Productivity

Scroll down a web site one screenful at a time … Keep emotions in check at work with DING … Let social media help you network before a conference … Save people time by telling them how to skip the voice-mail instructions when they call your cell phone.
You may have seen Chef Jamie Oliver’s show “Food Revolution,” in which he transforms school menus. Now Oliver is doing the same thing for employees slogging through long off-site meetings. If you plan off-site meetings or conferences, boost the meeting’s ROI by rethinking food.

Keep the office running like clockwork

July 14, 2011 Categorized in: Organizing

Whether your workplace employs scheduling software, day planners for everyone or no formal calendar management at all, a few visual reminders can keep everyone running on time.

Time management done right

July 12, 2011 Categorized in: Time Management

More important than getting everything done is getting the right things done. How do you figure out which priorities are most worthy of attention? A structured to-do list is the solution offered by Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review blogger and author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get The Right Things Done.

Doing a ‘superjob’

July 6, 2011 Categorized in: Time Management

Feel like a Jack or Jill of all trades? Pretty soon, the rest of the office may be feeling the same way, if they don’t already. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, we’ve entered the era of the “superjob” …
In a perfect world, office equipment would never break. Colleagues would be as dependable and timely as a Swiss train. And creating a foolproof schedule for a project would be a cinch. But in the real world, well, not so much. What happens to that disciplined road map—your schedule—when you hit unexpected snags, as you’re bound to do?
A frustrated admin recently vented on our online forum: “I’m at my wit’s end!” None of the managers was “participating” in her attempts to keep the office organized. Our advice: Start over by telling managers how a tracking system ben­efits them.
Of the millions of iPhone 4 (and iPhone 3GS) users in the United States, most are unaware of the advanced shortcuts that can make them more efficient. Here are six ways to boost your productivity:
What are you afraid of? Speaking your ideas? Having a difficult conversation? Those cruel dressing-room mirrors during swimsuit season? Well, don’t let the fear of crowds or mirrors stop you. Pushing through the fear is a necessary rite of passage.
We heard a story recently about a woman who transformed her lunch hour. Tired of seeing miserable-looking co-workers during lunchtime, she started a “lunch club” with colleagues. Craft your own “mindful lunch” that involves being with others, walking, being outdoors and eating healthful food.
Executives are struggling with time management now more than ever, given the “doing more with less” phi­­losophy that reigns in most workplaces. Ask your boss: “How can I open up more time in your schedule?”
Six web “apps” for streamlining day-to-day tasks, recommended by the team at the99percent.com:
Staying focused on one task could be the biggest challenge in the ­digital era. Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, believes these six simple steps are the first steps to taking back control of our attention—and our lives.