budget constraints, but this costs money itself. A recent study from Deloitte found that for every three older PCs a company retains, small businesses lose about $2,520 a year on productivity.