Let’s face it, life is complicated and busy. Technology was supposed to make our lives easier. But it appears that it has only made it more complex and fast paced.
In reaction, people tend to overcomplicate their lives trying to keep up with the pace of change, when they should be looking for ways to simplify their days. And since we work 5 out of 7 days a week, lets focus in on 5 easy ways to simplify the way you work in your business.
1. Organize Yourself
Visual clutter creates stress in our lives. Take some time to organize your workspace and consider ensuring you have natural light where you work. Research has shown that a decluttered desk with natural like results in higher productivity, reduced fatigue, fewer errors, lower absenteeism, and generally a better attitude.
2. Eat the Frog
What we mean by this is start your day off by accomplishing that one thing that you’ve been continually putting off – that one task that is painful to swallow. In doing so, when you accomplish ‘eating your frog’, you’ll feel more positive about the accomplishment of having completed something that’s been lingering on your ‘to-do’ list. This will give you positive momentum to push you into the rest of your day.
3. Group distracting Tasks Together
Yes, this includes email. The average person checks email 77 times a day, sends and receives more than 122 email messages a day, and spends 28 percent or more of their work week managing a constant influx of email. Email can force you to be reactive instead of proactive, structuring your day according to the needs of others. Take the tasks that squander your time and kill your momentum, especially if you have a habit of allowing them to seep into your most productive periods of the day. Set aside a time in your day, preferably later in the day, when you are less productive and group all these distracting tasks together.
4. Choose your form of Communication Wisely
Live by the mantra “If it’s not that important, send an email. If it’s important but not mission critical, pick up the phone. If it’s critically important to the success of your organization, have a meeting."
5. Delegate Low-Value Tasks
The basic principle of success is to focus, it is what makes the difference between those who are successful and those who are not, regardless of how much talent, resource, and energy that they have. Your ability to separate urgent but low and important tasks has a lot to do with your success. Each time you have something extra to do or an additional goal to pursue, you further split your power. You need to actively throw away or delete tasks that are very low value. This ensures you aren’t ever wasting your effort on these tasks and there’s no chance of putting them above others. If you are overwhelmed with tasks but have no one to delegate to, consider Requesting Help With a Task with Chameleon Business Centres.