How To Be More Productive At Work

How To Be More Productive At WorkEven though this blog is all about diversifying your income streams and I now work for myself, I do think that diversifying your income can include working for someone else.

According to Salary.com, 69% of respondents to a survey they took stated they waste time at work every single day. Around 62% of survey takers reported that they waste around 30 minutes to 1 hour daily, 22% reported that they waste around 2 to 3 hours daily, and 4% reported that they waste 4 HOURS or more each day.

That is a ton of time wasted!

Wasting time at work is something I don’t think should be done. Sure, breaks every now and then just happen, but wasting a few hours every single day definitely seems excessive when you are being paid to work.

You probably are not getting all of your work done, your boss probably knows that you are wasting time and does not see you as a valuable employee, and more. Also, you might even be annoying your coworkers if they have to pull your weight when it comes to tasks that need to be completed.

Here are my tips to be more productive at work so that you are a more productive worker:

1. Turn off your cell phone.

When at work, you probably do not need your personal cell phone. It might be best just to put it away or turn it off so that you can get more work done. Just having it right on your desk may cause you to waste more time and be less productive at work.

2. Don’t bother with social media.

Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot get onto social media without wasting a lot of time.

Spending just a “few minutes” on social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest is just not realistic for me. So, instead I just try to avoid it altogether and save it for a designated time, after the work I need to do is completed.

A lot of wasted time at work is spent on social media. You should try stepping away from it. Maybe even put a block on it on your work computer.

3. Figure out why you waste so much time at work.

Many people who took the survey mentioned above claimed they wasted time because they are bored or because they do not like the work they do.

If either of those are your reasons, then you need to find a solution so that you can get more work done. I’m assuming that it probably wouldn’t be good if you lost your job, so figuring out a solution is important.

4. Think about the “small” breaks you are taking.

Many people take small, five to ten minute, breaks throughout the day. Is that really needed though? Are these breaks actually small? Do they help or no?

I used to work with someone who would constantly take smoke breaks. I’m talking one or two every hour, at the very least. Over a full work day, that amount of time adds up very quickly. If you need to smoke that much while you are working then you need to figure out why because you are killing your body!

5. Avoid workplace gossip.

So much time is wasted because of gossiping. Does that really help anyone? Sure, some social interaction is important each day, and your work environment most likely allows for that. However, if you are just chatting with your coworkers all day long and not actually working at all, then this can be a big time waster.

How much time do you waste at work each day? Come on, let’s be honest here!

How To Keep Busy During Slow Business Times

business is slow Office Desk PictureThe days and weeks around the holidays are usually when my business is slow. I know they are usually slow for some other businesses not related to retail as well.

These few weeks as a self-employed person can make a new self-employed worker unmotivated because of the possible lower income during these times.

However, even if work is slow, there are probably some things you can still do in order to stay busy so that you can continue to improve your business.

Just because your income may be lower does not mean that you should just completely give up (unless you want to take a break, of course).

Organize when your business is slow.

If you are like me, there is probably something related to organizing that you can do during slow business times. You might want to look into organizing any paperwork, organizing your emails, getting ready for tax season, or something else.

Since December is usually my slow business time, I usually have plenty of organizing I can do that is related to taxes. Even though I stay fairly organized throughout the year, there is usually something I can improve with my organization skills.

Send cards to clients and customers.

Whether it be the holidays or you know it’s a client’s business anniversary, you may have time to send out cards to them. This can be a nice little gesture that shows you are happy to have received their business. It doesn’t take long either. It would most likely just take a few minutes for each card.

For my old day job, we used to send out holiday cards to all of our clients, and we had around 1,000 clients. That was not a fun time each year! However, I know the clients appreciated it. Plus, for most small businesses, there are probably not as many clients.

If you don’t have time for cards, then just a simple email following up or seeing how an old client is doing is something you can do as well.

Brush up old work when your business is slow.

Currently for me, one thing I am working on is brushing up old blog posts since business is slow. If you have a blog for yourself or your business, then you might want to do the same.

I am going through my old posts, cleaning up old links, adding better images, and more. There are many more things I still need to do, but it’s nice having completed what I’ve done so far!

Work on your networking when your business is slow.

If you have a lot of free time when your business is slow, then networking is something that pretty much everyone can always spend a little more time on, especially if you need more business.

Improve your Pinterest skills, reach out to others on Twitter, schedule engaging posts on Facebook, and more.

Take a vacation when your business is slow.

Lastly, during slow times a vacation can be one of the best things.

This way you know that you are not missing out on any business, and you can mostly likely actually enjoy your vacation. I know many people who wait until their slow times to take their vacations.

How do you keep busy during slow business times?

When are your slow times usually (whether you own your business or if you work for someone else)?

 

Top Posts in 2014 on Diversified Finances

Can you believe how quickly this year is going by? We’re just a couple of days away from Christmas, and in around one week it will be New Year’s. And then it will be 2015!

Due to this, I wanted to wrap up 2014 on Diversified Finances and talk about my most popular posts here. In 2015, I want to spend a little more time here on this blog and I cannot wait.

Enjoy the posts below if you have not read them yet!

Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your Passion – There are too many people who make excuses for not following their passion. There might even be something holding you back. What’s your excuse?

How To Start An Online Business – I have an online business, and I LOVE it. There are so many positives to having one. If you are interested in starting your own online business, read this post.

Taking A Vacation When You Are Self-Employed – One of the only downsides of being self-employed is that it can be very hard to actually take a REAL vacation. You will often feel forced to work because it can feel so easy to continue working.

The Blogging Business and Taxes – Taxes are something that no one ever really wants to think about. In this post, I discuss the blogging business and what happens when it comes to taxes.

Buying Blogs/Websites For Profit Part 1 – I bought a couple of websites in 2014, and they paid off thankfully. There are many things to think about when buying a website for profit. I will have to create a Part 2 to this article soon.

How To Find A Writing Job – Writing online is one of the many services that I offer through my freelancing business, and it is what helped me leave my day job to pursue freelancing full-time. Because of this, I receive many e-mails each week from readers asking what they can do to get into online writing.

Blogging Is Real Work – In this article I discuss some of the things that you have to do when you have a blog. Remember that most bloggers do freelancing work outside of blogging, and they mainly have their blog as a platform for the freelancing services that they offer. A lot of work goes into blogging, but even more probably goes into the other services that a blogger offers.

My Business Plans For The Future As An Online Freelancer – A question I am often asked is what my business plans are for the future. As a business owner, I am always looking to grow the services that I offer and increase my income.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the year. Come back next week and I will have one more post for 2014 for you all 🙂