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Editors Note: This is part two of a three-part series. The first segment was published in June 2018. You can read it here. Part 1 of this article focused on how we can work together more productivity in a global world. This segment focuses on how we can get our own work done more effectively[…]
Managing a busy, dynamic practice is hard. We have two choices when running our day – be proactive or reactive. Think of this is as choosing between practicing on one’s toes or practicing on one’s heels. Proactively communicating realistic availability and deadlines is increasingly important in the “now” economy. The alternative is to be overrun[…]
Globalization continues to redefine how we work. Colleagues and clients are scattered across the country, the continent and the globe. Finding new ways to work productively together is vitally important to our success and the success of our organizations. Consider these suggestions to maximize the productivity realized while working in these new global, distributed work[…]
The modern workplace is riddled with interruptions and distractions. The demands for our time grow as the response expectations shrink. It’s stressful and exhausting. The trick to working successfully in this environment is to change how we work. We need maintain energy and focus to address all that needs doing. Simply plowing forward with our[…]
Most of us work hard to keep up with the current demands of others. New things come into our world as we finish up existing items. But the greatest struggle is getting all of those “other to-dos” done. Most of the backlog items aren’t mission critical, which is how they became backlogged. Yet, accomplishing them[…]
Doing something better – like managing time – necessarily requires changes in behavior. The difficulty of successfully making those changes in behavior is routinely underestimated. For example, we all know that managing our time better will lower our stress level and increase our productivity. These are terrific reasons to make the necessary changes. We may even make[…]
Harvard Business Review published a terrific article in October titled, “In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage.” The authors referenced numerous sources, from Yoda (Star Wars) to Erick Schmidt (Google) to David Rock (Your Brain at Work), to propose that working in a quiet mental and physical space maximizes the quality and the[…]
Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That’s what Professor Piers Steel reported in his book The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done. So, the question isn’t whether we procrastinate. The question is how negatively does it impact our lives? […]
The workday is frenetic. It is filled with meetings, calls, assignments, and constant requests. Running a productive day requires a delicate touch to balance others’ needs against work that must be done. Consider these suggestions to remain productive throughout a busy day. 1. Reduce Meeting Lengths by Twenty-Five Percent There are only two bad answers[…]
Urgency is the baseline feeling in today’s professional world. Securing information and staying responsive is a stated hallmark of good client service. Unfortunately, the mind’s operational systems conspire to misguide our efforts and expectations.