Ways to Increase Your Productivity
I used to work in call centers or BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies. I’ve been in that industry for almost 13 years and let me tell you, things cannot go busier. Every day there’s a ton of things that must be done in the office, managing emails, reviewing customer requests, extracting data and creating reports, and this includes employee engagement and development. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job and the industry, but I was surprised I lasted that long.
When I decided to shift to home based work, I thought things would be relaxed. I was already picturing myself having more time to relax and enjoy, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Things can also get pretty busy, if you don’t know how to manage your time well and be productive. If you just do things as they come, without an actual plan or schedule for yourself, I highly doubt you’d be able to accomplish everything you wanted to finish in your day.
Let’s face it, being busy is part of the home-based job. It won’t be a walk in the park, but there are certainly ways to make sure you allow more time for yourself while ensuring all your tasks are completed. Let me share some productivity hacks to get you guys going…
Buy More Time for Yourself
This may sound really weird, but it is possible, you can opt to buy more time, rather buying new stuff. They say, you can't buy time and that's correct, what you can do is hire people to do tasks for you. This will add more time to your day.
Create a list of administrative tasks that usually take up a lot of your time, now try to determine if you can hire help to do these tasks. If you own a business, the best way to go is hire a virtual assistant that can handle your mundane tasks such as taking care of your emails and schedule, managing your social media accounts and even marketing your business online.
Let's face it, we know these things are all important, but we just don't have the time do it. Use your resources wisely and allow yourself to do more by delegating. If you need a head start, visit www.jasmineandco.org and they can give you tips and insights on how you can get your very first virtual assistant.
Maximize Wait Time
We all go through the unhappy experience of waiting in line, but we just have to do it. As humans, we actually spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting in line to make a purchase, waiting to see your dentist or you doctor, waiting to pick up your kid after soccer practice. Instead of wasting all of these precious time, be creative and think of ways to maximize it.
One best way is by organizing your day while waiting. Instead of doing nothing, think about what your day would look like and create a to-do list. This way, it will help you stay organized, and you actually maximized the time waiting. Another great thing to do is working using your smartphone.
Nowadays, smartphones are getting really helpful with all the advancements in technology. Take advantage of this and work on things you can do with these gadgets, like answering emails, checking reports, interacting in social media and boosting your business ads.
Live a Simple Life
On the contrary, the more we advance with technology, the more we get lost in our track. All these new applications may tend to make things more complicated for most of us, taking away valuable time from our daily lives. To counter this, be more selective in the things that you use. Pick and choose which tools, applications and processes add value to you and what you do in life and then get rid of everything else. Your smartphone can probably notify you about everything, but you don't need that, do you?
Learn to understand your basic needs and work with it. Turn off all the unnecessary features so you can refocus on yourself.
Automate and Streamline Processes
A lot of the important things we need to do, especially in business, are more or less time-consuming. Fortunately, most of these are also repetitive. Things that you do over and over, every day, every week, or every single month can be streamlined.
Take your monthly bills for example, you can go ahead and enroll yourself in automated billing since you'll be paying these bills anyway, but you save yourself from finding the mental space to take care of it. When answering business inquiries, it's best to collect all the questions you've been asked and prepare and FAQ section that can be posted on your website.
If you don’t have any ideas where to start, Jasmine and Co. can definitely help. You can book a free consultation with them to find out how you can start streamlining your business processes.
Multitasking is a Thing of the Past
Yes, we were all told that multitasking is a necessary skill since it’s a great way to take care of multiple things at the same time. In some situations, yes it is called for. But for the most parts, you’re better off forgetting this.
People are now encouraged to single-task. By single-tasking, you can get rid of the interruptions and focus on the task at and actually complete it. You’d be surprised by how efficient you can be when you start doing this.
Allow yourself a schedule, a deadline on when each of your tasks should be completed. Map it out throughout the day and you’ll start to see how you complete each task. Not only is this more efficient, but it is healthier for your brain as it allows you to practice focusing and inviting your creative juices to flow.
So stop trying to answer emails, replying to Facebook messages and watching the news at the same time, get focused and start being more productive.
To sum, it doesn’t take big changes to create big results. By making a few simple tweaks to your daily routine, you can easily add more time to your day.
How about you? What tips can you share to add more hours to your day?