It seems like the more streamlined current processes get, the busier we are and the less time we have to complete projects, hit our goals and have down time. Whether you’re a work at home parent balancing a hectic personal and professional life or a new business owner, effective time management is crucial.
To increase your daily workflow and give yourself more time in the day, here are 4 tips.
Get Social with Hootsuite
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Social progression is clear today in looking to the increased number of businesses making their presence known on social media. The fact is that on one platform or another (usually more than one), having a strong social presence is now necessary just to remain on pace with competitors in the same field.
Getting social is important for more than just the obvious reasons of making a presence for yourself, your business and/or your blog and connecting with your potential customers. Having online accounts for interaction can cut back on the time spent outside of the office trying to close sales and increase your customer base.
Using social efforts in your marketing and sales will streamline the process for the same, if not better, end result. If you’re on social media, Hootsuite is a great option because with the application, you can schedule tweets, monitor social accounts, and update on multiple accounts at the same time.
Get Software to Work for You
As we progress in the way we do business, from carbon copies and many paper files to scanned documents and electronic filing, the next step has been for software to be developed to help in this process. There is now software to help with almost everything from document creation to accounting and even to appointment scheduling. There is even mentorship software available that aims to drive better results within any business. The more the staff know, the more they can use these skills to their advantages and provide more productivity within the workplace. Plus, they can even help train new staff that are recruited. This is a positive way of making use of time effectively. You could also achieve this when scheduling appointments; an example of this could be an appointment scheduling software used in field services.
All of these tasks are automated by software, such as progression workflow software, to improve your time management by changing the way you respond to and complete tasks.
Ask for Input from Everyone Involved
No matter what your position is in a company, it’s not common for you to know what every single person is doing during their workday. An important step in improving workflow is to ask for input from those all those involved. Whether they are family members or coworkers, proper communication, and input help drive success.
In some way, shape, or form, everyone’s position is dependent on another’s. Having an idea of how positions work together, from the perspective of each, will give everyone an idea of what can be improved in the process to better manage workflow.
Take Note of Time Spent
Perhaps the most crucial step in improving workflow is to hone in on what exactly you’re spending your time on. At the end of an 8-hour workday, one may often feel like they were doing something all day long, but not actually have a firm grasp of what exactly that “something” was.
A suggestion is to progress through your workday like normal, but write down every task you do, with start and end times for each. At the end of the day, you can then look over your time and evaluate where time is wasted and work to improve time management during that portion of your day.
With an improved workflow, performance will be improved and you’ll feel more productive. Additionally, by improving the workflow of one individual, there is a greater chance of a trickle-down effect to additional members in any organization or family.
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