No matter how big or small your business is, there is one constant you need to remember.
Productivity is key.
The more productive you are, the more you will get done, and in theory, the more profitable your business will become. It’s common sense really. We have already given you a few productivity tips on our website, so follow the link and have a read.
In this article, we are going to continue the theme of productivity with a few tips that are directly related to your computer use. Have a look below, and then improve your chances in business by following our suggestions.
#1: Declutter your computer on a regular basis
You should do this for two reasons.
Firstly, know that a computer free of unused computer programs, plugins, and redundant files is going to run a lot better. So, if your computer has been chugging along recently, and it is taking you longer than you should to get work done because it takes an age for web pages and documents to open, then you should free up space by decluttering your computer of items you no longer need. You can do this manually by going through your system and deleting the relevant files and programs, or you can type in Disk Cleanup in your computer’s search box, and use the tools provided to do so. There is also some excellent advice for Mac users in this article on what is purgeable space. Have a read and use the advice within if it applies to you.
Secondly, by decluttering your desktop and document folders, you are also going to make life easier for yourself when you’re trying to find something on your computer. So, if you have been struggling to find the relevant items because your computer is a disorganized mess, tidy up your desktop and reorder your document folders, so your productivity is no longer being hindered.
#2: Use a website blocker
If you are regularly tempted to check certain internet sites when you know you should be working (Facebook is often the biggest temptation for many), you might want to install a website blocker to prevent access to them during your working hours. You will struggle to get work done otherwise, and this will be to the detriment of your business. Check out these website blockers and use whichever is appropriate for your device.
#3: Make backups of your data
If your computer suffers a malfunction, or if you delete something in error (possibly when freeing up disk space), you are going to see a halt in your productivity should you lose valuable documents and programs that are necessary for the day-to-day running of your business. To prevent slowdown to your working day then, you should use one or all of these methods to back up your data. So, even if your computer hard drive does fail, or should you mistakenly delete something important, you will have the opportunity to commence work sooner rather than later after averting a potential data disaster.
In business, your computer can be your greatest asset, but not when it halts your productivity. Follow our tips then, as these will make sure your computer doesn’t become your worst enemy instead. You should then get more done each day, and your business will prosper as a consequence.