Do you find yourself constantly busy, yet you never seem to get enough work done? A recent study on productivity shows that being busy doesn’t mean being productive, and that a longer work week is not the answer to better and more productive work. Out of 38 countries that were researched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mexico was found to be the least productive country, even though it had the longest average workweek with 41.5 hours. Luxembourg, on the other hand, was found to be the most productive country, with a 29-hour work week.

What does this mean for business owners? Working long hours does not mean you are being productive.

So, how do you work hard without sacrificing efficiency? Here are 3 ways to increase productivity:

  • Look back at this last week and count how many hours you spent working and what you accomplished in these hours. If you feel that you were not as productive as you could’ve been, plan for next week. Put together a to do list for the week and then mark down on your calendar a time and day to get each of these tasks done. The important part here is to stick to the plan, so be realistic and don't shoot yourself in the foot by overextending your goals. Make sure you create a pattern that you can actually follow going forward.
  • How much quality time did you have for yourself in this past week, not for work but for the things that you like to do. If you overwork yourself, something will have to give, which will cause your work to suffer. In order to take care of your business, you must take care of yourself first.
  • Build a general daily and weekly schedule for yourself to follow on a regular basis. The most common reason for poor time management is not having a plan. When there’s no plan, everything is done based on impulse, instead of what needs to get done. For example: I have a general time blocked for certain activities that I need to do during the day/week re: responding to emails, taking calls, taking meetings, working-out etc. Having that makes it easier for me to plan my days and more so get things done.

Having a plan doesn't mean that you can't be spontaneous. If something comes up that needs to be addressed, or you just feel like taking time for yourself, by all means go for it. But, once you are done, go back to the plan.

Achieving your business goals start with setting clear goals for your business. If you are new to the industry and looking to start your fashion business, MoodU fashion business now offers an intro class to help you create a strong plan and goals. Need help with that? Check out MoodU!