Business owners, leadership teams, and employees often struggle to find time for everything that has to happen on a daily basis. When you consider the time needed for meetings and communication, there are only a few hours in which to get a lot of work done.
That can drive you to stay later, or come in earlier to get things done. You may even try to juggle tasks to accomplish more; but a study from the University of Michigan found that productivity dropped by as much as 40% when participants tried to do two or more things at the same time.
While many of us fall behind on our work, some of the most successful founders and leaders manage to be extremely productive despite their busy schedules. It may certainly be worth looking into – and perhaps emulating – the strategies that top leaders use to structure their days for maximum productivity.
But you don’t have to become more productive all on your own. There are a number of tools you can use to better manage time and create more efficient workflows within your teams. You just need to integrate apps that streamline – and in some cases, completely automate – certain processes.
According to one survey by Microsoft, 46% of workers said their productivity had increased as a direct result of social tools implemented in their workplaces (which included applications for instant messaging, text messaging, video conferencing, news feeds, social networks, and team sites such as SharePoint). Provide employees with the right tools and applications, and it will become much easier for them to tackle their ever-growing to-do list.
If you own a small business, there will be areas where you can use tools to accelerate growth and improve productivity. Start with this comprehensive list of tools designed to help you improve time management and accelerate growth.