Monday, 23 January 2017

5 Ways to Effectively Gauge Your Productivity


Do you run a small business? Are you as productive as you should be? Do you work very long and hard? I have good news for you my friend. Productivity is not all about working longer and harder. It is about working better and smarter. You must routinely do these 5 things if you want to be sufficiently productive.



01. Avoid Multitasking
Always eliminate any distractions in your work place. Avoid Multitasking because it is a myth even though a much-hyped one by projects managers. Juggling tasks clearly reduces efficiency and productivity. Switching from task to task requires refocusing, and it takes quite some time. What works is to focus on doing one thing at a time. It is always better to move to other things only when you are through with what you have at hand.
  
02. Improve on your Strengths
Yes indeed! Everyone has their area of strengths where they excel very well. That said, not everyone can do everything equally well. It pays therefore to know your strengths and your weaknesses. While working to improve on your strengths, you can as well get someone else to complement you on your weaknesses. That is one great way to be more productive.

03. Document things on Paper
No matter how good your memory is, it can’t be perfect because a perfect memory is only a myth. For that reason, trying to recall things from your memory is a much bigger and difficult task than just picking up a piece of paper and reading them up. Putting more things on paper for later recall and reference better enhances productivity because productive people don’t waste brainpower on remembering stuff.

04. Eliminate Bottlenecks
The bottom-line is to always explore any and every way to avoid frustration when working on your business. When you’re feeling frustrated by your difficulty in accomplishing as much as you’d like, sometimes it helps to take a step back to review your workflow. If there are bottlenecks slowing down your workflow, you must quickly eliminate them or smoothen them out. Once these bottlenecks are out of the way, your productivity will be enhanced. 



05. Don’t Get Bogged Down with Perfection
Attaining perfection is another myth in running a business. Granted, there are times when only flawless work will do, but in most cases, doing a really good job is sufficient. Clearly you will be wasting a lot of time and energy if you insist on polishing absolutely everything to perfection all the time. That time and effort you are wasting could be better spent elsewhere getting other good things done. What matters here is to know exactly when good enough is really good enough. That is what enhances productivity.

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