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It may feel like the festive season was a long time ago, but hopefully you are still feeling the benefits of a well-deserved break from the office – one that gave you the chance to refresh and revitalise your mind and body.
Now you’re back, it’s a good time to assess your approach to work with an open mind. You don’t need to set radical resolutions for change in order to improve your productivity – sometimes, just a few small, sustainable changes to the way you work can make all the difference and help to streamline your working day.
Five tips for boosting your productivity in 2020
Everyone's different, so it might be that not all these tips will work for you – but, if they resonate with you, give them a try!
Some tasks are just not worth your time. To maximise your billable hours, you should ideally be working on the things you excel at and can deliver efficiently – so consider passing some of your more routine tasks to new starters eager to diversify their own skillset. Delegation allows you to focus on the things you enjoy and that make the best use of your expertise, which helps to make your billable hours as productive as possible.
2. Learn a new skill
This pairs neatly with delegation because, while you want to be performing the tasks best suited to your skillset, you may also have untapped skills or areas of interest waiting to be developed. Investing in training is also a fantastic way to increase employee engagement. Look out for the things that could make a real difference to the business and that will work towards your team’s overall career development.
With the right systems and software, your client communications should be in tip-top shape – and, if they’re not, addressing this is an urgent priority! However, communicating with colleagues can sometimes take a back seat to keeping your clients informed and happy. Checking in with your team regularly helps you balance your workload, manage problems (before they get too serious), identify solutions and share best practice, so everyone benefits.
4. Use technology wisely to maintain your work–life balance.
Your work–life balance can have a dramatic effect on your productivity, happiness and wellbeing. One of the easiest ways to keep your life in balance is to leave your emails and other correspondence at work – no more checking for a late-evening reply on your phone. If you’re able to be fully present in your home life, you can offer your professional life the same dedication and reap the benefits of your improved energy and focus.
5. Review the past to deliver future success.
Try going back in time if you want to maximise your forward planning. Use the reporting functions in your practice management software to assess where your 2019 wins were, where you struggled and what you might be able to do better this year. Maybe some training would help one of your developing employees to reach their full potential, or perhaps there’s a part of your process that is taking too much time and yielding little value. Casting a critical eye backward – with some distance to help you be objective – could reveal many helpful ways to streamline your approach to the business and keep your clients happy at the same time.
You don’t need to declare a dramatic overhaul and a raft of new resolutions at the start of the new year – in fact, taking a few simple steps to improve your productivity and make better use of the resources available to you is far more likely to be successful in the long run.
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