by Julie Morgenstern
Productivity strategist Julie Morgenstern is the author of the New York Times best-seller Time Management from the Inside Out. An in-demand coach and speaker for corporate audiences, Julie may be available for an on-site event at your workplace. Contact us for details.
• Fortify Your Work-Life Balance. Sacrificing your personal life for your job makes you a less effective worker. Planning time off for rejuvenation improves workplace performance by boosting your energy, fueling your creativity and perspective, and increasing your accuracy and patience.
• Capture All Your To-Dos In One Place. Haphazardly scribbling to-dos in a variety of places or relying solely on one’s memory results in overlooked opportunities, misguided efforts and time lost wondering what needs to be done. Having a complete list of to-dos in one place helps you prioritize with confidence and save a minimum of 1 hour a day.
• Crunch Your Container. By shortening your workday by 30 minutes you create the feeling of being on a deadline—and suddenly you’ll eliminate all the little time wasters—unnecessary interruptions, chitchatting, procrastinating, perfecting tasks—that otherwise mindlessly creep into your day.
• Dance Close To The Revenue Line. Making or saving your company is where your greatest value lies. When prioritizing, always start with the tasks closest to the revenue line to clear the decks, reduce your stress, and be better prepared for the inevitable surprises in your day.
• Beware Multi-Tasking. Once thought to increase productivity, multitasking has since been discovered to do the exact opposite. By training yourself to concentrate on one task at a time, you get more done, in less time, and the quality of your work will increase.
Bonus tip from Julie:
• Empower your Subordinates. In this time of doing more, with less, you must resist the urge to do other people’s jobs. Teach team members to make decisions so you’re not constantly inundated with tiny questions. If someone comes to you with a problem they could handle on their own, turn it back around. (“Can you make that call? I won’t be able to get to it for two days” or “Come up with a few solutions, and then let’s meet”).