We all want improve our efficiency — in our business, in our sales, in working with customers and buyers.
I, myself, need to make my life more efficient and effective as I wear lots of hats. It is easy to get confused, forget appointments (nearly did this early today) and generally speaking, drop the ball.
So how can we improve our efficiency?
Artsy Shark’s article by Corrina Thurston lists 8 different ways to improve our efficiency in business and life in their recent article:
- Don’t Multitask: If you’re anything like I was, you may think multitasking is a good thing! …. When you multitask, your brain is jumping from one task to another. Unfortunately, it takes your brain time to do that and the more you jump around, the more time it takes to adjust to the new task. …. It’s time you don’t realize is wasted, and it adds up.
- Finish One Task at a Time: This goes along with trying not to multitask, instead you want to finish one thing at a time. If you have 5 tasks that will each take you 4 hours to complete, and you work 2 hours on one, an hour on another, then two hours on the next, you won’t feel like you’re getting anything done….But if you do one after another, you’ll finish a task every 4 hours.
- Make Smaller Goals: Big goals, which I call Summit Goals, are great, …. But when it comes to my daily schedule, my to-do list is full of small goals, which I call Step Goals…. If your list only has Summit Goals, it may not feel like you’re accomplishing anything. If you break those down into a number of Step Goals, you can cross them off more quickly and feel a sense of accomplishment, which feeds your energy and efficiency. Plus you’ll know exactly what you have to do next in order to reach that Summit Goal.
- Time Yourself: If you’re struggling to get yourself to work on something, try timing yourself. …. I time myself for 30 minutes with no distractions and write as much as I can for 30 minutes and then see how many words I wrote. Then I take a quick break and do another 30 minutes. This works with creating artwork, creating marketing materials, framing, writing, jotting down ideas, etc.
- Reward Yourself: …. When I finish something monotonous or that I really dread, like bookwork, I get ice cream or whatever else I’ve been eyeing in the kitchen. … Of course not all rewards need to be food, maybe you get to spend time reading that guilty pleasure book or play a game, etc. But you don’t get the reward unless you put in the work.
- Minimize Distractions: With our devices always hooked up to the Internet, it’s easy to get distracted with Facebook notifications, emails, Twitter, text messages, and more. If you want to be more efficient with your time, minimize those distractions. … Some artists also have a sign they put on their studio door that allows their family to know they’re concentrating and would like not to be disturbed.
- Schedule Your Time: … If you’re able to sit down the night before and schedule your day and what you’ll be working on, it may help you be more efficient by streamlining your process. … for some people, this is immensely helpful.
- Take Breaks: This may seem counter intuitive, but taking breaks, getting up to get a drink or going for a short walk, can be a huge help to your efficiency. You’re releasing endorphins, getting your blood flowing, and giving your eyes and brain a quick refresh.