December 30, 2009
Just Because You’re Working Doesn’t Mean You’re Productive
- Take a long deep look at your work day and honestly assess where you spend your time. Are you letting busy work, meetings and other non-productive tasks take up time until the whistle blows at the end of the day? If you think you can’t “see the forest from the trees” anymore ask someone you trust to help.
- Find the areas of your work life that are just there to make you appear busy, pass the time, or are keeping you from the most important activities.
- The 80/20 Principle states that in general 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Find the 20% of your activities that are creating 80% of your positive results and work to replicate those while phasing out the rest.
- Use productivity tools to automate and organize the busy work that used to take up large swaths of your time. Technology can free you from having to deal with a lot of productivity robbing work.
- Help your coworkers to change too. Don’t let other’s bad habits rob you of productivity. If you’re forced into time robbing events do your best to make them as quick as possible. Try to keep meetings short, focused, and flowing.