Tag : Productivity

Have A Productive Day! You’ll Get More Done With These Take-Charge Tips.

Your plate’s full and the demands on your time show no signs of dwindling. Setting priorities is a good start, but sometimes you need to make additional adjustments in the uphill fight to do what needs to be done. Here are seven tips that can keep you moving productively forward with less stress and more efficiency. Limit Access. Block off parts of your day or week as do not disturb zones where colleagues are told…

Three Little Words For Time Management Success By Steve Fales

Some of the best time management tactics come in bite-size portions – all the better to save valuable time. This series of three-word phrases cuts to the chase with tips you can quickly apply. Let’s get down to business. Make A Plan. Don’t just live life haphazardly or reactively. Know what you want to accomplish for the day or the hour. Use A List. Master Lists and To Do Lists keep people organized. Write It…

Making Meetings Matter

Few words in the business world have as polarizing an effect as meetings. When planned purposefully and run efficiently they can be a catalyst for setting priorities, solving problems and brainstorming ideas that create breakthroughs in the pursuit of important goals. When planned and run poorly, they become a black hole of lost time that undercuts productivity and morale. To make sure your meetings result in actionable insights that signify time well spent, consider putting…

Mastering E-Mail

E-mail.  It’s a tremendous tool at the center of most professionals’ lives.  It can also consume our entire day, leaving us feeling drained and defeated come 5:00pm.  If we’re going to be productive, we’ve got to learn to tame this beast.  Here are a few tips that may help. Have A System – Being intentional about how we handle e-mail is a huge first step.  If you’re familiar with phrases like “The Two Minute Rule”…

‘Tis The Season … To Set Goals

  It’s that time of year when people start thinking about what they want to accomplish over the next twelve months.  And as all the research shows, actually recording those desires as written goals gives us a much better chance of accomplishing them. The format in which a goal is written is more important than it might seem.  To illustrate, you might enjoy seeing the text of an actual e-mail I received from a young…

It’s All About “You.”

When someone wants out of a relationship, a tried-and-true tactic of making the other person feel better is telling them “It’s not you, it’s me.” In marketing, on the other hand, “it’s not me, it’s you” is the tactic that sends all the right feel-good signals. As proud as you may be of your company, product or service, if you want to convert the most potential customers into paying customers, having an “it’s all about…

Your Company Culture: Contented Employees Inspire Customer Loyalty

  A fulfilled employee is a productive employee . . . and a magnet for attracting loyal customers who appreciate the extra effort and enthusiasm. From employee-friendly national brands like Starbucks and Google, to local businesses that earn word-of-mouth reputations as great places to work, company cultures that cultivate a highly supportive environment set off a positive chain of events. Employees at these companies: Believe from day one that they can make a difference Broaden…

Good Job!

Tips On Increasing Employee Morale “I love my job.” Think of the power of those words. For employees making that statement it is a comforting self-realization that they are in the right workplace. And for the employer listening to that affirmation, it is a proud acknowledgment that he or she has created a culture where associates are happy, fulfilled and motivated to succeed. As managers, if we truly care about the welfare and development of…

Innovation Is Indispensable

Innovation is essential to an organization’s long term success. It leads to improved products or services, increased efficiency and additional profits. Managers must spearhead the development of an innovation initiative that helps all associates realize their importance in assuring the company’s continued development. In other words, a “business as usual” mentality stifles rather than strengthens the workplace.

Productivity? Yes… And No.

People often feel that the word “Yes” is the most important factor of meeting goals, achieving personal growth, and being productive.  For example, we think we have to say “Yes, I’ll exercise.  Yes, I’ll save money.  Yes, I’ll read that book.   Yes, I’ll call that person.”  Etc.   But here’s a secret that great implementers share… The word “No” is actually more important than “Yes.”