Is your business productive or are you engaging in the top productivity productivity killers? The productivity of any business is measured by the output (and income) that business generates? What is your daily business output like, when put side by side with your daily “To Dos” and your daily completed activities?
Time is money but only when a business is productive. A productive business usually completes all its planned activities on TIME, hence those kind of businesses generate the most revenue (more than their competitors).
Although businesses, including small and home businesses can face unforseen circumstances that may cause them to be unproductive, albeit temporarily. However, some entrepreneurs engage in some habits and unstructured-ness that makes them their own worst enemy. Hence, they are the reasons why their own businesses are not productive. In this post, you will discover the 9 top business productivity killers PLUS how to avoid them from killing your business, time and income.
Why Should You Care To Build A Highly Productive Online Business?
The rewards of productivity are three-fold: saves time, saves resources (people and money). Apart from savings in time, money and human capacity, a productive person also earns lots more than the unproductive person, while spending time saved on fun activities. It’s about working smart and not harder.
Is Your Online Business Or Blogging Suffering From These 9 Productivity Killers?
Is your business productivity on the decline? No one is born productive – productivity can be learned. While you can learn to become productive by reading a wide array of resources on what to do, you can increase your productivity by avoiding things that can make you counter productive. In this post you will learn about the top 9 productivity killers you should watch out for, and avoid them if you must increase you online business productivity. Here you go:
Online Business Productivity Killer #1: Mindset of Hobby (Instead of Business)
Usually because of the low start-up costs and a job “security”, many small and home business owners fail because they treat their businesses as hobbies, unable to go “extra miles” and work only a little on their businesses whenever they are broke or are threatened with dismissal at work. After that, they forget they have a business. Remember the saying ‘as a man thinketh…” is always true in the law of attraction.
Now that you know, you can set out to think positively about your online business in order to attract improved business productivity.
Small Business Productivity Killer #2: Lack of Daily Planning
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Before you sleep every night, write down action plans or planned business activities for the next day, prioritised in a “To Do List” with allocated time slots. Ensure to stick with your planned activities by blocking out every form of interaction during work hours. Be realistic in assigning tasks and time (duration) to your “To Do Lists” and ensure to complete your planned daily activities as planned, and where for unforeseen circumstances you could not complete them, move such activities to the next day.
To improve your online business productivity, you can start with one simple change you can do today. In your daily plans, be sure to create a schedule or plan for commenting on other blogs for traffic and links – that is one area that most bloggers and online marketers find it hard to draw a line. That, and social media is a big easy distraction prey.
Online Productivity Killer #3: No Definite Work Hours
It is important to block out a couple of hours every day for completing your income generating activities, preferably at your most productive hours of the day –AM or PM. If you plan to work daily for 2 hours (for example) between 6am to 8am, stick to that. I bet you can start sticking to a defined work hour so that your business productivity can experience a boost, which will have a direct impact on your revenue.
Productivity Killer # 4: Interruptions at Work Hours
In order to see a significant increase in your online business productivity, avoid the common time wasters whenever you should be doing income generating activities. You can engage in them only after achieving a productive day. One tip is to write them down as “Forbidden List” and stick them beside your work table or on the wall, for a constant reminder of the “No Go Areas”. These are some of the popular time wasters among many entrepreneurs.
- Taking or making telephone calls – switch off your phones and leave voice mails where necessary;
- Reading emails – avoid the temptation of logging into your email boxes or reading emails from blogs you are subscribed to when you should be doing something to get your own marketing emails read by others in order to generate sales. Only read emails after you have completed your productive activities;
- Logging into Facebook, YouTube or MySpace, Skype Chat
Business Productivity Killer #5: Learning at Earning Time
Although learning new things can help you increase your value in the marketplace and attract more prospects and income thereof, learning on its own does not produce earning. Therefore separate learning times from income generation time. A simple rule is to allocate 10% of your work time to learning, and you may do this once a week or start or end your day with learning of new things.
It’s also important to have a learning plan and goals with specific timelines when you should stop learning that particular skill and start implementing. Always, always never get carried away getting excited with something new on that subject to learn. There will always be. Stick to your learning plan and take action when you scheduled to. Remember that it’s only in doing that there is earning and a lot of times, people have up to 80% of the skills and information they need to get to the next level but they get in the habit of perpetual learning cycle, which never adds to increase their business productivity.
