Do you run a business? It’s sometimes hard to know how to stay on the cutting edge – especially in an age where things continue to evolve and change at a rapid rate. Today, let’s run through five ways in which you can make a significant improvement to your business for the coming year.
- Prioritise everything
Sometimes it might feel like everything needs to get done on time, or else your operation will fall apart. Relax. That isn’t the case. While it’s definitely much better to get all work completed to deadlines, it isn’t feasibly possible during hectic periods.
As such, you need to work out what takes precedent with the use of a priority list. If you’re struggling to see a clear difference when it comes to ordering tasks in order of necessity, try using the Eisenhower Matrix. It’s been designed for this purpose, and focuses on a balance between importance and urgency.
- Limit your morning routine
Everyone has a period in the morning where they need to come in and settle themselves into the day. There’s nothing wrong with this, as it allows people to reach their zone and produce better quality work.
That said, it might be more time-productive to limit this to a 15-minute period at most. This is hard to enforce without coming across tyrannical, so it’s better to use this marker as a rough guideline. If anyone in your business takes 20 minutes or more to start working, it might be worth trying to help them manage their time better.
- Make it greener
The environment is a hot topic at the moment, and rightfully so. It’s important to do everything we can to preserve the natural greenery around us – and that extends to our actions at work.
Smart Pension offer a thorough guide to making this step towards a more ecological way of thinking.
This focuses on a detailed four-step plan:
- Introducing green measures to the business
- Understanding long term measure you can keep ongoing
- Promoting your eco-conscious company
- Introducing additional green schemes to get involved with
Never underestimate the power of doing research. Even the most experienced heads in any sector keep up to date with what’s happening in their industry. The moment you think you know it all, is the moment you’re likely to slip up.
There are a host of resources available across every industry out there, so there’s no excuse for not dedicating some time to enriching and building on your knowledgebase further. Every day is a school day.
- Daily action lists
Having a set plan to carry out at the start of every day can make a massive difference when it comes to your productivity levels. Vertex provide templates for this. Having a schedule you can read and action from accordingly will boost productivity levels immediately.
Have a better idea of how to improve in your business as we head towards 2018? Follow this advice and you’ll find your company heading in the right direction next year.
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