March 15th was National Napping Day and March was National Sleep Awareness Month. A Pew Research Center survey found that 34% of Americans take daily naps. Many peple find a midday snooze flips off their power switch and reboots their work engine for the rest of the day. Its certainly less harmful to your body
Can a personal productivity guru help you reach new productivity heights? Many of us look to new tools and rtechndquwes, new technologies ologies, new approaches to stimulate our thinking about how to get more done in the same time. These new ‘things’ seem to work for a time and then run out of steam …
Before lockdown many firms were experimenting with networking/collaborative tools, hoping to improve the inter-connectedness of departments, people and processes. When the lockdown hit, many of them accelerated the move to the various tools and technologies simply to keep the organisation functioning from lots of home locations. Even those who were not already experimenting were forced to
Young children take some time to accept that delayed gratification can sometimes be an improvement on instant. For example, waiting for a treat can make that treat better - the period of anticipation can heighten the pleasure. Children also learn that saving small amounts of money to build funds fort a bigger purchase increases the choices available.
Creativity is what will see organisations blossom as we (hopefully) near the end of this pandemic. In an office situation, creativity is aided by people bouncing ideas off their co-workers, They can do this by simply walking down the corridor. When everyone is working from home, you have to find different ways of achieving this. One
Remote working has been necessary during the pandemic - the alternative for many was no working. Many organisations have adjusted to the need for remote technologies and remote communication. Have they, though, adjusted to the need for remote team building? Some of the tools and techniques of team bonding and team building work remotely. Others
Many business leaders know that they should be thinking of digitally transforming their operations to harness the power and connectivity of modern electronic devices and networks. However too many of them approach ‘transformation’ in a cautious, tentative way. They pilot technologies or apply them to small parts m the organisation ‘to see if they
Evolution is normally a more stable process than revolution. Changes are incremental, slow and secure, embedded before the next change occurs. So, if you can, you are probably better trying to evolve your business into an improved, more productive organisation. The process still needs to be managed. You need to ensure the organisation is prepared for evolution.
Can productivity be raised too far. Is high productivity ever a problem? Well, it depends on how you look at it and the context/situation you are considering/measuring. For example, it is possible, by applying productivity improvement to one part of a process or sequence of activities, to create a bottleneck where the throughput of the
If you can’t control events or situations, you might find yourself getting anxious. This is negative thinking, likely to have an adverse effect on your performance and productivity. In such situations, it is important to identify what you can control and focus on those things. For example, when the pandemic hit, it was an external,