Strategies to Save You Time in 2020
In our previous article, 5 Time-Saving Business Strategies, we discussed several tactics that can be used to help you get the most out of every business day. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few more strategies that you can implement to make 2020 the most productive year ever.
Establish Company-Wide Meeting Criteria
Meetings are an essential part of doing business, but if left unchecked, they can also be incredible time wasters. Start by only scheduling necessary meetings. If something can be solved through an email or a quick chat, there’s no need to put it on the calendar. However, if a meeting is necessary, set a firm start and end time with the expectation that attendees respect each other’s time by being prompt. Also, share the agenda beforehand. These meeting agenda items will help to keep the meeting from drifting off topic, and allow attendees to come prepared.
Outsource Business Tasks
You’re an expert in your field, but chances are you’re not an expert in EVERY field. Whether it’s corporate accounting, IT services, or managing the company fleet, there’s likely a business out there that specializes in that arena. Outsourcing certain tasks to experts will not only save you time but in many cases, will save your company money as well.
Don’t Micromanage Your Employees
Micromanaging not only breaks up your employee’s workflow but takes the focus away from your responsibilities. You hired these people for a reason, so get out of their way and let them do their jobs. Additionally, a survey conducted by Trinity Times revealed that 69% of respondents save considered changing jobs because of micromanagement. So if retaining top talent is a priority for your company, it’s best to avoid this pitfall.
Take Some Time to Insulate Yourself
If you’re like most people, you get interrupted countless times throughout the day. Be sure to take some time to completely insulate yourself from any and all distractions. Close your door, put your phone on ‘do not disturb’, and make sure your entire team knows you are not to be interrupted short of an emergency. Taking these steps will allow you to be laser-focused on high-priority tasks, and allow you to get more out of your day.
Create Templates & Company Documents
Whether its questions from customers, internal processes, or company forms, you most likely find yourself relaying similar information over and over again throughout the day. Creating templated responses to frequently asked questions, or documenting internal processes and procedures so you don’t have to continually explain them, will save valuable time in the long run.