Implementing all the small adjustments you have already made previously now allows you to really compare and contrast your productivity levels. But first you must commit to a schedule so that you are not continuously stuck on step 5 of this process, which is performing daily audits and making small adjustments.
Once you have committed to the way your schedule is arranged and the order in which to execute tasks, you can now see where your new journey to increase your productivity has taken you. In step one: evaluation of current productivity allows you to see where you are while this current step allows you to see where you've come. Things to consider during this stage:
Have you accomplished your goal?
Are you seeing gains in your productivity on a daily, weekly, or overall basis? (Be Specific)
Could you commit to this schedule over a long period of time?
Can you think of any other things that you need to consider during this stage? Only you will be able to analyze your specific situation, based on your service, product, and industry. Committing to the schedule will take time just as the small adjustments. Give yourself a reasonable yet realistic time frame to commit and feel comfortable. Hopefully, you have not come this far to find out that you need to start again, but if so, please begin with step 1 to see maximum results.
If you are working with a team, you must evaluate the effect of the change and communicate throughout the change process to ensure a smooth transition. You most likely will not resist your own decision to implement change, however, a workforce may not be as amicable. This must be considered beforehand as a potential business risk. As you implement the changes, your entire process becomes vulnerable unless you have safeguards in place to make sure everything runs the way it should. Change is a fragile time for any business!
For example, while you are committing to this schedule, a project could emerge that might tempt you to assume old work habits. Taking the initiative to improve your productivity should not be taken lightly and may add to your workload initially. But staying the course, implementing each step one at a time, and flexibility will make your goal to increase productivity well worth the time and effort.
Finally, after you have made a commitment to your new schedule, measuring the results is necessary. We need to make sure that the small gains we discussed earlier are turning into vast improvements over time and construct a way to measure that.