Posts tagged with 'productivity'
Don't Commit the Sin of OverproductivityRead the rest of this entry »
Is it possible to be too productive?
The short answer is "Yes." The consequences of overproductivity can be as serious in white collar work as it is in lean manufacturing.
If that surprises you, consider what it means to exceed expectations and not just by doing more than what is expected, but overproducing to such an extent that you sometimes run out of work and feel guilty if you stop …
Half of Us Will Be 'Workshopping' This SeasonRead the rest of this entry »
Amazon and smartphones are giving a whole new meaning to "workshopping." It hasn't received the blessing -- yet -- of the Oxford English Dictionary gatekeepers, but with half of all office workers planning to go online at work to shop this holiday season, workshopping could become as common as texting.
A survey of 2,800 office workers found 52% of them confessing they'll be shopping online at work or while using …
Working Less Will Make You More ProductiveRead the rest of this entry »
How many times have you heard someone say, don't work harder, work smarter? It's been said so many times it's become a punchline and even has it's own Pinterest board.
Like most cliches though, there's truth behind it. Instead of trying to get everything done, which usually translates into staying at the office until long after the cleaning crew gets done, work less. Far from a model of benign …
Don't Eat the Frog FirstRead the rest of this entry »
First thing in the morning, eat a live frog and nothing worse will happen all day, counseled Mark Twain. If you're batrachivorous, that may be good advice. But in the business world, tackling your least pleasant work first isn't always the smartest thing to do.
Writing on the HR news site TLNT.com, productivity expert Laura Stack lists 5 reasons why it may be best to put off the tasks …
Bullet Journal Your Way to Being More ProductiveRead the rest of this entry »
The benefits of journaling are many. A Huffington Post article includes improving your emotional intelligence, enhancing your creativity and achieving goals among them. But in our busy world, where our attention flits from iPad to iPhone to meetings and Slack messaging, keeping a journal can become a burden. That's why bullet journaling (A/K/A dot journaling) is becoming a popular alternative.
What is it? As its name implies, it's a means …
Take Time to Do Less and You'll Do More"You need to carve out more unproductive time. Get less done for a while."Read the rest of this entry »
That's advice you rarely get, and certainly not from any boss we've ever met. Yet that bit of encouragement to goof off without guilt comes from no less than the remarkably productive David Heinemeier Hansson, known to coders and car racing enthusiasts simply as DHH.
Before we get into exactly what DHH was talking about …
Everyone Needs More Than One MentorMentors have always been important. Choose the right mentor and your career can take off. They not only help you to climb the career ladder, but mentors are invaluable to your development, assisting you when you run up against tough new challenges.Read the rest of this entry »
Today's fast paced and ever-changing business landscape calls for you to wear more than one hat, and to stay ahead of wave. Having a single mentor is no …
Are All Those Benefits Making A Difference?It wasn't that many years ago that companies offered benefits packages that were all pretty much similar: two or three weeks vacation, some sick days, health, dental and vision, and a pension or 401K.Read the rest of this entry »
Today, those benefits are mere table stakes. To attract talent, companies are offering perks not even provided to CEOs in years past: unlimited vacations, paternity leave, veterinary insurance, and onsite massage, to name just a few. …
Read This If You Want to Know Where the Time GoesIt's not likely that you have ever given much thought to how Americans spend their day.Read the rest of this entry »
You may have a pretty good handle on how much time you spend working and sleeping and commuting. How, though, does that compare to the rest of America? And what about all the other things you did during the day? Things like eating, doing housework, engaging in leisure activities?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics …
To Perform Best, Don't Depend On Your AmygdalaHow do you drive sustainably high performance in an era of relentlessly rising demand?Read the rest of this entry »
Use your prefrontal cortex more and your amygdala less.
When our prefrontal cortex – our thinking mind – runs the show, we’re capable of making choices logically and reflectively, and we tend to feel in reasonable control of our destiny. When we’re feeling a sense of vulnerability and threat, most commonly to our sense of value …