Tag Archives: Productivity

At the end of the day, what does a cleared off desk mean?

I remember a past supervisor commenting that my desk was always neat and clean at the end of the day.  She meant this in a positive way. I was very proud that my desk was always neat and cleared off at the end of the day and ready to begin work the next morning.  But just what did my cleared desk mean in terms of my being productive and managing paperwork?  Were the tasks I had put on my “To Do List” completed?  Were there any mismanaged papers?  Were my supervisor’s priorities met?

Having a cleared, neat desk does not mean being organized!  However, the answer to the questions above is “Yes!”  – I was very  organized and finished my daily tasks efficiently – most of the time.  I had a process that worked for me in terms of getting paper from the ‘In Box’ to where it belonged and prioritizing tasks from ‘To Do’ to ‘To Done.’

Most of us have a process to manage our daily work routine, however, when things get out of focus, we can use a little help and learn new techniques to get us back on track.

A new technique for you may be as simple as discarding more of the paper that crosses your desk – (a shredder can be your friend).

Or you may need to set up a tickler file (a tickler file organizer allows time-sensitive documents to be filed according to the future date on which each document needs action).

Or, you may need a full-scale reorganization!

You’re not alone.  I’ve had to reorganize more than once in my lifetime.

 

 

Staying Productive During “The Summer Syndrome!”

Summer is on the way and I just want to play!  Do you feel this way too?  Well, the reality is that, as adults, we have priorities in our lives—we have to work in order to take care of ourselves and our families before we play whether we’re a small business owner or an individual.

When grappling with the summer syndrome—the feeling of wanting to be on vacation and spending time outside instead of being cooped up inside working,  you sometimes become burned out and less productive? How can you stay focused at work? How can you balance work, personal or family responsibilities and vacation time?

The key is Time Management!  Time Management involves monitoring your time. Time Management involves delegation. Time Management is being flexible and creative so that you can adjust your schedule to be able to take time away from your work to enjoy those long, lazy summer days.

 

 

I can offer you insights on how to counteract “The Summer Syndrome” by offering you some key time management tools to help you stay productive and enjoy the long, lazy days of summer.   Contact me to find out how.