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12 Productivity Tips for Remodeling Contractors

Posted November 10, 2014 by EnerBank USA

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Always looking to squeeze more time out of the day? Keeping many plates spinning at the same time? With a contractors’ life in mind, we’ve scoured productivity tip lists, and curated the top dozen for your convenience.

Are you looking for ways to continually be more productive? To help you  accomplish more during your any routine business day, we have amalgamated the following short list of 12 productivity tips from several experts.

#1: Schedule a day with no meetings.

By blocking a day-off each week that is meeting free, you get a chance to focus on projects, tasks and people important to you.  –  Inc. Magazine

#2: Prioritize your to-do list in order of importance and/or difficulty.

Focusing gets the unimportant out of the way, and possibly forces the delegation of tasks to others who can also accomplish them equally well (if not better) in a timely manner.  –  Leigh Gallagher

#3: Do the thing you want to do the least, first.

If you begin with the least desireable project, you are incentivized to get it done and out of the way so you can start working on one you enjoy. It will eliminate procrastination.  –  Bernard Marr

#4: Set aside all emails that are not related to a task.

This will help you focus more on what is important instead of being reactive to everyone who wants your attention.  –  Business Insider

#5: Fuel your brain.

There are foods that drain your brain and ones that fuel it. Make sure your diet includes food that fuels your brain. It will help your staying power and improve productivity.  –  The Payroll Blog

#6: Get another computer monitor.

It will save you time. You’ll be able to switch windows in one monitor when referencing one document and make revisions in another one.  –  Entrepreneur

#7: Weekly review and monitoring.

Set aside time each week to review what you accomplished. Then make new goals for the following week. You become less reactive and more proactive.  –  Jesse Noyes

#8: Hydrate.

When you lose water, you can become dehydrated and lose energy.  When you don’t drink enough water each day we cannot think clearly and be as productive.  Lifehack.org

#9: If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.

When you adopt this rule you can get a lot more done. It frees-up and lot time and quickly shortens your task list.  –  David Allen

#10: Turn off the Internet.

This may be the hardest challenge for many of you. By turning off the Internet there are fewer distraction and more work can get done. Goodbye to automatic notifications and chiming bells identifying the receipt of new email. –  Inc. Magazine

#11: Never agree to a meeting without an agenda.

This popular tip reoccured in many articles. One author even suggested that in addition to asking for an agenda, you should ask for time allocation for each agenda item. Then cut the allocation time in half. It will force the meeting participants to be succinct. –  Small Business Trends

#12: Make technology your friend.

This tip also appeared in many online articles. The use of brainstorming software, note-taking apps like Evernote, and automation software like Zapier or IFTTT will make you and your team more productive

Make the Most of Your Time – Use PartnerPortal

Time is valuable. Time spent growing your business reaps huge dividends. EnerBank loan programs help you do just that. We hope these12 time-saving tips keep you focused, doing what is most important and keep you running your business efficiently.

PartnerPortal is a time-saving tool designed to help EnerBank business clients more effectively manage their businesses. PartnerPortal provides 24/7 access to any applications or loans you have with the bank. It also helps you manage sales team success using payment options, cash flow, payment tracking and more.

PartnerPortal is a free resource available to all EnerBank USA business clients.

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