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Increasing Your Productivity
In Calgary, everyone is always looking for ways to increase their productivity on the job. Increased productivity can lead to increases in compensation and/or bonuses and an increased respect from your supervisor. So how do you go about increasing your productivity?
- Make a “to do” list and prioritize it. Do this at the end of the current business day for implementation the next day. With a prioritized to do list, even if you get distracted or pulled off task by your boss, you will know what to return to and make sure your top priority gets completed.
- No multi-tasking: I know we have all been told that multitasking is the way to go but it really isn’t. Focus on the task at the top of your “to do” list and don’t get distracted by anything or anyone other than your boss. This is especially true when you are in meetings or on the phone. DO NOT MULTITASK during these things. Listen when you are on the phone or in a meeting. Don’t be checking emails, voicemails or texts when you are supposed to be listening in a meeting.
- Mix it up – don’t burden your “to do” list with all the major projects you have for the year. Mix it up with small projects and major projects. Your daily “to do” list should have a good mix of both of these.
- Prepare to fail: don’t be like the majority of the world and time out your project on a best case scenario. Prepare for problems to creep up and build them into your project timeline. A good estimate of overage in terms of time is about 25%.
- Breaks make for more productivity- if you want your team and yourself to be innovative, creative and imaginative in accomplishing your tasks, then make sure you take breaks. Breaks are necessary to stimulate your creative juices. Go for a walk. Meditate. Take 15-20 minutes to clear your mind, reflect on where you are in your workload.
- Do not put any task that can be completed in less than 5 minutes on your to do list. Do those tasks as they come up. If you get a text that you can answer right away and not have to deal with that issue again, then you are better off doing so. It is the little things that can derail your entire schedule.
- Set yourself up to win every day. Set a goal or two every day that you feel very sure you can meet. You should have a win every day to keep yourself motivated and to motivate your team.
These are only a sample of the many ways you can increase your productivity whether it is just you or it is your team. Look for more ways to increase or improve your productivity on a daily basis. You will be happier, your boss will be happier and if you run a team, they will be happier as well.
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