Effectiveness is key for true productivity

Last week, I mentioned that increasing efficiency is one of the main ways you can become more productive. The problem with efficiency is that many people focus too much on it and not nearly enough on effectiveness, the other critical piece of the puzzle. True productivity requires both, but effectiveness is much more important and valuable than efficiency. It's great to be efficient while you work and get a lot of stuff done, but in the end, it won't make any difference unless you choose … [Read more...]

These 2 Things Make You More Productive

To improve your productivity you need to increase your efficiency, increase your effectiveness or increase both at the same time. But to do that, you need to know the difference between the two, because it's pretty easy to get them mixed up. Efficiency represents the time and effort involved in doing something based on the approach that you decide to use. Increasing efficiency means finding a faster, easier or less wasteful way of accomplishing some result. For example, using a word … [Read more...]

Conquering Procrastination Success Story

The other day I received a success story from a Psychology of Procrastination program participant... "Rodger, I think you have outdone yourself with this program [Psychology of Procrastination]. Lesson #4 is where I began to have not one but several light bulb moments. Doing the workbook is the clincher.  Somehow writing down the things I am currently procrastinating on and then writing down the why for each one was a very freeing moment. As they say, "Confession is good for the soul" … [Read more...]

5 Time Management Training Tips To Get Things Done

Many people experience a "lull" over the summer, where business naturally slow down a bit as clients, customers and staff take vacations or daydream about spending time outdoors. That's why summer is often a great time to work on important long-term projects for your business (work ON your business and not just IN it). Things like improving your marketing or website, setting up systems, building relationships, developing new products, etc. Here are 5 practical tips to help you get more … [Read more...]

Why It Pays To Be More Productive

Perhaps the TOP and most important productivity secret I've learned over the years is to value your time and make becoming more productive a priority. Why? Because it's the foundation for everything else. People that don’t value their time usually don’t care whether they are productive or not, and they typically don’t do anything about it. I’ve come to realize that many people don’t value their time very much, if at all. Perhaps they feel that no matter how much they waste their time … [Read more...]

Time Management Training To Get More Done

So you want to get more done during your day? You're not alone. Most people struggle to be as effective and efficient as we'd like to be. It's why we always hear people asking for more hours in a day. Around the world, "I need more time!" is probably uttered millions of times each day. Here are three time management training secrets to help you get more done. 1) Plan your week - When do you plan? Some people do it first thing in the morning; they make a list of the things they need to … [Read more...]

How To Have A Very Productive Day

One of the main benefits that you can get from time management training is transforming your days from "busy but unproductive" to "highly productive." Have you ever had a great day at work? You know, a day when everything was clicking, you felt great, and got a lot of stuff done? Most people have had this experience at some point or another, even if it was for just a few hours instead of an entire day. I'll bet that during a day like this, you felt fully focused and fully engaged by … [Read more...]

Six Simple Tips For Automating Repetitive Tasks

Do you ever find yourself doing the same small tasks repeatedly in your work or business? Do you sometimes say to yourself, "There has to be a better way"? Well, in many cases, there is. Automating routine tasks or finding other shortcuts can save you more time than you realize. Doing the same task a couple of dozen times a day can take up a substantial amount of time. Finding a faster way to do that task buys you time that you can spend doing more productive work, which is why finding ways … [Read more...]

How To Organize Your Office

The other day I did a quick search on Google for the phrase "A clean desk is a sign of..." and here are some of the top search results... A clean desk is a sign of ... a sick mind. (Most common one, but I don't really agree :) ... a cluttered desk drawer :) ... a cluttered/empty/diseased mind. ... prestige. ... someone with way too much time on their hands. ... efficiency and effectiveness! Take your pick, but I think the last one is right on! Here are some ideas for … [Read more...]

How To Distinguish Between Important and Urgent Tasks

Here's a common question that comes up during time management training, "What's the difference between important and urgent tasks?" Maybe you've seen tasks divided into four categories based on their importance and urgency before, and you may be wondering what it's all about... Category I    Tasks that are both important and urgent Category II   Tasks that are important but not urgent Category III  Tasks that are urgent but not important Category IV   Tasks that are neither urgent … [Read more...]