Monday, August 15, 2016


What if you could work smarter, harder, faster, and better?  Impossible?  What if we changed that to "just a little bit" smarter, harder, faster, and better?  That little bit extra can make a lot of difference.  What if every employee increased his/her productivity by only 5 percent?  The overall productivity would grow astronomically!

It is easy to decrease your productivity unintentionally.  For example, instead of spending ten minutes each morning organizing your work space and planning your day, you waste time during the day looking for something you misplaced and not accomplishing what is truly important.

Think about one thing you do that decreases your productivity.  How can you change the situation to increase your productivity?

Take a look at some barriers to productivity below.  How can you be proactive and find a solution to overcome the barriers that may be hindering your performance?

Some Barriers to Productivity  
  • Lack of training
  • Insufficient resources
  • Negative attitudes  
  • Laziness
  • Unwilling to be a "team player"
  • Poor organization
  • Procrastination
Using Time Wisely
The secret to managing time is managing yourself.  Daily planners, "To-Do" lists, priority-setting, and other organizational methods are merely tools to help you work smarter.  These tools are not time management in themselves.  The way that you use these tools to manage your work processes and yourself is true time management.  You manage your "response" to time so you can use it to your best advantage.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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