In the beauty business, we know productivity. Often we work in small teams of just a handful of people (or solo!) and run a tight ship because we have to. In a world where we’re trying to do more with less, productivity hacks help us get more done and everything run just a little smoother. If you ask us, these hacks make the repeating tasks more enjoyable because we don’t have to tackle them one by one. Who doesn’t love that?
Batching is our favorite hack. The key to efficiency is to do the same tasks in one go. Need to take & edit product photos? Brainstorm articles, write & edit them? Create & schedule social posts? Decide on a weekly or monthly schedule and get them done while you’re in the flow. Once they’re created, use an automating tool. Most platforms have a “schedule for later” function, which gives you peace of mind that your content is set for the next period.
A final bonus to batching: your output has a consistent look and feel because they’re all born from the same process.
All tasks need to get done, but some can wait and others cannot. One way to prioritize is from most important & urgent to least. Separate your daily tasks into categories such as: get done ASAP, get done today, or get done by end of day. Some tasks are time-sensitive, such as getting back to a client about rescheduling, while others are more flexible, such as planning for sales events a few months out.
The beauty of being a business owner is that you know your company best and you get to make the call.
As much as we love digital tools, sometimes the old school methods on paper simply work best. In addition to using Gcal, get a paper planner or calendar to keep things organized. Paper calendars let you see events a few weeks ahead and give you a total glance at what your month / year looks like. It’s also great for jotting down vacations, birthdays, and annis so they fit into your schedule alongside business projects.
Another pro to paper planners is the satisfaction of crossing an item off the list.
We want to know -- what are your tried & true productivity hacks? Let us know in the comments!