Need to help to become more efficient at work? Do you have enough time to get all your tasks done? Here are 5 productivity hacks all successful sales managers should consider:
1. Turn Off Alerts
It’s extremely easy to be diverted from your important tasks by phone alerts from social media channels, emails, text messages and the like. It is a wise idea to shut those notifications off while you are at work and focus on the critical tasks at hand. Your productivity will skyrocket once you tell your phone you are not interested in what it has to display.
2. Drink Water
The majority of us do not drink water as much as we should be. Our bodies prosper on drinking water – it gives us more energy, keeps us hydrated and gives us an excuse to get up and take a break from the chair we’ve been sitting on all day.
3. Make the Most of Lost Hours
Talking on the phone while driving is illegal in many parts of the world, so we would never suggest this to anyone. What we do suggest is to download industry-related podcasts on to a tablet or phone and listen to them on the way to work and on the way back home. Waiting at the doctor’s office for your turn? Maybe catch up on industry news and blogs.
4. Allot times for emails
Checking and responding to email is one of the biggest time-sucks. If you don’t believe us, try to monitor your email usage for one whole day and add up all the minutes you spent on this task. A new study by McKinsey & Company found that workers spend 28% of their day reading and answering emails; the second most time consuming activity in a work day. Resist the urge to answer every ping you get. Set times throughout the day in which you will check emails and resolve issues.
5. Have a Day Plan in Place
If you’ve ever come home at the end of the day with that sinking feeling of “I didn’t get anything done today,” this productivity tip is for you. It’s easy to get bogged down in the cycle of responding to situations, people, and other emergencies. But rather than letting others dictate the course of your day, have a plan (task management) in place for proactively completing projects and tasks.
Everyone is of course different in the way that they set up their day. We’ve shared with you an infographic that explores the hacks LinkedIn Influencers use to save time and increase their daily productivity.
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