Now that we’re winding down from summer and entering the last quarter of the year, it’s worthwhile to assess how the year has gone up until now and what you can do as a business owner to see success in Q4 and beyond.
With record-breaking temperatures and a long summer break, you may have found it difficult to be fully productive over the past few months. But to make the most of Q4 and get geared up for the busy festive season, here are our top productivity hacks for business owners.
Get your team onto an online project management system
Have you ever heard of productivity apps like Trello and Asana? From a personal perspective, apps like these help you stay on top of your to-do list, manage deadlines, and get insight into what tasks require your attention.
However, these apps aren’t only useful when it comes to your productivity – when used throughout your entire company, productivity apps can be incorporated as project management tools.
Having a good online project management tool up and running not only improves your productivity but does the same for your team.
Having insight into how your team is performing, what they’re working on, and where your input is needed can contribute to a far more productive day than running around trying to stay on top of what’s going on within your company.
The best part is that most productivity tools have a free version that includes most of the platform’s best features.
Spend some time planning
If you haven’t already put together a plan for Q4, now is the time to do it. However, you shouldn’t only spend time focusing on this quarter, it’s a good idea to plan for next year too.
Starting with 2023’s planning as early as Q4 will contribute towards a successful and more productive year.
As a business owner, you need to plan every aspect of your business to ensure everything runs smoothly. Additionally, planning ahead helps you to be more productive as you won’t be fumbling through every day with no clear end-goal in sight.
Get into a routine
If you’ve read any of the top self-help books for entrepreneurs and business owners, you’ll know how important our habits and routines are to productivity and success.
If you haven’t nailed down your morning routine (and your workday routine), Q4 is the perfect time to start.
Sticking to a routine may sound boring. However, it’s not to say you won’t have variation in your day.
What having a routine does mean is that every task you need to handle in a day gets done, and you can sleep peacefully at night knowing everything has been taken care of.
Hire a virtual assistant
Did you know that hiring a virtual assistant can boost your productivity? This quarter is an excellent time to start looking into hiring a virtual assistant so that, by next year, they’re all settled in and ready to take your business to new, productive heights.
By handling the tasks that you simply don’t have time for and by managing areas of your business that take away from your focus, a virtual assistant can help you be a far more productive and effective business owner.
If you’d like to work with an award-winning virtual assistant agency to find the perfect virtual assistant for you, visit our website to book your free consultation. Remember, investing in an online assistant is an investment in your productivity in Q4 and beyond.