Office Productivity: Starting With Yourself
When you own a business, particularly when you are in the early stages of creating the business, office productivity starts with you. A recent Entrepreneur article talked about things you can do as an entrepreneur to get yourself motivated. One important thing to understand is that as you get motivated, if you have employees under you, your actions can also motivate them.
Create a Personal Mission Statement
If you have not already done so, create a personal mission statement. Decide what you really hope to accomplish in your business. Decide what values are important. Write down your personal mission statement. Knowing in your head what you want out of your company is not the same as actually writing it down.
Carry this statement with you. Read it, especially when things are not going exactly as planned. This can help you refocus your efforts rather than getting discouraged.
Make a Company Plan
To go along with your personal mission statement, create a company plan. Write down goals for your company. This should include both short-term and long-term goals. Do you hope to hire fifteen new employees by the end of the year and expand to a second location by 2018? Write those things down.
You may want to encourage others within the company, particularly cofounders, co-owners, and management staff, to help with the company plan. This can help to make sure you are all on the same page when it comes to the company. An important thing about a company plan is that is must be flexible. You may have to adjust goals, depending upon personal and professional factors. Maybe you will find you are expanding too quickly, and it is taking a toll on your family or that things are going better than anticipated, and you will actually be able to pay back your business loan sooner than anticipated.
Take Time for Yourself
A thriving business is great, but when it takes a toll on your health or relationships with family and friends, it might not be worth the sacrifice. Give yourself personal time throughout the day where you can focus on you and not upon simply making sure your business continues to thrive. Make sure you take time for exercise, eating properly, and getting enough water. Along with this, make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Allow those under you the opportunity for their own time to themselves. This might mean limiting the amount of time employees have to work overtime, particularly for employees who have small children, who may need to devote that time to their families. While it is sometimes hard to believe at the time, taking time away from work can actually make your work more productive.
In the process of developing your company, reward yourself for accomplishments, both small and large. Maybe treat yourself to an ice cream cone in your favorite flavor after you have finally found an office space to rent, or get yourself a new pair of shoes after paying back the first installment of your business loan.
Planning ahead how you are going to reward yourself can motivate you to accomplish a certain task, but spur-of-the-moment rewards can also be great, particularly if you have accomplished something great after many setbacks. Rewarding employees for accomplishments can also motivate them to want to work harder.
This does not mean living in a fantasy world where you believe everything will also go perfectly and where you have unrealistic goals. It does, though, mean not allowing yourself to get too discouraged by setbacks. Make a decision to be positive, even when things are not going as planned. A positive attitude can help keep you working hard, and your positively can be an infectious influence in your office, helping others to feel positive as well.
Of course, part of creating an efficient business is making sure your office is a place where people want to work. If you need help creating a visually appealing work environment, contact us.