Today's fast-paced market, coupled with the advent of modern technology, has caused the landscape of business operations to shift. Many entrepreneurs, regardless of their trade or how local they are, have been forced to go digital to stay relevant and keep up with their competition.
Despite all of society’s technological advancements, some traditional productivity tools will never grow obsolete, no matter the era we live in. In a world of smartphones, tablets, and computers, it’s hard to imagine going back to traditional to a time before these devices existed. However, with that being said, some of the best approaches for maximized efficiency and productivity involve the marriage between digital and traditional tools.
Here are some must-have traditional productivity tools essential for any entrepreneur or small business:
Time is a limited resource for entrepreneurs. Hence, it is essential to plan and organize business strategies and schedules to help reach goals and meet deadlines. And because our brains tend to process handwritten notes better than typed font, traditional journals still have a place even in a high-tech world. Unlike phones and other electronic devices that tend to distract users with social media, email notifications, and messaging apps, a traditional journal can help keep you focused and on-task - perfect for goal-oriented entrepreneurs and small business owners.
These tiny colourful pieces of paper that you can stick anywhere remain shockingly practical. More than just a piece of paper, this humble yet versatile tool acts as a visual reminder of all the important matters. Plus, it is great for bookmarking pages and color coding tasks, not to mention drafting wall charts and workflows.
The whiteboard is the perfect visual aid that engages both the body and brain in the learning process. It promotes real-time collaboration, brainstorming, and creativity (and gets you out of your seat for some much needed blood flow during your workday). Ideas, sketches, and concepts can be performed and edited on the fly as they are discussed. The whiteboard is the birthplace of some of today’s biggest billion dollar businesses.
According to David Margolis, author of The Billion-Dollar Creative, "Your first idea likely won't be your best. In fact, brilliant work often results from much tweaking, redoing, and going back to the drawing board."
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