Small business owners, managers, and office workers looking for time savers in the office have many options at their disposal. Several simple and often overlooked changes in the office or workspace can significantly save time, improve productivity, and increase job satisfaction.
The more organized an office and its workers are, the less time will be wasted searching for necessary items and information. Here are a few ways to tackle all the clutter and ensure that necessary or urgent items are easily accessible:
Most people recognize for themselves that certain times of the day are more productive than others. The goal in time management is knowing how to maximize the productive times and better manage, while even making use of the down time if necessary.
Every organization is faced with administrative or maintenance work. They are often laborious and dull to some, yet are essential to the functioning of the organization in the long-run. Workers should have a list of down time activities, such as filing, cleaning up clutter, technical debt, and answering emails. The low end of most cyclical work cycles such as the end of year and summer break (parents taking time off) is a good time to accelerate some of the administrative and maintenance work that has been postponed.
The actual set up of an office can greatly impact time management and productivity and in short, itself be a big time saver. Here are some tips business owners and managers should keep in mind when setting up their office:
All the technological advances in mobile computing and communications can and do have two contradictory consequences: 1) numerous tools exist that can greatly improve time management in the office environment and; 2) at the same time, many of these tools can be big attention-grabbers, time-guzzlers and can easily become overused. Here are a few time management tips for technology: