- Get the sleep you need. You cannot be productive if you are tired. Sleep is essential for optimal brain function as well as overall physical and mental health. But we all need different amounts of sleep. No matter how much sleep you need, make sure you get it!
- Block time for specific tasks. Give yourself a set block of time to check email, make phone calls or have meetings. Put each block on your calendar and make sure you aren’t being double-booked, then stick with it.!
- No more multi-tasking. You may have a lot to get done, but you shouldn’t double up on tasks or obligations. When you check your email, only check email. When you work on a project, focus on that single project. Research shows multi-tasking lowers productivity. Inc., Feb. 18, 2020!
GUARD YOUR INTERIOR
The weakness of any door is that legitimate people need to be able to get in and out. Often, we help people develop a highly secure and functional door to the Internet, but they give little thought to the physical door into their building.
Develop a strategy to verify that service personnel are legitimate with corporate-issued IDs and track visitor movement through the office. Lock the server-room door if it’s across the hall from an office that people frequent. Monitor the temperature and whether there is any water in the server room. Consider a closed-circuit camera system.
Think about everyone who has access to your office. The cleaning crew is often forgotten. They spend hours in your office alone around sensitive data. YOU could be left holding the bag if they perform identity theft based on information in your office. It happens every day. Make sure to consider ALL of the office security in your disaster recovery plan and update it regularly.
2 WAYS YOU CAN USE DATA TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS
Do you make data-driven decisions? A survey by Mention, a social media and brand monitoring company, showed that less than 15% of businesses rely on data for day-to-day operations. The reason is that many businesses don’t know how to use it. Here’s how to fix that:
Organize your data. You need metrics on customers, sales, website hits, phone calls received, etc. If you’re using point-of-sale or customer relationship management software, you may have access to large amounts of data. Catalogue and categorize your data – don’t just let it collect without doing anything about it. Organized data is useful data.
Collaborate with your team. When you have access to numbers and stats, work with your team to analyze and document. You may need to invest in training to make sure your team is up to speed on how to access and use the data. When everyone is on the same page, you can get the most out of the data you’ve collected – and start to make data-driven decisions. Small Business Trends, April 17, 2020