Increasing Your Productivity at the Office

The whole point of going to work is to produce something, right? Well, it would seem that sometimes the point is lost on us. Between stopping off for coffee, greeting co-workers, answering personal phone calls, confirming individual appointments and getting more coffee half the morning is gone.

Let’s not even talk about lunch time shenanigans. We are not as productive as we can be at work. It is estimated that the average American can get their job done (if they applied themselves) in 6.5 hours each day, so why does it take us 40 plus hours a week to get stuff together? Procrastination! That is the number one killer of productivity and business progression in the long run right behind disorganisation and social loafing. How do we remedy this situation?

Prioritize

take notes and planOnce you get that planner in place and review your work diary to see what tasks it is that you spend the majority of your time on, you have to prioritise. This seems simple enough, but often multiple tasks are of equal importance. If you can get someone to help you, if you do not have the luxury to determine which task is the most important and start with that, don’t stop until you are finished. Then on to the next task and so on and so forth.
Take breaks, stretch, walk outside for a minute if you can, but stay focused. Remember you are at work to work, the business needs you to grow, and there is always room to increase your productivity even if you are on the top of the heap right now. Producers get noticed, and your work will not go unnoticed.

Organization and Planning

To become more productive at work organisation is key. A critical step by step plan put in place will increase productivity. If the plan is adhered to. Setting up a daily diary keeping track of how much time is spent on which task is an excellent learning tool and can help improve productivity.
The diary should also note how much time you spend away from your work. You will be surprised to see how many trips to the water cooler you make a day. By keeping track of how many minutes is spent on a particular task the work day can be planned more efficiently.
Of course there will be times when all the planning in the world cannot account for the unexpected, but even if the unexpected happens you can take care of it and return to the plan. Planning is key to productivity. A project organises time into blocks that can be assigned to specific tasks. Also, an organised work area keeps a worker from feeling overwhelmed, and there is nothing worse than feeling like you are drowning in piles of stuff. A lot of times when items are disorganised it is easier to ignore it than to have to sort through the stuff, of course, ignoring it does not make it go away, but still it gets ignored.

Implementing these crucial tips guarantees higher chances of increased productivity at your workplace, which leads to a happy boss, and ultimately a satisfied and accomplished you!

Why Market Research Is So Important For A New Business

Most people starting a new business are excited about the possibility of the amount of profit they can make. The excitement and confidence are what drives the average entrepreneur to offer their product or service in the first place.

Like any other new venture, sometimes the emotion of starting a new business makes it difficult to be realistic about such mundane things as expenses and company budgets. That is why effective market research is so important. Since statistics show that most new businesses fail in the first years of operation, effective planning before starting a new business is essential.

What Can Market Research Tell You?

find more about your competitive environmentMarketing research can answer the following questions for a new business entrepreneur:

  • How many other businesses in my area are offering the same product or service I am?
  • Where is my target market?
  • What can I offer to my target market that is better or different than my competitors?
  • What advertising methods are the most successful, and how much do they cost?
  • What is the actual operating expense of running my business?
  • How long will it take before I can expect to make a profit?
  • It doesn’t matter whether you are starting a business in your local area or online, whether you will have an actual address or a virtual one. The above questions still need to be answered. How they are answered will tell you how much money you will need to invest in your business at the outset, what you will need to budget for advertising, materials, and operating expenses, and when your company should begin to turn a profit.

    Marketing Changes Over Time

    The best marketing presents a fluid approach. As time goes on, your business will have to adapt to changing marketing conditions with new strategies. Old advertising methods that are no longer working will have to be replaced by new approaches, and not every strategy is guaranteed to work in a changing market.

    If you want your business to succeed where others have failed, and you want to see it grow, practical marketing research must be an integral part of your ongoing business plan.

    Find more today here!