Over the past couple of years, there have been a lot of transformations and changes that have impacted the business scene as we knew it to a more complex undertaking. Consequently, being a business owner has become a little bit harder than it was before because it now involves much more than just hiring employees, handling financial issues and getting funding for your business. The stakes are much higher now meaning that there is need to also decide on how to invest in new technology and how to utilize this technology as well as compete on a global stage.
As a result of having so much to do and so little time, many business owners spiral off their plan to get a multitude of things done and find themselves becoming overly distracted. And while this may not be much of a problem at the very onset, in future, becoming overly distracted may end up costing you much more than you could possibly begin to fathom. In light of this, it is vital to put in place mechanisms that will ensure you keep to the days plan without leaving room for drifting and becoming distracted at any one point.
Below are three tasks, which if done regularly on a daily basis, can help keep your business afloat whilst effecting change on your business in the short term and long terms periods.
1. Prioritize Your To Do List
A to do list is ideally meant to help plan your day’s work and basically get you to the point that you desire to be at the end of the day. Unfortunately, for most people getting to the end of the to do list is often a battle in itself, meaning that there will still be pending work at the end of the day. As a remedy, therefore, you can try using a to do list app to help you partition your obligations according to your level of motivation and how your schedule looks like. After all, studies indicate that we become more motivated to do more when we have checked off a number of smaller tasks from our to do list. However, even as you follow through with the to do list, it is vital to remember that you should do the tasks in order of priority so as to avoid problems.
2. Single Tasking Rather Than Multitasking
According to research, multitasking decreases one’s productivity by up to 40%. This is in addition to the fact that it has been shown to increase mistakes, inhibit creativity and cause anxiety. Therefore, in efforts to cover much more ground, it is best to take up a single task at a time, focus on it then take up another until you’re done with all the tasks ahead of you. At times, single tasking may also mean that you ignore calls for a while, ignore incoming emails and as much as possible avoid any impromptu meetings.
3. Learn One New Thing Each Day
If you are a business owner and want to have a little bit of success by your side, you have to ensure that you keep learning each and every day. The more you learn about businesses and how things are being done in the business environment, the better your chances of steering your business towards success. Some of the ways through which you can increase our wealth of knowledge include:
- Reading the Daily Rundown.
- Attending local business networking events.
- Reading blogs and books.
Much as having a focus on the big picture and the ultimate goal is important, honing in on everyday tasks will effect greater change and growth whilst ensuring that your business is on the right track.