business productivity

3 business productivity hacks

Posted by Andrew Mead

Running a small or medium business can be challenging, to say the least. With so many daily tasks to manage and complete, not to mention tending to your workforce and customer base – it can be easy to get bogged down, overwhelmed and be less than productive. 

The good news is there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help you run your business efficiently, effectively, and successfully – leaving you with more time to concentrate on what you do best.

Embrace technology as much as possible 

There are tons of apps and tools on the market that can help you streamline your business processes and tackle tasks in a more organised fashion.

Of course, while some of these tools will be beneficial to your business, others won’t. Research the options available and, when you find something that addresses any areas you need help in, why not give it a go and see how it works? If it doesn’t boost your productivity or have the results you were hoping for, move on -- there are more alternatives out there!

Tend to your to-do list

It might seem outdated, but a good old traditional to-do list can make a considerable difference to your daily productivity. Put your list together each evening for the following day -- this not only saves you time in the morning, but it also gives you a solid sense of purpose from the moment you arrive at work, improving your chances of accomplishing your daily goals. 

Laying your tasks out in a clear and easy-to-read list will also allow you to assess whether they are actually achievable within one day, and make alternative arrangements if not. 

Automate your social media (to an extent)

There’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that social media is an integral part of any small to medium business. However, with so many platforms, users, and opportunities available, it’s incredibly easy to get sucked in and find yourself spending a great deal of time tending to your social media accounts. 

As many small and medium businesses are unable to employ a member of staff purely to handle social media, it’s important to automate as much of the process as possible. However, that’s not to say that you should automate everything, part of the appeal of social media is that it connects the human side of the organisation to their customers. 

Set up alerts so that you aren’t constantly checking your platforms, schedule daily posts using one of the many social media management tools out there, and allocate specific time slots to interact and engage with your followers.