Running a workshop, our profits directly correlate with the number vehicles or pieces of equipment we service. It is utmost important that we run our business as efficient as possible. In this post, we look at ways you can improve your efficiency and increase your profit.
- Organise, organise, organise.
- You're only as good as your tools.
- Delegate away!
- Habits equal efficiency, well most of the time.
Efficiency is the name of the game
As workshops, our profits directly correlate with the number vehicles or pieces of equipment we service. Naturally, we do what we can to waste less time on administrative tasks, and spend more time next to our toolboxes. But we can do more than this - we can optimise the time we spend on the floor so we squeeze more out of our limited chronological reserve. We become super-efficient.
Plan your day
We spend more time every day thinking about what to do next than we realise. So why not group all of this planning into one corner of the day instead of having to constantly switch between trains of thought - a hugely inefficient task? Take a bit of time at the end of the day to plan for the next so you know exactly where you should be and what you should be doing at any point in time. You should see stark improvements in productivity in no time.
Your tools help make your success
We have all been there, working with tools that seem to have an agenda against us, resulting in no end of frustration and time wasted correcting silly mistakes. Tools are meant to aid you, not hold you back. Good tools can mean an extra job or two done for the day and over the course of a year, that is a lot of jobs.
If you are looking for a tool to manage your workshop, look no further than MechanicDesk. We offer a robust and easy to use system to help you keep a good eye on your workshop activities and clients, as well as plan ahead and organise work to achieve higher levels of efficiency. Do check us out!
You can't do it all
We only have a certain amount of time daily and no matter how efficient we are, we simply cannot perform all of an ever increasing number of tasks in any fixed amount of time. Delegation is key here - allow others to work with you and share the load; this way you can concentrate on the most important tasks, where you can make the most impact, whilst others do the same in their respective fields.
Habits make you fast
A great way of cutting down on decision making and improve efficieny performing certain tasks is to habitualise it. Going on auto-pilot for strategic periods of time gives you space to think and regroup, especially after a hectic session of work. You get more done, even on breaks!
We hope our thoughts here help to make your workplace a more efficient and stress-free environment. Get in touch and let us know what you think!