Running a franchised business can be extremely stressful. There are people asking you questions all day and on top of that, you’ve got to get all the paperwork, HR, marketing, etc finished before you go home. How can someone be productive, while still finishing everything? Easy…stay on task, but that’s easier said than done. Here are 3 sure fire ways to help you be more productive during business hours.
If you want to get things done during the day, don’t constantly check your email or Facebook. Set aside time each day to go through your emails, maybe once in the morning, lunch, and evening. This will keep you from getting off task every ten minutes to sift through emails. As far as social networks go, set up your tweets or status updates ahead of time with apps like TweetDeck or Hootsuite. These web apps allow you to organize your social networks ahead of time and also allow you to keep track of mentions.
One of the most basic principles of becoming organized and productive in business, is to create a schedule. A great practice is set up an agenda for each week on Monday mornings. This agenda would include meetings and project deadlines.
Each day before doing any work, set aside 10 minutes to write down your daily agenda, based on importance. Set your schedule in 60-90 minute intervals. This allows time for breaks or snacks. Constantly working for hours on end can cause a burnout and make you feel tired.
Switching back and forth from one task to another can cause distractions. Focus your attention on one thing at a time. This goes allow with the fact that you should create a schedule. There should be an allotted time in your day for everything that has to be done, whether that’s budgeting or interview a new hire. So stop multi-tasking throughout the day and make room for everything one at a time.