5 Tips to help Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs increase Productivity

Is your productivity as good as it could be?

As a small business owner or entrepreneur, your success depends largely on your ability to remain productive for long periods of time. However, it’s all too common for our time in the office to turn into an unplanned blogging session or an internet marathon session that is disguised as research. These distractions can affect your productivity, and affect your bottom line.

If you have trouble staying on task for long periods of time, start applying some of the tips below to improve your personal productivity:

Social Media.

We all know that social media is a valuable marketing tool for small business, but checking your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts several times an hour, can build up and can often waste hours throughout the day. Keep social networking to a minimum.

Stay Healthy.

We have all heard it; a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. In order to keep your mind strong and constantly maintain the ability to make wise decisions, take care of your body. If you do, you’ll have more energy to tackle your to-do list and you will achieve more. Try to stay away from heavy, starchy foods, exercise on a regular basis and make sure you receive a good amount of sleep each night.

Take A Break.

When you are focused on a project or task, it is very easy to lose track of time and forget about taking a break, indeed some small business owners and entrepreneurs believe that if they take breaks they are wasting time. However, the opposite is true, short, regular breaks are essential to both the effectiveness of your work and your overall health. Take a five minute break every hour in order to reap the highest rewards.

Make Use Of Your Personal Prime Time.

As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you are allowed to make your own rules. Therefore, if you aren’t reaching your productivity peak during the 9-to-5 schedules, change it. Many small business owners or entrepreneurs find that they’re most productive in the early morning hours of 5 am to 12 pm. Or, if you’re a night owl, turn those sleepless nights into money making hours by doing some work.

Office Ergonomics.

Make sure that your office desk and chair is the right height for you, and that your monitor is in the correct position. Stay away from bright wall colours, these have a tendency to distract you from your work, cooler tones are ideal wall colours for an office as they promote effective thinking and soothe your eyes.

As a small business owners or entrepreneur, you have control of your time, and these ideas will help you to make the most of it. Choose one or more of these ideas today and begin to experience the personal, business, and financial success you deserve.


Mike Gardner is ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management specialists being regularly featured in articles in the small business sections of both The Times and Guardian newspapers. He is an author, speaker and mentor. He enables you to prioritize your activities, so that you can be incredibly productive, whilst still having time for the things that matter most in your life. He is an avid fan of Aston Villa, a Dad of Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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2 thoughts on “5 Tips to help Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs increase Productivity

  1. These are all good tips! Thank you for sharing. I don’t “just” blog, but I run the office portion of my husband’s business at home. Good ideas for keeping tech time, on that end, under control.