Are you a productivity superstar, always looking for ways to get more done in less time?
There have been apps designed and articles aplenty written on the subject, of course. But sometimes it’s best to simply ask your peers.
Learn more in this high-trending Twitter chat on Small Business Productivity Hacks. The event was hosted by Small Business Trends CEO and founder Anita Campbell (@SmallBizTrends) and Senior Vice President of Global Head of SMB Product at First Data Corporation, Peter Karpas (@FirstData).
You’ll read about both tips and tools to improve productivity in your business and in your life. Read excerpts from the chat below or check the full archive at #SMBTalk.
Do you see the answers to your most burning questions below?
First, here are some important tips from Data First.
OK, let’s get this started. Peter, would you like to kick things off with your first tip? #SMBTalk
— Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends) May 7, 2015
1/ Certainly, Anita. First up, let’s discuss “future proofing” your business. #SMBtalk — First Data (@FirstData) May 7, 2015
2/ This means buying technology that won’t get quickly dated, and can grow with you—saving you money and time down the road. #SMBtalk
— First Data (@FirstData) May 7, 2015
3/ Example: In payments you shouldn’t buy a POS terminal that won’t be able to accept EMV or new payment options like Apple Pay. #SMBtalk — First Data (@FirstData) May 7, 2015
7/ Here’s a link with more information about Clover: http://t.co/dAcRs20W8u #SMBtalk
— First Data (@FirstData) May 7, 2015
So what kills productivity?
@smallbiztrends procrastination, languishing leads to loss! The Universe loves speed! #smbtalk — Misty Young (@Restaurant_Lady) May 7, 2015
Doing many things at once like @Tamar is doing now can wear you out emotionally = necessary evil @robert_brady #SMBTalk
— Gail Gardner (@GrowMap) May 7, 2015
Social media, my phone and checking email always kills my productivity #SMBTalk — Ti Roberts (@tiroberts) May 7, 2015
And for another chance to win a First Data Gyft Certificate, participants talked about their favorite productivity apps.
@smallbiztrends #SMBTalk Google apps. Not my most favorite suite, but gets the job done from anywhere / device / platform.
— Grant Simmons (@simmonet) May 7, 2015
Can’t wait for tips to make editors more productive. Shawn Hessinger, editor, Small Business Trends #SMBTalk — Shawn Hessinger (@Shawn_Hessinger) May 7, 2015
@MattSMansfield @Shawn_Hessinger I’ve heard co-schedule is awesome for editor’s productivity #SMBtalk
— Ann Smarty (@seosmarty) May 7, 2015
Meanwhile, members of the chat gave a few other productivity tips all small business owners might find helpful.
@tamar @genuinechris @stayfocusd @VZWSmallBiz Smart! I just keep FB closed when I need to buckle down. It’s my only hope! #SMBtalk — Craige Moore (@craige) May 7, 2015
2 things that help me daily. 1-speed reading, learned as a kid. It’s not skimming, it’s learning to cluster & not to sub-vocalize. #SMBtalk
— Tinu Abayomi-Paul (@Tinu) May 7, 2015
Prodhack keep email closed until I’ve done 3 things in my biz. #smbtalk — dhelbig (@dhelbig) May 8, 2015
Don’t get caught up in DOING everything. Focus on what you do well #smbtalk
— Ivana Taylor (@DIYMarketers) May 8, 2015
It’s your turn. Do you have any productivity tips or tools to suggest?
Disclosure: Anita Campbell has been compensated to participate in this Twitter chat.
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This was one of the BEST chats I’ve been on. The expertise level of the participants was absolutely amazing and you know that every tip they gave was hard-earned through trial and error.
I agree with you. It was a great chat. I look forward to the next one! 🙂
I tweeted the following to Staci’s question (What apps do you use to manage your business?):
@workflowy @evernote @teuxdeux @eisenhowerme @trello @goodtaskapp Soon testing out @Nimble. #SMBtalk