Slow day at the office got you down? Does the office clock look like it has more digits than usual? Well, according to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, time might not exist at all! It’s just but a stubborn illusion that can be sped up or slowed depending on several factors. Unfortunately for us, time manipulation is just a theory – we haven’ yet built the technology to make things practical. It’s safe to say that time travel is now a mere engineering problem.
Physics of time aside, we can say that time moves at a constant rate for all of us here on earth. However, it can sometimes feel much, much slower (or faster) depending on what you’re doing. This is what scientists call your own perception of time. So while you can’t control or change the rate of universal time, you definitely have full dominion over perceived time.
In an experiment, people were made to sit in a room for 7 minutes. While some perceived it to be just two minutes, others felt they were in the room for a whopping 20 minutes. The study revealed a few facts.
- When were occupied, we barely notice time going by
- Time passes slowest for people who practice mindfulness
- We get bored without any distractions from ourselves
With these facts in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 4 ways you can make time go faster and increase sales productivity while you’re at it.
- Office Spring Cleaning
- Run Reconnaissance on Competitors
- Cook Up a Sweet Playlist
- Make a To-Do List
- Make Your Email Management Smarter
4 Ways to Make Time Go By Faster
1. Office Spring Cleaning
According to research, organizing our environment affects our attitudes which in turn affect productivity. For those working from home, a cluttered living space leaves you more likely to be depressed. This fact was proven as part of a study back in 2010.
For those in the workplace, a 2011 study in Princeton University found that clutter and task irrelevant objects overwhelm your visual cortex leading to distractions. This makes it harder to focus on one task making it seem to take longer than it actually is. To remedy this, try to throw out any trash and put objects back in their designated places. If possible, group items into categories so it can be easier to find what you’re looking for in the shortest time possible.
2. Run Reconnaissance on Competitors to Get Fresh Intel
If you’re bored and distracted you can be damn sure your competition is not. They’re probably coming up with new ways to grab an even larger market share from under your nose. Fortunately for you, you can carry out regular recon to find out what your competitors are up to.
Start by setting up Google Alerts for about 5 of your largest competitors. Next, set up a free account with tools such as Owler and then set up a daily snapshot email. Open several new tabs for your competitors and check out their updated homepage, blog, products and services tours, pricing, customer testimonials and more. Take notes, share with your time and brainstorm on different ways to make your company better than the competition.
3. Cook Up a Sweet Playlist
Hey, if you don’t like music, better find sounds that you like. Even a white noise machine if it helps. That’s because music can be a great source of motivation. According to research held on treadmills, motivational music can actually increase endurance by up to 15%. That’s quite a boost in productivity without necessarily putting in any resources.
Maybe you want some jams to keep boredom at bay with repetitive tasks. Or perhaps you want something to help you stay awake after a hefty office lunch. Either way, just pop in some pump up songs and watch your productivity soar. Oh, make sure you don’t get distracted by the music and start doing more dancing than working. That would be counterproductive.
4. Make a To-Do List
The main reason we get bored with tasks were given is because we aren’t clear on what the exact end goal is. Or our superiors just haven’t made us buy into it yet. On the other hand, statistics very much favor the flip side. Research shows that people are over 20% more productive when they are working towards a goal.
This isn’t new information – we’ve known this since back in the 60’s thanks to studies by psychologist Latham and Locke. The remedy here is to make some notes on your phone, computer, or even notebook. Then, divvy the notes into three sections namely: Todays Goals, EOW Goals, EOM goals (end of month/week). The good news here is that when we set goals for ourselves, we already have buy in.
5. Make Your Email Management Smarter
If you’re a busy rep, chances are you probably get hundreds of emails every single week. Needless to say, going through all these emails will not only take up a large chunk of your time, it’ll also leave you mentally drained. What’s more, a massive percentage of those emails could be fake or spam. We talked all about how to identify and stop fake emails in a recent blog post.
Either way, optimizing your email management will have a huge impact on time savings. Not to mention improve your sales productivity by allowing you to reach more prospects in a day. So, how do you go about achieving this? Simple, by making use of the best CRM (Salesforce) and the sales enablement tool for it – Veloxy. Veloxy offers a myriad of benefits when it comes to all things email. In addition to helping organize all your emails, it comes with a lot of features designed to make Outlook email management a lot more easier. One of them is Veloxy Engage – the best email template builder in the world. Not only does it save you time with ready-made templates, it also incorporates an array of added benefits such as:
Make Time Go By Faster with Veloxy
Here are some of the ways Veloxy can make your day fly by:
- Reaching numerous prospects in one go
- Adding more people to your email list
- Knowing when your emails are read or forwarded with real time alerts
- Analyzing and improving email engagement
- Logging all email activity and save key emails to Salesforce
- Making bulk cold emails CAN-SPAM compliant before sending
- Adding new prospects to Salesforce and set up a meeting in seconds
- Creating unlimited personalized email templates
Veloxy works on the other end to show you how your calls, emails, tasks and other actions affect the pipeline. It improves email engagement by showing you how your emails perform and what the best time of day is to reach your prospects. And as a bonus, Veloxy Mobile gives your teams access to Salesforce data so they can focus on more productive tasks even when out in the field. Join Veloxy today and say hello to faster activity and improved sales productivity.
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