Online Productivity Killer #6: Wasting Time on Areas of Intense Weakness
There may be some activities that you just find yourself not good at either because you hate to do them or you have never had time to learn to be good at them. Thus, you spend a lot of time on activities like these (some of which make very little impact on your income) while high impact activities suffer. You can find someone else who is good at these activities to assist you do them. This does not necessarily mean outsourcing to outsiders. You can get a friend, family member or a kid that lives in your neighbourhood to do these activities at very low cost, so that increased income from these activities can cover the cost and leaving you with profit.
You can learn how to leverage outsourcing to get things done when they should be done, and avoid drowning in a sea of “to do” activities. Also ensure that you find really cheap, quality freelancers to outsource tedious and technical business tasks to, so that every time you use a freelancer or virtual assistant, you are sure of increased outputs and profits, much higher than the cost of outsourced Virtual Assistant (VA). So, start using outsourcing to delegate your time wasting and tedious activities to Virtual Assistants and you’ll see an improved productivity in your business.
Business Productivity Killer #7: Multitasking but not Completing any Single Activity
Some people are fond of trying to do a dozen things at the same time so that at the end of the day, they have completed NONE. Having a To Do List and Forbidden List, and sticking with them can help you curb this habit. Apply FOCUS all the time, it works to get things done productively.
Have a To Do List with time allocation and Focus On one Course Until Completed. Do not leave your internet on and browse while you are writing a blog post – that is extreme distraction (and hoping around perking a bit of every activity) delays speed of implementation, and earning.
Productivity Killer #8: Lack of a System or Methodology
If, hypothetically, you fall ill for a day and warned to stay off work, do you have a process map or simple sketched system that anyone around you can use to keep your business or blog in continuity until you’re okay? Lack of systemized business process causes delay in execution – usually from chaos and the habit of searching for some missing puzzle. Lack of system = a disorganized and unproductive business.
Setup your business to be close to hands-free, able to exist without you, even on impromptu. It would take a bit of time at first but once you have all setup (one time only), you’ll find that you will work less business hours with increased productivity.
The best businesses are built on systems, and McDonalds is a classical example of a business that has survived the odds simply because it has a system. What is your system or methodology for doing each of your business activities? Many home business owners believe that systems are for only big businesses. That is not true because many top earners in the home business industry built their businesses on systems. You can too. Having a written down methodology helps to keep you focused when you are working and also provides a quick guide to give to someone you want to outsource a few tasks to. Now write down a strategy or methodology for each of the following:
- Content Creation system: Do you start by first writing an outline and then expanding on the outlines? Do you start writing by just flowing and later structuring your contents? What is your content development methodology?
- Traffic Generation and content promotion system: Where are the places that bring you the most traffic? What are the steps you take to get your contents out there, every single time you publish a post– what do you do first, next, next….?
- List Building system: What approach do you use to build a new list? Write your steps down.
- Back-link building: What particular
Stop doing business tasks ad-hoc style or haphazard manner, write down your own methodology in a notepad or mindmap – just keep it simple. Do it today. I have done mine on a mindmap – for every single thing I do after every post is published (traffic/ blog post promotion), how I am building list (I listed the different ways); I wrote the types of contents I’ll be putting up on my blog and when and how. It can only look daunting because you have not started doing it. I prefer mindmap or sketching on paper in a fish-bone style because I draw the processes and see them in single page. You can get freemind or bubl.us- they’re free mind-mapping tools.
Online Business Productivity Killer #9: Not Leveraging on Automation
Leverage automation to increase your online business productivity and output. Leverage on simple automation tools such as autoresponders, social media status update tools (such as hootsuite and socialoomph), free semi-automated social bookmarking tools (such as socialmarker.com or onlywire.com) and Friend adder tools (like Facebook Blaster Pro and Tweet Adder) let you add between 50 and 100 new friends daily on facebook and twitter.
It’s all about productivity! These tools help cut down to more than one quarter time input into the activities so that you save more than four times time against doing the related tasks manually.
Depending on your budget, you can even get fully automated tools for some critical online business tasks.
With autoresponders, you can pre-schedule emails and email mini-courses to your subscribers. With tools like hootsuite, with just one click you can post one status update to all your social media channels; in addition you can also pre-schedule status updates. These kinds of tools free up time for you so that you can do more high impact income generating activities.
There you have it – Top 9 Online Business Productivity Killers And How To Avoid Them If You Must Build a Wildly Productive Business Online. I hope you enjoyed reading and will put the above productivity tips to action and quit being the bottleneck standing in the way of your business success.
Have I missed anything? I’d love to hear from you – what are your own ninja business productivity tips? Share them in the comments side, with me and other readers.
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