For a business to do well, it needs to be as productive as it possibly can be. If there are faster, better, and more efficient ways of doing things, then a businesses ability to adapt and change is of paramount importance. After all, time is money and when you’re not being productive, you’re wasting time and money.
Different businesses will have different ways of doing things. But here are some practices and principles that can relate to most businesses, to help them increase their productivity.
Create Value at Work
Think of your work day and one thing that puts you off doing more work or using your time more efficiently. It could be that you waste time with emails, for example. If that is the case, then stop yourself from doing that each day. You could give yourself a set amount of time to go through emails and then that it is for the day. You’ll learn to be more productive, as well as replace the slack behavior with things that will add value in your worklife. So replace bad work habits with things that add value to your worklife.
If you have lots of distractions in your life at work, then take them out of the equation. Put your cell phone into airplane mode if emails and notifications from social media distract you too much. Delete apps that can be a distraction to you and keep home and personal matters to be dealt with at home. You can’t focus on both things; if you need time off, then take it off. Don’t try to do both as it won’t work. Your focus will be greater at work and it will make a difference to your work day.
Improve Systems at Work
There are many systems that can be improved at work. It could be that more things need to be automated to reduce the chance of human error, for example. Looking for more procedures in the workplace using IIoT (industrial internet of things), can mean more automation, which could improve what you’re doing already. Need to reorder things before they run out? Then IoT could help you with that and improve the efficiency of your supply chain, for instance. These things can take time to change but they can make a big difference.
Make Proper Plans
If you have a team of people that you’re working with and they’re looking for you to guide them and give them things to do, then you need to be on top of things. If you’re disorganized, then it will make everyone else disorganized and unproductive too. So take time to make proper plans for the week, month, and year! Knowing where your heading will allow everyone to work more productively as they can see the end goal that they are looking to achieve. So planning meetings are a must for you at work.
What would you say has improved processes and productivity at your workplace or business? It would be interesting to hear.