7 Secrets To Keeping Your Startup Supercharged

View the original post on SmallBizBee, published April 16th, 2010

When you start a new business, there is a certain “energy” in the air. Although there is a lot to get done, you and your team are excited about the work. How do you keep that energy going?

Here are the 7 secrets to keep your start-up supercharged through team collaboration and business organization best practices, so you and your team can focus on moving forward and increasing your business success.

1. Work Hard

With a start-up, you know you will have to work your tail off to build your business, brand and success. Know that the blood, sweat and tears that you put into your new business will be well worth it in the end. That’s enough to keep you energized and working toward your goals.

2. Have Fun

Never stop having fun. This is the best way to keep that energy up. Learn how to mix business with pleasure. If playing pranks on your teammates gives your office that lighthearted feeling, go for it. Maybe even take an afternoon off every once in a while and go on an all team activity or dinner. Find ways to inject some fun and excitement into your business, and the energy will skyrocket.

3. Stay Organized

One main benefit of keeping your business organized is that you won’t be distracted by the chaos and mess of disorganization. Store your business documents securely, manage projects and tasks with an online project management system and keep communications and collaborations in the same place as the work that is being done. You will save yourself a lot of searching time if you organize everything well right off the bat.

4. Collaborate

Work together. Talk to each other. Include all hands on each project. Find ways that bring team members together and listen to everyone’s suggestions on how to make the business better and more successful. This way everyone has a hand in the success of the business, and the pride they feel will keep them working hard toward future success.

5. Keep Learning

Business techniques, strategies and best practices are changing all the time. Continue learning – either through additional business classes or hands-on trial and error – to keep your mind active and the better ideas flowing. Offer continued education opportunities to your employees as well, to make sure you have the cutting edge of business knowledge on your team.

6. Hire Good People

Don’t be afraid to invest in the right talent. Having good, dedicated and intelligent people on your team will only better the organization as a whole. Along with almost guaranteeing great business success, the right team members will encourage and excite others to reach their greatest business potential as well.

7. Celebrate Success

Excellent – you’ve achieved a goal! Good for you! Don’t forget to celebrate that success by honoring the team lead or those who worked hard on the project with recognition or a small token of appreciation. And here is another great opportunity for a team event to celebrate that success, and inject a bit of fun and energy in your day, to keep your team working hard toward even greater success.

With continued high energy in your office, your people will have fun while working hard toward increasing your business’s success. Whether your company is still in start-up mode or has been going strong for 20 years, following these steps will inject some productive energy into your team and you’ll love the outcome you see!

13 Ways to Increase Productivity and Get More Done

View the original post at the OnePlace Blog

Do you ever have those days where you were really busy, but didn’t end up getting anything accomplished? Or when you can’t overlook the amount of work you have to complete, so you just don’t do anything?

The team at OnePlace knows how important it is to keep on top of your goals to get work accomplished. Heck, that is why OnePlace was created! We believe that task management and team collaboration can improve the efficiency of any small business team and make them more productive.

Here are some easy to follow tips for improving your business productivity:

  1. Schedule Your Work – Outlining exactly what you have to accomplish each day and managing your tasks gives you a nice visual of all your work, and allows you to choose which to work on next. And nothing beats the feeling of checking things off your to do list! (read a blog post on scheduling here)
  2. Take Notes – Have you ever left a meeting and forgotten your next steps? Take notes when in meetings, on the phone or anytime they pop into your mind. This saves time by not having to revisit the conversations later.
  3. Organize Your Workspace – A chaotic workspace can distract you from the work at hand. Make sure your desk and computer desktop are neat and organized prior to beginning your work.
  4. Open the Doors of Collaboration – Brainstorming with team members is a powerful tool. So is the opportunity to run an idea by a coworker to see if you’re on the right track. Team collaboration tools help to open the doors and keep team members connected all day.
  5. Love Your Job – If you don’t like your job, you are automatically going to suck at it. Make sure that you are doing the best for your boss and yourself by finding the right job for you. If it helps, take a career assessment to find out what skills match your personality best.
  6. Know When to Procrastinate – Procrastination is one of the worst time-sucks in the workplace – but there is a time and place to procrastinate. By managing your tasks, you can complete what you feel like completing, and move the other items out to another time.
  7. Attack the Big Rocks – There are some tasks, however, that need to be worked on right away. Start working on those “big rocks” first thing in the morning. Once you get them done, you’ll feel more accomplished for the day.
  8. Delegate to Team Members – If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the work in front of you, ask a coworker for a bit of help. Taking 5 minutes to reassign a task and explain it to someone else will free up a lot of task time for you to accomplish everything else.
  9. Exercise – A mid-day heart rate boost can increase productivity for the afternoon. If you can’t do jumping jacks in your office, a lunchtime walk works just as well.
  10. Keep Team Members in the Loop – By sharing your to do list with coworkers, you are instantly held accountable for completing that work. Ensure you are using a team collaboration solution that offers transparency and allows team members to see other’s work easily to manage that accountability.
  11. Eliminate Distractions – Get rid of email, Twitter, Facebook, and other distractions on your computer and get to work. Without the distractions of questions, tweets and status updates, you will find yourself working harder on your task list.
  12. Work When You’re Productive – There are always going to be times in the day when you are more productive than others. For me, it’s first thing in the morning. Identify these times for yourself, and plan your work accordingly.
  13. Just Do It – Sometimes the best way to get stuff done is to start working. Get to work and see how much you can do :-)

Being aware of what you have to accomplish can help push you get more done. Learn what tools help you work more efficiently and continue to use them to wow your boss and feel good about your work.

What other tools do you use to keep productive?