In this bi-weekly installment of our big productivity blog series for 2015, we’re once again taking a practical approach. Or at least it’s practical in the way that a personal trainer is effective when he’s shouting at you to get a move on. In other words, in this article I will be shouting at you stop procrastinating and get on with the things you need to do in order to achieve your goals.
This blog is a re-post of one we wrote previously on our corporate Honeydew Health blog. As the subject of slackers and time keeping is relevant in light of our 2015 focus on productivity we thought we would post it here for your reading pleasure…
A blog article by Peter Honey on the CIPD website got us thinking about the importance of being on time. Peter Honey writes about high achievers who boast that they wake up before sunrise to get a head start to their day. Presumably this boasting is meant to induce admiration and set an expectation for their staff to also dedicate many more hours than contracted to their jobs. Peter Honey’s take on the subject is that if the individuals have a healthy self-esteem and are happy, they wouldn’t feel the need to play this kind of ‘point scoring game’ and tell others that they wake up at 4.30am. These bosses may also be guilty of keeping tabs on what time others arrive at or leave the office. They certainly take note of who arrives late.
In this latest installment of the Productivity blog series we take a closer look at the planning mindset you have to get into if you want to avoid being roped into doing a lot of unimportant tasks – instead of the ones, which truly matter. Continue reading
This is a guest edition in our Productivity series, exploring how non technical teams can improve productivity by implementing Agile methods.
Anyone involved in software development will be familiar with the term “Agile”. Agile methodologies have been advocated for some time in the tech community and many start-ups also subscribe to the lean and agile mantras. Agile doesn’t have to be restricted to programming or start-ups, though. The same methods produce great results in improving productivity and performance in any line of work. Continue reading
The usual 9-5 desk job doesn’t normally give much opportunity for being active and feeling fit, this we all know too well. Sadly, with working hours and stress ever on the rise it’s only getting harder to find the time to get more than your mind working. Continue reading
Simplify & Focus – How to Manage Information
I just read an article from earlier this year in Fortune magazine, “3 tips to boost email productivity“, which had some very simple and very useful tips on increasing email productivity. The tips were good at the corporate level because it could help teams and individuals cut down on the email clutter, but they didn’t necessarily help the individual. Therefore I thought I would pull together some strands in this installment of our Productivity Series. Continue reading
Why is it that we are so busy these days? There are a lot of people telling us that they don’t have time to plan how they’re spending their time as they are too busy. They are too busy trying to do the things, which they think are expected of them in order to rise to the top and get the next promotion and the next pay raise. But why is this? Shouldn’t technological advances have made life easier for us and meant we could work less by now? Continue reading
The Economist assessed Britain’s economic situation in the wake of the 2015 General Election results stating that “productivity growth has been the missing ingredient of Britain’s economic recovery. In 2014 output per hour worked was 1.3% lower than in 2011, and some 14% beneath its pre-crisis trend. Much like predictions of interest-rate rises, forecasts of a return to productivity growth have come and gone. If productivity had grown as predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility, Britain’s fiscal watchdog, in 2010, it would be 8.4% higher than it is today.”
Learning to deal with complex tasks, which will help you achieve your long term strategic goals and vision. This article is about a very simple tip – it’s a mindset “thing” to help you focus your energy every day of the week, month and year.
Prioritisation. Goal achievement. Time management. This article talks about how to prioritise in order to focus and achieve your goals. Following on from our last article about the Eisenhower Matrix, this shows you how you can organise all of your tasks and activities to achieve an overview and get things done.