As anyone who works in a small business, workload demands often far outweigh the amount of time and input that are available. This is particularly true for start-up businesses where one or two people do the majority of the tasks within the business. There are some simple ways to help make you more efficient, and therefore decrease the time it takes you to power through the mountain of work!
Make Lists: Every night, before you finish work for the evening, make a list of all the things you need to do the next day. This will make your morning more efficient. Also make lists of useful resources, websites or articles you find.
Storage: You may like to think that your desk is ‘organised chaos’, but the chances are it is just chaos! Ensure your file notes, papers and notes are stored away safely. And be sure to back up all your important data online.
Stay Topical: If you need to stay up-to-date in the area that your business operates in, make sure you dispose of any out of date litreature – if you no longer need a piece of information, throw it away!
Get Organised: Organisation really is the key to making your business more efficient. While the initial set up may be time consuming, the time that will be saved on a daily basis will far surmount that. Make sure all your important documents are stored in one place, and keep on top of your incoming mail. The same goes for your computer; store all documents in relevant files, and at the end of the day sort out your mailbox according to priority. You will not only save time, but also minimise the risk of missing an important email or deadline.
Go Digital: The best way to make your work life more streamline, and your business more efficient is to go digital wherever possible. Calendars, documents and accounting can all be done online, using software applications from WinWeb.com.