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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Are you proactive at work or are you a procrastinator? Do you get all your work done on time or do you rush to finish things by the required deadline? Are you a ‘doer’ or a ‘don’ter’? Every job requires work to be done in a certain manner, by a certain time. It’s how we schedule that work and how we complete that work, that’s the key to productivity and also the key to an organised, less stressful life.
Most of us diarise or schedule work and make to do lists. The way you diarise, schedule and list work that makes the difference. I have known people to write to do lists of work they have already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing the tasks of a list!
Friday, April 5, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I find managing emails a real pain! I remember when emails first hit the workplace (yes I’m old). We were told way back then, how efficient emails would be, how time saving; how we would be more productive. Yes, to a large extent this is true. Yet like most things (especially technology), it depends on user input; or for the most part with emails – user organisation.
Whilst I would never confess to be good at email management, I don’t believe I am a slave to my emails.
Friday, April 5, 2013
We’ve all heard of time management and some of us have even been on courses to learn about it. Quite frankly it’s an oxymoron – time is not to be ‘managed’; time is spent. How you spend your time comes down to a number of factors, some of those being:
- your general health & well being
- your motivation levels
- your initiative
- your skills & abilities
- your environment
- your relationships
When it comes to work, where inevitably we try to meet deadlines, return all emails, meet our boss’s expectations; we then add in the above factors plus the pace and demands of business today and we end up with an equation that equals stress and a loss of time ‘management’.
So how do you organise your time at work to alleviate stress and spend your time well? Try these tips:
- Apply the 5 minute rule: optimise your time by focussing on the task at hand for a good 5 minutes, even if it means letting the team know and putting your phone on DND. Every 5 minutes look up, check your messages, respond to anything urgent and then get ba
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Part 3 in our series on being organised @ work
Alison Hucks, Principal @ Avant and long serving Darwin recruiter
Sometimes getting others to understand what we are saying, or to understand what we are trying to communicate - feels sort of like herding cats. Everyone one of us approaches things with our own perspective, our own agenda, our own paradigm. So how do we get others to understand us? First and foremost we need to organise our own thoughts.
Whether it be an idea for improving efficiencies; or explaining how a certain task is done; or trying to let a colleague know that you need help; or asking for additional resources; whatever the reason - whenever we want others to understand what we are communicating its a great idea to practise the following:
- Make notes: not Wikipedia lengths, a few key bullet points will do.