Business improvement is an ever-sought after goal for all business owners and managers as they seek to find ways to improve profits, productivity and customer experiences. Using the latest software or popular marketing techniques on social media can sometimes be the answer but often we can overlook the simple things.
There are so many small changes that can be made within the businesses operational procedures that can help to improve productivity, profits and customer experiences.
Get a fast start
Reduce the amount of time you take to settle in at the start of your day. Don’t spend any more than 15 minutes getting a coffee, reading or checking emails and messages because you are often at your freshest at the beginning of the day.
Have 2 to-do lists
Having 2 to-do lists helps you to stay on top of tasks. The first list should outline all of the most important tasks that you need to get done in the short, medium and long term. The second should be a list of things that you can realistically get done that day. This should cover all tasks that need to be completed for the day, not just the important ones.
Reading is important and one of the most efficient ways of learning. Whether it is reading about your business, the industry or the economy make use of your reading time to actually learn. Set aside some reading time every day and look forward to it.
Prepare for your next day
Take some time at the end of every day to plan for tomorrow. Planning ahead gives you more time to think about the important things that need to be done and allows you to reflect on what wasn’t completed today. It also improves your efficiency when you arrive to work the next day.
Regular breaks are important to refresh your mind every hour or so. This helps to keep your work to a high standard and reduces the time spent aimlessly searching through the internet and avoiding work. Get out of your chair and have a walk around or get a coffee.
Constantly be thinking of new ways to improve the business and your own work. Are there new ways of doing this? Can we do this in a more efficient way? Am I getting the most out of this?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and use your colleagues to bounce ideas off and review your work. This helps to get a broader perspective of ideas and improves the quality of your work.