Time management is crucial especially for thriving businesses. You would want to maximise every working minute to ensure that you are able to provide customers with what they want and need, be able to come up with ways to grow your business (innovation), and still earn decent profit out of your efforts.
Many businesses, especially startups, are hesitant to take the next big step simply because they think they do not have enough resources or manpower to do so. That’s a common misconception because you don’t really need to have a big team to get things going. Small teams can be as productive as big ones for as long as you have the right tools and mindset to work with. Time management can drive your team miles ahead your big business competitor.
A quick survey of USA employees confirms that ‘few minutes’ spent on social media set you back to about 23 to 30 minutes before you can actually get back on focus. By eliminating activities, automate certain aspects of your work, and doing things one at a time can boost your team’s productivity.
So if you’re ready to take your business to the next level of productive, you have to start by determining every task performed by your employees. Invest in a good project management software like Zoho projects. This type of tool can help the team track which tasks are assigned to whom, which tasks are done, and how many tasks are assigned to each member. It helps organise the workforce making it more efficient to distribute responsibilities throughout the team.
Ask the managers to check which tasks take more time to accomplish, which ones use more resources to do so, and which ones you can automate. Automating certain tasks (if possible) can save a great deal of time. Small tasks you thought are not time consuming still amount to X time in one month.
Discourage multitasking in your team. Most of us think we are capable to multi-task however, in the end, it doesn’t really add up to one’s productivity. Practice doing one task-at-a-time system. Not only does this result to quality work but it is also less stressful for everybody. Quality is still impressive over quantity.
Last but not the least, make sure you start the team’s week by planning. Planning helps your team set goals for the week and recognise their efforts if they’ve achieved it. This makes each one feel more fulfilled. Add a good project management software to that, it makes it easier to set goals and track milestones for the team.
These are some of the hacks you can start turning into a habit for your team. Go ahead and start taking in more clients. Sooner or later, you’ll find your business growing and expanding in no time.