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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

You have a productivity problem!

Productivity 2009 has become the year of productivity; everyone must find ways to do more with less to navigate the current economy and there is an even greater urgency to improve business productivity. A few months ago I posted on the current productivity crisis facing our industry and it occurred to me before we take on the challenge of solving this crisis why don't we start by increasing our own productivity...yes start with your self! A wise man once said "You must be the change you want to see in the world." Increasing your personal productivity gives you the time and energy to provide more to the people you work with, more time to lead, and more time to increase the quality of your life. How can we impact unit level productivity without leading by example? So here are some ways to help you get started now and remember, "Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort."- Paul J. Meyer

We work over 90,000 hour in our lifetime; small productivity improvements result in long -term benefits. Finding ways to shave a few seconds off a task you do 50 times a day may seem insignificant but in the long run it can add up to hundreds of hours of work time. You spend 25% of your time just looking for information and every week, 42% of people use the wrong information to make decisions, requiring rework. Install Rescue Time on your computer track and benchmark your personal productivity online, I have been using it for over a year. Here are some really basic tips that you can get started with on your computer from makesuseof.com. Lifehacker also has a great Top 10 Productivity Basics list that is a great place to start as well. A basic soft skill every worker must have is how to deal with a high volume of email. Check out this Google talk with Merlin Mann called Inbox Zero great tips to improve your quality of life and productivity.

You don't need any fancy cutting edge technology to keep you productive either. There are great ways to keep it simple stupid like the pocket mod. Also, read Getting Real by 37Signals. It will change the way you think and increase your productivity, and you can read it for free online. Here is Seth Godin's take on it, "Every once in a while, a book comes out of left field that changes just about everything. This is one of those books. Ignore it at your peril."

If you want a really abstract take on productivity check out The Cult of Done Manifesto. Finally and most importantly more than anything else happiness is the key to productivity, here are the Top 10 reasons why happiness is the ultimate productivity booster.

Become a productivity junkie, let it inspire your team and spread throughout your organization.

I promise you it will be a fun and interesting journey. Feel free to share your productivity tips with us.

Shyam Patel | Post a Comment | Email Article


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