WordItOut-word-cloud-327657Are you the one who has to withstand daily grind of attending meetings, sending emails, managing bosses, organizing diaries and paperwork  and overtime?

Are you in search of ideas to improve your workplace effectiveness?

If the answer to any of the above is yes – Read on

The work component is very crucial component of our everyday life with almost one-third or more of our time spent in that component, add to that the pressure to excel and be the best in work.  Here are few small changes that we can embrace

 

1. Manage your energy not your time – Most of us respond to increasing demands in the workplace by putting in extended hours, which inescapably take a toll on us, remember time is definite however energy can be methodically expanded and habitually renewed.  If managed well expanded capacity means we would could do more in less time. Now how do we manage and expand energy?

Tony Schwartz in his best-selling book The power of full engagement recommends managing energy by establishing specific rituals – it could be simple rituals like going early to bed to get up early for exercise or scheduling ‘recover time’ in your office calendar to renew focus on work. Set your ritual and diligently follow it, come what may.

2. Less is more – There has never before been an age in which we could get so much done so rapidly. There would be times where you would feel overwhelmed by information, Focus on the essential and allow everything else to drop away. Warren Buffet once said “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” . We want to live lives that matter, lives that influence others, lives that are slow and thoughtful and deep. Try this trick for a week – reply to emails only twice a day in batches, am sure you will have at least half an hour back in your calendar.

3. Define what is creative and what is reactive work – Our bodies follow certain rhythmic patterns of 90 minutes cycle  at the end of which we reach the limits of our capacity to work at the highest level. So take a short break from work after every 90-minutes. Keep creative work in earlier part of day and reactive work such as dealing with messages and emails latter.

4. Do meetings only when required to – Hold meetings at the site of problem, not in a meeting room.  If it is required to do a meeting invite as few people as possible. Meetings are now internationally acclaimed to be biggest time sluggers, if we really want to be efficient we should avoid meetings. You have to constantly train yourself to come out of this meeting life style crisis.

5. Eat That Frog – In his acclaimed book, Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy recommends to do the most difficult task first. My take is little different get the task done which requires maximum attention span. We live in age of multitasking, however much we try to avoid it is dawned upon us. Tasks that require greatest attention span have to be handled first and mostly in our creative time period. This will ensure we will be less stressed through the day.

6. Beat the beast – So how does one beat procrastination? The often repeated behavior that we engage in to get away from self-imposed criticism and anguish.

Fiore in his book The now habit suggests starting with changing the way you talk to yourself. Always choose to do things because you choose to do them, not because you have to. This will give you a realistic glimpse of your day so that you don’t schedule things that you are likely to fail to do.

All of above are fairly simple and easy to implement, but they had big impact.

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