is really not very efficient. First of all, who milks cows by hand anymore? We all know that automated robotic milking is the wave of the future and milking parlors are run by two people and a computer tech. Furthermore, is it really wise to hire eight maids for anything? Somtimes women. . .well, you know. . . talk a lot. I am sure that Plonkee and Lynnae are task oriented and focused, but shouldn’t they have at least one token man just to even the balance just a little?
Actually this is post #8 in the series the 12 Days of Christmas, Personal Finance Style started by Lynnae at Being Frugal. Day #7 was hosted by Working for Financial Freedom. My contribution is eight tips for better productivity in the New Year:
- Keep a list. You don’t need a PDA. I use a yellow legal pad to record everything I need to accomplish. I bring it to meetings and sits next to my computer at work. I sometimes even file a day’s worth of tasks and notes so that I can check back on them later – I just stick them in a file folder that is labeled “task lists”.
- Learn to use software. If your workplace offers training in Outlook, Word, Excel or Powerpoint, take advantage of it, you will become a valuable resource for your office if know how to format documents, insert formulas and plan meetings with the click of a mouse. I just figured out a function yesterday that will save me 10 minutes a week in Word. Sometimes we just start using software without reading the directions or doing online tutorials that will save us time in the long run. You can also impress your boss if you know how to use Outlook effectively.
- Use your lunch break to network or discuss policy. I know that most of you view lunch as a break, but somtimes lunch is a place where new ideas evolve in a “de-stressed” environment. Also, lunch can be a place where a superior or co-worker will start to see things from your point of view. In a meeting they might be threatened or defensive, but at lunch. . .
- Don’t read, forward or create chain emails. No matter how heartbreaking or inspirational.
- Finish one small task each day before looking into your email inbox.
- Don’t answer the phone every time it rings. Don’t let the phone set your priorities for the day – that’s why voice mail and caller ID were invented.
- Encourage ideas from those around you and don’t be afraid to let them take the credit.
- This one is from my dad – don’t waste the last 15 minutes before lunch and before you go home for the day. Instead, get one more thing done, push yourself. You will have less stress when you get back and your career will take off. Wasting 30 minutes a day works out to 10 hours a month.
This is hardly an exclusive list, but if you (and I) can apply even half of these ideas, 2008 will be a more productive year than the last. If you don’t care to increase your productivity. . .get a new job.
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