It’s Monday morning and you’re feeling a bit jaded. You enter your office, sit down, and immediately feel like going back to bed.
Now, it’d be understandable to lay the blame at the door of the weekend itself, but take a look at your desk. Is it a mess? In fact, is the office itself a horror story of paperwork, unused stationery, old laptops gathering dust, discarded water bottles and Post-It notes to which you no longer refer?
The reason you feel so unproductive this Monday morning might simply be because your office needs a proper declutter. Combine the following decluttering tips with productivity best practices, and you’ll be onto a winner:
Running a small business isn’t easy. Working towards your dreams isn’t simple. It takes effort and commitment and it can be easy to justify working on your business every waking minute of the day.
The problem is, if you keep pushing yourself, working longer and longer hours, you’ll find yourself becoming stressed, losing focus and suffering from burnout which can actually have an opposite effect on your small business than what you’d intended.
The key thing to remember is that you need time away from your business, time where you can relax, clear your mind and take care of yourself so that you can approach your business feeling refreshed and with a new perspective.
Here are our top tips to help get you started:
How many times are you distracted in the average day?
It could be social media notifications, the phone ringing, someone at the door, Skype messages or emails - all of these things can distract you, forcing your attention away from working on your business.
Small distractions can lead to big problems, causing you to lose your focus on the task at hand and destroying the sense of ‘flow’ that you had going. If continued, it can severely hinder your daily productivity.
Here a few tips to help you cut the distractions, stay focused and get more out of your day!
When you run your own business, you’ll find that your mind is often focused on your business – how to grow it, how to run it better, how to improve sales etc. Having your business constantly on your mind isn’t actually a good thing and can often lead to stress, burnout and lower productivity levels.
How do we combat this? By practising mindfulness.
The dictionary defines mindfulness as "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."
But what does this actually mean? And more importantly how can you use mindfulness to boost your productivity? Keep reading to find out.
I know what you’re thinking, “Not another New Year resolutions post!” You’re right, they’re everywhere at the moment. We’re three weeks into 2018 and we’re being hit left, right and centre with New Year resolution suggestions for our personal life, work life, family life etc. It’s a little overwhelming.
The thing is - these articles all have a point. The New Year is the perfect time to reassess your business goals and strategies, to reflect on what you learned over the previous year and to implement new ideas that can take your business forward.
Late last week, I came across a post on LinkedIn from a gentleman explaining that whilst attending an event, he was nervous about being asked, “So, where are you based?” because he was unsure of the potential stigma upon announcing that he worked from home, not in an office.
With Work from Home week coming up from the 15th – 21st January, I decided to explore this a little further to identify the benefits of working from home.
We’ve all been there - that long, seemingly impenetrable to-do list that just won’t reduce, no matter what you do.
You’ve spent days trying to tackle it, but rather than see the number of items diminish, you seem to simply be adding yet more jobs to an already unmanageable list.
Actually - technology! If you’re battling like this every day at work, there’s a strong chance you’ve developed an unhealthy reliance on tech to get stuff done (and let’s be honest, it isn’t working, is it?). Here’s what you need to do:
Confession time: I live by my to-do list.
Without it, I’d have to sack myself, because I’d get absolutely nothing done. I’d miss deadlines, prioritise the wrong stuff and never make headway on the biggest tasks.
However, just like anyone who relies on a to-do list to get through the day, I know the perils of falling behind.
Unfortunately, it’s not always that obvious when you’re losing ground on your tasks. Often, the degree to which you’re becoming overwhelmed with work creeps up on you unawares.
Today, you can learn from my mistakes, with these five killer signs that you’re over-stretching that to-do list:
For the last few years, my home has been my office.
This followed years of working in a traditional office environment where I was surrounded by colleagues who put water cooler discussions before getting stuff done and phones which never seemed to cease ringing.
The switch has transformed both my life and the amount of satisfaction I derive from work.
Alas, this wouldn’t be possible without the following six productivity mantras:
Any great employer will understand that their employees make for the success of the company.
Productivity is often an indicator of morale within a working environment. If employees are unhappy, then productivity will be low, and if productivity is low, then the success of the company will plummet. Here are some simple steps to follow to ensure the happiness of your employees and the success of your business: