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Time management, one of the biggest struggles in the workforce today. With email, meetings and other distractions it's hard to fit it all in one work day. This week our Friday Five is dedicated to helping you get it all done in the least stressful way possible.
Have you ever gone through a day and thought what did I actually accomplish? If you have to think about it you probably need a little schedule revamping.
Take a day and measure out how you're spending your time. (You'll probably be surprised how many times you check your email.)
Part of time management is recognizing what makes you unproductive. We shared a statistic this week that 93% of employees say that working with a low performer has decreased their productivity (Leadership IQ.)
However, there are many things that can cause a rift in productivity. The best thing to do is acknowledge what is getting you down. For example, nice weather tends to make people lose focus. So insetad of looking longingly out the window every five seconds, do your to-do list and then reward yourself with lunch outside.
So now that we've established a lot of time is spent doing nothing, here are some great ways to get back on the productivity wagon. We agree that the last tip is the best one, "Enjoyment should always be the goal. Work can be play." It's easy to lose sight of what your doing when you are hyper focused on getting the job done but, our best work is when we're loving what we're doing.
On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to step back and take a minute to evaluate what you should be spending your time on. It’s great to have set times to stay on top of tasks but, if you over plan you could be losing efforts on the most important assignments.
It’s crucial to take the time you need to deliver your best work. Remember that being adaptable and reworking your schedule is better than over-committing yourself and rushing through things.
So how does this apply to my company? It always comes back to culture. If you want your employees to deliver their best work they need to be in a happy and healthy environment.
"Executives experiencing poor business performance don’t need to ask themselves whether culture is playing a part — it is. The question they should be asking is, “How do we make clear where we’re heading, and how can we work together to get there?” Culture influences behavior, and behavior influences performance. So fix it." This can apply to all aspects of culture whether it is productivity, innovation or customer relations.
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