With so many websites out there that can serve as distractions from your work, it is easy to forget that online resources can actually improve your productivity. The Internet offers a wealth of helpful sites that make it easier for you to manage your time, organize your to-do list and improve your personal effectiveness in… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Personal Effectiveness
In any given workday, you probably make dozens of decisions before you head home for the evening. Some are small: how to respond to a quick question from a colleague or what time to take your lunch break; others are much more important: what information to include in a presentation for a client or which… Read more »
Are you a self-proclaimed multitasker, jumping from one project to the next or juggling several different assignments simultaneously? You may feel as if you are getting more done in a shorter period of time, but if you often find yourself switching from task to task without seeing anything through to completion, you may actually be… Read more »
How do you start your work day? If you are like many people, you probably ease your way into your daily tasks by first checking your email, sending responses to messages, listening to your voicemails, returning phone calls and maybe taking a quick coffee break. It’s a pleasant enough way to begin a day, but… Read more »
As most busy and over-worked people can tell you, sleep is often the first priority to get cut when life becomes hectic. You may think you can survive on five or six (or fewer) hours of sleep per night, but research shows that sleep deprivation can not only cause short-term and long-term health problems, it… Read more »
As 2010 comes to an end, it is important to take time to reflect on the past year, evaluate your challenges and successes and begin looking forward to the new year. Use the month of December as an opportunity to create a specific performance improvement plan for 2011.Consider your personal and professional goals and the… Read more »
If your to-do lists are out of control, it’s time that you tried an inexpensive tool for keeping track of your action items: blank index cards. Much like Post-Its, index cards cost only a few dollars per pack of several hundred, and they can do wonders for increasing personal effectiveness. With practice, they can sharpen… Read more »
During busy periods at work, it can feel as if you are in survival mode, just trying to stay afloat from day to day and not making any progress. It can be challenging to break this pattern of simply trying to keep up with work and taking proactive steps to create a more productive long-term… Read more »
Consider this familiar scenario: you have an important document to write (a presentation, memo, budget report, grant application, annual report, fill in the blank…), but you can’t seem to focus. Instead of immersing yourself in the task at hand, you become sidetracked by any number of distractions on your computer. There’s the email you… Read more »
When you work closely with a team of people every day, there are bound to be occasional disagreements. It can be frustrating when you don’t see eye to eye with a co-worker, but you can keep a small argument from escalating into a serious conflict by communicating clearly. Improve your communication skills by… Read more »
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