Reasons You Should Use These Business Software and Tools
Hard work is essential if you want to make a success of any business endeavour at all.
Failing to put in the hours required, and failing to dedicate as much energy and focus to a business as possible, only means that you’re going to be outstripped by your competition – a.k.a. the people who are willing to invest enough time and effort.
But while working hard is essential, it’s not enough.
It’s possible for someone to work harder than anyone else alive, by breaking rocks in their back garden, using a small mallet.
They could do this backbreaking work for 20 hours a day, but their professional prospects, health, and well-being wouldn’t be heading in any positive direction.
In order to really succeed in business – or in any other area of life – it’s important to work smart, as well as hard. Here’s how using the right software and tools in your business can help you to work smart.
1. They help you to stay consistent even without willpower
Willpower is incredibly important. However, if you try to power through your job using nothing but willpower, there almost inevitably going to be moments where you just breakdown and fail to perform as you need to.
Ideally, your willpower should be used in small bursts, as needed, rather than serving as the entire basis for your professional life.
Various tools exist in order to help you to stay consistent in business, without requiring you to rely entirely on willpower.
StickK is one example of such a tool. It asks you to create “commitment contracts” backed by your own money.
If you fail to achieve the terms of the “contract,” you get to see that hard-earned money disappear into oblivion. 😕
I’m sure you don’t want that to happen so you end up achieving your business goals.
Consistency is one of the most important traits to develop if you want to turn an entrepreneurial dream into a successful business.
The journey of creating a successful business is a marathon, not a sprint. So, any tool that helps you to be more consistent and accountable, can work wonders.
2. Certain software and tools consolidate different business tasks more efficiently
Running your own small business typically means trying to do many different “jobs” at once.
As your business grows, you will come to a point where you outsource many of these tasks and employ staff members to handle others.
But at the start, you’ve got to do a lot of different things yourself. This may range from marketing to accounting to networking.
Of course, the more tasks you try and juggle at once, the likelier you are to face burnout. Doing this can make you lose valuable time and energy that could be spent elsewhere.
Various types of accounting software, along with other tools, help to partly resolve this issue, by consolidating different tasks and introducing automated systems that can allow you to get more done, in less time, and with less work.
Often, these efficiency-boosting tools can simplify your workload dramatically. They will save you from falling into a black hole of doing nothing but admin work.
3. They help you to keep track of the “bigger picture” stuff
There’s a reason why businesses are so concerned with gathering analytics and accumulating relevant data points.
That’s because the more information you have at your disposal, the better able you are to observe trends. You will also be able to keep track of the “big picture” stuff.
Many tools can help you to keep track of this bigger picture. How? by recording important information in an easily accessible format that can then be reviewed at a moment’s notice.
Time tracking software that automatically generates timesheets can give you a good sense of how productive you’re during certain periods. You will also know what your relative hourly earnings are for particular projects you engage in.
Project and task management tools can also help you to get a clear sense of the overall trajectory of your work.
4. They help you to stay focused and avoid distractions
We all find it difficult to stay focused, from time to time. Allowing yourself to fall into a spiral of distraction and procrastination is only going to damage your ability to run a successful business.
Tools such as Brain.FM harness scientific research in order to create playlists that get you in a “zoned-in” state of mind, where the focus on productivity comes more easily.
Other tools, such as Freedom web blocker, help to limit some of the sources of distraction,. It can keep you more consistent.
In conclusion, there are many different tools out there designed to help boost your focus. It’s worth taking these things seriously.
Which of these software or tools have you used? What was the experience like?