Published June 4, 2007

Small Business Productivity & Increasing Your Productivity Tips

Increasing productivity is quite a big topic in the business world today. Most people think that increasing productivity means to buy more equipment, such as computers, fax modems or cell phones. But productivity can be increased dramatically by using some very effective time management techniques that can be done by practically anyone and don't require purchasing expensive gadgets and equipment.

Tips on Increasing Your Productivity

The first step you need to take when trying to increase you productivity is to make a plan for your whole day before you even start it. Remember - it isn't wise to start the day when it is pretty well over. What that means is that you should always have your whole day planned well in advance so that you know exactly what you are going to be doing, or should be doing all day long.

This may sound very obvious, but there are lots of people who go to work without making any plans as to what they are going to do for the rest of the day. For most business owners, this bad habit of not preplanning their work carries over from their employee days - and it is twice as harmful now as it was then, because now they are the owners of the business in question. On the other hand, there are many people who have their own businesses who still take the time out to plan what they are going to do for the day. Such people find it hard to be productive if they haven't made any plans for the day.

Another way to increase your businesses productivity is to simply put more work into your daily plan of action. Have you ever heard the famous saying, "If you want something to get done, then give it to the busiest person you know"? This isn't just an ordinary, run-off- the-mill saying, it is pretty much the truth. In reality, busy people have to be more disciplined with their time, know how to allot more work into the limited time they have and will always find some way or the other to cram even more work into their limited time. On the other hand, a person who isn't that busy and has a lot of time on their hands will always procrastinate and do absolutely nothing since they have all the time in the world.

So, try planning a lot of work for a single day - you will see how much more productive you are and many times you will find that you can get a lot more work done in one day than you could in 2 days. This is simply because you already have so much to do so you must keep that little "spring in your step" to get more done.

In today's business world, being able to do more with less (especially less time) is key to your business's survival. Sometimes being more productive simply means making a commitment to doing more work and sticking to it.