Productivity is one of the essential words in the business world. Doing more for less, doing better for less, doing important things and other doings is something that will define the success of each company. But, there are ten productivity problems that you need to know before you start working on the improvements. Here is how you can solve one by one possible productivity problem.
Why There are Productivity Problems?
Doing more for less time and effort means that you will have chances for more profit for your company. If your competitors make ten products in one day, and you are making 12 products in one day, your product immediately is cheaper than competitors.
What does this mean for you? You can sell it for the same price as competitor’s and take more profit for your company. Or, you can sell it cheaper and sell more than your competitors.
Now, I don’t want to go deeper in explaining why productivity is crucial for you as an entrepreneur and your company as overall. It will be a subject that we will consider next time. Here, I would like to talk about some problems related to productivity and why some entrepreneurs cannot achieve to become more productive persons and to increase their productivity as a company.
I have built a list with more than 70 factors that influence on individual and organizational productivity, but here I will share ten of them for which I think are most important for your entrepreneurial productivity. I call them productivity problems, or why you don’t achieve desired productivity level.
Let’s start with the first one.
Productivity Problem #1: It’s More About Your Mindset
In my experience, as an entrepreneur and my work with different entrepreneurs, I conclude that achieving productivity you can’t base only on systems and tools. It is deeply rooted in your entrepreneurial mindset and your team members mindset.
I have not still seen people who don’t want to be more productive. Why theirs wants can’t become true? This is the question that I have asked to myself so many times and my research and experimentation brings me to the conclusion that people’s mindset related to the work, in general, is something that influences individual productivity in large part.
You need to change your current thinking about productivity. For example, getting up early doesn’t mean that you will become more productive. It will only give you more time to do more things. But, if you are not resting enough, you will still do fewer things with possibilities to make mistakes. Or doing more stuff on the side of quality of work that will need to be done will not make you more productive. It will bring you more rework and do it, again and again, the same stuff.
So, increasing productivity cannot be done tweaking different stuff in your life. It will require broader approach, starting with your mindset.
Productivity Problem #2: It’s About Your Organizational Culture
So, you want a productive day, but it’s not possible because of your working environment. Everyone can come to your office in every time. Everyone can send you email or call you on a mobile phone for every possible problem.
These are only the fraction of possible distractions that will decrease your productivity level. They are the results of the organizational culture that you have built in the past and is still active in your company.
This productivity problem is something that will decrease not only your productivity but also the productivity of your whole company.
So, change your organizational culture, spread responsibilities, and decision making among your team members and ensure that your culture will make all your team members accountable for their decisions and work they are doing.
Productivity Problem #3: There Are Too Many Obstacles in Achieving More Productive Life
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There will be probably tens or hundreds of obstacles. You can solve one productivity problem, but it will create other issues. Also, you can solve one productivity problem, but there still will be other that is waiting for you.
You cannot expect that implementing productivity system will solve all your productivity problems. You cannot expect that implementing productivity tools will solve all your productivity problems.
Obstacles will always be part of your journey on more productive entrepreneurial live regardless if they come from you as an entrepreneur or other peoples around you.
Obstacles can be current systems, tools, habits, technology, or people inside and outside your company.
Productivity Problem #4: It Can’t Be Learned
In my experience, different persons and organizations have different needs related to productivity. There can’t be used templates and implemented as a magic wand.
I have mentioned in the first two productivity problems, that when it comes to mindset and culture combined with different current statuses, it is more difficult to change something.
So, don’t try to learn everything new related to productivity and especially become more productive quick tips. Use them as ideas and tweak them to yourself and your company. Experiments are the only things that will bring you learning knowledge useful to increase productivity.
Productivity Problem #5: There Are Too Many Tools
The development of new technologies and especially mobile tools brings you into a position when you cannot choose what the best tool for your productivity is.
There are simply plenty of tools that promise us we will become more productive using them. But, sometimes we need only the piece of paper and a pen with the larger level of simplicity to become more productive.
So, don’t think about the tools before you don’t define precisely processes that you will use.
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Productivity Problem #6: Tools Doesn’t Guarantee Successful Achievements
It is true because I have seen many entrepreneurs spend a lot of money on tools instead of their processes. I have one experience in the larger organization when they have spent a lot of money on document management system to increase productivity. But they have failed because they try to improve productivity without first to define each process in each of departments. The newly implemented system has brought less productivity than ever and required many additional adjustments that were too much expensive.
Productivity Problem #7: There Are Too Many Influencing Factors
As you can see from these productivity problems, there are too many factors that will influence your productivity.
You need to discover them, clearly define them and measure their influence level. After this, you can start working on improvements from the most priority factors, or factors that will have a drastic impact in improving your productivity. Don’t allow the quantity of influencing factors to make you confused.
Productivity Problem #8: Planning Doesn’t Guarantee Success
Planning your day is something that has potential to increase your productivity. But, it doesn’t guarantee success in becoming a more productive entrepreneur.
Planning is essential in defining your future, but if you do not implement your plans, it will not help you to become a more productive entrepreneur.
Productivity Problem #9: It Requires Strong Commitment From Your Side
You need to be committed to your goals and implementation of plans if you want to increase your productivity.
This commitment in many cases will be painful for you because you will need to get out of your current safe status quo situation. It will require many cancellations and change of your current habits.
Productivity Problem #10: Productivity Require Strong Focus
To stay focused today is really challenged for each entrepreneur. Your productivity in large part will depend on your strong focus on important thing in your business and your life. Having the right focus on right things can become one of your productivity problems.
How can you stay focused when you have distractions from everywhere around you? That’s additional productivity problem for you.