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How To Counter Common Timewasters and Power Up Productivity
  • 21 July 2019
  • Jelani Markus

How To Counter Common Timewasters and Power Up Productivity

We have all been there. You start your workday with a list (or at least an idea) of to-dos organized by importance. Before you know it, the day is over, and little has been accomplished. Where did the time go? What contributed to the lost productivity and what can you do to prevent it?

How To Counter Common Timewasters and Power Up Productivity

For small business owners, wasted time can quickly become an even larger problem because employees dealing with lost productivity can cause the issue to snowball. But fear not. Here are a few ways to recognize what might be standing in the way of your workplace efficiency and what you can do about it.

Consider ways to lead by example

  • Meet only when needed. Meetings are great to share information with large groups but consider ways to stay productive so you get the most out of every get-together.
  • Create effective deadlines for projects. Your team should know what is expected of them and when the work is due. A clear picture of the finish line helps to keep people focused.
  • Cultivate a productive culture early on. When you continuously demonstrate the right kind of habits, the behaviors you are looking for can become second nature for your employees.
  • Keep a calendar that is highly visible to you and your employees. Staying organized can help you stay on top of deadlines and assignments while providing others insight on what you plan to tackle that day.

How To Counter Common Timewasters and Power Up Productivity

Minimize time wasted by employees

  • Find ways to incentivize employees to work hard. A system built on rewarding good behavior can go a long way towards higher productivity. And the best part: It does not have to cost you anything at all.
  • Extend break time just a bit. A lot of time wasted by employees is simply a result of them needing a few moments of downtime. Structured breaks have been shown to increase employee engagement. So, go ahead and give your team a bit of time to themselves.
  • Notice the signs of distracted employees. When team members seem disengaged or possibly apathetic, take it as an opportunity to interact. Simply knowing you are aware of what goes on can positively impact how employees handle their day-to-day assignments.
  • Pay attention to social media use while on the job. Social media is here to stay, if it is being used on the job, look for ways to make it benefit the business. Invite employees to become Yelp ambassadors or operate the company Twitter account (with oversight from you, of course).

No matter how hard you try, the truth is: every second of the day is not going to be entirely productive. However, you can increase how much work gets done when you create a plan for success and allow that to guide you. Use these tips to allow yourself and your team to become more effective and efficient. After all, time is money. When you waste one, you could be wasting the other.

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