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Entries from March 2009

Productivity for Leaders: Creating a Productive Team Environment

March 19th, 2009 · Comments

Personal productivity is one thing. But once you take on leadership responsibilities, productivity is a whole new ball game. Suddenly it is no longer just a matter of being the best you can be, but of bringing out the best in those around you.

This can be hard! Priorities compete. Personalities conflict. And let’s face it: some folks just won’t always be as committed as you are to putting in a productive day’s work – bad days happen (even to the best of us).


So how do you go about creating a productive team environment that contributes not only to individual productivity, but also to that of the group as a whole?


Tags: Timewasters · Productivity Improvement · Leadership · Teams

Time Management is Dead: The New Reality of Productivity

March 12th, 2009 · Comments

We’ve all been there. There’s mail piled up on the corner of your desk. You have 37 unread e-mails. The phone is ringing (not that phone – the other phone). And you’ll be lucky if you can get through three of the fifteen items on your to-do list.


Oh – and you have four hours of meetings ahead of you.


It didn’t used to be this way. The world has changed in the last decade or so. Has your approach to time management changed with it?


If you find yourself stressed out and frustrated every time you try to hunker down and take control of your time, there’s a good chance that’s because you need a new way to think about time management. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to force yourself to work within a system that just isn’t compatible with the pace of your day or the nature of your work.  Just like electronic organizers are perfect for some and others swear by paper planners, even the best time management system will fail if it doesn’t jive with the way you get through each day. 


If you’re looking for a productivity system that is compatible with real life, consider 4-A Time Management. By focusing on four key elements of productivity you can create a flexible, customized productivity strategy that is compatible with the fast paced demands of today.


(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Timewasters · Personal Productivity · Multi-tasking · Prioritizing

Recessionary Productivity Strategies: How to Get Lean and Mean in 2009

March 5th, 2009 · Comments

Times are tough. 


That means businesses everywhere are forced to do more with less.  Budgets are being cut.  Headcounts are being reduced.  In many offices across the country, the only thing that isn’t being reduced is the workload.


It all comes down to finding ways to do more with less – more work with fewer people, bigger projects on smaller budgets.


Just remember that, historically, great opportunities have been found in times of great challenge and hardship.  Now, as organizations and as individuals, we all have a (hopefully!) once in a lifetime opportunity to look a global financial crisis in the face and excel in spite of it.


So how do we survive and thrive in an economy that bites back?  It’s time to take the gloves off and get lean and mean in 2009.


(C) 2009 Laura Stack.


Tags: Time management · Timewasters · Productivity Improvement · Getting Things Done · Process Improvement · Leadership