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Here’s How to Handle 5 Business Operations That Are Utter Time-Stealers

Here’s How to Handle 5 Business Operations That Are Utter Time-Stealers

Here’s one thing that everyone across the board needs to understand from day one – absolutely no business on the face of this Earth is 100% productive throughout the day every single day. That is, quite frankly, a ridiculous level of optimism to have. Having said that, there is also the fact that time and money are two of the most important aspects that no one likes to waste. When it comes to optimizing these two aspects to the max and running a business side by side, the stakes are high. Most importantly, time is something that, once it is lost, you can never get it back. The same does not apply for money, even though money is valuable.

One underlying fact is that if you have plans to ultimately take your business to the next level and thrive on every single opportunity that presents itself to you, one of your main priorities should be to find ways to stop wasting money and time. The correct use of etl tools is one way to go, but that is only a part of the puzzle.

Sure, in spite of this, there are a lot of inevitable distractions that will happen anyway with time management and communication issues. Having said that, there is still enough that one can do by simply being aware of key problems. Here are the top five business operations that you think are helping you, but are actually costing you dearly in terms of both time and money in the long run:

Excessive Reports

Here’s the thing – certain reports concerning the number of applications or products are important only to you. Sending reports to everyone out there would not be the best way to go and it would be for the best if you first figure out which of the reports in particular have value. That way, you will be able to convince yourself which reports actually hold any kind of importance, hence allocating the extra time left for more important and pressing tasks at hand.

Unnecessary Meetings

Many surveys have revealed that meetings are arguably the biggest time-wasters of all. These not only include unnecessary meetings, but even meetings that end up taking longer than they should. Make sure that you set up a system that ensures meetings happen only when necessary, making them as effective and timely as possible. Once you set up a proper agenda for your meeting, you will definitely start seeing proper results that will boost your business.

Outdated Processes

This may come as a surprise, but even to this day a lot of businesses waste a lot of time employing the same processes that they started with a decade back. With so many ways to automate your business, manual work is a sheer time-waste in every sense of the word. Once you do a thorough audit, figure out which key automatic processes, such as email newsletters and social media posts, need to be automated and work your way up from there.

Unimportant Data

Today, too many marketers tend to forget the unique ability of being able to access real-time data on every possible operation due to the help of some nifty analytical tools out there. However, many of them overuse this aspect, leading them to focus on an excessive amount of data that is simply not useful. Hence, you need to put added measures into place that determine what data is actually worth looking at.

An Unrestricted Level of Communication

With most communication happening over chat or email, more and more people are beginning to get wise to the fact that constant back-and-forth messaging of this sort ends up wasting too much time in the long run. Of course, it may be necessary when it comes down to a group meeting or discussion, but for the most part, a quick phone call is the best and easiest fix.

No matter how hard you try, there will always be time-stealing factors and distractions present, no matter how hard you may strive to be productive. It is as simple as that. And the point is not to attempt to eradicate all sources of distractions, (which would be impossible to do, in any case) but to be aware of them at all times and keep them at bay.

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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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