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Top Ten Tips For Improving Your Efficiency

Making ourselves more efficient is something to strive for, especially in the workplace. Here are our top ten tips:

  1. Set Weekly Targets – Start the week by deciding what you want to get done by Friday. Then set aside enough time to achieve your target and do not get distracted.
  2. Work Less – By making a conscious decision to work fewer hours, it will force you to prioritise and make more use of the time you have.
  3. De-Clutter – Not only does it help with keeping on top of the paperwork, it also helps with deciding what’s important and what’s not.
  4. Make The Decision – Do not be afraid to make a decision and commit to it. Don’t wait for a perfect solution as there are few occasions where it cannot be reviewed and improved upon later.
  5. Delegate – Taking on too much can be draining. Learn to break down jobs into tasks that can be delegated to others. Often they will do the task better than you can.
  6. Look After Your Health – No one works well when they are over-stressed or tired so it is important to balance work with relaxation. Everyone is different so you have to find what is right for you.
  7. Avoid Pointless Meetings – Everyone should know the purpose of a meeting so that they can be prepared and decisions made. Set a time for the meeting to end so that it comes to a decision and does not go on forever.
  8. Be Prepared To Say No – There are only so many hours in a day so if it is not important or it is somebody else’s job then be prepared to say so.
  9. Play Nicely – Sometimes it cannot be avoided but no one gains if there is friction with customers or suppliers or between employees. Driving a hard bargain is one thing but take it too far and it will only happen once.
  10. Concentrate On What Motivates You – There are always jobs that you cannot avoid but if you focus on what you are really interested in then you are likely to achieve more.
Howell & Co has been assisting Online Profiling Ltd since 2005. They couple efficient service with good practical advice and are always extremely helpful and professional.  
Trevor DawesManaging DirectorOnline Profiling Ltd

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