By Kyle Courtright

As a small business owner, there are always seems to be so many things to get done in such a short amount of time. Over the past couple of years I have started some new habits that I think can benefit you as well. After trying out a few ways to add some efficiency the work day, I’ve compiled practical tips that will help help you get back on track.

Here is the list of 7 effective tips for a more productive work day.

1. Eat Breakfast and Lunch

This may sound silly, but often times with so much on my plate I rush to start the day without eating breakfast and many times skip lunch, too. I feel like I can get a jump on the day by saving myself 20 minutes here or there. When I do slow down and take a bit to make sure I eat breakfast and lunch I think clearer and have more energy to get things done throughout the day.

2. Keep a List

Or a planner. Or a task manager. Whatever works for you. Don’t rely on looking through emails or random sticky notes to figure out what you need to get done. Having tasks all together in one place that’s easy to access will not only keep you on track, but will allow you to prioritize your time better. 

3. Time Management

If you’re like me it’s all too easy to get caught up in a project only to look up four hours later and realize you aren’t going to be able to finish everything for the day that you wanted to accomplish. Set a timer, don’t allow yourself to get lost in your project. Be aware, check the time, stay on task.

4. Meetings

This is a tricky one and can be more of a time-sucker than people think. Momentum is the key to production. Most of the time, everything discussed in an hour long meeting can be covered much quicker over the phone (or even email). There are definitely exceptions to this so use your own good judgement. You’ll find that you can stay on task with less interruptions, and in turn, produce an productive work day that keep the momentum going. 

5. Turn Off Notifications

It’s really hard to get anything accomplished when you get notified each time you get an email. When you start a task, finish it. Then deal with distractions later. 

6. Set Goals

It’s tough to know which projects should have the priority over another if you don’t have business goals set.

7. Treat Yourself

At the end of a long (hopefully productive) work week, take the time to relax, unwind and reset. Don’t get caught up in work over the weekend. No one likes being around a workaholic who is burnt out and constantly thinking about work. Take time to be with family, friends and enjoy the weekend!

These are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the years, what are your tips for more being more productive at work?