4 Quick Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

27-Nov 2017
Project Management

One of the hardest parts of running a leading digital agency is making sure everyone on your team is working efficiently. On top of all of this, you need to manage your own tasks and time and keep your clients happy.

One way to do all of this successfully (without losing your sanity) is to implement a smart platform that has automated time tracking abilities and scheduling features - so that you can stay on track and on budget with ease.

Whether you’re working with cloud-based software or not, here are four simple ways to improve time management at your agency today:

1. Set goals and priorities.

Before you get started on anything, take some time to write down your goals at the start of the day. Having a realistic list of tasks will allow you to keep busy without having to stop and think ‘what do I need to do next.’ Having a smart platform that automates your busywork and notifies you when a task is approaching its due date will also help you stay on track to achieving your goals - without becoming overwhelmed.

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2. Be aware of how you spend your time.

What’s the first step towards improving your inefficient habits? Recognizing them. Think about the websites you frequently visit, the time you spend on social platforms, or even how often you check your email and ask yourself: what purpose do these activities all serve when it comes to growing your business and achieving your goals?

Being mindful of this will help you recognize where you’re wasting time so that you can develop more efficient behavior over time.

3. Use your downtime to catch up on emails.

If your projects are dependent on other people and deliverables, take that ‘in-between time’ as a chance to catch up on some busy work - like responding to emails and returning phone calls. You might not realize this, but the time you spend on these kinds of unavoidable tasks could be costing your business up to $50,000 each year - but it doesn't need to be that way.

With the right smart platform, you’ll be able to log every minute spent in your inbox, or on the phone, and convert that into revenue.

4. Feeling unproductive? Don’t beat yourself up about it.

You're human. So it’s important to realize that you can’t be productive all of the time. Instead of stressing, just give into it, but only for an allotted amount of time. If you make an effort to block out some ‘chill’ time during your week, then you’ll find that the transition to productivity will be much easier.

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