Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

It’s a new year; a time for resolutions and goals. If you weren’t as productive as you wanted to be last year, now is a great time to change that. With the right strategies and tools, you can get more done and focus on new goals.

Here are six ways to boost your productivity in the new year.

1. Boost Communication with Customers and Leads

Today’s consumers are well-informed and very discerning. If they don’t feel valued, they will turn to your competitors.

How do you make consumers feel valued? Personalization. If every lead and customer is treated the same, they will not feel appreciated.

A CRM (customer relationship management) software service can help you enhance your communication with customers and leads. These systems allow you to track your entire sales funnel from the time a person is identified as a lead to the moment they become a customer. This means that you’ll be able to see where each person is in the sales funnel, so your sales team can communicate appropriately and effectively.

A CRM system can help you greatly improve your customer service while also boosting conversions. It will also save you time from having to do all of these tasks manually.

2. Automate Tasks

Automation is driving productivity to new heights. By streamlining repetitive tasks, employees have more time to focus on productive tasks that support core operations.

From payroll to email marketing, social media posts and even analyzing the quality of a lead, there are automation programs available for most tasks. You can even use fast currency counters to streamline the cash-counting process if you own a brick-and-mortar store.

3. Train Employees

A new year means new changes. As your company grows and employees are moved into new positions or take on new responsibilities, it’s important to make sure that they are properly trained. Whether it’s regulatory requirements, safety protocols, learning new skills or a combination of all three, employees will be far more productive if they’re clear about their day-to-day responsibilities and tasks.

4. Prioritize Tasks

Prioritizing tasks gives you focus and a clear direction. It also means that you’ll focus on the most important tasks early in the day when your attention and productivity level is at its peak.

Evaluating the day’s tasks will also help you break down your to-do list into manageable chunks.

5. Limit Distractions

Distractions are a serious productivity killer. With smartphones and the Internet, it’s all too easy to fall off track and spend 15-20 minutes flipping through Facebook posts and cat pictures on the web.

Finding a way to limit these distractions will help you stay on task and get things done faster.

Apps like Rescue Time and StayFocused can help you see how much time you’re spending on websites and block access to the ones that are most distracting.

6. Share Documents on the Cloud

The cloud makes document storage a breeze, but it also makes it easy to share and access data at any time and from any device.

By storing and sharing documents on the cloud, you save yourself the time and frustration of having to upload and share between different services and on different devices.