Education and technology go hand in hand these days. Whether you run online classes, private tuition or provide another kind of educational service, technology can be used in many different ways to help you run your business better and increase productivity.
Productivity in business has actually been declining since 2007, which was around the same time as when the modern smartphone became more prominent in our lives. While some may believe that banning technology might increase our productivity and focus at work, the truth is that the tech that can sometimes distract us in the workplace can actually be used to make tasks simpler and more efficient.
Use the Right Technology
Increasing productivity with tech becomes a breeze when the right tools are used. Having the right tech set-ups in your education business can make all the difference to your results.
Whether it’s the computers and tablets that you use to stay in touch with students or the audio and video setups that you use to create your online classes and courses, it’s important to spend some time looking around for the right tech by determining where a productivity boost could be used and finding the tech tool that will be available to help you with that.
Use Automation Tools
Automation tools are a big part of any business today, and they can certainly help to increase productivity in the education business. From scheduling to responding to emails, paying bills to updating your contact lists and tracking appointments, automation tools can do a huge amount of work on your behalf, allowing you to skip all the time-consuming manual tasks and focus your time on working more productively instead.
Know Where You Need Help
Chances are that you don’t need to use technology for more productivity in every area of your business. This is especially true for educational businesses that provide face-to-face tuition, where books, conversations and other old-fashioned ways to learn things can sometimes get better results for both you and your students.
Identify the areas of your business where you and your staff are not getting the productivity results that you need and select apps or services that directly meet them. There’s definitely a tech solution for almost every problem that you’ll face in business today, but using every single one of them might have the opposite effect.
Use Free Apps
Whether you need a reminder to get education insurance for your business or need to make lists, schedule appointments or manage your email when you’re not in the office, there are plenty of free apps that can help. Today you can find a huge range of free apps that are designed to help us with productivity in our everyday lives, many of which work very well for business owners and employees.
Use Chrome Extensions
Everybody wants to get more done in a shorter amount of time, and adding all of your tools to your Chrome browser is one of the easiest ways to achieve this. This allows you to access the important tools that you need much faster.
You can get a chrome extension for just about anything, including remembering all your passwords for the websites that you log into, to-do lists and time tracking, taking notes, recording video on your screen for online classes, grammar and spelling checks for when you’re writing, and blocking distractions by restricting your access to certain sites.
In the education business, many of these extensions like Grammarly for writing and StayFocused for blocking distractions can also be useful to suggest to your students to help them be more productive while studying.
Set Clear Goals
Setting clear goals can be something that you, your staff and your students can benefit from when you run an education business. And the good news is that technology has made it easier for us to set and be reminded of goals.
Most smartphones have easy-to-use features like a notepad app where you can list your goals for the day, week, month or even the year to keep them in a handy place that you are always going to have with you. You can also set reminders relating to your goals to ensure that they are always at the forefront of your mind.
Technology has become an important part of education for both providers and students. If you run an education business, you can use tech both inside and outside of the classroom to boost productivity levels.
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