Improving Your Small Business Productivity Using Time Tracking

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Running a small business presents challenges. One of which is that there never seems to be enough hours in the day. No matter how hard you try; you rarely get your to-do list done. As a result, there is always something urgent that needs doing. This leaves you working under constant pressure.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to solve this problem. Top of the list is investing in some time tracking software for small businesses. Used in the right way it is amazing how trans-formative this simple tool can be. It really can enable you to work more efficiently. It can also be great for seeing how effectively employees are using their working hours and where things might be too time consuming.

The knock-on effect of which is the fact that you can work faster so can slice through your to-do list. That relieves quite a bit of the pressure and gives you the time and breathing space to pay more attention to your customers. Here is a quick overview of how to get the most out of it.

Buy a good package

Start by buying a good time management software package. It is worth paying a little extra to get useful features like the ability to activate the timer in your browser. Or to receive a reminder alarm if you do not have the software running for more than 5 minutes.

Initially track absolutely everything

To start with, you want to aim to track every minute of your working day. This sounds tedious and difficult. But, in reality, once you have listed out the tasks you do every day or every week/month, it is easy. All you have to do is to remember to hit the button when you switch tasks.

Garbage in garbage out

But you need to be honest about what you are doing. If you go online to answer business emails, then get distracted and switch to reading your Twitter feed this must be taken into account. Go back into that entry and edit it. Estimate how long you were distracted for and log it. You will be amazed by how often your focus drifts away or is pulled away, from the task at hand. Seeing it in black and white will pull you up short. It is a highly effective way to motivate yourself to change your bad habits and become more focused.

Use the information and take positive action.

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